North Cottage | Shibuya Studio | Close to Meiji Shrine
- SQM 18
Location, Location, Location
Cozy private studio attached to a newly built family home just steps from peaceful Yoyogi Park and Meiji Shrine gardens. Walk through to Harajuku or Omote Sando or jump on the train at Sangubashi and be shopping in Shinjuku in under 5 minutes.
Olympic venues are within walking distance. Sangubashi Shopping street is right outside and is bustling with restaurants, supermarkets and shops. Free fast home WiFi for business travellers plus portable WiFi.
This comfortable unit is a cozy studio with its own private entrance and is just minutes from Sangubashi station. The train does run right past the house but the double glazing and insulation of this brand new house means that this will not interfere with your comfort.
** Bedding **
1 x Full sized double bed comfortably fits two adults
Additional bedding upon request: A portable cot/crib is also available for toddlers or babies.
** Services & Amenities **
The whole studio is self contained with your own private entrance, kitchenette, washing machine, dryer and unit bathroom. There is a door between our house and the studio but this is locked with a key during your stay. Unless you need us, we will not disturb you.
The kitchenette is equipped with a gas burner, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, rice cooker, fridge, kettle, pans, cooking utensils, plus crockery and cutlery for 2 people. We include complimentary coffee and tea.
There are always plenty of clean linens and towels. All essentials like soap, shampoo & conditioner, toilet paper, towels and linens are included. All you need to bring are your clothes and personal items. You will have full private use of the studio and this is professionally cleaned between guests. If you would like a cleaning and linen service mid-stay, let us know and we can arrange this for a fee.
There is a small table and chairs so you can sit to eat or and relax or lie in bed to enjoy the entertainment systems we have included.
High-speed internet is inside the house and a portable WiFi unit is also available for you to carry around town to navigate with your favourite map program. We have cable TV with English language stations as well an AppleTV is included so you can easily stream from your smart phone or laptop over WiFi through the TV. Or log into your own iTunes or Hulu or Netflix account and watch on-demand TV and movies.
There is some space for luggage however if you have large amounts of luggage or ski gear it might be best to ship these directly to your ski resort using a baggage service - cheap and reliable in Japan.
There is a fully equipped kitchenette, washing machine, dryer, bathroom with bath, shower and vanity and everything you need for a relaxing stay.
If traveling with children, we can also recommend a wonderful English speaking babysitter who can take care of your little ones in the house while you experience the bright lights of the big city or romantic dinner.
** Interaction with guests **
We are an Australian family of 3. Our son is 9 years old. This unit is contained within our own home on the ground floor. We live upstairs but this unit is completely private with its own separate entrance.
We often have weekend BBQ's on the roof and we invite guests to join but this is completely up to them. Mostly we will be just going to and from school and work.
We love living in this area and we will personally greet you and show you around and how to use everything inside the unit. Let us know if you need anything and we will happily accommodate most requests.
We have also included a selection of novels and travel brochures, walking maps and a Lonely Planet for you to use during your stay. We are happy to recommend out of the way places and local knowledge of our combined 20 years living in Tokyo.
** Neighbourhood **
The supermarket and the 24 hour convenience store are only a minute away and there is an amazing bakery on the shopping street that is open early for fresh morning baked goods.
The house is in a safe and convenient cul-de-sac street. The streets are fairly typical of suburban Tokyo and some urban hiking reveals interesting architecture as well as many green spaces.
On days when you want to stick close to home, the neighbourhood bustles with restaurants, cafes, bars, shops and other amenities. There is a grocery store nearby perfect for stocking breakfast and for snacks, we suggest any of the nearby convenience stores which are open 24 hours.
We've drawn up a neighborhood map to help you find what you need.
** Transport **
Sightseers love the location. Enjoy a 15 minute stroll through Central (Chuo) Park to the Tokyo Metropolitan Building with its free observatory and tourist office.
A short 5 minute walk leads you to the quiet gardens of Meiji Shrine and Harajuku's funky shopping streets and beyond to Omotesando, the Champs-Élysées of Tokyo.
Yoyogi park is only a 5 minute stroll away. This is perfect for walking or jogging in all seasons.Shinjuku station itself is around a 15-20 minute walk.
Sangubashi Station (Odakyu Line) is less than a 2 minute walk. From this station in one direction will send you on adventures toward Shinjuku or in the other to the funky Shimokitazawa. Plus there are buses to Shinjuku and Shibuya stations within minutes of the front door.
Hatsudai (New Keio Line) is about a 8 minute walk toward the Opera City complex and the National Theatre.
Walk 12 minutes to Yoyogi Station to either JR or Oedo subway and you can catch a train for any of these locations:
Shinjuku: 2 minutes
Shibuya: 5 minutes
Roppongi: 7 minutes
Ginza: 17 minutes
Akihabara: 17 minutes
Ueno: 24 minutes
Tsukiji: 26 minutes
Asakusa: 26 minutes
The Hachiko Bus is a community bus that meanders through Shibuya city and Omote Sando. At ¥100 it is a cheap and easy way to see Shibuya area beyond the lights of the shopping area.
The Keio bus #51 is a direct bus to Shibuya station and takes just 10-15 minutes.
