My house is 6-10min to Shinjuku station (lively spot in Tokyo) and easy to get to four stations of different lines of public transportation.
My house (60 sq. meter) is at 8th floor of the apartment and consists of:
1) a guest room (2.6m x 3.2m) for your stay,
2) a bathroom, a kitchen, and a living room for common use,
3) a bed room & den for my private use.
The guest room furnishes an air conditioner (heat and cool) , an audio system, and a dressing table. Two mattresses and futons for two persons.
The bathroom with an automatic toilet, a bathing/shower space, a face-wash stand, and a washing machine.
The bathing space furnishes a bath-tub, shower floor, and air-conditioning & cloth-drying system. Please note that the shower space is outside (not inside) the bus-tub that is common in Japan.
The kitchen has a dining table, cooking & eating utensils, a fridge, a rice cooker, a microwave, a toaster, and a hot water jar for coffee and tea.
Bread and butter, jam, etc. are prepared for your self-service breakfast (free).
More than 10 kinds of drinks (drip bags) were prepared for the guest (free).
The living room furnishes a TV, a DVD player, table & chairs, and a massage chair for common use.
My private room furnishes a bed, a computer, a telephone, and closets. These are for my private use.
WiFi and Lan cable are provided.
The apartment faces a cozy shopping street. There are many food shops, restaurants, convenient stores, and a post office.
Nakai station (Oedo line): 30 sec walk, (10 min to Shinjuku)
Nakai station (Seibu-Shinjuku line): 1.5 min walk, (4 min to Takadanobaba, 6min to Shinjuku)
Ochiai station (Tozai line): 7 min walk, (3 min to Takadanobaba)
Higashi-Nakano station (JR line), 13 min walk, (5 min to Shinjuku)
I will never forget our time in Ejiro Toyota's home. It was truly a highlight of my (already pretty amazing) trip to Japan. He was a gracious, kind, thoughtful host and we couldn't have been happier with our experience with him. He has led an amazing life (he even wrote an autobiography, which was very well written and very interesting) and it was such a pleasure getting to know him, although we did not spend much time together.
A few details: the room we stayed in was quite large, easily accommodating two futons. There was ample space to store luggage. It is separated by a door from the living room, kitchen, and Mr. Toyota's quarters, so we didn't feel QUITE as bad coming home a bit late (nothing crazy.)
I had expected the apt to be much closer to Shinjuku. It is actually a subway ride (5 stops) away, so we ended up spending 420 yen each day just getting to and from Shinjuku (we had a JR pass). There is a walkable JR stop, but it is about a 30 minute walk. The total time from arriving on a JR line (usually Yamanoate or Chuo) to Toyota-san's door was 30 minutes - and this is once we knew where we were going. (Shinjuku station is ENORMOUS and it's quite a walk).
Overall, if you really want something close to Shinjuku/main city centers, maybe this isn't the best place. If you don't mind a little travel to get to a comfortable place to stay with a really wonderful person, then I definitely recommend staying with Toyota-san.
Mr Toyota is not only a great host but an amazing, warm and caring human being. Make sure to read his biography... it won't disappoint. I guess I could write here about Mr Toyota's comfy apartment or the nice neighborhood around it but what really stands out for me is that now I have a new friend in Tokyo. I hope I can come back soon.
Eijiro is a quiet, kind man. I stayed in his house for two weeks, and was very comfortable there. His apartment is very cosy and clean, and very well-appointed. I caught a cold during my stay (I came from Australian summer to Japanese winter) and Eijiro kindly made udon for me so I didn't have to brave the shops that day.
The nearby area is great; lots of good noodle bars and groceries within walking distance, and local station is well-connected to the rest of the subway network.
If you're looking for a comfortable, quiet place to stay in a cosy part of Tokyo, I'd recommend talking to Eijiro.
(Also, do yourself a favour and read his autobiography while you're there.)
A truly wonderful and generous host. Mr. Toyota sincerely wants to get to know you and help you to enjoy your stay with him in his home in Tokyo. When I told him about my interest in night photography, he made a list of likely destinations and then we spent two nights together going all over the place photographing. I got incredible shots that I never would have found on my own.
Keep in mind that you'll be staying in an actual Japanese home. Be respectful of the rules like taking your shoes off. The rooms are small and the ceilings low. The controls for the bathroom are fit for a NASA launch pad, but Mr. Toyota has labeled everything in English. Take a little extra time and you'll have a wonderful and very rare cross-cultural experience.
I had a wonderful stay at Eijiro's abode. He is a very sweet and hospitable host.
He personally showed me where the local stores and restaurants were. He was a very kind host.
I had a wonderful stay at Eijiro Toyota's flat in Tokyo. I stayed there for four weeks while I was studying Japanese, and my host did everything he could have done to make me feel at home. It was wonderful having my own room in a nice area of Shinjuku during my stay in Tokyo. The area is lovely and quiet, with lots of shops and little restaurants, and ideally connected to the rest of the city with several train and metro lines.
Eijiro Toyota is a fantastic host - he welcomed me into his house as if I was part of his family, and let me join at dinners with friends and sometimes shared his meal with me. As I didn't know anybody else in this great city, it was very comforting to know that I would return to this peaceful home after busy days of school and sightseeing. And it was with a very heavy heart that I left Tokyo and my new home after four weeks!
I will never forget the time I spent here and can only recommend everybody to go and stay with this generous and hospitable host - I promise you will not regret it!
I cannot thank Eijiro enough for my stay. Unfortunately a few days into my trip I got very sick. It's always hard being sick away from home, but Eijiro was lovely and helped to look after me. He made me miso soup and rice pudding (I couldn't even go out for food). He was kind and caring. The place itself is simple, but works really well. It's excellently located for transport and Eijiro was wonderful at giving directions. This is a really great place to stay with a kind and helpful host. I would definitely stay there again. Oh also if you get a chance read Eijiro's autobiography, he has a fascinating story, it was a real insight. Don't hesitate, book this place
My husband and I stayed for 3 nights. Oto-san is one of the kindest most gentle souls we have ever met. on our desk were guest books packed with messages and his incredibly unadulterated autobiography. We took our time reading while jetlagged and found his story ever so moving, though Oto-san's gentleness never boasted in any way. He just wanted us to enjoy our space in the simplest of ways, we genuinely fell in love with his presence. He invited us to a simple dinner at home, we chatted and sang him a song. it's not the things we talked about, but the sweet smile and small laugh he always had that made us feel safe and accepted into his home. we cannot put our finger on it, but staying here was deeply moving, and we want to return soon. (Oto-san, I will write you letters!)
Jane & James
We spent three nights at Eijiro's place. He is an excellent host with a very well situated apartment. He was as perfect as a host can be. He gave us tips on what to visit, helped us navigate the subway system and made sure that we were okay. We enjoyed our evening talks very much!
The location is excellent.There is a subway station right next door and two more within a 10 min walk. The room is clean and comfortable and breakfast is included.
We would love to stay with Eijiro again some time in the future!
Eijiro is one of the nicest, considerate and helpful people I have ever met. His flat is 30 seconds from the metro and 15 min from Tokyo central. The futon was very comfortable and breakfast delicious. Highly highly recommend. Eijiro you are truly wonderful. Thanks for having me.