The First Year
In the spring of 2017 the Yoshino Cedar House opened its’ doors as cherry blossoms bloomed across the Yoshino valley. After a month of testing, the first official booking occurred on April 7th. Over the first twelve months there were 346 guests from around the world, the overwhelming majority from Japan. Visitors included Spanish Pritzker Prize winning architects RCR, Australian Olympic swimmers and a number of local musicians and artists. The home was open from Wednesday to Sunday, as the hosts piloted different ways of welcoming guests, with a 70% occupancy rate during these open nights.
Monthly Occupancy and average Temperature in Yoshino
In the first full year the Yoshino Cedar House earned $24,990 which was split amongst the cooperative, with a large portion reinvested into the community. The cafe in the house made an additional $2,814 through breakfasts and lunch for guests and locals. Collectively, during the same time period, the total earned by hosts in the district was over $50,000. Beyond the home, 70 jobs were supported as a result of the project.