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.
Everything was great! We had a wonderful time stay at Alfie and Kenji's house which is located at a very cute neighborhoods. It is pretty quiet, clean, and comfortable. It feels like staying at my own home. Kenji spent a lot of time to give some super useful info on where to visit and eat on our first night there. It really made this trip much more fun than my other trips in Tokyo. Thank you so much Kenji. Alfie is so sweet and friendly too. They both were rarely home during the 5 days of our staying and even when they were in the house they gave us a lot of space and privacy. They are super Airbnb hosts!!! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful house with us. I would love to stay with you again when next time I visit Tokyo.
This was my first time using airbnb and it was a great experience! The room was very clean, the bed was extremely comfortable, and Alfie and Kenji made us feel right at home with snacks, water, and a book case of guide books. The pocket WiFi was also extremely helpful.
We had a great time at Alfie & Kenji's house, which we used as our home base to explore Tokyo. The house is conveniently located in a very nice and absolutely quiet neighbourhood, but pretty close to Tokyo´s bustling, hustling city centres though. The directions provided by Alfie & Kenji were very helpful & clear and made getting to the house absolutely easy. It´s within a 10 min walk from Kanemecho Metrao station. The house is modern, cosy, tidy and clean. The bedroom, located in the ground floor of the three storey house, is equipped with a comfy bed.
Alfie and Kenji are absolutely respectful and friendly hosts making you feel at home. They prepared freshly percolated coffee every morning and fresh fruits were always available. Worth mentioning is the large selection of guidebooks & time-out maps provided in the guestroom, making sure guests won´t miss anything .... We also appreciated the free portable wifi router, which was indeed very helpful in navigating us through Tokyo.
Lastly, we would particularly like to thank Kenji for taking us out to a superb dinner. It was delicious!! We really enjoyed this evening with you, guys!
All in all, it was a great experience. We highly recommend this place to anyone traveling to Tokyo!
정말좋았어요 이케부쿠로에서 한정거장 갈아타야해서 처음엔 좀 힘들었지만 적응하니 동네도 쾌적하고 집자체도 너무좋아서 저렴한 가격에 즐겁게 머물다 왔습니다.물론 호스트도 친절했구요!
A great place to stay! Everything was really nice and clean, and premium bed and duvet/cushions;) Modern house with everything you need. Clean towels and fresh coffee and fruit every morning. Our last night Alfie invited us to a local place nearby, and we met some of his friends (Nice to meet you!) Very warm and funny people, but no pressure if you would rather spend the time on your own. Our best recommendations!
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.
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.