The Most Unique Places to Stay in Japan


Where a traveler stays on their journey sets the tone for how and what they explore. From high rises in Tokyo to one-of-a-kind home rentals in the countryside, Japan has hotel options as unique as the passengers that travel on ANA. Whether you’re looking for a luxurious, creative, or scenic experience, discover places to stay unlike anywhere else. Each of these unique places offers a glimpse into Japanese culture and makes for a truly custom travel experience. 


Big City Finds

Tokyo is known for creating truly unexpected and memorable places for travelers to stay—and these listings are no exception. 

Sakura at Moshi Moshi Rooms

Immerse yourself in the colorful world of kawaii in this vibrant vacation rental. Themed after Japan’s famous cherry blossoms, this apartment rental is bursting with cheer and is conveniently located near the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden as well as Shibuya City. 

2-18-7 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0001

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Book and Bed

If reading before bed is your preferred way to unwind, this book-themed hostel may be a dream come true. Essentially a bookstore where you can stay, Book and Bed offers contemporary rooms, an impressive book lounge with nap spaces and a cafe. Staying elsewhere? Buy a day-use pass and relax in the book lounge. 

Kabukicho APM Building 8th floor, 1-27-5, Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 106-0021

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Countryside Destinations

For travelers looking to escape the bustle of the city, Japan’s countryside has much to offer. Serene and one-of-a-kind, these vacation rentals offer a unique taste of Japan’s deep appreciation for spending time in nature. 

Shirohana Countryside Retreat 

Immerse yourself in the history of Japan by staying in a beautifully restored farmhouse. Located among rice paddies just an hour outside of Tokyo, this vacation rental is easily accessible yet feels worlds away. Amenities like a natural pool, Japanese stone garden, as well as a sauna and shower room, mean travelers can enjoy a spa-like stay.  

Honno Mobara-shi, Chiba 299-4114

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Muskoka House 

Modern yet rustic, Muskoka House is a dreamy cabin located in Japan’s Misorano Forest. Its black exterior is a striking contrast to the surrounding trees—and yet this carefully designed cabin feels right at home. Featuring the work of local craftspeople and offering serene views through every season, this wooded retreat offers a unique opportunity to explore Japan’s natural beauty. 

830-37 Hokujo Hakuba-mura Kitaazumi-gun, Nagano-shi, Nagano 399-9301

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Seaside Escapes

As an island nation, Japan has over 18,000 miles of coastline. These oceanside properties offer impeccable views and the opportunity to explore Japan’s beautiful beaches.  

Holly Camp Airstream

Oceanfront glamping may not be the first accommodation that comes to mind when planning a trip to Japan, but this experience is ideal for travelers planning a relaxing beach getaway. With undisturbed views of the sea and mere steps to the sand, Holly Camp invites travelers to experience the best of Japan’s coastal culture. 

851, Sotoganeku, Kasaricho, Amami-shi, Kagoshima 894-0513

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Izu Cliff House

Built in 1971, the Izu Cliff House is an authentic example of Japanese modernist architecture—that just so happens to be the lone house within a coastal national park on the southern tip of Japan’s stunning Izu Peninsula. Situated on a hillside with picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean and a deck built around lush trees, this vacation rental is a true seaside escape.

Ihama, Minamiizu, Shizuoka

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Muskoka House

Holly Camp Airstream

Treehouse Hotel

Bright and breezy, the Treehouse Hotel is exactly what it sounds like—a treehouse. With branches reaching through the living space and verdant surroundings, this rental fosters a connection to nature. Nearby canoe rentals are an excellent way to explore the Nakijin Sea.

699 Wakugawa, Nakijin Village, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa 905-0412

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Nature’s Luxury

Exquisite in their own ways, these unique locations offer the best of both worlds—time spent in nature as well as the convenience and comfort of a luxury escape. 


A luxury retreat within a national park may be the most unexpected way to experience the beauty of Japan. Amanemu is nestled within Ise-Shima National Park offering views of Ago Bay, also known as the Bay of Pearls. Travelers can unwind in the beautifully appointed resort’s thermal baths, amid the gardens and secret forest, or create lasting memories through the resort’s guided experiences through local culture. 

2165 Hazako Hamajima-cho, Shima-shi, Mie 517-0403 

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Unwind in the beautifully appointed Amenamu resort’s thermal baths

Setsuin Villa 

Situated with a picturesque creek and forest to one side and facing the East Ridge of Mt. Annupuri, Setsuin’s contemporary design is a beautiful contrast to its surroundings. Offering exceptional comfort and convenience, it is an ideal rental property for those looking to spend time outdoors—be it as a winter retreat for snowboarding and skiing or for summer cycling, hiking, horseback riding, fly-fishing and golfing. 

349-36 Asahi Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido 044-0083

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Koshu Nishiyama Hot Spring

As the world’s longest-standing hot spring inn, Koshu Nishiyama Hot Spring, Keiunkan, is like stepping back in time. With impeccable year-round views and gourmet local cuisine, travelers in search of a serene escape are sure to find it here.  

Hayakawa-cho, Minamikoma-gun, Yamanashi 409-2702

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Japan is bursting with incredibly unique places to stay—from the heart of the city to the picturesque countryside all the way to the serene coastline. Where will your journey lead?