Younger guests may enjoy the free pony rides every day at the Tokyo Equestrian Center a short walk away near the entrance to the Meiji Shrine gardens.
** Getting Here **
After you have confirmed your booking, a PDF will be emailed to you with all of the best options for getting into Tokyo from either airport or from other cities around Japan.
From Narita airport, take a limousine bus or Narita Express train to Shinjuku and it is a ¥1,000 yen taxi ride from there if you have lots of luggage. If you travel light, hop on the Odakyu local for two stops to Sangubashi for about ¥150.
** Other things to note **
When you make the booking, we will send you a welcome pack with lots of transport information and confirm a convenient meeting time and location to ensure you will be able to settle in quickly.
If you have any questions about our listings or Tokyo in general, please just ask.
*** Frequently Asked Questions ***
1) ARE MY CHOSEN DATES AVAILABLE?
Our calendar is ALWAYS up-to-date. We also have instant book facility so feel free to book immediately. Last-minute bookings are usually not a problem. Please introduce yourself and your group in the first email so we can get to know you and assist you with any special requests.
2) CAN I CHECK IN EARLY AND/OR CHECK OUT LATE?
Check-in time: 3PM or anytime after this. We are fine with late arrivals. Check-out time: 10am or anytime before. A courtesy 1-2 hours may be available ONLY if asked within 24 to 72 hours of arrival or departure (that is when we will know). More than 2 hours will require a fee or for you to book another night. We mostly have back-to-back bookings so please consider your travel plans when you make your booking. We are happy to adjust your if availability allows but please plan early as we do book up.
3. DO YOU HAVE LUGGAGE STORAGE?
The short answer is sadly no. Many of the larger train stations have lockers big enough for a full size suitcase. Shinjuku Station has plenty of large coin lockers.
Alternatively, we recommend you use a baggage shipping service. Japan has a few companies to choose from - just do a web search for "Takkyubin Japan" to find the most commonly used companies. These are very reasonably priced, safe and extremely reliable. If you ship your luggage from the airport, you can move about the city easily and have your luggage delivered directly to the house at a time convenient for you.
3) HOW DO I ACCESS THE APARTMENT?
Our contact details, the house address and excellent walking directions from the nearest train station(s) are provided in your WELCOME PACK. We will send this to you a few weeks before your arrival date. Please print off the Welcome pack in case you don’t have internet access when you first arrive.
4) HOW CAN I CHECK IN?
Closer to your arrival we will be in contact to arrange a suitable time and place to meet with you. It will either be one of us or a trusted friend or relative. We will meet you, hand over the keys, run through the facilities of the apartment and also give you a tour of the local area if time allows.
5) CAN I ADD EXTRA PEOPLE / BEDS?
Our houses always have a variety of bedding options but we do not advise trying to squeeze in more than the maximum number of people on the listing. We want you to be comfortable and there are restrictions on the number of people who can sleep for safety reasons.
6) DO YOU CHARGE FOR CHILDREN?
—Age 2 and under are free
—Age 2 and up are counted as guests.
We have a baby beds or baby futons for your use at no extra charge.
7) WHY IS THE PRICE DIFFERENT THAN I AM CALCULATING?
The total price is composed of three parts: 1. Nightly price x # of nights (plus any nightly charges for extra guests when applicable) 2. Cleaning fee(one-time fee) 3. Service fee(one-time fee set and collected by website, typically between 6 and 12%)
Weekly Price: Price may fluctuate based on peak holidays, and special events. Enter in your specific dates to see the current price for those days.
8) IS THE PLACE CLEANED DURING MY STAY?
It is professionally cleaned prior to your arrival and after you depart. For your privacy, no one enters the house during your stay except for you and your group. If you wish to have a mid stay clean and linen service, this is possible for additional costs.
9)ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?
Please email us at any time.
1 Bathroom, 1 Bedroom, 1 Kitchen, 1 Toilet
Sleeping1 Baby crib, Bed linen, 1 Double bed
CookingBlender, Coffee machine, Cooking utensils, Grill, Kitchenette, Kitchen stove, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Rice steamer, Spices, Toaster
Heating/CoolingAir conditioning, Central heating
EntertainmentWireless Broadband Internet, TV (Cable)
SanitaryBidet, Hair dryer, Essentials, Shower, Towel-set, Washbasin
LaundryClothes dryer, Bathroom & Laundry, Iron & Board, Washing machine
MiscellaneousBuzzer, Carbon Monoxide Detector, Fire Extinguisher, First aid kit, Safety Card, Security system, Smoke Detector, Vacuum cleaner
We're a husband-and-wife team, originally from Australia and now proud long-term Tokyo residents, passionate about the beautiful diversity our world has to offer. We’ve developed an incredibly deep connection with our new community, culture, and city - and we can’t wait to share it with you.
With more than 20 years of experience as proud Tokyoites, we know how to provide experiences you won’t find through any hotel or “luxury” service. We bring you true humility and raw humanity, maximizing your time here so you can take home unforgettable memories.
We’ve hosted thousands of guests to date, many of whom come back every year. Our real-life friend list never stops growing, and we can’t wait to make you a part of it!
Tracey and Ash