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Vacation rentals in Japan

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Top-rated vacation rentals in Japan

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Hakuba Powder Cottage Deep
SUPERHOST
Entire chalet · 5 guests · 4 beds · 1.5 baths

Hakuba Powder Cottage DeepWelcome to our cozy little one bedroom log cottage. The cottage is a warm functional. The one bedroom has four single beds with plenty of storage space. Wall mounted ski boot dryers in the entrance will keep your feet nice and warm on the slopes. For summer months we have a bbq to use and plenty of front yard and back yard space in which to enjoy the bbq.

JAPAN modern pine tree house with hot spring.
SUPERHOST
Entire residential home · 6 guests · 4 beds · 1.5 baths

JAPAN modern pine tree house with hot spring.New Open! New construction! With an open-air hot spring. A newly built one-story house built of pine. A space and bedroom where you can spend a relaxing time. Also ideal for work. 5 minutes drive to the beach. free Wi-Fi free Washing machine

Ocean view villa in Hachijyo island, Tokyo
SUPERHOST
Entire villa · 4 guests · 2 beds · 1 bath

Ocean view villa in Hachijyo island, TokyoTo combat the new coronavirus, we are stepping up our cleaning efforts. One of these is full ventilation and the introduction of a special made-in-Japan sanitizing and deodorizing agent that is safe for humans and pets but sanitizes more than 400 types of bacteria and viruses. We're very sorry, but we cannot accept early check-in before 15:00pm. Please enter the room after 15:00pm.

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Popular amenities for Japan vacation rentals

  • Kitchen
  • Wifi
  • Pool
  • Free parking on premises
  • Air conditioning

Other great vacation rentals in Japan

  1. Entire residential home
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Toy Kingdom is a 7-minute drive_LIFULL STAY252
R2,255 ZAR per night
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  1. Entire residential home
  2. Karuizawa, Kitasaku District
LAKESIDE HOUSE 10-min drive from Karuizawa Sta.
R7,243 ZAR per night
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  1. Entire cottage
  2. Katsuura-shi
La Piccola Villa ~nella foresta~
R1,100 ZAR per night
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire cottage
  2. Hakuba, Kitaazumi-gun
Sobae Sanso - Adorable A-Frame Cottage
R5,303 ZAR per night
SUPERHOST
  1. Hotel room
  2. Nakijin, Kunigami District
EMIL NAKIJIN - Deluxe King
R7,319 ZAR per night
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire residential home
  2. Atami
NEW:Ocean View&Hot Springs/Atami/relaxing/2LDK/80㎡
R2,369 ZAR per night
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire residential home
  2. Tsumagoi, Agatsuma District
Morinoya Kaikian (自然に囲まれた貸切 Villa)
R5,351 ZAR per night
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire residential home
  2. Ginoza, Kunigami District
【NEW OPEN】Superb view House COPAIN
R2,072 ZAR per night
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire townhouse
  2. Katsuura
Go in the direction of the old house! Great location! 10 seconds walk to Katsuura shopping district and morning market! You can also rent a whole house or accommodation in Katsuura
R1,258 ZAR per night
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire residential home
  2. Shimoda
【BBQ 】Close to the beach. Ocean view. Groups OK
R4,658 ZAR per night
SUPERHOST
  1. Hut
  2. Sakuho-machi
Sanson Terrace "silkworm house"
R1,606 ZAR per night
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire residential home
  2. 大字, Tsumagoi, Agatsuma-gun
一棟貸しだから安心。1,000平米の広大な敷地で北軽井沢の大自然を満喫!家族、友人と非日常を体験!
R6,635 ZAR per night

