★*:.★*:. Why is it so cheap? .:*★.:*★
We don't want to be owner . We would like to be your friends or host family.
If you also wish so, you are very welcomed to our apartment.
★*:.★*:. Host Family .:*★.:*★
We are Three-person family of a boy 6 years old, Mother Mari, and father Ken.
We live in this house.
We have host family experiences about 6 years.
We are not so good at English. Therefore, if necessary , we will communicate with (website hidden) translation. (or Japanese?)
※Mari has a qualification of “Travel Agent Management ”. Your sightseeing consultation is no charge. If you need a guide, we can accompany but we may ask transportation fee.
※Mari has a qualification of “Real Estate Management”. Mari knows well The law protecting peoplewho borrow a room .
※Ken teaches foreigners Japanese as a free volunteer. If you hope so , Ken will do so for you.
★*:.★*:. Location .:*★.:*★
The number of Shinjuku station passengers is the most in the world, recorded in Guinness Book.
You can access to anywhere in Tokyo conveniently.
※Michelin Green guide ☆～☆☆☆
Shinjuku Station 15min walk from our place
※Shinjuku area ☆☆
＜JR Yamanote Line＞
Shin-Okubo （2min） 130 yen
Takadanobaba（4min） 130 yen
Harajuku （4min） 130 yen ☆
Shibuya （7min） 150 yen ☆
（10min or Saikyo Line 6min）150 yen
＜JR Chuo Line＞
Nakano （4min） 150 yen
Akihabara （12min） 160 yen
Tokyo Station （15min） 190 yen
Ghibli museum ☆☆
（14min+ 15min walk or Bus）210 yen
＜JR Shonan Shinjuku line＞
Kamakura （58min） 890 yen ☆☆☆
※Kamakura resembles Kyoto
Mount Takao （54min） 370 yen ☆☆☆
（98min2020 yen ～120min1150 yen）
※950 yen possible
＜Tokyo Metro＞ 4min walk
Ginza （13min） 160 yen ☆☆
Tokyo Station （15min） 190 yen
Roppongi （19min） 190 yen ☆
Akihabara （19min+ 7min walk）190 yen
Tsukiji （22min） 190 yen ☆☆
Ueno （27min） 190 yen ☆☆☆
Asakusa （33min） 230 yen ☆☆
TOKYO SKYTREE ☆☆
（36min+ 2min walk）230 yen
Tokyo Disneyland（40min）400 yen
Shinjuku San-chome Station
＜Tokyo Metro＞ 10min walk
Harajuku （4min+ 6min walk）160 yen ☆
Shibuya （7min） 160 yen ☆
Ikebukuro （6min） 160 yen
Yokohama （34min） 420 yen ☆
Kawagoe （51min） 530 yen
※Kawagoe resembles Kyoto
Yokohama （60min） 410 yen ☆
＜Toei Subway＞ 8min walk
Akihabara （11min+ 6min walk）210 yen
（13min+ 4min walk +4min）260 yen
TOKYO SKYTREE ☆☆
（13min+4min walk +8min+4min walk）
In the center of Tokyo, generally we use three train lines.They are JR, Tokyo Metro, and Toei Subways. Each company offers discounted tickets, such as coupon tickets, one day tickets. We can advise you.
※Shinjuku is a hub of a high-way-buses.。
※I will lend you our bicycles for no charge.
Areas less than about 30 minutes by a bicycle ：Shibuya,Ikebukuro,Harajuku,Roppongi,Akihabara,Ginza,Nakano etc
The time required by bicycle is about 3 times the time required by trains（◉◉min. Please check the route by mobile. In the center of Tokyo, you can use some free WiFi-spots.。In free WiFi-spots, you can check the route from your present location to the destination.
★*:.★*:. from Narita Airport .:*★.:*★
110min1160 yen（mainly "access-narita"bus）～74min2750 yen（mainly Keisei Skyliner）
Since the walk distance is the shortest and it is cheaper, we recommend "access-narita".
Narita Airport (take "access-narita" 1,000 yen) → Ginza Station → (take Marunouchi Line 160 yen) → Shinjuku-gyoen-mae Station Exit3 → Walk 4min
Narita Airport (by "access-narita" 1,000 yen) → Ginza Station → (take taxi around (phone number hidden) yen, but there is no guarantee because it's the fare of the search site.) → our house
★*:.★*:. from Haneda Airport .:*★.:*★
Haneda Airport (Tokyo Monorail 470 yen) → Hamamatsucho → JR Hamamatsucho (take Yamanote line 130 yen) →JR Shinbashi → Tokyo-metro Shinbashi (take Ginza line 160 yen) → Akasaka-mitsuke (take Marunouchi line) → Shinjuku-gyoen-mae station → Exit3 → Walk 4min
If you are using "Japan Rail Pass" in particular, you should take Tokyo Monorail. "Japan Rail Pass" contains Tokyo Monorail.
