Top 15 Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Japan - Updated 2021

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Sin Yee
Sin Yee
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Japan is a country with an amazing culture and plenty of scenic spots such as flower gardens. The architecture for some of their buildings always look like pieces of art - so detailed and intricate. If you’re planning a trip to Japan and you want a unique experience, you definitely have to check out some of the Airbnb properties! They may or may not be more affordable than a hotel, but you’ll surely be amazed by the unique lodging experience you’re going to get. In this article, we’ll be narrowing down some of the best accommodation options here. Read on to find out more about the best Airbnbs in Japan!

1. Designer room close to Namba, Osaka (from USD 37)

One of the most affordable places to stay in Osaka is this designer room in an apartment-hotel in Osaka. For four guests, the price of this luxurious room is such a steal. Osaka may be one of the busiest cities in Japan, but the peaceful residential area this rental is located in will make you feel like you’re not in the city. From here, a grocery store and a convenience store are five minutes away on foot. The Namba train station is about a minute’s walk from the property as well.

Designer room/1 min to Namba/Bijou Suites Vogue03
Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
21 reviews
Room in aparthotel 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
koji’s apartment was clean stylish and in a convenient location
Host:
the host replied back quickly every time i had some questions ^^ thank you for the great time~
Location:
great place in a cozy district
it is such a nice place to stay in during travel around osaka
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2. Small house in a forest in Fukuoka (from USD 47)

This idyllic guesthouse in a forest residential area in Fukuoka is a great option for solo travelers or couples who’d like to spend some quality time away from their busy lives. You can appreciate the world’s natural beauty and listen to the river stream. The home’s interior displays white walls with wooden furnishings and flooring. There is a fully equipped kitchen at the property, as well as a snug and cozy bathroom with a tub. Your host, Daisuke, recommends that you rent or bring your own car so you can enjoy going out and coming back without any hassle since this property is in a secluded neighborhood.

A small house in the forest / Relaxing environment
Nishi-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken, Japan
124 reviews
Entire guesthouse 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
air conditioner was not there but it's cool in the night
i was really thankful you borrow a fan to us it i was good in the summer time
the room is greatly designed with an amazing bath tub and a tiny but pretty yard
it's very peaceful and comfortable - ideal for that writer who needs to focus etc
Cleanliness:
very clean and cozy
very clean and nice with the japansee style
very nice place n clean
the house was very clean and we slept very well
the place was as pictured and was very clean
Host:
of course host was so kind and he was willing to help us to feel better
the hosts were very nice always responsive and super helpful
the co-host maiko is very friendly and kind
also host is always kind and help to you
daisuke was very helpful throughout the process and was understanding when i had to change plans last minute
Location:
located in a very scenic location it had great access to itoshima and fukuoka
it is about 15min walk from station so not too bad
the walks to and from the station were easy and relaxing
great quiet location but convenient stores and restaurants just an easy walk down the hill
about a 20 minute walk from the subway not a bad walk if you have the energy
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3. Newly built luxurious apartment in Sapporo (from USD 84)

A luxurious place to stay in Sapporo that is not at all intimidating due to its extreme affordability is this apartment hosted by Seiki. The place is a studio unit with several comfortable beds that can accommodate a total of seven people. Although Sapporo Station is about 15 minutes away on foot from the property, your host recommends that you rent a car for easier navigation. Some of the neighborhood essentials, like grocery shops, convenience stores, and restaurants, are also within walking distance from the rental.

高級家具導入!新築でキレイ!快適な滞在!北4条通り沿い!ワンフロア貸し切り!非接触型CI/最大7名/R3
Chūō-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
20 reviews
Entire apartment 5 Beds 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

4. Cosy house with amazing sunset views in Hokkaido (from USD 42)

This property is located in Hokkaido, and the space is divided in two: one half is for the hosts and the other half is for the guests. So don’t worry, because you’ll still have your own private space. The accommodation is furnished with a living room and a bedroom equipped with one double bed and a futon mattress. A kitchen can be easily accessed if you want to prepare your own meals. The rice fields are just a short walking distance away, and it is a great place for guests to relax and enjoy nature. You’ll also be able to see the beautiful sunset from the backyard, so prepare to be awestruck because the view is going to take your breath away.