Top-rated things to do in Japan

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  • Try Drawing Manga Illustration w/pro
    *THIS IS AN ONLINE EXPERIENCE* Are you interested in the process of drawing MANGA graphics? Why don't you try a new artwork together? Contents -Let's Introduce each other. -I share how to draw. -------- 1. Draft with a pencil. 2. Inking with a ballpoint pen. 3. Finishing! -------- -I'll demonstrate and share the tips step by step, so please try drawing by yourself in this class. -Let me know your work on each step. I'll give you advice on your drawing! -Let's show each other the work. [Other things to note] -No matter the guest's drawing level! -The lesson materials are almost fixed, but if you have a request, I arrange the class as much as I can. -Sometimes, I invite another manga artist if I can. -Feel free to ask the date and time you prefer. Group lesson is also available! -Repeaters welcome! I'll make individual materials depend on your request. -I recommend using a PC or a laptop rather than a smartphone. The download speed should be more than 25mps. Please check here. https://www.speedtest.net/
    From Price:R267 / person
  • Become a Ramen Expert
    You'll finish this experience as an EXPERT on Japan's most popular soul food, RAMEN! This experience is great for groups, including for team-building! How many ramen shops are in Tokyo? When exactly was ramen invented? At the Ramen "Rookie" level, you'll get to know this and more, as we go over all the basics. From here, we'll crank it up a notch - a Ramen "Conversational" level of difficulty. We'll dive deeper - taking a virtual ramen tour at one of Tokyo's most famous ramen shops. While there, we'll discuss how to best enjoy ramen - like a true local. This will include how AND what to order via the ticket machine (when there's no English), as well as ramen do's and don'ts. We'll also get to see how the ramen is prepared, behind the scenes and in their kitchen! As part of the last level of difficulty, Ramen "Expert", I'll give some pro tips on how to make an easy soy sauce seasoning, or just upgrade your instant ramen at home. Lastly, we'll watch a mouthwatering video with 19 amazing Tokyo ramen shops (including in popular Shibuya). You can bookmark these for your next Tokyo trip! At the end, an interactive Q & A session will allow for any lingering ramen questions. Please reach out if you don't see a convenient date and time in the calendar. I'll create a new one for you! Other things to note - Please note that the cost is per person (not per screen)
    From Price:R187 / person
  • Ginza Personal Shopping Trip
    I will take you exclusively to the Japanese brands that I feel match your own personal style, so that your experience is truly personalized to you. Along the way,we'll discuss the history and context of Japanese fashion. "God is in the details." I will show you items which you can only buy in Tokyo - most visitors couldn't find by themselves or by using tourist’s guide books. Fashion styles include business, street, casual, upscale, and modest. This is a shopping experience cultivated just for you. It's like treasure hunting in a deluxe closet. If you go to the shops with me, the shops' owners and staff will welcome you with openness and friendliness. And,You will be permitted to take photos and videos. I had picked and chose myself carefully for the places. Establishing relationship through intimate exchange over time, about fashion but also about the culture that surrounds the world of fashion. I find so much joy and the sense of meaning to bridge my customers and those independent brands. Stores I chose will share not only their fine collection of apparel but their history and experiences, I expect everyone to trade inspirations and perspectives, as well as wide range of interest during the visit. “Don’t just shop. Collect the precious moments in those experiences to obtain, rediscover yourselves!”
    From Price:R1,305 / person
  • Tokyo Online Tour All in One! For happy hour event, or preparation for the trip!
    Now, even if you don't come to Tokyo, when you join this online tour, you may still feel like strolling though Tokyo, with 100 pictures and video clips! Though this program, you may come to know Tokyo's tourist spots, modern culture, daily life, and sense of values too. I have lived in Tokyo for 50 years. And as a tour guide, I have welcomed 5000 guests to my face to face tour at Tokyo. Then, I can show you something difficult to find by yourself, about Tokyo city. This program is good for enjoying Tokyo's popular tourist spots, modern culture, laughing, knowing basic things about Tokyo. Then, this is good preparation to come to Tokyo in the near future, or birthday present, home party, team building, virtual event, Happy Hour Event too. * My 2nd program is good for feeling happiness, relax, healing, touching nature/art/beauty of Japan, and learning history/sense of our values. (good for educational program too) https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/1771220 contents 1.Self introduction 2.Tokyo's transportation 3.Japanese Breakfast 4.Meiji Jingu 5.Lunch at Tsukiji fish market 6.AKIBA 7. Seven Eleven Japan 8. Sensoji temple 9. Ramen 10. Sushi 11.Table manner (+Q&A) 12. Extra * Many teams have joined my program. (Accenture, Airbnb, Arbonne, Ernst & Young, Facebook, Google, IOC, Many of MBAs, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Olympic Foundation, Toyota , Wartsila, Wikimedia Foundation)
    From Price:R240 / person
  • Origami and the Essence of Japan
    This is a rare opportunity to learn Origami with cultural backstories from a Tokyo local. It is a creative and fun experience perfect for corporate team building as well as family or friends get together! Origami is a traditional art of paper crafting from Japan. Precision and dexterousness that are required to fold a piece of paper is CONCENTRATING as well as THERAPEUTIC. This provides you a time to relax and share a common creative experience with people who you care. And you will create cool or lovely shapes by yourself. You can't get the same experience on YouTube tutorials because Manami shares not only how to make Origami, but also its history as well as Japanese culture and values behind the shapes. You will choose a few Origami from options with different skill levels. Manami will demonstrate folding step by step, emphasizing important skills. If anyone has questions or requests, she can stop to help anytime. 1. Manami introduces herself and the session 2. Manami asks one guest to introduce the group 3. Manami explains the options and confirm with the group which ones to fold 4. Manami demonstrates folding each origami step by step with her second camera showing her hands spotlighted 5. For traditional options, Manami talks about their background and related cultural stories 6. You can ask any questions or make comments during or after the session
    From Price:R160 / person

Your guide to Japan

Welcome to Japan

Whether you’re new to Japan or you’ve traveled here many times, this country of 430 inhabited islands will unveil a new facet at every turn. You can take in the lakes and shrines surrounding Mount Fuji, the brilliant building-high signs of Osaka, the ancient temples of Kyoto, and the avant-garde architecture on remote Naoshima Island. Tokyo is a feast for urban aesthetes, with globally chic design stores, fashion boutiques, and cocktail bars, while the dramatic gorges and vapor-wrapped volcanos of Hokkaido’s national parks will thrill lovers of the outdoors.

