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Small cabin "Mökki" by the creek for one group only per day
Entire residential home · 4 guests · 2 beds · 1 bath
Small cabin "Mökki" by the creek for one group only per dayMökki means “cottage” in Nordic Finnish. Enjoy your time in a tranquil space that is disconnected from everyday life. Guest house Mökki is located in Shinanomachi, which is blessed with forests, lakes and snow in northern Nagano Prefecture. Nearby attractions include the Kurohime Kogen, Lake Nojiri, and Togaku. The building from the pioneering era has been stylishly renovated with plenty of natural materials such as solid cedar, cypress, and lacquer. There is a creek that flows through the property, so you can enjoy a walk in search of nature and swimming in the hammocks. In the woods' stump space, you can enjoy BBQ and bonfire in the fire pit. For those who wish to experience living in the countryside, there are also experiences such as firewood cutting, agricultural work, seasonal preserved food with vegetables and berries picked from the fields, and confectionery making. It is also a great base for hiking, biking, fishing and sup golf during the green season and for winter sports, including skiing and snowboarding, during the snow season.
Converted barn in Okayama, a 100-year-old warehouse built in the quiet Satoyama
Hut · 3 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath
Converted barn in Okayama, a 100-year-old warehouse built in the quiet SatoyamaA new home that has been inherited for 100 years in the middle of the serenity and forests is now open. For a long time since the warehouse was built, the sturdy and beautiful buildings that have kept their food in place have transformed into a healing space that gives visitors a sense of silence and peace. The earthen walls have the same heat accumulation as the European stone buildings, which are cool in the summer and warm in the winter, and amazed by the high performance of the ancestors from the rustic materials. And this warehouse also adds enough new comforts that you can't get anywhere else.From the total design to the furniture, it's designed by an architect who designs Ginza Six or Fuji TV's Bay Coast Studios. In addition to the refrigerator, oven range, IH stove, coffee tools for coffee lovers, and a toaster for bread lovers to make your stay elegantly enjoyable.In the winter, you can also enjoy the red burnable wood stove. Enjoy a quiet time in an old, new space with close proximity to the forest air and wildlife. I hope you can feel the richness of what you have to offer.
Sanson Terrace "hut Juksul"
Entire chalet · 5 guests · 3 beds · 1 bath
Sanson Terrace "hut Juksul"We have renovated a small wooden hut by woods. It stands on a plateau area over 1,000m elevation. When I was a child, my one of a dream was building my secret place like this by myself. And the dream had come true at last! I hope you remember your childhood memory and feel wooden warmth by handmade in beautiful nature. This is a best area for hiking in forests and visiting beautiful lakes. The hut is good size to stay for a couple and a family or single.

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  2. Atami
NEW:Ocean View&Hot Springs/Atami/relaxing/2LDK/80㎡
$179 per night
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  2. Yamanakako, Minamitsuru District
Re: New Cottage lux 01 | Extraordinary space with stunning views of Fuji and stretching tents BBQ
$114 per night
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  2. Azumino
Private natural hot spring availble 24 hours a day
$101 per night
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  2. Atami
【Atami-Kaiun】PrivateSpace/110㎡/Ocean View/WoodDec
$139 per night
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  2. Shodoshima, Shozu District
Vacation house w/atelier
$39 per night
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  2. Hitachinaka
It is a great base for sightseeing!! The river right in front is the point of the seabus!! Near the fish market.
$73 per night
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  2. Doshi, Minamitsuru District
Kikuya's - TSUBAKI [whole rental style cottage.]
$84 per night
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  2. Shirako, Chōsei District
【Kujukuri Green Resort】Spacious House near Beach
$120 per night
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  2. Shimoda
JAPAN modern pine tree house with hot spring.
$210 per night
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  2. Togane
[October open] Kujukuri, sea, forest, hot pot, BBQ, 7 people OK, private party, gift inn "JICCA" Zika
$121 per night
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  2. Tsukuba
Tiny house with private sauna and Mirabath
$133 per night
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  2. Mito
今だけ40%off★オープン記念★大塚池公園沿100㎡超 広々2階建3LLDK一棟貸【1日1組限定】
$149 per night

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.