Japan. A country where new cities are lined with old streets steeped in history; a culture where technology rubs its edgy shoulders with traditions from another era; home to the most startling views – The Land of the Rising Sun. Experience Japan outside the clinical confines of a hotel. Take a look at some of these lovely homes that are also vacation rentals. Each of these homes promises a pretty view of the ‘real’ city.
1. View of the Tokyo Tower:
Spacious, immaculate and comfortable, this vacation rental is perfect for a family staying in Tokyo – two bedrooms plus a living room space with a futon. Spend your days exploring Tokyo and come back to beautiful views of the Eiffel-like Tokyo Tower lit up spectacularly by night. The hosts are always available and do their best to ensure that your stay is without hiccups.
2. Centrally Located Sea View House In Shinagawa
This two-bedroom house is located on the 17th floor of a high rise in the heart of Tokyo. The balcony seating is perfect for pretty views of Rainbow Bridge and the lights of Tokyo.
An easy 10-minute walk along a canal lined road from Shinagawa Station, the apartment is close to everything – be it restaurants, cafes and bars or convenience stores, shopping and sightseeing. The pretty Meguro area is also in the vicinity. The host offers a station pickup if required and there is a 24-hour grocery store nearby for those untimely hunger pangs.
3. Modern Japanese house overlooking the Heian Shrine:
Recently built, this stylish apartment in Kyoto is very tastefully done. Located in Higashiyama-Sanjo, this elegant vacation rental can accommodate up to 5 people. The area is known for its art galleries where exhibitions of young Japanese talent are held through the year.
The apartment also overlooks the beautiful Heian Shrine dedicated to the first and last emperors of the area. Furukawa-cho shopping district, a market with a 150-year-old history and Kyoto’s downtown, are a ten-minute walk from here.
4. Apartment on the top floor surrounded by shrines:
This one-bedroom house is in Higashimaya-Sanjo in Kyoto, a tourist spot with Heian Shrine and Yasaka Shrine nearby. It is located about 10 minutes from Higashiyama Station and 5 minutes from a city bus stop. A supermarket, convenience store, and a liquor store are also a few minutes’ walk away from the apartment.
This area is also known for its art galleries and exhibitions, the old Furukawa-cho shopping district, and Kyoto’s downtown. If you wish to rent a bike and explore the city, there is a bike rental close by and the apartment provides for bicycle parking in the backyard of the building. The apartment has very clear views of the pretty bright red Torii gate of the Heian Shrine.
5. Sky view apartment in Hokkaido: This 2-bedroom home in a high rise building can accommodate up to 8 guests. Well-appointed with all basic amenities, the apartment is clean, modern, and very well located. It is about 10 minutes from JR Sapporo station and is surrounded by restaurants serving local and international cuisine. There is also a supermarket, a drug store, and some western fast food chain outlets nearby. If you’re the skiing sorts, a number of ski resorts are about an hour’s drive from here.
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