About this listing
You will be able to access easily to the place that you want to go in Tokyo. Especially, the nearest art gallery, museum, and zoo in Ueno-park are able to go by walk. Also you are able to take a walk to Yanaka where there are many temples.
There are build-in kitchen, teapot, coffee server, television, Wi-Fi, hair dryer, and etc. for the equipment to use in the building.
Maximum of six people are able to stay at one time. Please enjoy and experience the traditional Japanese lifestyle.
Two-storied wooden old Japanese style house is structured by width of 63.22sq m（1F38.38sq m、2F24.84sq m）, all Tatami mat, Japanese traditional wooden fittings, and furniture. We prepare six sets of bedding. It is not a share room but the reserved whole building. Microwave, rice cooker, refrigerator, pot, teapot, Japanese tea, coffee server, cooking tools, Japanese tableware, build-in kitchen, bath, shower, toilet, washing stand, washing machine, drying machine, hair dryer, steam iron, two low table, cushion, 40inch liquid crystal television, apple TV, Wi-Fi, mobile Wi-Fi server are all include. You are able to use in the building or also able to bring out and use Wi-Fi. In one Wi-Fi looter, you are able to connect until six devices at the same time. Even though you are outside, you are able to use internet for your iPad, iPhone, etc. You do not have to pay ¥1000 for each day to rental Wi-Fi from the airport.
Interaction with Guests
I will support you from the time when you check-in. I am living in Tokyo and working so when you have questions about not just only the buildings management but also other things, please send me message from “Q & A.” if you request, I will recommend nice shops, restaurants and sightseeing area. Please ask me when you need some help.
When you are staying in this home, you and your family will be able to access easily to the place that you want to go in Tokyo. Especially, the nearest art gallery, museum, and zoo in Ueno-park are able to go by walk. Also you are able to take a walk to Yanaka where there are many temples.
There are supermarket near this house and able to cook with Japanese ingredients. Please enjoy the dishes with the Japanese tableware.
From Uguisudani-station (about three minutes’ walk from the place), you are able to access main stations by JR Yamanote-line. You are able to go to Shibuya, Harajuku, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Ueno, Akihabara, and Tokyo without changing transfer.
It is not hotel nor Japanese style hotel. It is my office and my house for holidays. There are many neighbors living normally every day. When people are having fun time, people will scream or speak louder but please do not forget that there are neighbors around you. Please use the place carefully like your own house.
This was our second stay at Kota's place within a couple of weeks. We knew we would have to go back to Tokyo at the end of our Japan trip, so we took the chance on booking the same place so we wouldn't have to deal with the hassle of looking for our new location. We guessed right!
I suppose the best compliment we can give to an Air BnB booking is that when we arrived back at Kota's place, our 4 year old gleefully shouted we were back 'home.'
It was also clutch to have the washer/dryer unit towards the end of our trip. We wanted to pack lightly, so we needed to do the laundry.
Kota was extremely easy to communicate with. The day we were scheduled to arrive back in Tokyo, was the day of the terrible tragedy on the Shinkansen. As such, we were delayed three hours. Because we were traveling without a mobile, I emailed Kota regarding our delay. He responded right away.
One more note to add: Kota has a refined sense of Japanese aesthetics. His choice in artwork, tableware, and decorations were truly elegant. When you go on vacation in Japan, it's nice to stay in a place that, you know, feels 'Japanese'!
Kota was so kind to have waited for us to arrive as we were late getting from the airport. The home was exactly as described and well furnished.
First off, Hirayu-san was an extremely considerate host. Our flight into Haneda didn't arrive until 11:00PM at night, which meant by the time we got out to Uguisudani station, it was approaching 1:00AM. Still, Hirayu-san stood out in the rain and welcomed us in. We were traveling with two adults, two seniors, and two small children, and he never batted an eye when the kids got overly excited upon entering the locale (which kids will do...). In addition, the fridge was stocked with bottled water and some fruits, which are the little welcoming gestures that make all the difference.
The location was ideal. We were traveling with our JR Rail Passes, so it was nice to be so close to a JR Yamanote line station. Iriya station is only a 5 minute walk away. In addition, Ueno park is just a short walk away. Lastly, the place is located next to a bevy of stores and eateries.
If you're looking for something different than the modern assault of Shibuya and Shinjuku, Kota's place is in direct contrast. The irony is of course, 'Old Town Tokyo Life' is a more authentic Tokyo experience. Some might find it a bit cramped, we didn't; and we loved being in home that felt like Shitamachi over 50 years ago.
Ideal for families or couples who want to a quiet stay. Highly recommend!
For the host, Kota San is a very nice host, he waited us till 12am! We truly appreciate how responsible and friendly he is.
For the house, it is a very traditional house with more than 100 years old! When we first saw the house, we were very surprised like "WOW!". The old-styled house was built in high quality, the outlook of the house is impressive, and the internal facilities are well equipped. This is an good example of how well modern facilities can combine with ancient stylish house.
That's why we chose this house！
Kota is very warm and welcoming. He fetched us from the train station and guided us to his home, which is just a 3-minute walk.
It is a 100 year-old house which he renovated and equipped with all the modern amenities:
The main structure is wood, the ceilings are low, the layout and rooms are small, but these cannot be considered disadvantages at all because it was exactly what we, especially our kids, were looking for!
On top of the usual aircon, kitchen, bath, and toilet amenities, we had Wi-Fi, Apple TV, origami papers, green tea leaves and ground coffee. I didn't have a hard time cooking, and we all looked forward to spending time and eating together at home.
He made all essentials in the kitchen and bath available, all cleaning materials and refills are complete.
We appreciate all the small Japanese details and interior, the maps, and the welcome fruit!
We went to all his recommended restaurants in the area, and they are all great and reasonably-priced.
Simply put, it is basically living in a modernized theme park-house, and we loved it!
This was one of the best stays we've ever had in Japan! Kota went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. Unfortunately our flight was delayed but he still waited for us to arrive in order to give us a proper house tour and a description of the neighborhood. There were even some treats in the fridge for us as well as toiletries such as soap, shampoo, etc. The neighborhood is extremely quiet and peaceful, we were amazed we were in Tokyo at all! The images posted here are exactly what you get, no surprises. Even with 6 people, we were all very comfortable. We are so honored that Kota would entrust this delicate house with rich personal history to travelers on airbnb, truly an amazing experience. Thank you Kota, we plan on coming back!
About the Host, Kota
1979, Born in Tokyo
2003, Musashino Art University, Department of Architecture graduation
2003, Production Designer
2005, Real Estate Developer
2012, Renovation Investment