The Malaysian Homestay Program and the Japanese Minshuku: A comparative study


  • Rohaslinda Ramele Sustainable Heritage Environment Research Group, Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA Selangor, Malaysia.
  • Juichi Yamazaki Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University, Japan.



This paper discusses the characteristics of rural tourism in Malaysia and Japan by comparing the Malaysia Homestay Program and the minshuku. Japan has been chosen as a comparative case study since Japanese tourists are the second-highest number of foreign tourists visited the Malaysian Homestay Program until 2018. Findings have shown that the Malaysia Homestay Program was derived from the English bed-and-breakfast, while the minshuku has been influenced by the European farm-stay. Although they differ in concepts, organizations, regulations, and community participation, both have contributed to the development of the tourism sectors in both countries.

Keywords; Malaysia Homestay Program; minshuku; lifestyle experience; urban-rural interchange

eISSN: 2398-4287 © 2020. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open access article under the CC BYNC-ND license ( Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.




How to Cite

Ramele , R. ., & Yamazaki , J. . (2020). The Malaysian Homestay Program and the Japanese Minshuku: A comparative study. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 5(SI2), 55-60.