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Total number of hotels and inns in Japan FY 2009-2018

In fiscal year 2018, over 85 thousand hotels and inns were registered in Japan, an increase by over three thousand from the previous year. Accommodation establishments in Japan are most commonly separated into the occidental-style hotels and the traditional Japanese-style inns (ryokan) featuring rooms furnished with tatami mats.

Room occupancy in accommodation facilities

Holiday accommodations in Japan include city hotels, business hotels, resort hotels, ryokan, and group lodgings. While ryokan offer overnight guests a unique experience with its Japanese-style rooms (washitsu), the inns are less commonly found in large city centers and are pricier than hotels, resulting in most prefectures recording a room occupancy below 50 percent.
In contrast, city hotels attract tourists with its inexpensive lodging around city centers and popular sightseeing spots, showing the highest guest room occupancy rate among accommodation facilities in Japan.

The dominance of domestic travelers

Even though the Japanese tourism industry is bustling with growth potential in inbound tourism, domestic travel activities remain the focus of the market. While the number of lodging guests showed continuous growth in recent years, foreign nationals made up only one fifth of overnight guests.
Among overseas travelers, the most popular prefectures to stay for the night were mainly connected to large metropolises like Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Hokkaido.

Total number of hotels and inns in Japan from fiscal year 2009 to 2018

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Release date

November 2020



Survey time period

fiscal year 2009 to 2018

Special properties

fiscal year refers to the 12 months beginning April 1 of the year stated

Supplementary notes

*According to the source, Miyagi Prefecture (except Sendai City) and cities, towns and villages under the jurisdiction of Sousou Health and Welfare Office in Fukushima Prefecture are not included, due to the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Figures for periods prior to 2014 come from previous reporting.

Figures have been rounded.

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