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Tourists are coming fast and furious from the United States, Europe and South Korea, pushing up occupancy rates. It’s as if we’re in the middle of a ‘bubble’ period.


A spokesperson for Hotel Gracery Shinjuku, near Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, where foreigners account for 90 percent of the guests.

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Best destination and good exchange rate.

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Just wait until spring. I really hope Narita hires a lot more immigration workers by then, or at least diverts more of them from the overstaffed Japanese nationals counters to the woefully understaffed re-entry and foreign passport counters.

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The capital B "Bubble" period of the late 1980s is remembered as a time when everyone had money. The stories about holding out a 10,000 yen bill to hail a taxi etc.

I hope this "bubble" is paying the hotel workers here well.

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@JeffLee. I've had the misfortune of having to arrive at Narita once recently because the schedule was better than Haneda. I'll forego the better schedule for the moment and stick to Haneda. Place was hell on earth with foreign arrivals and people not knowing how to use e-gates for customs/ticket machines.

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One thing I do miss about the pandemic years were the super cheap hotel rates I used to get.

Before it, I stayed at this specific hotel regularly for 3,500 yen but when the super slowdown happened, I got the same room type for 2,100 yen.

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The hospitality worker has the ball in their court. Now is the time to demand a substantial paid rise or start a go slow program during breakfast and book in times.

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best time to raise salary for your workers than?

or "no plans" at all?just because of your greed...?

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Build it and they will come. Japan stands out as a safe and comfortable destination. No wars, great food, great sightseeing, very cheap now, no guns, honest people. Hard to think of a bad point.

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And yet the hotel chains continue to pay near minimum wage and complain about a lack of available workers. Of course they don't want to increase wages , preferring to the arrival of more foreign "minimum wage" workers from developing countries as the government tries to bring more of them in whilst compaining about the labour shortage.

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Build it and they will come. Japan stands out as a safe and comfortable destination. No wars, great food, great sightseeing, very cheap now, no guns, honest people. Hard to think of a bad point.

Also, no unnecessary politics forcefully slammed in their face. Just a simple Japanese life.

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La vie douce

exactly.they will find a millions of reasons why to not pay more.hospitality jobs in Japan are among worst paying ones.people who works as restuarnt staff,bartenders,housekeeping staff are under permanent stress,with not enough of free time time to sleep and very badly paid.

so here are labour "shortages".fo this reason our family have avoided to stay in any japanese hotels or ryokans for over decade...as there are much better options on market.

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I can vouch for the hard work. I work three year at hotel in the Northern Alps during the snow season Up at 4:00 am to clear snow that the plow push up onto the drive entry if there was a dump during the night, get the ski room heated and ski gear dry, then garbage run, then a run to the Supermarket ( Open at 7:00 am ) to get the yogurt and orange juice that the night chef forgot to order. Then scout out the client during breakfast to see which resort they want to visit and load up their ski gear for the first run return for the run for lesson then return for the 8.00am run return for the those who were late and run them to the resort they chose. I either return around 10:00am have a nap or go for a ski return to pick up client arriving on the bus from Nagano at 1:00pm. then a 2 hour break and start snow resort pick up at 3:30 pm back by 5:30 am then client request like Doctor or Physio Chemist, back by 6:30 for client needing a lift to other restaurants. Have a feed in between drop off and pick up. but most night client insisted they shout me a feed. Then pick up clients from the restaurants. 10;00pm finish if lucky. Have a break and wine down. than I go to the Onsen. In bed by 12;00 1:00 am But I was getting good money and Tips 200,000 yen per month plus tips. back in 2009- 2012.

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John-San: Hakuba Mura?

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My hotel was Aqua Alpine at the base of Goryu but my run did the Goryu, 47, Happo One, Iwatake, Tsugaiki, Norikura, and Cortina, So I had the pick every morning for a few runs. My best was Norikura because of the access to the back country and you come out at the top of Tsugaike. I work some big money job during my life but that job was the best and most rewarding. The Snow hotel industry is bad money but the lifestyle make up for the BS money people get. Like I said I was on a good thing. 600,000 yen for 3 months and most US American tip really well but I did bend over backward for them. Kiwi were the worst clients I am sorry to say. Very long pockets and very short arms if you get my drift.

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Of course the foreigners are the main guest. Is a no brainer. After the Yen crash, everything in Japan became very cheap and convenient, including accommodations, food, attractions, etc. While for the locals, including tax paying foreigners, with perm visa or similar, the life is getting harder and harder due to rampant inflation, galopant increase of prices and taxe everywhere, etc.

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I am fortunate to have lived in Japan before the internet and mass tourism. I fear the locals will become poorer and poorer while increasingly catering to wealthier tourists.

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After more than 2 years without tourism, there has been a backlog to clear, of people who were planning to go to Japan. It will ease up a bit from much of the world going forward.

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Not really. Due to the Yen crash, Japan had suddenly became one of the cheapest country to travel and visit. The food and expenses are at all times low for tourists, so if anything, the mass turism will only increase.

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