7-Eleven Japan, already known for the convenience it offers, will once again prove that it, indeed, has almost everything. On June 15, 2018, a new service called “Convenience Front Desk 24” will take effect in Tokyo. This is an automated service for temporary accommodation guests who would like to check in and collect and leave their room keys at a front desk any time of the day. This service is also in anticipation of the influx of tourists for the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
“Minpaku” refers to private residences that are rented out by their owners, giving tourists in Japan more accommodation options other than staying at a hotel. Minpaku used to be legal only in Tokyo and Osaka, two of the most popular places of interest in the country. However, the new “Minpaku Law” is set to take effect from June 15, 2018.
This new law means that minpaku will be legalized throughout Japan. The government is hoping that such solution will alleviate the problems regarding the growing number of vacant houses and apartments in the country. However, local governments are still allowed to give restrictions regarding the accommodation. For example, it is not allowed to operate a minpaku in Kyoto’s residential area.
Previously, the minimum stay required at a minpaku were two nights, however, the new law will do away with this rule. Nevertheless, a room still cannot be rented out for more than 180 days in a year. A one-million-yen fine will be slapped on violators if they get caught.
In line with the latest Minpaku Law, 7-Eleven Japan will start an automatic check-in service. The service, called “Convenience Front Desk 24,” will live up to its name by allowing guests to collect and leave their keys at the convenience store. A device will be installed in stores with the help of the travel agency, JTB Corporation, which will allow guests to input their booking numbers and other necessary information. The machine is also authorized to take guests’ ID photos for the booking confirmation. After which, they will then be able to collect their keys from designated lockers.
The company aims to introduce this new service to 50 convenience stores by the end of October 2018 and to 1,000 outlets by the end of February 2021.
This is just the start of legalizing private lodgings in Japan and there is still plenty of room for improvement. Such kind of minpaku lodging service is expected to make traveling in Japan for tourists more convenient.
If you’d like to rent out your personal property, you may do so by registering with the land ministry. Once the new law goes into effect, you can start renting out rooms.
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