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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Kyoto Plans Lodging Tax

Above, Kyoto Tower Hotel. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The city fathers of Kyoto, Japan are looking into implementing a lodging tax that would apply to all forms of lodging.

Japan Today reported:
KYOTO -- The city of Kyoto will propose collecting a minimum 200 yen per night tax on guests staying at hotels or other lodgings in the popular tourist area, municipal officials said Wednesday. 
If the city assembly approves the measure during a session that begins on Sept 21, all hotel guests -- including those staying at Airbnb-style minpaku home lodgings -- will start paying 200 to 1,000 yen per night in lodging tax, possibly from October next year. 
Lodging taxes are collected in Tokyo and Osaka Prefecture, but apply only to rooms priced at 10,000 yen or more per night. The proposed tax in Kyoto, which would apply to all forms of lodgings, would be the first of its kind in the country.

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