★*:.★*:. about Shinjuku .:*★.:*★
The population of foreigners in Shinjuku is the most among Tokyo. Thanks to its convenient location, the city is chosen by foreigners the most.
according to the National Commercial Statistics Ranking by amount of retail sales
The 1st place Shinjuku Station east area 15 min walk
The 2nd place Ginza
The 3rd place Shinjuku Station west erea 15～20 min walk
Shinjuku Station east area has huge malls (more than 1000㎡)
You can walk to many department stores, electronics shops from our place.
★*:.★*:. 24 hours convenient .:*★.:*★
Going out, Check-in, check-out and shower 24-hour OK!
You can decide the Number-Lock-Code for private room & front door. So you can go out anytime, and can come back anytime. In Shinjuku many shops, restaurant, izakaya (bar restaurant) are open until late. Our place is walking distance from Shinjuku area (Kabukicho、Shin-Okubo、Shinjuku 2-chome etc）, and accessible to most famous nightlife spots such as Roppongi by bicycle. The metro and trains stop after midnight, but you can come home by foot or bicycle to our place. Japan is safe day and night. (but of course be careful of traffic!)
★*:.★*:. Private Room .:*★.:*★
This is an old building. The interior of this room is not new. It is renovated ten years ago. We must say please don’t hope for boutique room.
＜Size＞about 3.5ｍ×2.6ｍ（about 11.5ｆｔ×8.5ｆｔ） about 9㎡（about 100sq.ft）
It is not big. If you don’t mind to squeeze, up to 3 people can sleep.But if you are tall, you should give up that you stay at this room in three people. Your foot or head may hit a leg of the desk or the wall.
＜Private Room Equipments＞
5. 1ch Speaker Set
Room Cooler (only June - September)
Electric fan (only June - September)
Wall Lights,Ceiling light,Stand light and some.
▼Please approve follows, if you select this room.▼
There is the boiler for shower on the back of the mirror of this room. When using the shower, some noise comes out. It is not so big, but you may feel discomfort particularly when you sleep. We take a shower by 10 PM. Sometime another guest may stay at another room of this house. We ask them to take a shower by 11 PM, but they can't do so rarely, because they are tourists too.
★*:.★*:. You can share with us .:*★.:*★
Many things are not new. Please don’t hope new ones.
Bathroom （a bathtub and a shower)
Body soap, shampoo, conditioner
Iron & board
Toilet with a bidet function
★*:.★*:. Building .:*★.:*★
Our house is on top floor of 10 story apartment.
2013 outer wall renovate
★*:.★*:. Free Option Services .:*★.:*★
DSLR（Digital Single Lens Reflex camera）Canon EOS Kiss Digital+ 3lenses
Teaching Japanese Language
Coffee and Tea （instant or Teabags）
★*:.★*:. Other Services .:*★.:*★
Breakfast 100 yen～（Probably, We can't makeeveryday .）
Supper 200 yen～（We will make or teach you how to make home cooking of Japan.Probably, We can't make everyday ）
Mobile-WiFi 380 yen/day～（Rental from authorized shop）
We don't have a car, but we have the driver's license. If we have time, we can drive a rental car.
We are not good at, but can help you wear Kimono or Yukata. ※It may cost about 500 yen for dry cleaning.
★*:.★*:. Our Neighborhood .:*★.:*★
Since in Shinjuku area, many stores and restaurants are in the neighborhood. Here are the list of spots nearby us.
＜Less than 1 min＞
24H 100 yen convenience store, a mini supermarket
"LAWSON STORE 100"
24H Beef Bowl restaurant" YOSHINOYA "
24H “Family Restaurant” which is not expensive "Gust"
＜Sightseeing spots （Michelin Green Guide stars）＞
Shinjuku Gyoen 7min walk ☆☆☆
Tocho 23min walk ☆☆☆
Meiji-jingu 26min walk ☆☆☆
Kabuki-cho 11min walk ☆☆
Shinjuku Golden-Gai 9min walk ☆☆
Mode sGakuen Cocoon-Tower 18min walk ☆☆
★*:.★*:. Reference .:*★.:*★
＜Michelin Green guide Japan ミシュラン グリーンガイド＞
If the spot is nearby and we have time, we can guide you.
＜ Michelin Guide Tokyo ＞
According to Michelin Guide, Tokyo is considered to be the No.1 city of the world of delicious food.
Please taste at this opportunity. We have barely eaten at those restaurants, but we can search for you. Most inexpensive one with Michelin one-star is “Nakajima” in Shinjuku, offering fish lunch menu at 800yen.
"tabelog" is a guide of Japanese popular restaurants.
＜Grutt Pass ぐるっとパス＞
Grutt Pass is a ticket booklet which provides one-time admission or discount to the 77 facilities in Tokyo.Set purchase with the one-day ticket of the subway is more profitable.
＜JAPAN RAIL PASS＞
It is recommendable to buy “JAPAN RAIL PASS” if you wish to travel around Japan for a certain period. All you can ride Shinkansen (bullet train) for 7 days: 28,300 yen, 14days: 45,100 yen, and 21days: 57,700 yen. You cannot buy it in Japan, so please purchase it before you come to Japan.
We can advise you that you can buy at lower price than the Internet stores in the Shinjuku electronics store.
