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Okinawa is an island to the side of mainland Japan—life and culture differ from what you’d find in cities like Tokyo or Kyoto. Ancient history, traditional farming, and traditional cuisine live on in conjunction with some modernization that has taken place. On the island, guests can experience the lush foliage and electric blue seas, or the upscale cafes and unique city life. But the authenticity of old Okinawa life is still deeply present and can be experienced when staying at one of the top authentic Airbnbs.
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Staying in more modern rentals is great, but you’re missing out if you haven’t stayed in a more truly Okinawan structure, with abundant wooden floors and walls, and floor-style dining. The low to the ground beds, or futons, look super comfortable and inviting. Guests will be tucked away within a sugarcane field, and will be able to soak in the nature around them while doing yoga on the patio, or swinging in the hammock. Ocean waves lap at the sand, just a short walk away. Those who have stayed here have noted this to be one of the best Airbnbs they’ve ever experienced.
Enjoy the privacy of this first-floor apartment, within a beautiful contemporary round home. Inside, guests will find western style furniture, but there are plenty of authentic touches as well. Designed like an onsen, the hot tub area is not only relaxing, but it is also quite stunning. Constructed out of wood, a soak in this beautiful place is certainly memorable. The beach is within a three-minute walk, and other cool things to explore, like caves, are nearby.
True Okinawan style flows through the entire space, from the quirkily efficient bathroom to the wide-open wooden interior spaces. The outdoor porch is an added luxury where the breezes and island views can be fully appreciated.
The style of this home is interesting and truly eye-catching, and the interior is spacious enough to sleep up to seven guests. If you were torn between wanting to stay somewhere that was traditionally furnished, or somewhere that has western-style sleeping and eating space, this is the perfect in-between. You’ll find regular beds and more authentic floor sleeping, and there’s plenty of space for the whole family. The kitchen is well equipped with dishes, condiments, and other necessities. Of course, being on an island that is only 60 miles long, you are also close to the beach.
While the title may indicate that this is a glamping Airbnb, it is quite luxurious within the interior. Japanese flair can be felt in the overall style, and there are bright and vibrant touches that show the intricate nature of the hosts. We love the fun little nooks that kids will flock to, with playful tents and map decor on the walls. Outside features abundant deck space, on the ground, or on the elevated patio with glimpses of the island. One cool feature is that the space is cleaned with something called an ozone generator, which just sounds really effective and awesome!
The outdoors are brought inside, within this remarkable wooden beauty. The interior of the dwelling is all about simplicity and presenting in the cleanest and most minimalistic way. Guests will be able to relax in the tub or splash in the pool outside on a hot day. Windows encapsulate the home, which gives the feeling of literally living outside. Reviews detail this hidden gym as being peaceful and private.
Strikingly modern, this angular home has sleek finishes and an overall minimalistic style. We love the sprinkling of nostalgic touches, such as record players, that are within the abode. Outside, is a welcoming jacuzzi, with a privacy wall, that allows you to enjoy the sunshine or the stars. Upgrades are available, from renting utensils to having a barbecue on the lush lawn, to booking an aromatic massage on the terrace. Okinawa World, an interesting park with a taste of the old and new culture of the island, is nearby.
Find peace and tranquility at this open, spacious home, as it sits relatively on its own. Views have the ocean featured front and center – just step outside the door to hear the waves crashing in the distance. The home can accommodate about six people and feels clean in its decorative style, but still has eye-catching attributes such as a large soaking tub, and impressive kitchen. The host does mention that the Wi-Fi speed isn’t great, but this might be just what vacationers need.
Sit back and experience the traditionally open home, that has beautiful details down to the red tiles on the roof. Inside, is a Japanese low dining table, which is perfect for a gathering around with the family with some traditional local dishes, such as soba noodles or Yakiniku. Aside from the stunning architecture, there is a sparkling private pool on the property. Enjoy that continuous island sunshine.
What first catches the eye about this Okinawan home, is that it’s crazy simplistic, and basically looks like a big white box. But a simple strip of ambient lighting that encircles the structure is just a tasteful introduction of what can be found within. Ultralight tones have been used in a heavenly way throughout the space, and the luxurious design still allows guests to focus on the show-stopping blue ocean. Take a look at that bathroom, with a rain shower head cascading from the ceiling, along with the infinity pool that offers unforgettable seaside views.
We had to include this Airbnb, for its overall good ratings, and because it is completely unique to the area. Alpine mountain style meets tropical Japanese paradise, in this A-frame log cabin, that is ultra-cozy, while also feeling authentic and somewhat chic. Some reviews expressed disappointment that the pool table is merely an aged decoration, but it still adds something eye-catching to the space. Various hotel-like conveniences are provided, and you’ll have an ocean view!
Some of the first reviews point out something that may seem like a relatively small detail, but it’s rather significant of the culture in Okinawa. Tableware, such as teacups and plates, have been crafted by a local workshop, and are beautifully detailed. That just sets the tone for the rest of the space, which is open, airy, with touches of significant appeal. The banana trees that encapsulate the house truly do add to the ambiance and overall endearing feel of the special getaway.
In a word, this private getaway is totally swanky. Technically, it’s on its own little island that can be accessed via car from the mainland of Okinawa. Inside has a handsome blend of dark and light aesthetics, and the massive dining table is certainly a focal point. Up to 16 guests can call this home for a few days, making it ideal for larger families. Outside is a lovely garden, along with overall stunning surroundings. A private beach is nearby.
We have to say one of the attributes that made us want to list this particular Airbnb, is the air playground — we are all kids at heart! But this particular set is ideal for young ones, as it sits near the perfect barbecuing space within the backyard. Barbecuing is a super fun way to enjoy the Okinawan weather, and you should definitely look into cooking up easy and delicious yakitori! Of course, the inside presents well too, and it’s quite practical for families.
For the foodies who want to relish in Okinawan agriculture, stay at this cedar minimalist home amongst banana trees and sugar cane fields. Hosts mention the Hamabenochaya and Yamanochaya cafes for a delicious nearby meal. Disconnected from the bustle, one can find solace while lounging on the deck, in the hammock, or even inside the pleasantly bare abode.
For 50 years this traditional home with tatami sleeping areas, and one regular bed, of course, has been peering over the sea. Tropical landscape drapes around the quaint hut, which is also set on an organic farm. Hosts are sure to share the bounty of fruits and veggies if the season is right, and they provide touches like homemade teas and tasty jams. Since within a location dense with plants, keep in mind there may be geckos and other creatures.