Seven Airbnb vacation rentals perfect for couples, families and friends vacationing in Japan this summer

With summer vacation in Japan just around the corner, here are seven accommodations in five different areas to help you have your dream vacation.

In Japan, domestic travel has almost returned to pre-pandemic levels. With more opportunities for outings and summer vacations in just over a week for most children, families are looking forward to a summer that feels a lot more normal than anything since 2019.

With that in mind, you might want to try something different to celebrate this year. Whether you bring kids or friends, here they are seven homes provided by Airbnb Japan which are exciting destinations in and of themselves, where you can recharge your batteries to your heart’s content.

1. Elegant and Peaceful Log House (Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture)

This secluded hideaway is perfect for couples and families looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city to spend some quality time together amidst a wooded setting.

The picture-perfect cottage was built from natural materials using traditional Japanese methods. Despite its rustic appearance, it still offers modern comforts such as a TV, Blu-ray/DVD player and a basic kitchen.

2. Re: New Cottage LUX01 (Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture)

Originally built in 1979, this is a completely renovated home with a patio that extends from the living and dining rooms. A fixed stretch tent offers a view of Mount Fuji and a place to relax outdoors in all weathers with a shared fire pit.

While the building’s exterior may be retro, the interior is very stylish. An open kitchen with a bar counter sits in the corner and overlooks a spacious room. Most conveniently, the house is only a 90-minute drive from Tokyo, so it’s also great for a workcation.

3. Seaside Hut (Isumi City, Chiba Prefecture)

Why not spend your vacation somewhere with a combination of home and tropical paradise features? The highlight of this property is a 15-meter outdoor pool with a hot tub overlooking the ocean.

It gets even better as there is a pool bar with sound system and an outdoor wood burning stove for all your party needs. This has to be a taste of what life as a celebrity is like.

4. Hidden Beach House (Isumi City, Chiba Prefecture)

It’s only a five minute walk to the beach from this quiet home, but you might be so engrossed in your immediate surroundings that you won’t even make it there! Up to 11 people can stay here during a stay and relax in the dry landscaped garden.

The indoor common area has two levels with large windows overlooking the garden area. In a slightly unusual procedure, check-in is at 12pm and check-out is at 3pm, giving you a little more time to relax during your stay.

5. New Villa LUX03 (Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture)

This newly built villa, just completed in March, offers many opportunities to be outside while enjoying the view of Mount Fuji. Stained glass windows run the length of the room and a chestnut column and dining table serve as natural accents.

In particular, you’ll want to immerse yourself in the private garden area with plants and an outdoor fire pit, while enjoying the changing atmosphere throughout the day, from soft moonlight to cheerful sunlight.

6. 72perch (Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture)

While Atami is known as a hot spring resort, staying at this Japanese-style, one-story home offers a more intimate experience than a busy hotel. The sea-view terrace with a hammock is perfect for lounging or watching Atami’s fireworks festivals, while the common area features a blend of sophisticated traditional architecture with modern touches.

But wait – surprise! You even get your own private natural hot spring on the premises. Wash away all your pain at the end of the day in the comfort of your own space.

7. Villa Karuizawa 24 (Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture)

This property is a perfect secret base for adults come rain or shine in the Karuizawa holiday destination.

An open wooden deck, bar lounge and multiple types of stoves make for a sophisticated vacation or work stay.

New search features from Airbnb Japan

If the above destinations have piqued your interest, Airbnb recently published 56 new search function categories on their website and app to help you find the perfect vacation spot.

Filter the “Style” categories by options like “Best View Locations”, “Historic Buildings” or even “Wings”. “Location” categories for “Beach” or “Vineyard”; and “Activity” categories for “Golfing” or “Skiing,” to name a few.

Whether you’re a seasoned Airbnb pro or prefer a more typical hotel, Japan is sure to have the perfect place to stay for everyone—even if you have diverse interests like samurai, ninja, anime butlers, and dinosaurs.

Source, images: Airbnb
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