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. Located on small cul-de-sac at the end of quaint shopping street so very convenient but quiet at all times. Traditional Japanese neighborhood feel but right in the city so you get the best of both worlds.
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)
New Double size bed with new 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.
Blow dryer, iron and ironing board provided.
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.
Empty car space can be used by guests; comes in handy if you want to rent a car.
2 bicycles can also be used by guests if you want to explore the city by bike.
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 Doro) in a charming neighborhood with lots of mom-and-pop shops (butchers, florists, veg markets, fish mongers, etc).
Within 5 minutes on foot of 2 large supermarkets, inlcuding 24hr supermarket, lots of restaurants, izakayas, cafes, etc.
Ideally located just 1 subway stop from Ikebukuro station (2nd biggest station in Japan and in the world)
Only 6 minutes on foot from nearest metro 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.
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.)
Shampoo, conditioner, and body soap are provided.
Fresh towels provided for each guest.
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.
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.
Alfred and Kenji are warm heart hosts. The place is so nice till we thought that it was our home in Tokyo. We love to stay with Tokyo Urban House again.
We had such a great stay with Alfie and Kenji! A great house in a lovely Tokyo neighbourhood and convenient for anywhere you may want to go in the city. Alfie and Kenji were lovely hosts, and we only wish we'd had more time to spend together - we enjoyed our last night beer together after busy days all round! Would highly recommend for a Tokyo visit and hope we can return again soon :)
We love the house. All as described. Near to metro station and moving around such a breeze. We have no complain and just would like to thank Alfie and Kenji for their hospitality.
The house is very clean and a lot of shop nearby. You don't have to worry about getting something to eat or some groceries.
Great stay in Tokyo. Alfie's home is beautiful, well equipped and in a great location. Hosts were welcoming and helpful
Our hosts Alfie and Kenji made us feel very welcome with their lovely home. Every morning coffee, pastries and fruit were provided. Their house is very clean, comfortable and safe. The guys even bought our 4 year old daughter some lovely macarons, and my husband some Nato, as he was keen to try some whilst in Japan. The location is perfect as it is close to Kanamecho Metro station which is one stop from the hustle and bustle of Ikebukuro. This was our third time to Japan and we hope to stay with Alfie and Kenji in future.
We had a lovely stay at Alfie and Kenji's! They are professional AirBnB hosts and provided everything we needed to make our stay cozy. They provided tourist maps and guide books, and spent time with us when we arrived to give us suggestions of what to do. They even bought some luxury pastries when they heard it was my sons birthday. I highly recommend this stay!
The house was very homely and we were provided breakfast, tea and coffee everyday during our stay there. We were also provided free wifi dongle to use during our time in Tokyo. Great host as we had issues with the wifi dongle, they provided us snacks as compensation. I would definitely go back there again to stay if I am back there in Tokyo.
Glad you guys enjoyed your stay with us! It was great having you here. We took the dongle to Softbank to get it checked out right after your stay - it turns out that the dongle is perfectly fine - the problem was that data was throttled which is why it was running so slow: if you exceed 1 gigabyte over a 3 day period, Softbank will throttle it for a 4 day period after that. We will be sure to explain that to future guests to avoid any issues - nothing worse than slow internet! Take care!
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.