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4 Things to Ask Your Japanese Airbnb Host About Before the Trip

There are a number of reasons why using Airbnb is a great idea. It’s safe, economical, and it gives you a chance to stay in a unique place. But besides that, Airbnb connects you with local hosts who know a ton about the city you’ll be staying in. Hosts can be great resources that may be able to provide a wealth of knowledge that will make your stay in their city so much more enjoyable.

After guests book using Airbnb, they can message their host directly through the site, making it convenient and easy to communicate if you have any questions or concerns. Here is a list of four things you may want to ask a Japanese host before your trip.



Talk logistics

It’s never a bad idea to talk logistics with your host. Asking questions regarding how and when to check-in can ensure that everyone is on the same page. If you know that you will be arriving in the city earlier than your check-in time, ask your host if it’s possible to check-in early. If it’s not, check out this TRIPals post for how to kill time while you wait.


Your means of transportation

Making sure that you know what train or bus to take and to what station is also a great thing to know before coming. Public transportation is fast, effective, and efficient. It’s very easy to use, but can be overwhelming, especially in big cities like Tokyo. Don’t be shy. Make sure you understand just how to get to your host’s house or apartment; if the directions aren’t clear, either ask them again through airbnb messaging, or try inputting the address into apps like Google Maps.


“Do you have Wi-fi?”

Many hosts will have directions and instructions on how to get to their place, but it’s always good to double check and ask for places where Wi-Fi is available. Many travellers who come may not have a phone they can use abroad,  and what you will find out in Japan is that not many places have Wi-Fi. Although the country is extremely modern technology-wise, most wireless Internet connection is available to people with certain mobile carriers. It can be a real pain trying to get in touch with your host without wi-fi connection if you do happen to get lost.


Find out the locals’ recommended activities & spots

Of course you’ll probably want to plan and book activities in advance before you get to Tokyo. However, with so much to do, it can be hectic trying to figure out how to get the most out of your stay. Ask your host about things to do around the station or in the area—there may be some great things that only locals know about. Unlike tourist-targeted options, opting for the locals’ choice may save you some of the hassle and money.

Also ask about certain areas of the city and inquire about all there is to do there. Your host will be a local, so besides just the station area, they may know some other great spots you will want to check out. It may be a good idea to plan to spend several hours or even the entire day in a particular spot. Tokyo is unbelievably enormous and although public transportation is excellent, it can get expensive traveling across the city.


In proper Japanese fashion, your host will treat you as a special guest and will want to make sure your time in Japan is as wonderful as possible. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions you might have before the trip—they will want to do their most to make your time in Japan unforgettable. Airbnb is a great way to connect with locals and have a unique experience, and communicating with your local host and asking questions before your trip is crucial to make sure everything runs smoothly.

For more useful tips and fun ideas for travelling in Japan, check out TRIPals.

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