The sight of soft pink buds nestled in between green leaves is one of the reasons Malaysians love Japan during spring. It's amazing how a single tree alone could become a main attraction for tourists but it is definitely a novelty to be able to see them up close and take pictures of, and with it.
With a myriad of deals during this time of the year for vacations to Japan, it is only wise to be travelling during the season which brings forth the blossoms.
Here are 9 traditional and authentic Airbnb stays in Japan for less than RM100 (S$33) per person. All Airbnb stays listed here are booked during the first weekend of April, from 16th-17th April (which is during the cherry blossom season for most major cities in Japan), and the price is inclusive of the service fees, and the additional cleaning fees which is charged for some of the housings.
Airbnb #1 (Tokushima, Japan)
Sporting a clean interior, this Airbnb home located in Tokushima, Japan is a relatively new home.
Shoes are meant to be taken off prior to entering the space, and the host leaves his guest to take their own futon, pillow and blanket from a futon closet (oshiire) and place on the tatami floor when in use, and to fold and put them away when they are not.
This Airbnb home is clean and perfect for minimalism lovers. It is also located a mere 10-20 minutes away from the station.
Price: RM191 (S$63.90) per night for two pax
Airbnb #2 (Harima, Japan)
An impressive info about this Airbnb stay located in Harima, Japan is that it was built 43 years ago. Guests may not be able to tell as it very well maintained and has a cosy vibe to it. Nearby attractions are a supermarket and a playground and the station is also only 10 minutes away. Fans of the cartoon series Doraemon may find the home somewhat resembles it, in the way that it is built.
Price: RM182 (S$60.90) per night for two pax
Airbnb #3 (Miyazaki, Japan)
This Airbnb stay located in Miyazaki, Japan is the home to a helpful host who recommended great places for his guests to see and a place for car-renting. Other attractions which are nearby would be a station and a convenience store, drugstore and a supermarket. If you're looking for not just a place to crash, but to actually learn about Japanese culture, with the helpful hosts, this place could just be the one for you.
Price: RM166 (S$55.50) per night for two pax
Airbnb #4 (Chiba, Japan)
As this Airbnb home in Chiba, Japan is located near the railway tracks, the sound of train as they travel down the tracks may be a common fixture.
The home itself presents simplicity at its best for it does away with things which one does not necessarily need in the first place. After all, in one's bedroom the basic thing needed is a bed alone, and everything else is an addition.
The tatami mat is also one element that this home has which brings about the traditional feel.
Price: RM157 (S$52) per night for two pax
Airbnb #5 (Otsu, Japan)
When one is travelling to a city they have never been to or are unfamiliar with, it's nice to have a host who speaks in a language that you do.
In addition to that, it is also tidy, clean and comfortable, besides the obvious fact that it is also a very spacious room but does not look crowded or messy at all.
Price: RM187 (S$62.60) per night for two pax
Airbnb #6 (Mitoyo, Japan)
This Airbnb place in Mitoyo, Japan brings about a sense of nostalgia and the host has said that staying here is akin to returning to our grandparents' home. That alone could have been the sole attraction if not for its other qualities such as being clean and having the homely feel.
Price: RM166 (S$55.50) per night for two pax
Airbnb #7 (Miyoshi, Japan)
This Airbnb home in Miyoshi is located in a quiet residential area so guests won't have to deal with any noise pollution. Besides that, Josh, the host also provides a simple breakfast to welcome his guests.
Price: RM165 (S$55.20) per night for two pax
Airbnb #8 (Kadena, Japan)
This rustic Airbnb stay located in Kadena, Japan is reviewed to be clean, nice and cosy and for tourists, they would appreciate the old traditional style of this home. It is located near a beach which is open 24 hours and supermarkets for the guests' convenience.
Price: RM 149 (S$49) per night for two pax
Airbnb #9 (Ishigaki, Japan)
This is an economical option for couples who are travelling together as it is below RM40 per person for a night and that is a price which is tough to find even for local boutique hotels.
With the ocean in full view from the balcony and a convenience store, supermarket and drug store nearby, this stay is a steal for sure.
Price: RM76 (S$25.40) per night for two pax