Stay with your MOTHER in Japan!
夕張郡栗山町, 北海道, Japan
302 reviews
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the place was warm and comfortable with heater heating up the floor
great heating system in the rooms
we recommend you to book japanese style breakfast
we had an excellent night in the house with luxurious facilities and amenities and the kindest hosts
you could even enjoy authentic japanese breakfast for an extra charge if you want (do it )
Cleanliness:
everything is clean and comfortable
place is sparkling clean and feels homely
the house is clean and spacious
super clean super lovely and warm place
it was quiet clean and very friendly
Host:
the host is a very helpful and kind lady
the hosts' parents showed us great hospitality
great host & delicious breakfast
the host’s mom is great and friendly
the host is very kind and helpful
Location:
beautiful house in beautiful location
very nice place very close to yubari
the location of the property is perfect for those arriving or departing from chitose airport
we enjoyed the location of quiet nice countryside
great place and great breakfast
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5. Traditional house in Fujieda (from USD 115)

Yui Valley is a 96-year-old traditional house located in Shizuoka Prefecture, a countryside situated between Tokyo and Kyoto. If you’re going on a road trip, this vacation home in Japan is definitely a great rest stop for a night or two. It’s a great place for tourists to slow down and relax, especially because this traditional house is situated within the scenic green mountains, rivers, and tea fields. The house is newly renovated and furnished, complete with traditional sliding paper doors and tatami floors. It’s also a huge space with two living rooms, three bedrooms, and a fully equipped kitchen. If you’re interested in the heritage, arts, and culture of Japan, the hosts also offer workshops and day trips for a fee.

Japan Charm&Tradition-Yui Valley(easy Tokyo/Kyoto)
Fujieda, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
374 reviews
Entire house 5 Beds 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
all the rooms are beautiful and the kitchen has all the amenities you might need to cook
pro tip - definitely accept their offer of dinner and breakfast
warning to city people :- no tv or city entertainment but wifi here is good
the restoration of this charming traditional japanese house creates a comfortable home with all the amenities you require
we loved the breakfast and dinner that daisuke & hila thoughtfully prepared for us
Cleanliness:
the house was very clean and really beautiful
the house is simple but impeccably clean and so tastefully decorated
the place is immaculately clean
everything is super clean and taken care of
the house is traditional yet beautifully renovated and immaculately clean
Host:
wonderful hosts and lovely meals
dai und hila were very friendly hosts
hila and dai were the perfect hosts
they were delightful hosts in every way
they are wonderful hosts
Location:
the location is a perfect getaway from hectic city life
we rented a car from shizuoka station and enjoyed the flexibility of going around on our own
beautiful walks in rural woods and bathed in close by river
the house is beautifully designed and can be found tucked away in a calm forested area
the location is in the mountains with beautiful walks and a babbling brook nearby
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6. Japanese guesthouse with a rich history in Mitoyo (from USD 47)

This guesthouse located at Mitoyo-shi in the Kagawa Prefecture has over a hundred years of history and is so well-preserved that it’s now a candidate to be registered as a Tangible Cultural Property. Imagine staying in this space surrounded by the traditional interior design of old Japanese houses - it’s definitely going to be an amazing experience. Guests can access and enjoy a bath in the Goemonburo, which is an old-style Japanese bathtub. There are three Japanese-style rooms on the first level and two on the second level. The location is also really convenient, with attractions only a short distance away.

100 years over old Japanese Traditional Guesthouse
Mitoyo-shi, Kagawa-ken, Japan
399 reviews
Entire house 0 Beds 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the kitchen is generously equipped with plenty of tools plates bowles etc
they have a fully functional kitchen and beautiful garden
san’s place is excellent it’s a 100 yr old house with modern facilities
the house is fabulous and authentic with great tatami rooms
the house is beautiful and cozy full of artworks
Cleanliness:
clean warm comfortable and very traditional
the house was clean and comfortable
it was very clean well equipped & maintained
very nice house clean and tidy room
his wife kept the place clean and organized everyday we really enjoyed staying there
Host:
host is very nice
the host is very nice
the host is very welcoming
owner is really very kind
they are excellent hosts
Location:
it is located in very quiet area yet close to supermarket and good eateries
nearby shopping mall (15 minutes walking distance)highly recommend for anyone visit shikoku
ideal place for travelling in kagawa
the sushi place he recommended is cheap and good
there is a huge mall with all imaginable shops and restaurants just a short walk away
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7. Beautifully furnished house by Lake Toya in Hokkaido (from USD 172)

This property lies near Lake Toya in Hokkaido and is really great for tourists who are into the winter sports. The house is located right by the lake and is especially relaxing thanks to the panoramic views of nature it offers. Up to seven guests can be comfortably accommodated here. This rental beautifully furnished, with a living room, two bedrooms, a Japanese-style room and a kitchen. For ski lovers, Rusutsu, the biggest ski field in Hokkaido, is only a 40-minute drive away.

