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The Top 5 Airbnbs in Tokyo

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With its pristine cityscapes, beautiful gardens, and ancient temples, Tokyo is one of the best cities in the world to visit. It wasn’t always this way, however--in fact, at one time Japan was a destination only for the most daring of travelers. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, in 1995 Japan was the 34th most visited country, behind the likes of Bulgaria, Ukraine and Belgium. However, the number of tourists has increased dramatically since then, and Japan now ranks as the 11th most visited country in the world, welcoming in an estimated 31.2 million tourists last year! This of course makes it the perfect location for your next Airbnb stay.

Even with the new short term rental laws that went into effect last year, Tokyo still has more than enough Airbnb listings to accommodate travelers looking for a unique stay. In this article, we will introduce the best short term rentals in Tokyo currently listed on AirBnB from verified Super Hosts with top reviews. Whether you need a place for the whole family or a swanky bachelor pad for one, one of these listings are sure to be exactly what you’re looking for. 

Quick Facts About AirBnB in Tokyo

All listings must be licensed with the government and display the license number in the description (there may be some exceptions for stays longer than 30 days)

Apartments in Tokyo are known for their small sizes so don’t expect a large room like in western countries. The most common units for rent are studio types known as 1R (1 room) types in Japan. They may be small, but these apartments are great at maximizing use of space and efficiency.

Many listings come equipped with portable wifi devices which you can take with you while out exploring the city.

1. Urban Zen Studio in Meguro-ku

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About the space

Located in the Meguro area of Tokyo--known for its high class residences, elegant dining, and great views of the Cherry Blossoms in the spring--this studio apartment has self check-in with a smart lock device, as well as a Karaoke bar in the basement of the building. This fun location would be the perfect fit for solo travelers or young couples.

Learn more about the Meguro area of Tokyo here

Book this space today!

2. Two Floor Loft in Harajuku

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About the space

This loft style apartment is located in the trendy fashion district of Harajuku, and only a 3 minute walk to the nearest train station. The separate floors are great for travelers who desire a little extra privacy during their trip and would be well suited for a group of friends or a small family.

Learn more about the Harajuku area of Tokyo here

Book this space today!

3. Cozy House in Asakusa

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About the space

For those who need a bit more space, this entire house is available to rent. Located in Asakusa, which is famous for its traditional temples and local Japanese cuisine, the house is newly built, has free airport pickup, and can accommodate up to 5 people, making it the perfect fit for a large family.

Learn more about the Asakusa area of Tokyo here

Book this space today!

4. Traditional Japanese House

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About the space

This traditional house, located in the western suburbs of Tokyo, showcases the beauty of traditional Japanese architecture. This house is great for those who want an escape from the hustle and bustle of the downtown area. It can accommodate up to 20 people, so it’s perfect for large tour groups who want a traditional Japanese experience during their stay.

Learn more about the Hachioji area of Tokyo here

Book this space today!

5. Modern Marvel in Shibuya

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About the space

This space is one of the most eccentric and unique houses located in the Shibuya area of Central Tokyo. The house, which was designed by Masaki Endoh and Masahiro Ikeda,won the best design award from Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2004. The 4 floor space comfortably houses 5 people, so is great for a business group of travelers or friends.

Learn more about the Shibuya area of Tokyo here

Book this space today!


As you can see from the choices above, there is a range of diverse stays currently available in Tokyo. As tourism increases in Japan, and Tokyo in particular, it’s exciting to see what new short stay options will be available in the future. Why not try one for yourself?

Sekai Property Editorial Department

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