A Guide To A Workation In Japan

A Guide To A Workation In Japan
Samantha
Samantha
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The country of Japan makes for an excellent choice if you are looking for a workation—an opportunity to get away from the regular grind of everyday life and find productivity in a new location, at least for a short time. A workation in Japan means the chance for rejuvenation, complete with scenic destinations, quick transportation, reliable connectivity, and delicious eats. If you’re interested in going to Japan to explore its rich culture, or if you simply want to go on an adventure and indulge in sports such as winter skiing or diving, there is so much to do in this island county as a treat after getting all your work done. Read on to discover the benefits of a workation in Japan, as well as its top destinations with accommodation recommendations to match.

Benefits of a workation in Japan

1. Take a much-needed break from lockdown
Who doesn’t need a change in their routine right now? Japan offers a chance to get away from the four walls of your room that have become a common sight. Check out new sceneries and get reinvigorated.

2. Partake in its unique culture
Old meets the new in Japan, creating a blossoming society of tradition combined with innovation. Japan has unique characteristics that can be seen from its fashion to its food. Go on a workation in Japan and explore its prosperous culture.

3. Learn about the rich history
The historic and well-preserved culture of Japan dates back to 1000 BCE and 300 CE. Until now, Japan has maintained a richness of culture that seeps into daily life. A workation in Japan offers the chance to learn more about its history, which continues to live on today.

4. Explore beautiful nature and varied landscapes
From oceanside views to towering mountaintops, Japan has tons of natural beauty. Whether you adore the snow-capped scenery during winter or want to see hot summer views, you’ll find something in the diverse landscape and ecosystems of Japan that will amuse you.

5. Enjoy local cuisine
Foodies should definitely head out to Japan. With food such as sushi and mochi, places like izakayas (Japanese bars that serve small plates), and incredible vending machines, Japan is a country that knows how to eat. Get ready to dig into one of the healthiest cuisines on the planet.

6. Try out different sports
Downhill skiing? Check. Scuba diving? Check. There are also other popular sports in the country such as baseball, football, golf, and more. Offering a variety of sports, Japan is a healthy country that loves to move. Get ready to balance out your work-play agenda when on workation in Japan.

Top accommodations for a workation in Japan

We have picked the top five locations for a workation in Japan. These come with some great accommodations that you can book for your stay as well.

1. Karuizawa

Karuizawa
Source: Photo by Flickr user vera46 used under CC BY 2.0

Karuizawa, located in the Nagano prefecture, is a mountainous resort town at the base of volcanic Mount Asama. With a wide range of seasonal activities, it is a perfect destination for shopping and dining. Here, you can explore museums, nature, and hot springs. Stunning views are paralleled by the unique architecture of the area, and each season in Karuizawa brings its own joy. If you adore mountain landscapes and fresh air for a rejuvenating workation, Karuizawa is the place for you.

Le Grand Karuizawa Hotel and Resort (from USD 420)

Enjoy magnificent views and a tranquil oasis at Le Grand Karuizawa Hotel and Resorts. This luxurious accommodation offers free WiFi throughout its property, making it effortless to stay connected to work. Large and modern rooms provide the right amount of calm to help you focus on whatever task you need to tackle. On your off time, take advantage of the irresistible restaurant, find some peace in the garden, or check out the spa and hot springs on site.


Le Grand Karuizawa Hotel and Resort

Address: Hocchi 864-4
Price: from 420 USD

Internet services Free WiFi Open-air bath Sauna Hot spring bath Restaurant Private parking Non-smoking throughout

Sleek and modern cabin (from USD 538)

Make your temporary home a sanctuary with this sleek and modern cabin, done in a Finnish log house style. Large windows open up to a verdant landscape, making you feel relaxed even when working. Remotely located and newly built in 2015, this cabin can host up to eight guests. A discount is applied for six or more people staying more than three days, so bring the family and make it a true getaway.