Relaxing house by Lake Toya
虻田郡洞爺湖町, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan
531 reviews
Entire house 3 Beds 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
in the living room it has a stunning view of the lake
there was also air conditioning which made our stay during summer cool
it was very comfortable and the view is lovely
if the wifi speed could be faster it will be a perfect house
she decorates her house with details with fresh flowers in the bathroom dining table n kitchen
Cleanliness:
clean tidy and has everything we needed
maki's lake side house is really clean and tidy as per photo
maki san's airbnb is super clean and cosy
house is also beautiful and clean
exceptionally comfortable cozy clean welcoming
Host:
the host is very responsive
she is by far the nicest host i've met
hospitality was great and the host gave amazing local tips
maki is a great host
my family and i felt at home and enjoyed the hospitality of this thoughtful host thoroughly
Location:
short distance from most places of interest around lake toya area
conveniently located to places of interest around lake toya
location is out of town but you get all the peace at the lake side
we love the house and location despite is 15mins drive to the town
get yourself familiar with the location before heading off to places of interest in lake toya
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8. Spacious condo with a balcony in Okinawa (from USD 190)

Located in Nago, Okinawa, this condo is situated conveniently, as it’s only a stone’s throw from the nearby Ocean Expo Park and a botanical garden. The balcony is definitely one of the best parts of this amazing vacation rental in Japan because you’ll be able to see a magnificent view of the ocean. During the full moon, you will even see the moon rising above the mountain. Take a walk along the neighbourhood and enjoy the peace and quiet and the relaxing vibes of the place. This property is equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay. There is a fully functioning kitchen as well as a washing machine. Plus basic necessities such as a microwave oven, toaster, rice cooker, toiletries and detergent are provided by the hosts.

【6A】Walk to Churaumi Aquarium thr Ocean Expo Park
国頭郡本部町, 沖縄県, Japan
508 reviews
Entire apartment 4 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
nice sea view and well orgnized room
highly recommended with fantastic view and fancy facility
comfortable beds and plenty of amenities
amazing view comfortable beds amazon prime video laptop and even a smartphone with data and free calls provided
very good experience perfect view comfort house nice person nice facilities
Cleanliness:
clean and tidy house
house was clean and so lovely
very nice clean and well organized flat
very nice airbnb that was super clean and comfortable
highly recommend the house very clean and peaceful
Host:
host was also very kind
kind regards denice :)
thank you to host :)
wonderful host with fantastic english
the host provide a good service as they will answer your questions within short period of time
Location:
excellent location to visit churaumi aquarium
great place also near a resort that has restaurants and shops at walking distance
great location where close to nice hotel restaurant and local super markets
good location with lots of sunlight and i appreciated how thorough junichiro was
i recommend walking to cape bise
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9. Comfortable and traditional Japanese house in Okinawa (from USD 48)

The old houses located at Nanjō-shi in Okinawa are beautifully furnished and prepared to welcome guests. This is a spacious property with two Japanese-style living rooms and three bedrooms with two beds and six mattresses that can sleep a total of eight guests. Wireless internet and portable Wi-Fi are also available. This accommodation is situated in an awesome location, as the beach is only a three-minute walk away! Aside from that, there are a lot of picturesque cafes nearby if you’re looking for a nice place to chill and relax.

Leisurely stay in Okinawa House
Nanjō-shi, Okinawa-ken, Japan
351 reviews
Entire house 2 Beds 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the scenery is viewable from the balcony and we enjoyed eating our breakfast at the balcony
takashi has a lovely place with a sea view and beautiful japanese-style rooms
it’s been a pleasure staying in takashi house-comfortable calming with tasteful decor
a must stay if you enjoy having the space and want something other than the typical apartment listings
the floor mattresses/tatami and the duvet provided were comfortable and clean
Cleanliness:
spotlessly clean local tips and nice touches
the house is clean and tidy
the house was clean and spacious
a clean and cozy traditional japanese style house with modern facilities
the house is old but very clean and comfortable
Host:
takashi is a kind host
the host is very nice and helpful
takashi was a great airbnb host
very responsive and thoughtful host
awesome place with persons host the host really helped us make our stay in okinawa a pleasant one
Location:
great location in southern part of okinawa
close to a beautiful beach(drive time within 5 minutes)
the house was beautiful and located in a quiet area
there's a beautiful beach park a short drive away
the location is a bit far but if you are going to rent a car it's totally ok
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10. Gorgeous villa with Scandinavian-style interior in Kagawa (from USD 222)

This villa situated in Takuma, Kagawa is a beautifully furnished property with wood accents that remind guests of a traditional Scandinavian house. With the sea located right in front of the property, guests are definitely going to love the panoramic ocean view from the wide windows. There’s a bedroom with two beds and one bathroom, and there’s also a table and chairs on the first level for guests to chill and unwind while overlooking a splendid view of the surroundings.

