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Home in 白山市
Natural Hotspring with Loghouse
This log house is in Shirayama City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The natural hot spring is used in both the open-air and indoor baths.Nearby there is a botanical garden, ski resort, hot spring facilities, organic restaurants, cafes. Kanazawa is also about 30 minutes away, with good access to World Heritage Site Shirakawa-go.Enjoy a relaxing time in the wild in the warm, fragrant hot springs of the trees. Our log house is based in Haku San city, Ishikawa prefecture. Nearby places include botanical gardens, a ski resort, a canyon, organic restaurants and cafes. It is approximately 30 minutes from Kanazawa and also has good access to the world heritage site, Shirakawa-go. Please come relax in this beautiful environment and enjoy our log home.
$111 per night
Home in Fujieda
Japan Charm&Tradition-Yui Valley(easy Tokyo/Kyoto)
Welcome to Yui Valley ! A refreshing stop between Tokyo and Kyoto. In the countryside, simple farmers traditional house surrounded by Lush Green Mountains, Bamboo forests, Rivers and Tea Fields. Outside the usual tourist path, discover the real country side of Japan. Come to relax and enjoy different Activities: Hiking with view of Mt. Fuji, a walk crossing Bamboo grove and tea fields, Green Tea ceremony, Hot spring, Bicycles, Bamboo workshop, Shiatsu, Acupuncture treatment or River Dipping.
$103 per night
Home in Koto-ku
Decoboco hanare
This house is an old Japanese traditional house built in 1948. We renovated inside so it is very clean and comfortable. I am an artist There is a kitchen and living area at the1st floor and you can see the little Japanese garden from it. The 2nd floor is an also traditional tatami room and sleep with Japanese style of bed (FUTON) so you will have real Japanese life style at our place.
$69 per night

Japan vacation rentals

Tiny home in Shinano, Kamiminochi District
Anoie home with a private sauna with spectacular views of Lake Nojiri
$458 per night
Cabin in Nagano
Elegant, secluded cabin for couples & families
$156 per night
Tiny home in Ichinomiya, Chōsei-gun
Tiny House Ichi (5 min walk from the station) Container tiny house with private open-air bath
$142 per night
Bungalow in 奄美市笠利町
The Mermaids(with ocean view and private beach)
$262 per night
Chalet in Hakuba, Kitaazumi District
Amber 3LDK: Semi-open Luxury Family Bath Private Snow Peak BBQ Scenic Mountain View
$689 per night
Villa in Hakuba, Kitaazumi District
新築PanoramaHomesA/Newly built Chalet with Alps View
$315 per night
Home in Uruma
Newly built with 340 degree ocean view and BBQ terrace
$165 per night
Villa in Itō
Playliving IZU - A ocean view villa with "Onsen"
$421 per night
Hut in Nanao
O only Village Yukin-an/Perfect for private inns/BBQ
$191 per night
Religious building in Kiryu
The entire temple hotel in Kiryu just for you!
$246 per night
Hut in Maibara
[Yonehara-shi, Shiga Prefecture] The foot of Mt. Ibuki Mt. 
$207 per night
Home in Kawazu, Kamo District
Ocean View Private House by the Beach
$551 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.

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.

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.

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