大きな窓から森を眺める  「一棟丸ごと」自宅に居るのと同じ環境なので安心ステイ
軽井沢町, 長野県, Japan
224 reviews
Entire cabin 1 Bed 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
modern kitchen complete amenities and nice and warm in the winter (floor heating)
floor heating full kitchen and beautiful view
a perfect example of modern interior japanese kitchen design with everything you need
nice place and nice forest view but less toilet and bathroom for many people
it is a very nice house with open kitchen and superb facilities e
Cleanliness:
mr daishin’s house is professionally cleaned and very well maintained
the stylish modern and clean house was amazing and we spent a memorable holiday with our family
located off the roads in a neighborhood with lots of privacy dashin's place is very beautiful clean and cozy
daishin san's house is beautiful clean and in a great location
overall a very nice clean comfortable home we enjoyed our short holiday away from tokyo
Host:
host is helpful and responsive
mr daishin was definitely a kind and helpful host whom tried to fulfilled our needs
he is an excellent host who responded quickly
daishin-san & staff were super helpful and quick to respond
thank you daishin for being a great host with a very smooth check in and check out
Location:
the location is very convenient as well close to high way supermarket and hot spring spots
on the secluded side so you definitely should have a car for this location
the neighbourhood is very quiet safe and relaxing
it is located well to enjoy the lovely shops and restaurants in the area
we highly recommend this place and we will definitely come back for another visit
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2. Bandai-Asahi National Park

Mt.Bandai from Lake Inawashiro 05
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Σ64 used under CC BY 3.0

Bandai-Asahi National Park is best known for its volcanic landform, dotted by dense forests, sacred mountains, and lakes and ponds. Here, you can find Goshikinuma Nature Trail, which lies around the brightly colored marshes and lakes. This area is great for outdoor enthusiasts who are looking to combine work with the opportunity to hike, ski, or participate in water sports.

2nd House (from USD 35)

2nd House is a lovely accommodation that features private rooms with shared living spaces. Located at Kitashiobara, 16 miles (25 kilometers) from Mount Bandai, 2nd House has comfortable rooms that all come equipped with a microwave, a refrigerator, and other necessities. On site, you can enjoy free parking and a charming garden to sit in. Take advantage of its close proximity to skiing and hiking as well. Free WiFi is available within the property, allowing you to work without disruptions.


2nd House

Address: 1093‐275 Hibarakengamine
Price: from 35 USD

Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas Free parking Hiking Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines On-site parking Invoice provided Smoke alarms

Aizu Wakamatsu Hut (from USD 139)

This converted warehouse in Aizuwakamatsu, near Bandai-Asahi National Park, has all the essentials for your stay. Capable of hosting up to eight guests, the hut features traditional tatami mats and has a mini-kitchen with a washer and dryer. You can easily get here using a train or bus from Aizu-Wakamatsu Station.

會津寝蔵【貸切】 グループ~8人
会津若松市, 福島県, Japan
104 reviews
Hut 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
the house is very clean with full facilities
the place was clean
house is big n clean
host is very responsive and clean the place everyday
the place is clean and nostalgic with many antique-like collections
Host:
staff speak minimal english but was very eager to help
saito-san was a great host
the host is the best i ever met among airbnb hosts
the owner is very kind and he is very helpful
great place and great host
Location:
the location is good near supermarket and shopping area
the location of the house is also pretty good
close to mount bandai for a beautiful hike or ski in the winter
super spotlessly clean only 1/2 block from the main shopping/restaurant street
furthermore he went above and beyond to ensure that the place was properly insulated
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3. Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji @ Lake Kawaguchiko
Source: Photo by Flickr user Guilhem Vellut used under CC BY 2.0

Mount Fuji is an iconic symbol of Japan; one that is etched into the minds of many when they first think of the country. The highest mountain in Japan, Mount Fuji is located on the island of Honshū and makes for the perfect workation destination. To the north of the volcanic mountain, you can visit Fujigoko, or Fuji Five Lakes, or hit up the many onsens (Japanese hot springs) of the area.

Kawaguchiko Country Cottage Ban (from USD 274)

Kawaguchiko Country Cottage will take your glamping experience to another level with its sparkling cottages that include stunning views of Mount Fuji. With high-speed WiFi throughout the property, it is easy to work on tasks. All the cottages here have terraces, a flat-screen TV, and barbecues. Head to the on-site public baths, which are both located indoor and outdoor, to unwind after a day spent working.