Unique villa with a view of the sea
三豊市詫間町, 香川県, Japan
155 reviews
Entire villa 6 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
wonderful apartment with stunning views
cozy and quiet place with stunning view
the propoerty is very comfortable and the views are great
(the kitchen did supply some basics like oil tea coffee etc
if you want to see amazing view in a lovely apartment and have a car we recommend takaomi's place
Cleanliness:
it is very clean and made of wood so you smell and feel the fresh wood
the sea was quite clean (compared to other beaches nearby tokyo)
amazing place it was so beautiful and clean
the place is clean & well equipped the kitchen has all kinds of utensils
) the house was exceptionally clean with a well equipped kitchen lovely hot spa bath and comfortable beds
Host:
our hosts were perfect
the host is easy to communicate
takaomi san was an amazing host
very helpful and knowledgeable for the local area
they are the best hosts ever - so kind and helpful with everything
Location:
it is easy to walk near the sea or the countryside close to the house
can rally recommend this place
right place to relax in the hammock an get your mind free from lively tokyo
the house itself was outstanding in its design location and comfort
but host take us to train station he is so friendly
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11. Beautiful apartment 30 minutes away from the airport in Fukuoka (from USD 29)

This cosy and beautifully decorated apartment in Japan for rent is a great option for guests who are on a trip to Fukuoka. There’s a subway station directly connected to the airport, and it’s located on a really safe street so you don’t need to be intimidated even if it’s your first trip to this city. The apartment is equipped with basic amenities such as air conditioning, towels and portable Wi-Fi. One great bonus is that Tenjin, one of the most famous areas in Fukuoka, is only a few minutes away!

Disinfected☆Sta walk 0mins!!Near Hakata,Tenjin!2
福岡市, 福岡県, Japan
337 reviews
Entire apartment 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the air conditioning was good
pocket wifi was super valuable
bed too small for 2 persons more like super single than queen side bed
easy check-in and the room had absolutely everything i needed
Cleanliness:
extremely clean compact room in fukuoka
it was exceptionally clean
it is very clean and comfortable
the room was absolutely clean and cozy
the apartment was clean and tidy
Host:
kana was also an excellent host
kana is a wonderful host
kana is a great host
kana is the best host
kana is a very nice host and replies promptly
Location:
terrific location beside the train station
good place with perfect location very near to the subway station
great place and near value supermarket and train station
also the location was great
great place with convenience location
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12. Wild man's hideout with a hearth in Hokkaido (from USD 56)

If you’re still looking for a temporary hideout on your upcoming trip to Hokkaido, this place is an excellent choice for such a plan. This Japanse-style tatami hut rental has two bedrooms and can accommodate up to six guests. The area is somewhat secluded and the host recommends that you arrive by car. Take note that this place has no typical beds; you will only be sleeping on a tatami mat with a futon, which adds to the uniqueness of this lodging experience.

六芸庵・囲炉裏のあるワイルドな男の隠れ家・ 比布スキー場まで車で1分
Pippu-chō, Hokkaidō, Japan
227 reviews
Hut 0 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the owner been thoughtful that the heater was on when we arrived and have instant bowl too
we arrived in the dark and host had thoughtfully left heater on for us
will need the heater in the winter time but an excellent place for a get away
the host is thoughtful to turn on the heater and keep the cosy house warm and so welcoming
the beds were also very comfortable
Cleanliness:
the bathroom was clean and the house was very cozy
it could’ve been a very nice clean and simple hut
the bathroom and toilet were clean and there is hot water
room was clean and the heating was already prepared before we arrived
the kitchen was nice and large and the rooms cabin overall was fairly clean
Host:
the owner is very nice and helpful
shinji is a great host responsive to our queries
although we didn't get to the host we felt very welcome and comfortable
beautiful house in the surrounding pine trees the host is nice he prepared everything making our stayed enjoyable
the host is helpful and nice will probably stay again next year
Location:
this place was great for a summer getaway from my work
shinji's place is located in a beautiful setting in pippu
warm and cozy this place is a rare gem
amazing house in outstanding location 5 minutes from ski resort & onsen
the listing location is peaceful and beautiful surrounded by nature
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13. Sendai room close to the police station (from USD 67)

For a family or group of six looking for a comfortable stay in Sendai without breaking the budget, this two-bedroom apartment hosted by Kunimaru is a fine choice. The home is as straightforward as it gets. There is no elaborate decor; all that’s inside are all that you’ll need to have a cozy place to sleep at night. The area is completely safe as the apartment building is located right across from Sendai’s central police station. Connectivity should be the least of your worries, too, as the subway station is only a nine-minute walk from the property.