It’s hard not to make Japanese cuisine a cornerstone of your visit, whether you’re sampling your way through regional styles of ramen or honoring the season’s most evocative ingredients with an elegant kaiseki meal. The twin assets of Japanese hospitality and the country’s well-designed infrastructure make it easy to experience Japan’s many delights, traveling between megacities and remote coastal villages.


How do I get around Japan?

Most people flying into Japan will arrive in Tokyo at Narita International Airport (NRT) or Haneda Airport (HND), though hundreds of flights every day also land in Osaka (KIX), Fukuoka (FUK), and Sapporo (CTS). If you’re traveling from one island to another, domestic flights are easy to find, and ferries offer a leisurely, scenic way to navigate the country. But Japan’s rail system is one of the best in the world. If you’ll be moving around frequently during your visit, consider purchasing a Japan Rail Pass for 7, 14, or 21 days, which covers Japan’s six major rail companies and many of the shinkansen (bullet train) routes.

If you’re comfortable driving on the left side of the road, you might consider renting a car for travel in more rural areas, but Japan’s most-visited cities all have comprehensive subway, train, and bus networks. (Mapping apps on your phone can help you determine the best routes and find your station.) Rideshares aren’t common, even in Tokyo, but taxis are. If you don’t speak Japanese and want to avoid confusion, show your taxi driver your destination translated into Japanese on a smartphone or hand-written note.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Japan?

Though it’s hard to make generalizations about an archipelago that stretches 1,900 miles, Japan is generally considered to have a temperate subtropical climate, with hot, humid summers, cool but mild winters, and a distinct spring and fall. The farther from Tokyo you travel, of course, the more you’ll want to consult local conditions. The climate in the snowy northern island of Hokkaido — where winter temperatures dip below freezing for a month or two — can be quite different from that of semi-tropical Okinawa in the south, where humid 90-degree summer days are the norm. On the main island of Honshu, spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) are the most comfortable, not to mention the most popular times to visit. The landscape is at its most expressive then, especially during Japan’s famed cherry-blossom season in late March and early April. If you are traveling to Japan in late summer, monitor the weather reports for tropical cyclones blowing in from the Pacific Ocean, and keep in mind, September and October are the height of the country’s rain season, so bring waterproof outerwear as well as indoor plans.


What are the top things to do in Japan?

Kyoto’s Higashiyama District

As the imperial seat for more than a millennium, Kyoto has preserved hundreds of stunning temples, palaces, gardens, and of course, the legendary geisha districts. The historic Higashiyama District is one of the most atmospheric corners in this tradition-minded city, and you can spend hours wandering down narrow streets lined with wood-frame houses and centuries-old artisan shops, darting into side streets to peek in small shrines, before visiting the 1,200-year-old Kiyomizudera temple, with its terrace overlooking downtown. Higashiyama shines brightest during the 10-day Hanatoro festival in March, when thousands of paper lanterns appear.

Hiking in the Japanese Alps

Seventy percent of Japan’s landmass is covered in mountain ranges, which curve along the entire sweep of the archipelago. One of the most glorious spots in the northern Japanese Alps is the 673-square-mile Chūbu-Sangaku National Park, located between Toyama and Nagano, 150 miles northwest of Tokyo. In the summer, you can hike along the Azusa river at Kamikochi, seek out the hot springs around Okuhida, or if you’re an experienced mountaineer, trek from mountain hut to mountain hut (make reservations beforehand). In winter, skiers and snowboarders make pilgrimages to the resorts at Hakuba.

Island-Hopping in Okinawa

If you don’t think of traveling to Japan for sublime beach time, you’ve never visited the Okinawan archipelago at the southern end of Japan. Using Okinawa City as your base, you can take ferries or short flights to reach some of its 160 far-flung islands. Go snorkeling in the clear turquoise waters surrounding Tokashiki Island, where clownfish and butterfly fish dart among the coral reefs. Loll on the powdery white-sand beaches of Hateruma Island. Wander around historic houses with tiled roofs and sculptures on Taketomi Island. Everywhere you go, you can sample Okinawa’s distinctive Ryukyuan cuisine, which incorporates influences from China and southeast Asia.