Kawaguchiko Country Cottage Ban - Glamping Resort -

Address: Kawaguchi 2092
Price: from 274 USD

On-site parking Gift shop Hot tub/jacuzzi Kids' outdoor play equipment 24-hour security Free parking Cashless payment available Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas

Fuji Time Traveler Annex (from USD 306)

This modern and immaculate private home will have you feeling 10 times calmer as soon as you walk through its doors. Styled with a mix of traditional Japanese and contemporary aesthetics, you’ll be spared no convenience of home here. Enjoy high ceilings, Netflix access, a fully equipped kitchen, parking, WiFi, a dedicated workspace, and the on-site garden. Situated close to major Mount Fuji attractions, this place is unbeatable.

3mins to Kawaguchiko St. Fuji Time Traveler Annex
Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi, Japan
152 reviews
Entire house 11 Beds 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
loved the huge tv and the availability of netflix which let us watch some english shows
comfortable bedding that's all i asked for
Cleanliness:
house was really clean and as advertised
great 2n stay apartment is clean and spotless
the house is modern and clean
the house was sparkling clean and very stylish
very nice clean and cozy place to stay
Host:
very nice house great host
the host was extremely understanding and helping and it made the whole process so much easier and better
Location:
great house with great location
lovely house big rooms great location
lovely space close to lake kawaguchico and the station private and quiet
location is great in a quiet place close to the station and the lake the house is convenient
we stayed here prior to the mt fuji climb and really like the proximity to kawaguchiko station
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4. Okinawa

Furuzamami beach Okinawa Zamami
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Hashi photo used under CC BY 3.0

Okinawa Prefecture is a unique part of Japan in the Ryukyu Islands, offering visitors the chance to partake in outdoor activities. An area rich in farming and fishing, Okinawa has a blossoming tourist trade that includes attractions such as Shurijo Castle, lovely beaches, and swimming and scuba diving areas. If your idea of a workation includes beaches and fresh food, then Okinawa is for you.

Haimurubushi (from USD 307)

Haimurubushi offers spacious rooms that overlook green grass, palm trees, and blue skies. As it is the southernmost resort in Japan, it offers a tranquil experience and beautiful sceneries. Haimurubushi features ocean views, an outdoor swimming pool, and car and bicycle rentals. On site, you can enjoy multiple restaurants that cater to both Western and Japanese palates. The resort is also within close proximity to attractions such as Kohama Folk Museum and Churasan Observatory. There is WiFi all throughout the area so all you need to do is find the perfect spot where you can work.


Haimurubushi

Address: Kohama 2930
Price: from 307 USD

Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas Property is cleaned by professional cleaning companies Public Bath First aid kit available On-site parking Swimming pool Kid meals

Login Okinawa (from USD 181)

You can have this fun and funky A-frame cabin all to yourself in Okinawa. Be surrounded by the natural landscape of the area while enjoying all the unique touches of this Airbnb rental such as a pool table, a terrace for barbecue, and a fully equipped kitchen. Login Okinawa is the perfect destination for those who are looking for a blend of convenience and access to nature.

CABIN「LOGIN OKINAWA」
Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa-ken, Japan
177 reviews
Entire cabin 7 Beds 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
house had all the nice touches - projector games bathroom caddie pool table and etc
not really easy to find but incredible beautiful rooms with functional kitchen and even a pocket ball table
the house were very comfortable and have everything we needed
we also enjoyed playing pool and jenga since ginji had several games available
Cleanliness:
its very clean and comfortable place
cleanliness condition is good
great place to stay nice and clean and close to the beach
Host:
the host is super nice answered all my questions very promptly
easy communication with the host and easy check-in and out
finally i can only say great things about ginji and yui as hosts- they are wonderfully friendly and generous
Location:
amazing place with great location close to local beaches and restaurants
shops and nice restaurants within walking distance
the house was decorated for christmas and location was perfect for exploring the island
the place is so amazing it spiced up my okinawa trip
great place to stay in beautiful okinawa
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5. Kyoto

Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto, Japan
Source: Photo by Flickr user Ray in Manila used under CC BY 2.0

Kyoto is a stunning and beautiful city in central Japan that once served as the capital of the country. Though a large city, Kyoto offers the opportunity to visit temples and shrines as well as plentiful verdant green spaces. A great destination for foodies, Kyoto is home to Nishiki Market, a fun stop where you can fill up on fresh meats and veggies. Easily accessible, Kyoto should be on any city dweller’s list that is looking for a balance of interesting culture and calm atmosphere.

Mimaru Kyoto Station (from USD 170)

Stay in the heart of the city at Mimaru Kyoto Station, just steps away from the iconic TKP Garden City Kyoto and close to Sanjusangen-do Temple. Though Mimaru Kyoto Station offers hotel-style accommodations, all rooms come with kitchens to make you feel right at home. Clean and comfortable, this hotel is a great pick for anyone looking to be in heart of the city while staying in a sanctuary. The best part of it all is that it comes with WiFi for your convenience.


MIMARU KYOTO STATION

Address: Minami-ku Higashikujo Higashisannoucho 15-1
Price: from 170 USD

Family rooms First aid kit available Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus Process in place to check health of guests Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed Daily housekeeping Lift Fire extinguishers

Comfortable home close to attractions (from USD 45)

Step into a true Japanese home when you book this accommodation for rent that can host up to five guests. Make use of the free pocket WiFi to meander your way through Kyoto without losing any connection. This home is in a great location close to attractions such as the Kinkaku-ji and Kiyomizu-dera temples as well as Nijo Castle. The home is affordable and offers a large-screen TV, ample living space, and comfortable bedrooms.

A comfortable big house!
京都市下京区, 京都府, Japan
335 reviews
Entire house 4 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we enjoyed the unique touches like the heated table and the coffee machine
air-conditioners worked great and the hot water in the shower was amazing
beds were comfortable and there were plenty of amenities
modern interior design throughout cleanness comfortable living
we enjoy the gathering time spending in living room with the warm carpet
Cleanliness:
amazing big clean and warm place
the place was spotlessly clean too
very clean and easy to access
dear fusako this was a very nice house it was clean and tidy
the apartment is super clean and cosy
Host:
host is friendly and lovely
the owners were very kind and help us very much
this host is very passionate and considerate
the directions to get to the home were also helpful and accurate
fusako is an excellent host that made us feel even better than in our home
Location:
very well located close distance walking from the main station
a wonderful location a few minutes walk from the main railway station and bus station
the station is a 12 minute walk from kyoto station so well located for exploring the city
wonderful place located close to the station
location was great for both bus and train
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Coworking spaces in Japan

Another option when planning your workation in Japan is jumping into a coworking space. WeWork is the only and the largest network of coworking spaces that has multiple locations around Japan. If you’re looking for an independently owned coworking space, you can check on Coworker for availability, pricing, and location. Coworking spaces tend to cost approximately 1500 to 2500 JPY (around 14 to 19 USD) for a daily rental fee. If you’re looking to rent a coworking on a monthly basis, the price can vary depending on the amenities and facilities available, location, and city, but on average you can expect to pay between15,000 to 55,000 JPY (142 to 520 USD).

Rent a pocket WiFi

Renting a pocket WiFi during your workation in Japan is another way to add ease and connectivity to your stay. A pocket WiFi helps you stay in touch with all your work emails and family updates no matter where you are, lessening the worry of missing anything while away. They’re also handy if you’re traveling in a group since multiple people can connect to the pocket WiFi at any time.

Go to Japan for your next workation

Japan is a wonderful choice when looking for your upcoming workation. It offers easily accessible transportation, a diverse landscape, and a rich and historic culture. With all it has to offer, Japan fits the bill for work and play.

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Raised in the woods of Northern Wisconsin, adventure pulses through Samantha's veins. Her most notable trips have been a tandem bicycle ride 1,000 miles to New Orleans, surviving malaria in Kenya,...Read more

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