Photo/IllutrationA "minpaku" facility that a couple recently started on the first floor of their home in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

The number of tourists who stayed at “minpaku” private lodgings nationwide over six weeks from June 15, when new legislation regulating the sector took effect, was 83,238, the Japan Tourism Agency said.

The vast majority of users, 69,394, were non-Japanese, and they accounted for 83.4 percent of all customers of such facilities, according to the first survey announced since the law came into force.

The main northern island of Hokkaido accounted for the highest number of users, with 27,042, followed by Tokyo’s 25,669 and Aichi Prefecture’s 4,456.

By nationality, Chinese were the largest group with 17,277, accounting for 24.9 percent of all those from overseas. South Koreans were second, with 10,838, or 15.6 percent. U.S. tourists comprised 7,224 users, or 10.4 percent.

The number of nights when at least one user occupied about 5,000 minpaku facilities across Japan during the period was 68,711, an average of 13.5 nights per facility.