One of the largest and roomiest places in Tokyo on Airbnb. Over 120 SQUARE METERS (1200 sq.ft) of space. BIG, SPACIOUS, LOTS OF LIGHT, TOP FLOOR, EXPANSIVE VIEWS from HUGE WINDOWS in every room and multiple balconies. We are a couple and have lived in Tokyo for ten years each. We both speak, read and write Japanese fluently. You may have heard apartments in Tokyo are typically small. Well, we don't like small. Relax in our 3-bedroom corner unit with three exposures which includes an 8-mat corner tatami room on the top floor of a very well built condominium, or mansion. Ask me about sightseeing, and I'll guide you and give you the low-down on the latest shops, and when you're pooped, we have iTunes/AppleTV, so you can even chill at home and watch a recent movie from the iTunes library on the large flat-screen TV when the hustle of the city and sightseeing have wiped you out one evening.
You'd have either the bed or tatami room with very comfortable futons/quilt bedding. For a negotiated rate, we consider relinquishing our bedroom with the queen bed, but the tatami room is very comfortable, and after all, you're visiting Japan. We sleep there, too, sometimes.
AMENITIES: washer/dryer, free wi-fi, a new GOLD'S GYM (with requisite fit, "happy" boys and pretty ladies), 3 supermarkets each literally 30-45 seconds away, lots of delicious local restaurants (particularly amazing udon and seafood, both at half the price you'd pay in Roppongi and 10x the taste), and a river that has one of Tokyo's famous sakura cherry tree sights.
CONCIERGE: You're not left in an empty apartment to figure it out all on your own. Not that you couldn't, but with limited time, don't you want to have a bit of the noise curated. You're gonna get the Tokyo fun "noise" anyway, so it's best to get it in loud and clear AND beautifully. So, we can help you out with your plans, tell you that great soba place or temple you should not miss. We can also call, read or write out something to help you to make arrangements, if necessary. E.g. you could bring any piece of paper back from a store, and we could make that call back to the proprietor to arrange for you to head back to get that piece you saw as a gift. Tokyo is our home; we love it. We'll help you to see this city with equal admiration.
The building is LITERALLY 30 SECONDS from the train, and 5-minutes' walk to access 3 other subway lines/JR--without battling 1,(phone number hidden)ther people. There is also nearby a, Some apartments push the fact that being 100 meters from Shibuya is ideal, but that's not how most people live. Who would want to live in an apartment the size of a closet in Times Sq?
TRANSPORT: 4 minutes to Shinjuku, 10 mins. to Harajuku/Omotesando, 12 mins. to Shibuya, 15 mins. to Roppongi.
No smoking, no pets. Use of living room area and balconies permitted, but not other bedrooms or den. No shoes worn indoors, and respectful behavior--no guests, no excess substance abuse, and consideration that this is a home with working professionals.
I'm so glad I stayed with Til & Ivan. From the first emails I exchanged with Til I felt I was going to be welcome and enjoy my stay. The place was great and indeed quite big for Tokyo.
They helped me with my plans and arranged the taxi for me, thanks so much. Also a great moment chatting with Ivan and...my first earthquake experience during which his peacefulness helped me not to freak out ;)
I was really emotional when I left their place, even though they weren't home Ivan remotely made sure I had everything I needed to get to the airport.
You guys are great !! Don't change a bit ;)
To begin with the request for booking was made about 10 hours prior to landing in Japan. He accepted and gave directions where to meet him. The space was just as listed. The bed was comfy with clean linen. During our brief stay he showed us a fun night out on the town, as well fine tuned our planned tour around Tokyo. If you want a place that's convenient, and knowledgeable personable host pick Til.
We felt really comfortable at Til's place, he came to pick us up close to his apartment. The room was clean and the bed quiet large for Japan. Til was giving us regular advice so we were better informed to plan our Tokyo exploration
Til was warm, welcoming, and delightful! We arrived Friday early evening and he joined us for dinner at his favorite Japanese restaurant in Shibuya. I doubt if we would have found it on our own. We had a wonderful time eating together. Saturday we were on our own. He had a "mi casa es su casa" attitude, and we felt right at home. His apartment is a little larger than many, and he lives on the 10th floor. At night there is a million dollar view of the lights of the city. We had our own bedroom with a western style bed. Very clean.
Staying with Loren and Ivan was probably the best decision I've made in my trip to Tokyo. This was going to be my first time in Japan. I've never used airbnb and naturally I had my doubts. I had only the reviews they received as reference. It also helped that Loren made sure he answered all my questions however stupid i though they were. Even in his replies, I could already sense that he was someone who was easy-going and friendly. Of course I have forwarded inquiries to other properties listed here in airbnb but mostly what I got were "prepared" responses from the others. Loren's were the most personal replies I've received and that made me very comfortable and confident to finally decide to stay in his place. Before arriving, he sent the most comprehensive directions from the airport to the apartment. Upon arriving in Tokyo, we were already communicating and kept updating each other on where I was until I finally arrived at their place.
The pictures of the apartment is exactly what I saw in person, and more. I stayed with a friend in the tatami room which was very comfortable. But my favorite place was the balcony with a stunning view of the city. Loren was there to welcome me with his charming smile and an infectious energy. He was there to show me the place but had to leave in the evening. His partner Ivan brought me out for dinner and drinks. I have to say it was the most interesting and memorable first night I have ever spent in a city I've never been in before.
The following days were spent around the city with a lot of help and recommendations from both of them. They were always there if you need any information but were never intrusive and always respectful. Conversations were varied but always engaging and fun. I only wish we had more time together.
Looking back, my trip would never have been as memorable if not for Loren and Ivan. It was a pleasure getting to know these awesome people and I look forward to seeing them again in the near future, I hope. :)
My stay with Til and Ivan, though brief, was comfortable, easy, and most enjoyable. The room was well-appointed, nicely cooled (thank heavens) and the futon / tatami mat arrangement very comfortable. The apartment was exceptionally clean and well-equipped, in an excellent locale, and with wonderful views (the Tokyo Tower is visible from their living room).
They are an amiable couple, and were more than willing to help at anytime. This was exemplified by Til bumping into me by chance out on the town and him subsequently rescuing me after I had slightly over-indulged in sake. For this I am enormously grateful, and more than a little embarrassed.
I was also impressed that they never seemed to show any outward sign of exasperation at my endless repetitive questions about navigating the Tokyo metro train network.
I recommend them without reservation, and would not hesitate to stay again.
Thanks guys. You're awesome!
Our stay with Loren and Ivan was very pleasant, the flat clean and spacious. The location is convenient for travelers.
The guys are very friendly and open. It was great to have dinner with them in one of the nice restaurants around. We would like to meet them again.
Easygoing, professional and veteran of Tokyo for 8 years. Happy to help out travelers when convenient and can also give pointers for sightseeing and amazing recs for fab restaurants, bars, nightlife and other happenings.