Niseko accommodation tax to be introduced from November 2024

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The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications announced on the 12th that Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Takeaki Matsumoto has agreed to an “accommodation tax” in Niseko Town, Hokkaido, which will be collected on top of hotel room rates. Starting in November, residents will be required to pay up to 2,000 yen per person per night when staying in the town. Accommodation taxes are increasingly being introduced in tourist destinations such as Kyoto and Kanazawa.

Niseko real estate company CEO’s perspective

Is it a “fixed rate system”? Is it a “flat rate”? This discussion seemed endless. This theme was actively discussed at the first Niseko Town Tourism Council meeting that I attended. Niseko area has high accommodation costs compared to other towns in Hokkaido. A fixed rate system would increase tax revenue. The neighboring town of Kutchan has adopted a fixed rate system, so will Niseko Town also adopt a fixed rate system? That was the discussion. If you simply consider tax revenue, a fixed rate system is better. However, for those involved in the lodging industry, using a fixed rate system would require a huge amount of effort and time to set tax amounts according to various plans. Based on these circumstances, the current flat rate system was decided to reduce the burden on business operators. We hope that this new tax revenue will be used to make Niseko a more attractive town.

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