Japan

Accommodations: Airbnb

My first stop to check for a place to stay is Airbnb. I might get a proper hotel for the first night in the city – just to have comfort in knowing that everything will be arranged and waiting for me. After that however, I’m sure the real experiences to be had are in Japanese homes.

Airbnb does a great job of highlighting the characteristics of each city neighborhood. They certainly do it well for New York, so I’m hoping this translates accurately to Japan too. The most appealing area at a glance is Shimokitazawa.

Swiftly rising as Tokyo’s trendiest, and quite possibly its friendliest, bohemian scene.


“Many travelers and locals alike choose to spend their time here because of the charm and energy of the town itself, without the huge crowds of the closeby metropolis.”


A few places that look great to stay

Cozy Hip Cottage & Next to Shibuya $156

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Sonoko $143

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New Flat $112

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Slightly removed from the masses that gather in the center of the city. Chaotic in a charming way, Shimokitazawa is more organic than organized—its roads are sinewy and nearly too narrow for cars, its architecture endearingly haphazard, and its look meticulously inelegant.

If you have any recommendations, please leave a comment!

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