Destination guide

Experiences old and new in fascinating Japan

An island nation set in the glistening waters of the Pacific Ocean, Japan counts everything from fragrant cherry blossom to UNESCO World Heritage Sites among its many highlights. It's a country where the high-speed bullet trains and super-fast Wi-Fi make you think you've landed in the future, but scratch the surface of this modern utopia and you'll soon realize that the country's traditional culture is never too far away. Indeed, Japan vacation rentals place you on the doorstep of a diverse variety of authentic travel experiences for the whole family.

Things to do

Natural wonders in Japan

Without a doubt, one of Japan's most-famous attractions is of the natural variety. Majestic Mount Fuji, towering almost 4,000 meters from the ground, is considered to be the star turn in the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Adventurous travelers take advantage of the warm summer months to climb to the summit, though for the less energetic, it's often enough to admire the views of the peak from across Lake Ashinoko. In the town of Hakone, centuries-old hot springs provide the perfect place to relax before returning to your rental.


Seeing the sights in Japan

There's a lot to be said for exploring the cities here at your own pace, though if time is short, enlisting the help of a local guide can help ensure you don't miss the best bits. Most sightseeing tours in Japan are led by English-speaking guides on a tips-only basis. You just need to decide whether you want to sip tiny cups of steaming hot green tea in Yanaka by day, soak up the sights and sounds of Harajuku and Roppongi by night or do both. For those who want to explore further afield, day trips to the bamboo forests and foodie markets of Kyoto are almost always on the agenda.


Seasonal delights in Japan

Though the weather is generally temperate, with 4 distinct seasons, regional variations mean there's never a bad time to bag a Japan vacation rental. The late spring months of March through May see demand for rentals peak, thanks in part to clear skies, mild temperatures and the world-famous spread of fragrant cherry blossom from Kyushu to Hokkaido. Summers here can be hot, while the fall months of September through November see the country's maple trees explode into a blaze of autumnal colors. Winters in the Far East are best spent on the slopes of Appi Kogen and Furano.

Natural features

Discover pristine landscapes in Japan

Volcanic and mountainous, natural wonders come thick and fast in Japan. The country's cedar groves and carpets of colorful wildflowers offer the perfect backdrop for hikes to ancient shrines and historic temples in the warmer months, while in winter, the same dramatic landscapes serve up world-class conditions for skiing and snowboarding. The tropical beaches in the country's south make Japan vacation rentals in the Okinawa Prefecture a popular option for those content to simply find their perfect spot on the sand.

Can I find a vacation rental around Japan?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,737 vacation rentals near Japan. From 1,593 Condos/Apartments to 867 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Japan for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Japan?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Japan. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Tokyo: 642 vacation rentals
  • Kyoto: 317 vacation rentals
  • Shinjuku: 204 vacation rentals
  • Osaka Prefecture: 663 vacation rentals
  • Shibuya: 206 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Japan! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Japan?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Japan:

  • Tokyo: 642 rentals
  • Kyoto: 317 rentals
  • Osaka Prefecture: 663 rentals
  • Osaka: 378 rentals
  • Okinawa: 59 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Japan?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Japan are:

  • Osaka (KIX-Kansai Intl.): 27 vacation rentals
  • Tokyo (HND-Haneda): 643 vacation rentals
  • Osaka International Airport (ITM): 376 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Japan?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Japan. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Tokyo Shinjuku Station: 641 rentals
  • Disneyland® Tokyo: 643 rentals
  • Tokyo Shibuya Station: 646 rentals
  • Kyoto Gion-Shijo Station: 318 rentals
  • The Tokyo Metropolitan Government: 641 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Japan listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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