About this listing
A very well-located, modern, spacious house with very easy access to the best places in Tokyo. Experience our version of the Japanese concept of hospitality (omotenashi) as you use our well-designed house as your home base for your Tokyo adventure!
Modern, well-designed interior, especially compared to other options at this price point in Tokyo. Took 3 years to painstakingly renovate/re-design. It was a labor of love but the result was well-worth it.
3 bedroom, 3-story house, 90 sq meters
Guest Room on 1f, common areas on 2f, and hosts' bedrooms on 3f so lots of privacy for guests.
Fully-equipped, newly-renovated kitchen with lots of appliances available for guests that like to cook.
Japanese-style bathroom with shower/tub, and washer/dryer unit
50" flat-screen TV in living room with top of the line Yamaha soundbar speaker, blue-ray dvd player, dvd recorder and Apple TV; cable with English channels
Clean, modern Japanese-inspired design.
Size: 6 tatami mats (9 square meters)
Double size bed with high-quality linens, down duvet, and a comfortable memory foam mattress pad can accommodate 2.
Extra Japanese style futon set is available and can be laid on the floor of the room for 3rd guest or child; can be stowed away in a designated futon closet during the day for more space.
Full-size wardrobe provides sufficient storage.
Guest Room located on 1F next to toilet.
Guests have full access to everything on 1f and 2f, including living dining/room and kitchen anytime.
Interaction with Guests
We both work full-time so are away from the house most of the time but are available in the evenings and on weekends to offer advice/suggestions.
House is located at the end of a traditional shopping street (Ebisu Dori) in a safe, charming neighborhood with lots of mom-and-pop shops (butchers, florists, veg markets, fish mongers, etc) but just 1 stop from Ikebukuro, do you get the best of both worlds!
Within 5 minutes on foot of 2 large supermarkets, inlcuding 24hr supermarket, lots of restaurants, wine bars, ramen shops, izakayas, cafes, etc.
7/11 convenience store 1 minute away from house!
Ideally located just 1 subway stop from Ikebukuro station (2nd biggest station in Japan and in the world)
6 minutes on foot from nearest subway station (Kanamecho Station) on Yurakucho and Fukutoshin subway lines.
Easy, direct access on 1 train line to the most important stations in Tokyo: Shinjuku, Harajuku, Shibuya, Yokohama, Ginza, etc.
Other Things to Note
Freshly-brewed coffee provided each morning w/ light breakfast items (fruit, pastries, toast). A selection of tea also available (Japanese green tea, black tea, etc.)
Free high speed wi-fi in house
Free use of mobile 4G wi-fi router. Guests can take router with them at all times while exploring the city.
Access to pre-paid cell phone
House was recently reinforced for extra earthquake protection.
Earthquake/Disaster survival kit available.
Smoke detectors and emergency flashlights on each floor.
Very safe, family-friendly neighborhood
Rules are pretty lax- just ask that you are respectful.
As its a house and not an apt or condo, we aren't so strict about noise.
1) Please be sure to lock all windows before leaving the house.
2) Smoking is ok under the kitchen range hood or in the garage.
3) For fire prevention, we ask that you refrain from burning candles/incense.
4) Please turn off the a/c on when you leave the house- power is quite expensive in Japan compared to a lot of other countries.
Amazing experience, Alfie and Kenji are really professional,they give us a lot of advice and privacy which is very awesome . The house is unbelievable clean you have found everything that you need in first floor and second-floor. The milk ,juice , green tea, hot tea are all very good, we can have some bread , fruit, and some coffee for breakfast. The location is very good six minutes away from the subway station but very quiet . There is Chinese restaurant in the neighborhood and they have the 7-Eleven in the neighborhood too ,but the first day we came here we found the wrong house, it was another house front of kenji &Alfie 's house.
Alfie was a great host! He helped us figure out how to get places and gave recommendations for restaurants and activities at several occasions. The room we lived in was cosy and had ac in it so we never got to hot. Overall it was a great experience, I would recommend this place to anyone traveling to Tokyo!
Our stay at Alfie's Urban Tokyo House was perfect. Absolutely no negative observations at all (which is rare!). Accommodation is top notch. The host is always available 24/7 by email to help; and is genuinely pleased to do so. Alfie organises your coffee and pastry-based breakfast each morning, for a time that you tell him (or email him) the day before. This apartment is right next (11 min walk) to a local subway station (Kanamecho), from which you can access the entire of Tokyo. In fact we easily travelled from there to all parts of Tokyo, Mount Fuji, bus tours departing from near from Tokyo station (main station in the city), and Osaka. We bought a Pasmo pre-paid subway card, which removed the need to buy subway tickets, which made life very easy - just swipe and travel, and swipe at the far end (like the UK oyster card). Alfie has numerous maps and guides available, in case you are looking for extra ideas for venues to visit. He is an affable chap, and is genuinely eager to help make your experience as fun as possible. The photos are a true representation of how aesthetically beautiful and comfortable the apartment actually is. There is washing facilities available, and it is easy to use (Alfie has labeled the buttons 1,2,3!). As you leave the subway station on your return each evening, there is a convenience store right there, where you can buy reasonably priced food and drinks. We are from the UK, and we found the food prices ridiculously cheap in comparison to home.
Sorry if this review was a little rambling, but our trip to Tokyo was so enjoyable, it's hard to try and summarise to in 500 words!
Finally, we are definitely going to return and use Alfie's apartment again as part of a future trip to Japan in the next 1-2 years. That is the best recommendation that we can give.
Alfie has been a very kind host, and the house was remarkably clean and tidy. It was a pleasure to spend three nights at his place!
great hospitality from Alfie & Kenji. Their house are neat & tidy. Great experience. Really love the coffee and bread prepared by them for breakfast.
Alfie & Kenji are incredible. It’s a great house in a wonderful neighborhood and very easy access it is close to Kanamecho Metro station. Everything was just as they said, the room is private, comfortable and clean. We stayed for over 9 nights and there was fresh coffee, fruit and bread every morning also they provided tourist maps and guide books and a Wi-Fi device to use during our time in Tokyo. We greatly recommend this stay and for our next time in Tokyo we really want to stay with them again.
About the Host, Alfie
Born & raised in Texas but based in Tokyo now. Run airbnb with my Japanese businesss partner, Kenji. Early 30's, mature, respectful professionals who work hard but know how to enjoy life. With our Southern/Texas & Japanese backgrounds, hospitality comes quite naturally to us. I studied abroad in Bangkok, Thailand and Paris, France and Kenji studied abroad in NYC during our university days so definitely have a global perspective on things.
Interested in traveling, photography, skin care, cooking, home renovation & interior design. Spent about 3 years designing and renovating the house. Our design aesthetic is clean, modern and uncluttered; a bit Japanesey with a mid-century modern flair. Although we are done with most of our interior design projects, we are continuously looking for ways to improve the comfort and design of our space.
We love good quality food/ingredients, nice wine, and Japanese beer. We have a particular weakness for champagne & macarons. We also love collecting good quality cookware and kitchen gadgets and have a small but growing collection of Japanese knives and handmade Japanese ceramic dinnerware. Love watching cooking & design shows and never get tired of a good old-fashioned make-over.
I fell in love with Tokyo when I first moved here and haven't stopped being amazed by the city every single day. Best place in the world for food, fashion, and shopping as far as I'm concerned. The most fulfilling part of having guests for me is that it gives me the opportunity to help others discover the city and fall in love with it too.