★RM21★SENDAI★Entire place★Front of Police Station
Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken, Japan
131 reviews
Entire apartment 4 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
air conditioning was excellent
so spacious and stylish the warmest place we stayed at since the ac/heater system was modern and worked well
the beds were comfortable and there were plenty of amenities
the room was as described and felt like an older building that had been recently updated
there are many appliances and tv very useful to us
Cleanliness:
the place was very clean and spacious
the house is very clean
comfortable clean spacious heart warming place to stay
very clean and functional apartment with everything you need
the room is clean and renewed
Location:
the ideal location is near to sendai station aeon mall and shopping street
it was only a short 15 minute walk to sendai station so it was well located
nice location great equipment
sparkling space with nice location
the apartment is in a good location and not far from the station or the shopping street
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14. Cosy log house with a hot spring in Oguni

Located in Oguni-machi, Aso-gun, this two-storey log house boasts a natural hot spring right within the property! Guests can choose to enjoy the hot spring either indoors or outdoors, depending on their preferences. It’s also really spacious, as it can fit up to ten guests. There’s a living room as well as a bedroom on the first level. A large bedroom with tatami mats can be found on the second level. There’s a fully equipped kitchen so guests can prepare food, and a barbecue pit is also available for those who want to organise a delicious barbecue dinner.

温泉付き!夜は綺麗な星空を満喫☆2名様まで表示価格です!
Oguni-machi, Aso-gun, Kumamoto-ken, Japan
475 reviews
Entire house 1 Bed 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great house with lots of space and excellent facilities / amenities
the second floor heater is a kerosene heater which makes the room smell like fumes
spacious home comfortable beds beautiful tranquil sunset views & nice relaxing private outdoor hotspring bath
beautiful place with great and complete facilities with amazing hospitality
we especially love the private onsen and the kitchen
Cleanliness:
a big and clean house
the house is clean and spacious
the place is clean and tidy
the house itself is very clean nice and well equipped
the house is big and clean
Host:
the host is very nice
the owner is nice and friendly :)
the host is very nice and accommodating :)
host is very nice and helpful
the host is super nice and responsive
Location:
great location for some time out
great location for hiking and visiting onsens
great place to stay away from the city
the house is located in the beautiful and quiet town
private baths were comfortable and the location of the house is beautiful
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15. Modern apartment in a great location in Osaka

This fairly new and cosy space located in the Yodogawaku area in Osaka opened in 2018, so the furniture and all the amenities are still really new and beautiful. It has a minimalistic design but is complete with the basic amenities, including a small kitchen. This space has everything you’ll need for a comfortable stay. Toothbrushes, linens and towels are provided so guests don’t have to worry about forgetting anything. The location is also really great. Umeda, a popular shopping area, is only a three-minute train ride away from the nearby Juso Station. If you’re planning a day trip to Kyoto, just hop onto a train from Juso and you’ll be able to reach the city in no time.

【Grandouce Shinkitano】Opened in 2018/Near Umeda
Yodogawaku, Osaka, Japan
1068 reviews
Entire apartment 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
really great amenities extremely comfortable stay
the mattress and pillows were super comfy and the shower was powerful
great place with great facilities and amenities
a comfortable place to stay in with nearby amenities that’s convenient and easy
it was clean provided all the necessary amenities and had plenty of room
Cleanliness:
very clean and modern
very clean and new building
everything was very clean
clean place quite spacious
it’s clean and nice
Host:
the host is also very responsive to my enquiries
i recommend these apartments and the host
they were super friendly and helpful when it came to changes in our plans
the communication with the host was very easy and quick
Location:
great location close to juso station
easy access to osaka station by bus and train
location is great in the middle of two subway stations
perfect apartment location is better for business traveling
great local tips and location
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Take time off to relax in these unique Airbnb accommodations

We’ve listed a few properties located in the rural areas of Japan. If you have the chance to visit, you should definitely take some time off to unwind from the usual hustle and bustle of city life. It’s great to take deep breaths and enjoy some time out in nature. You can also experience the beauty of traditional Japanese culture in some of these properties as well. If you’re planning a trip to any of these places, remember to book your Airbnb in advance!

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