★ Designer Living ★
this large family house was featured in a design magazine.
Close to parks and public transport, this house is also only 5 mins walk from bustling Meidaimae station which will have you in either Shinjuku or Shibuya in minutes.
You’ll love this house because of the full cooks kitchen with DeLonghi appliances and large open family room with loft. Lots of super comfy beds. Suitable for couples, solo adventurers, business travelers, families (with kids), and big groups.
This is a large family home itself contains 2 large bedrooms, loft bedroom/playroom, spacious open kitchen, large dining room, quiet TV/living room and accommodates up to ten guests with options for two more. Or share between two or three couples for a relaxed retreat in Tokyo. We welcome groups and families with children and can provide toys for little ones to keep them entertained at home.
** Bedding **
3 x double beds comfortably fits two adults each
1 x single loft bed for adults or children
Double sofa bed comfortably fits two adults
3 x traditional Japanese floor futons
Additional bedding upon request:
Futons for two adults or children;
A portable cot/crib is also available for toddlers or babies.
** Services & Amenities **
There is a fully equipped designer kitchen, washing machine, clothes dryer, washlet toilets and everything you need for a relaxing stay. The kitchen is equipped with a Miele dishwasher, gas burner, microwave/convection oven, toaster, De'Longhi coffee maker, De'Longhi espresso maker, rice cooker, fridge, kettle, pans, cooking utensils, plus crockery and cutlery for 10 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 is your clothes and personal items. Please note there is only one bathroom, two toilets and there are stairs to climb inside.
You will have full private use of the house 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 some space for luggage in the closets 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.
High-speed WiFi internet is inside the apartment plus a portable WiFi unit is also available for you to carry around town. We include a large TV and DVD player with a selection of DVDs are included. 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.
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.
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 **
We love living in this area and our own home is a few minutes away. We will personally meet and greet you and show you through the house and how to use everything.
The house is in a quiet and safe street but only a few minutes walk from Meidaimae station which is just 2 express stations away from all the fun and funky shops and restaurants in Shinjuku in one direction and 2 express stops in the other direction to the cool and hip Shibuya crossing. From either of these stations you can easily get to anywhere around Tokyo.
Or if you are on your way to Shibuya, take a detour at the funky and retro Shimokitazawa with all of the recycled clothes shops and live houses.
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 **
The closest station is Meidaimae and this is 5 minutes walk from the house. This is on two major train lines - Keio Line and Inokashira Line.
It would be hard to get a better location for sightseeing. Enjoy a 10 minute train ride to the quiet gardens of Shinjuku Gyoen or the exciting shops around Shinjuku 3-chome. The iconic Shibuya crossing is only a few stops on the Inokashira line.
From Meidaimae you can easily access all other parts of Tokyo.
Shinjuku: 7 minutes
Shibuya: 7 minutes
Shimokitazawa: 5 minutes
Ginza: 20 minutes
Akihabara: 20 minutes
Ueno: 24 minutes
Tsukiji: 26 minutes
Asakusa: 26 minutes
** 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 the Narita Express train to Shinjuku and it is a ¥2,000 yen taxi ride from there if you have lots of luggage. If you travel light, hop on the Keio line for three stops to Meidaimae station for ¥170.
Alternatively, take the Airport Limousine Bus to Shinjuku station.
** 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 this space is booked, we do have other listings nearby.
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 HOUSE?
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 house 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?
- Under age 2 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 the 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.
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Credit cards accepted, Accessible 24/7, Children welcome, Pets not allowed, Smoking not allowed and Unsuitable for elderly or infirm
Parking & facilities
Parking optional and Roofed carport
Kitchen & dining
Blender, Child's high chair, Coffee machine, Cooking utensils, Dishwasher, Grill, Kitchenette, Kitchen stove, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Rice steamer, Spices, Toaster and Vacuum cleaner
DVD-Player and TV (Cable)
Internet & office
Wireless Broadband Internet
Heating & cooling
Air conditioning and Electric heating
Bathroom & laundry
Clothes dryer, Bathroom & Laundry, Iron & Board, Washing machine, Bidet, Hair dryer, Essentials, Shower, Towel-set, Washbasin and Bed linen
Carbon Monoxide Detector, Fire Extinguisher, First aid kit, Safety Card and Smoke Detector
Credit cards accepted
Pets not allowed
Smoking not allowed
Unsuitable for elderly or infirm
Check in: 03:00 PM
Check out: 10:00 AM
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