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Japan is among the most popular travel hotspots in the world. According to Airbnb, one in every three travelers visiting Asia in 2016 had Japan as a destination, with Tokyo being the most-booked city. As the most-populous city in Japan, Tokyo is renowned for its unbeatable cuisine, historical sights and notable sakura (cherry blossom) season. Explore the city’s vibrant history through its museums and temples and indulge in the unique local attractions from the comfort of one of these incredible Airbnb stays.

Value Deals (less than $150 per night) 

1. Charming Loft in Ikebukuro

This Ikebukuro apartment attracts both leisure and business travelers with its modern style and ideal location. Situated in a bustling epicenter for its variety of entertainment, shopping and dining opportunities, this apartment is well designed and equipped. Boasting one-bedroom and three beds, this listing fits up to four guests. The best part of this stay is that you’ll be within easy reach of everything you will need to experience the city fully. Rates from $73 per night with no minimum stay required. 

2. Minimalist Retreat in Sumida

Travelers looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, this Sumida home makes a great option. Steps away from two major stations: Asakusa station and Kuramae station, travelers can easily venture through one of the city’s up-and-coming-neighborhoods. Yet with large windows and fully equipped kitchen and workspace, this listing makes an ideal place for those who wants to unwind for a few days. This place is excellent for leisure travelers and for staycationers. Rates from $82 per night. 

 

3. Modern Studio Apartment in Ebisu

For travelers looking for a more tranquil getaway in Tokyo, this studio condo is the perfect stay. Located in the Ebisu district, this stay gives you a taste of Tokyo’s most upscale neighborhood.  This central neighborhood is filled with open-air cafes, art spaces, and avante-garde restaurants for leisure and business guests to indulge in. When you’re not wining and dining, stay in and make use of the many amenities like the fully equipped kitchen, open living and cleaning/washing equipment.  Rates from $83 per night with no minimum stay required. 

Mid-Tier ($150-$250 per night) 

4. Luxurious Shinjuku Parkside Apartment

Situated in Shinjuku, this studio apartment is surrounded by Tokyo’s popular attractions — like Waterium Museum, and Shinjuku National Garden (famous for  breathtaking views of cherry blossoms.) Deemed the largest neighborhood in Tokyo, travelers can indulge in the convenience of being in the midst of one of Japan’s trendiest neighborhoods. Ideal for business or leisure, this listing is near the Marunouchi Tokyo Metro. Rates from $193 per night. 

5. Luxury Apartment in Ginza 

Imagine rolling out of bed and waking up to a bathtub view of the approaching trainsSituated in the Ginza , this sky view apartment is tastefully equipped with state-of-the-art furniture, a wooden bath and balcony.The window that opens onto a small balcony provides great soundproofing and almost completely mutes the sound from the passing trains. This loft is a perfect place is ideal for adventurous leisure and solo travelers. Rates from $222 per night. 

6. Luxury High-rise in Minato

Step into this luxury high rise takes the classic business retreat one step further by offering a fully-stock kitchen, hot tub and two balconies that overlooks the city. Nestled in Minato District, an area known as the corporate headquarters of Japan, this one-bedroom apartment is a great launchpad for business travelers. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo and revel in the stunning views of Roppongi Hills. Rates from $228 per night. 

 

High Roller ($250+ per night) 

7. Spacious Duplex in Shibuya

Appropriately dubbed the “youth capital of Tokyo,” group/family travelers will enjoy planning day trips from the comfort of this centrally located home. Packed with an excellent selection of coffee shops, cafes, and restaurants, this spacious duplex located in Shibuya is the perfect base for venturing through Tokyo’s trendiest neighborhood. This listing ensures privacy and convenience for up to five guests with two bedrooms, an open living room and fully equipped kitchen. Rates from $205 per night. 

The Showstopper

8.  Stunning home in Minato District 

This Minato District retreat is described as one of Tokyo’s best-kept secrets. The stylish five-story abode overflows with all the amenities necessary for a luxury stay; think: personal chef, maid service, surround-sound entertainment system and roof balcony with bbq area. The space itself is tastefully decorated  by leading Japanese designer/architect Baqueratta, giving it a one-of-a-kind Japanese style. With four bedrooms, this home accommodates 10 guests comfortably. When travelers are ready to explore, you’ll find the best of Tokyo within minutes of this home — from key tourist attractions such as Tokyo Tower to the Korean embassy. Rates from $914 a night.

Maximize Your Purchase

There are plenty of ways to maximize your stay with points and miles. If you’ve never used Airbnb before, sign up through TPG to get $40 off your first booking — and the gravy train doesn’t stop there. Book through the Delta portal and earn 1 SkyMile for every dollar spent on your stay, and make sure to charge the purchase to a travel rewards card to rack up extra points. Using a card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred will get you 2x points on all travel purchases while the Chase Sapphire Reserve will get you 3x points on an Airbnb stay. When you combine the two, you’re effectively double-dipping with your points earning. (Format: Paragraph, Italics)

Prices are accurate as of publication date but are subject to change. All inline photos courtesy of Airbnb; featured image by TommL / Getty Images

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