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Tax

Indore, India
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Tax

I'm trying to book my hotels in Japan for April 2019 and many of the places talk of a city tax to be added later. Does anyone know how much this would be? Do I need to factor it into my budget? Thanks.

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Illinois
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for Chicago, Illinois
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1. Re: Tax

FYI - many hotels in Japan do not accept reservations more than 3-6 months in advance.

Hotel and consumption taxes depends on the city. Why don't you make a dummy reservation for a hotel for next month just to see what the taxes and fess come out to?

Indore, India
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33 posts
2. Re: Tax

I started making the reservations because everything seems to be booked up! I have already made several on booking.com. they don't seem to indicate anything when I book but in the fine print (particularly for apartments) they mention it.

Tsukuba, Japan
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3. Re: Tax

It is the Consumers Tax, you have to pay which is now 8%. The Japanese Government planned to increase the Tax to 10% in April 2017, but they postponed it in October 2019. So, if you come in April 2019, the Tax will not be increased yet.

The City Tax you have to pay in addition is the Accommodation Tax in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. In Tokyo, it was introduced in 2002, and it's just 100 yen when you stay at an accommodation costing 10,000 yen or more, while 200 yen if it costs 15,000 yen or mote. In Osaka, they introduced from 2016, similar Tax to Tokyo, but 300 yen when it costs 30,000 yen or more in addition. In Kyoto, they introduced from 2016, which is 200 yen when you stay at accommodation costing less than 20,000 yen, 500 yen if it costs 20,000-50,000 yen, or 1,000 yen if it costs more than 50,000 yen.

Indore, India
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4. Re: Tax

Oh yes. Thank you mabei0123. I first noticed it when I booked for Kyoto and they kept referring to Osaka too. Whew. It doesn't seem so bad. Glad I'll miss the hiked consumer tax too.

Illinois
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for Chicago, Illinois
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67 reviews
5. Re: Tax

They're not booked up. You're looking too early.

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