10 Best Airbnb Homes & Vacation Rentals in Japan

10 Best Airbnb Homes & Vacation Rentals in Japan for the Trip of a Lifetime

The magic of Japan comes to life at these stunning residences, from forest cabins to a treehouse facing the ocean.

Firmly planted in our homes for more than a year, many of us are fantasising of where we’ll go once travel restrictions lighten — and as it happens, most of us find our gaze turning to Japan. For an epic journey in this country, everything starts with a good location. From the animated streets of Tokyo to the crystal-clear waters of Okinawa, we’ve gathered the best Airbnb homes and vacation rentals to help you discover the hidden gems of Japan. 

By the end of your trip, you’ll check several boxes off your bucket list: sleeping in an ocean-facing treehouse, waking up to views of Mount Fuji, and passing the time in a Ghibli-esque cottage that looks like it belongs in My Neighbour Totoro or Kiki’s Delivery Service

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Below, the most stunning Airbnb and Vrbo homes to book in Japan when it’s safe to travel again.

Best Airbnbs and vacation rentals in Japan

1. The adorable cottage in Hokkaido that looks straight out of a Ghibli film

japan vacation rentals

japan vacation rentals

Listing name: Tree Shell Niseko
Listing type: Entire cottage 
Max. no. of guests: 4
No. of bedrooms: 2

If we didn’t know any better, we’d say that a die-hard fan of Hayao Miyazaki’s films conjured this adorable two-bedroom cottage into existence. Set in a wooded area between Niseko Station and Annupuri Village, the Tree Shell Niseko features unique touches such as a curved kitchen, rustic wood beams, a bookshelf, a skylight, and a deck with a campfire area. The speckled facade provides a touch of whimsy to the cottage, while views of Mount Yōtei and the Niseko Mountain Range beckon in the distance. 

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2. The renovated machiya in Kyoto for a glimpse of feudal-era Japan

traditional japan vacation rentals

traditional japan vacation rentals

Listing name: 慶有魚·五条(Kyotofish·Gojo)*明治时期百年町屋近鸭川衹园*地暖庭院浴缸*京都民宿认证
Listing type: Entire villa 
Max. no. of guests: 5
No. of bedrooms: 3

Located in a quiet street in the Higashiyama Ward of Kyotothis newly renovated machiya or traditional guest house is perfect for anyone who dreams of exploring centuries-old temples, restaurants, and tea houses in Japan’s former imperial capital.

Also read: 7 Traditional Airbnbs in Japan for Unique Travel Experiences

What’s more, this Airbnb in Kyoto wins glowing praise from locals for its comfortable futon beds, hot tub, serene garden, and minimalist tea room. With easy access to several metro lines, the Japanese-style villa is just a leisurely walk from Gion and Kiyomizu-dera Temple as well. 

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3. The treehouse with stunning ocean views in Nakijin, Okinawa

Treehouse Airbnb in Okinawa, Japan

Treehouse Airbnb in Okinawa, Japan

Listing name: Tree-house Hotel Morinosubako
Listing type: Treehouse 
Max. no. of guests: 4
No. of bedrooms: 1 

Who doesn’t want to spend the night in a treehouse overlooking the sea in Japan’s southernmost prefecture? Enveloped by lush foliage in Nakijin Village, this Airbnb in Okinawa, Japan is approximately a 15-minute drive from famous spots such as Kouri IslandUppama Beach, and Nakijin Castle Ruins

For a unique experience that embraces the great outdoors, it’s hard to beat a dreamy hideout above the trees. Luckily, this one comes with a hammock and cosy bedroom that faces the ocean, while the wraparound deck commands a sweeping view of the forest. 

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4. The Harajuku-inspired apartment in Tokyo with a kawaii aesthetic

Tokyo Airbnb

Tokyo Airbnb

Listing name: kawaii culture in Harajuku MOSHIMOSHIROOMS”SAKURA” 
Listing type: Entire apartment 
Max. no. of guests: 5
No. of bedrooms: 1

Nothing says “welcome to Tokyo” like a stroll through Takeshita Dori. Taking a cue from the youth culture of Harajuku’s lively pedestrian street, this whimsical, pretty-in-pink apartment in Shibuya shares the trendy energy of the neighbourhood it belongs to. The bedroom, for instance, is filled with neon signs, millennial pink couches, and a figurine of a cherry blossom tree as the centrepiece. For your next stay in Tokyo, this vacation rental offers a vibrant stay that exudes kawaii at every corner.

