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8 great onsen in Gunma, Japan’s “hot spring heaven”
The abundance of hot spring resorts in Gunma, with notable resorts such as Kusatsu in the west or Ikaho in the north, has seen the prefecture garne...
Aburatsu hostel doubles as a sports bar, hangout spot
Hostels are typically an option born out of thrift and adventure--a place to connect with like-minded backpackers, and saving on lodgings to maximi...
Tech meets tradition: Revitalizing a community with Nara’s Yoshino Cedar House
“Technology × Tradition.”  While it’s an oft-explored concept, the collaboration of “Airbnb × Yoshino Cedar” aspires not to merely pique interest, ...
Future of Airbnb in Japan: Growth and navigating through murky residence lodging laws
Last year the Japanese parliament passed a law giving an official green light to Airbnb’s business model, albeit with restrictions. Taking effect t...
How travel evolves with tech: Interview with Airbnb’s design head, Alex Schleifer
With sharing economies become more prevalent with technology, when it comes to travel probably none is more influential than Airbnb, which has disr...
Traditional cooking, Edo-era lodging in a preserved castletown
"Good morning!" said a lively group of grade-school students, even bowing their heads towards me as we walked by. It's an unexpectedly polite gestu...
7 chic places to stay overnight in Shibuya
Snapping selfies amidst swarming pedestrians at the crossing, shop at imposingly large department complexes—among the typical Shibuya-zy things to ...
Stylish country living is only 90 minutes away from Tokyo
Sometimes you may want to escape the distressing, overtime-ridden life in the city, but don’t have the time for a lengthy beach vacation. Or, stayi...
These beachside Airbnb rentals in Japan have stunning ocean views
Tourists often visit Japan during summer to experience cultural traditions in major cities, like the Obon festival or firework festivals. But it’s ...
Finding a cool hangout cafe in the most unexpected of places in Okinawa
Chatan is a town that sounds almost as alien to the ears of Japanese as it is to foreigners, since the “cha” and “tan” come from irregular pronunci...
6 stunning vacation rental homes across Japan
We all have our idiosyncracies and preferences when traveling. Some like to focus on the journey as opposed to the destination, others relish a lux...