Tokyo Contempo (Sangenjaya/Shibuya)

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Nozawa, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan

The Space

Located just outside the central area of Shibuya, "Sangenjaya" was historically known as a place where people coming into Tokyo from the countryside would stop for tea and a rest before entering the heart of the city. The name "Sangenjaya" in Japanese means "three tea houses".

This spacious, bright and airy 55 square meter flat is in one of Tokyos most charming neighborhoods. This area is home to many famous Japanese musicians, actors, film directors and producers. Also surrounded by major universities including Japan University.

Although very low key, the immediate neighborhood has some of the best eateries, cafes and bars in Tokyo. Situated just 4 minutes on the train from Shibuya (direct connection to the Tokyo metro Hanzomon line), the neighborhood offers a hip and local feel with immediate public transport access to all other amazing central Tokyo areas as well.

1 minute from the "Jakuzureryokudo" cherry tree promenade that leads you to the "Mishiku", "Shimouma", and "Naka Meguro" neighborhoods. This is also a famous beautiful spot for viewing the cherry blossoms in the springtime.

The area is home to some beautiful temples and shrines off the beaten path but very significant to historical accounts. The Setagaya Kanon Shrine is noted on the list of top historical sites worth visiting and it is just 3 minutes from the flat! See the attached photos.

3 Minutes to Sangenjaya shopping arcade with every bit of local Japanese charm, cafes, bars, name it!

Just a 10 minute walk to Sangenjaya station. The area around the station also has a very local feel, but all the convenience you could expect from being in the center of Shibuya with department stores, boutiques, international food stores, amazing wine shops and more!

Also within a 20 minute walk or short train or bus you are in Komazawa park with fully equip public gym inside the olympic stadium, with a 500 meter rubber running track (email hidden) running/ cycling course around the park.

There are also several bus stops just in front of the flat that take you to Naka Meguro, Meguro, Gakugei Daigaku, Shibuya, Shimokitazawa and a number of other great places all within a short time.

The building is super modern and clean and the area is sounded with trees, gardens, and a playground for children. WIthin 1 minute from the flat you have a choice of awesome Japanese and western restaurants, dry cleaner/laundry services, and 24 hour convenience store. The immediate area (within a 5 minute walk) has larger 24 hour super markets, a plethora of restaurants and pubs, boutiques, local fruit and veg shops, fish mongers, butchers, pharmacies and an array of awesome cafes.

The flat is stylishly furnished with linen, towels, a fully functional kitchen (for those who like cooking), washing machine/dryer, high speed wifi (fibre optic unlimited bandwidth) and venire wood heated flooring.

The bedroom is fitted with a king sized bed that can also be separated into 2 single beds. The living room is fitted with a very comfortable double sofa bed and there is also an extra futon that can be made-up for separate sleeping in the living area.

The living/dining/open kitchen area has a dining table and a sofa. The bedroom and living room areas are totally separate with equal private access to the bathroom, shower and bath (see floor plan and photos). The entire hallway has floor to ceiling closet space.

High speed fiber optic wireless internet inclusive. For those who want additional portable wifi connectivity options with smart phones or tablets, we recommend setting up an account with "wi2"(just do a web search for "wi2" and click on the english site for pricing, speed/plans and payment info). This is a city wide pay service wifi system that is generally much faster than portable wifi devices at a fraction the price of renting one. You can connect pretty much anywhere in Tokyo and many locations nation wide. Very convenient!

Perfect for people who want clean, stylish, spacious and modern accommodation in the heart of Tokyo. Amazing alternative to the sometimes very small and stuffy Tokyo apartment hotels and hotels. Price inclusive of all utilities. Ideal for single occupancy, couples, a group of friends, or a family.

NOTE **Although totally central, the neighborhood ,building and neighboring tenants are quiet and respectful. In this way, this flat suits chilled out people who respect this vibe, wanting an oasis away from the bustle of Tokyo. This is not a "party pad" and we encourage people who want to throw late night parties in the flat to look for other options on Airbnb (there are plenty). As this is not a hotel, we hope to rent to people who appreciate the same way as if it was their own home!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 5
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 5
Extra people: $16 / night after the first guest
Security Deposit: $526
Cleaning Fee: $49
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • I stayed at John's apartment with my family for a week. The apartment is exactly what's pictured - lots of light, airy and very spacious by Tokyo standards. It is also very clean, and John prepared a lot of things that we could use. The apartment was well furnished and there were clean bath towels, toiletries (many), detergent, a hair dryer etc. Wifi at the apartment was completely reliable. It was super. I would recommend this to anyone, especially for people travelling with their family. It can be hard to find a spacious accommodation in Tokyo that can fit four people comfortably. The neighbourhood is super too. The apartment is situated in a quiet area, but we loved the shopping street about 10 mins away from the apartment. Very interesting, not touristy, lots to see, and no lack of dining options. It is also just 2 stops to Shibuya station, which connects you to other parts of Tokyo. The location is really great and convenient. While we did not get to meet John personally, he was contactable via email the entire time and promptly replied my emails when I had questions. Thank you John!

    April 2014
  • Just Perfect, thanks a lot John!

    March 2014
  • Absolutely recommended!
    Place clean and full furnished. Nothing is missing over there both inside the apartment and around the neighborhood.
    Host super nice and helpful

    March 2014
  • Great apartment. Light, modern and with a good amount of space for Tokyo. The hosts directions and tips were helpful and the area is quiet but close to the centre with nice bars, cafe's and restaurant. I thoroughly recommend it.

    February 2014
  • I only have great things to say about John and his fantastic apartment!

    The apartment is conveniently located right in the middle of Sangenjaya, a short walk from the local metro station, and is only a stone's throw from some of Tokyo's other best districts. Sangenjaya itself is littered with fantastic bars and restaurants that John gave us the inside scoop about.

    Throughout the booking process John was an excellent communicator and his local knowledge and advice was invaluable, especially when confronting the Tokyo metro for the first time.

    The apartment was clean, spacious and beautifully presented. Everything worked as described and the apartment comes with a great view of the Tokyo skyline. The beds were comfy and the modern kitchen is a big plus!

    I would recommend this apartment to anyone looking to enjoy Tokyo to its fullest and I would also recommend John as a friendly and reliable person to deal with.

    Thank you once again for your advice and guidance, John. Hope to see you again!

    Kindest regards,


    January 2014
  • We enjoyed our stay at John's apartment in Sangen-jaya. It was big enough for our family of 5. We enjoyed the food in the neighborhood. If you have a lot of luggage, we recommend you take a taxi from / to Shibuya station to the apartment.

    January 2014
  • John was a great host and this is a nice apartment - clean and comfortable. Sangenjaya is an ideal location if you want to be a little ways off the beaten track but still in central Tokyo.

    January 2014
  • Very convenient location for our short stay in Tokyo. Traveling with two children, we found the layout useful and the decor clean, contemporary and modern. Lots of helpful instructions on navigating the apartment and the charming neighborhood with its many restaurants and easy access to the subway. Plenty of bedding. It felt like home away from home.

    December 2013
  • We had a lovely time in Tokyo in this peaceful, well equipped apartment, with our 21 month old son + grandparents. The area where the apt is located is not touristic, but you could spend weeks just discovering the local area. Shrines, parks, awesome cafes, shops, restaurants, lovely little streets. The apartment is also close to the metro, very easy access to Shibuya and other main attractions. Thank you John for hosting us!

    December 2013
  • This place was great! I highly recommend it, I stayed there with my friends and we really enjoy it! Very clean and nice! I will come back again! Thank you John!

    December 2013
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