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5. The Izu Cliff House, a modern cliffside villa in a national park

Best Airbnb in Japan: Izu Cliff House

Best Airbnb in Japan: Izu Cliff House

Listing name: Izu Cliff House. Open Ocean Views. National Park.
Listing type: Entire house 
Max. no. of guests: 5
No. of bedrooms: 1 

Thinking of going off-the-grid in the Japanese countryside? Consider booking a stay at Izu Cliff House, a glass-encased villa with a spectacular location in Minamiizu. Only a three-hour drive from Tokyo, this Airbnb in Japan sits close to famous beaches, hiking trails, and hot springs on Izu Peninsula

A gem of contemporary design, Izu Cliff House delivers nature’s wonders to your doorstep, along with views of Suruga Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Guests can enjoy reading a book on a hammock or sit under the shade of a cherry blossom tree, among other relaxing experiences in this modern sanctuary. 

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6. The pet-friendly ski cabin in Nagano 

ski cabin in Nagano, Japan

ski cabin in Nagano, Japan

Listing name: EcoCabinTogari Ski ResortPellet StovePetsOK / Iiyama Nagano
Listing type: Entire cabin 
Max. no. of guests: 5
No. of bedrooms: 2

Now, this is the kind of cabin fever we can get behind. Located in IiyamaNagano near the Togaris slopes village centre and hot spring baths, this pet-friendly ski cabin offers modern amenities and immaculately clean interiors for small families and groups to unwind. Outside, the cabin blends in with its surroundings and has a space where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. The cabin truly offers a remote getaway for the era of social distancing!

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7. The minimalist private villa in Nara

private villa in Nara, Japan

private villa in Nara, Japan

Listing name: Neold
Listing type: Entire villa
Max. no. of guests: 10
No. of bedrooms: 3

Awaken your senses at this minimalist villa in the peaceful town of Yoshino in Nara PrefectureGuests can slow down and immerse themselves in the laid-back culture of the town. What’s more, this unique vacation rental in Japan is near the riverside and just a 10-minute walk to the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site in Japan’s Kii Peninsula. Your stay here will definitely be immersive and memorable.

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8. The wooden cottage near Mt. Fuji

wooden cottage near Mt. Fuji

wooden cottage near Mt. Fuji

Listing name: Morikashinkavilla / Minamitsuru-gun Yamanashi
Listing type: Entire cottage 
Max. no. of guests: 10
No. of bedrooms: 2

If waking up to views of nature has a spot on your to-do list, you can’t ask for a better location than this two-bedroom cottage in Yamanashi Prefecture. And, you’d be delighted to know that it is just five minutes away by car to Lake Yamanaka, the closest lake to Mt. Fuji. You and your travel buddies can also enjoy barbeque on the wooden deck, and use the charcoal cooking utensils and tableware for free — just bring your own ingredients.

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9. The tropical beach house on Ishigaki Island

Beach House Airbnb in Okinawa, Japan

Beach House Airbnb in Okinawa, Japan

Listing name: Beach Side House alohana 
Listing type: Entire bungalow 
Max. no. of guests: 2
No. of bedrooms: 1

When it comes to picking a warm and sunny escape in Japan, you can’t go wrong with a private beach house in Okinawa. Say hello to your next sun-drenched getaway: a fully-equipped bungalow that brings you the best of Ishigaki Island

Less than five minutes from the nearest beach, this home offers breakfast services, air-conditioning, free WiFi, a well-tended garden, and beach-tripping essentials such as towels, umbrellas, and snorkelling gear. More importantly, this Airbnb in Okinawa makes the perfect homebase for trips to Kabira Bay. There, you can dip your toes in white sand and spot colourful fishes from glass-bottomed boats. 

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10. The elevated villa with jaw-dropping views of Shizuoka

best airbnb japan

best airbnb japan

Listing name: 自然の中で贅沢な時を過ごせる温泉つきプラベートリゾート BBQ可!
Listing type: Entire villa 
Max. no. of guests: 14
No. of bedrooms: 4

Between the top-notch entertainment system and the uninterrupted views of the countryside, it doesn’t get any better than this elevated four-bedroom villa in Shizuoka. Perched on a hill, this Airbnb in Japan offers a spacious living room with high ceilings, where you can put on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Meanwhile, the surround-sound speakers will make it feel as if you were transported to a movie theatre. 

Additionally, there’s plenty you can do outside this home, from cooking barbecue on the balcony to stargazing at night. The views, of course, speak for themselves. 

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Also read: 30 Useful Japanese Phrases You Need to Learn Before Travelling to Japan

Of the best Airbnb homes and vacation rentals in Japan featured here, how many caught your eye? You can bet that the moment travel restrictions lighten, we’ll be ready to discover this beautiful country again. Not a day goes by that we don’t dream of visiting Japan, and thanks to these accommodations, we know exactly where we’re going. 

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Tiffany Conde
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Tiffany wrote articles on travel, food, and pop culture for TripZilla from 2019 to 2021. While she plans her next adventure, she enjoys writing about the coolest places to stay around the world and where to find them.

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