Japan to Urge "Ryokan" Operators to Separate Lodging from Meals


Tokyo, Aug. 16 (Jiji Press)—The Japan Tourism Agency plans to urge Japanese-style ryokan operators to set separate fees for stays and meals, agency officials said Wednesday.

The initiative is aimed at meeting demand from foreign travelers staying for long periods who want to make the most of Japanese food culture, dining at a variety of restaurants, and at boosting room occupancy rates for ryokan, which traditionally set their prices including fees for dinner and breakfast served on the premises.

The agency also plans to call for local restaurants to join the initiative. It aims to designate model areas where room occupancy rates at ryokan will be surveyed before and after the introduction of the program.

According to a survey by the agency, room occupancy rates in 2016 came to 78.7% at city-center hotels, 74.4% at budget hotels, and only 37.1% at ryokan.

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