Mari and Ken were kind and considerate making this a really pleasant first time experience for Shengpei and I using airbnb. I very much liked the area the apartment was in too: lots of cool eating places and a large park to soak in the bright winter sun! I highly recommend the cake shop facing the park and the homemade soba place on Shinjuku 2-chome. At the latter, I had my favourite roast duck soba noodles, and the fact that it closes at 4 am was everything a night bird like myself could hope for!
Me and my sister have a wonderful stay with this friendly host family. We stayed for 5 nights. Mari and Ken are very helpful and friendly.
My room was very clean and tidy like 5 stars hotel with full length mirror, long table, Plasma TV..etc.
They prepare for us some instant coffee and tea, toast bread, juice...etc.
This place surrounded by many mall, shop and restaurant. Very convenient! Especially there was many 24H Japanese restaurant and many 24H convenient store.
The room and house main door was build in pin code security lock, you can set your own pin code for your room lock and house lock too!
I highly recommend this host family for all of you!
Mari, Ken, and Gaku are an amazing family full off energy and love. The kindness and respect they show provides a strong sense of home. Words could not describe the love and respect I have for Mari, Ken and Gaku. I highly recommend their home for any traveler. Thank you very much!
If you are looking for a clean, lovely furnished and spacious room which is centrally located, you have found the right place! ♥
I had a great stay at Mari, Ken and Gaku's apartment! The room was lovely furnished and spacious. I especially loved the heated carpet ♥
I stayed there for over two weeks and we often had breakfast or dinner together. I was allowed to eat toast, ramen, curry and more for free *^* Thank you! >.<
Moreover we spent New Year's Eve together and it was so nice to experience a japanese New Year's Eve! The family from the other room and two language students attended our small party, too, and Mari & Ken cooked for us. Around midnight we visited a shrine together ^-^
During my stay Mari even borrowed me one of her kimons and Ken took many many photos while we took a walk outside ^__^
I came in the winter break and their son Gaku was often at home. He is well-bred and always greeted me when I came home (of course Mari and Ken, too :) ). I really enjoyed it to have a cute little brother ^__^ It was so much fun to play with him!
The apartment was always clean and the towels were changed every 1-2 days! Moreover the location was really perfect. You can walk to Shinjuku or lend one of Mari and Ken's bikes to drive around in the surrounding area. The train stations are easily to reach, too! :D
This was my fifth stay in Japan and the best room I ever stayed in so far. It was the first time I stayed with a family, though. It was totally different from staying at guest houses and I totally recommend it!
Thank you so much for everything Mari, Ken and Gaku! I hope I can stay at this room again (or the other room) when I come back to Japan!
My family and I had a wonderful stay with Mari, Ken & Gaku. They were very hospitable hosts and we felt very welcomed. It was our first time sleeping on futon sets and they were very comfortable, we slept like a baby. They allowed me to ship some of the stuff I purchased to their house and even helped me with the disposal of bubble wrap and the boxes. On my last day, Ken helped with my luggages to the metro station.
I cannot say enough good things about our stay at Mari and Ken's home. My boyfriend and I stayed for 3 nights. Our flight was late so we arrived at their home at almost 1am in the morning but Mari and Ken were both up waiting for us. We were hungry and looking for some snacks then Ken offered us their ramen noodles and even cooked for us himself! They are really nice and hospitable. Although their English is not superb, we had no problem communicating with them. They let us eat their bread, cereal and whatever they have for breakfast for free. We had a Japanese breakfast on the last morning. It was really good and they only charged us very little. Honestly I would like to pay 5 times more for such great food.
The apartment is quite compact for American standard, but it has everything you need. The guest room was pretty spacious and clean and we really liked it. It is in the center of the city in Shinjuku so transportation is pretty convenient.
Mari and Ken were very helpful and told us a lot of cheap and great places to eat and shop. You can ask them about anything in Tokyo and they will be more than happy to help you.
Their son Gaku is very adorable and energetic. He would be really happy if you can stay with him a little bit and maybe play games with him when you're at home.
Overall it's definitely the best experience we've ever had with airbnb. It was really nice to have the chance to stay with such a wonderful host family when traveling. We will definitely stay with them again in the future!
Thanks so much for everything Mari and Ken!
I loved staying here!! Close to Shinjyuku station yet quiet! I loved the ambiance in the room,soft lighting helped me relax. Mari and Ken are very nice too! Very hospitable. If you have a question about anything in Japan,they will answer it. I will be staying here again for sure!!
Ken san, Mari san & Gaku were very kind to me! They bought me walked around Shinjuku & Ginza, and treated me nice family meals!
I have spent 2 nights with the family, the room was lovely and got everythings! I recommand all of you to stay in and I am sure I will stay with the family again in my next visit to Tokyo :)
Ken san, Mari san, Gaku kun, arigatou! See you soon!
This room was in a very convenient location. We would recommend this to anyone who is planning on visiting Tokyo. Because it is in the city center, you can easily get around. 4 minute walk to the closest subway. Mari and Ken were amazing hosts!! Thanks for everything during our stay :)