(v´∀`)ハ(´∀`v)Lil Aparto Ikebukuro

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Kami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 170-0012, Japan
Kotaro And Kei
Your host, Kotaro And Kei
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Write us your itinerary.

Updated checking time (6pm) now our checking time is flexible, we will send you map and photos attached to the apartment. The key is in hidden place but is not difficult to find.
From the nearest station is 3-4mins walk.
Kita Ikebukuro station by Tobu Tojo line. One stop from Ikebukuro station. If you have JR pass use Idabashi station by Saikyo line.
But tell us if you like to use Itabashi station.
Ikebukuro itself is a city therefore many many place to discover.
IF you need us to meet at station, we will be available at 6pm onward.
Or wait at the Metropolitan hotel when you take a bus from Narita. Be sure to check the time table.

May 12th 2013
WE bought a bed and no more futon! The sofa is a sofa bed as we did not described. Sorry photo is old…

It is just not about your trip here to see the city, is about to experience what Japanese live in daily life.. (we live in a compact house but we ensure our place is made comfortable for a guest)

*when you come visit us, we hope we can be friend in future!
~> so have a home here in Japan*!!!
Towels/cooking/hot water pot/rice cooker/frying pan/washing machine/hair dryer.. etc
will be provided in this little apartment, if you need anything extra just drop us an email for us to prepare!

We will send you a map and route to our house.
Please take a time to read through
about our description/profile/reviews.
Is important to understand/study the country/city/place that you are visiting.

NO EXTRA CHARGE for little children but please tell us in advance to prepare it.

We provide portable WiFi and a Japanese mobile
so everywhere you go you can be online and keep in touch with us or use it for emergency around Japan.
We do this because we hope to give pleasant stay and support
to guests and feel safe all time. (NO CHARGE) many many guests asked us this questions so we highlight here. we only accept what is paid in the websites.


Please write us about your itinerary if you need our guide and tell us what do you like about Japan and food ?(we have good deals to introduce you many foods) Tell us what you like to eat!!!!!
And also please tell us arrival time and departure time, it is very important for our preparation and planning to receive you at the station.

We can tour you around during weekend upon request.
This is part of our service and we are happy to guide and show you what is in the city and have coffee for free time!

This apartment is located in the city and easy access from Narita and Haneda by bus..
3-5 mins to Kita Ikebukuro Station on foot
15-18mins to JR /Metro Ikebukuro Station on foot.
Is the best exercise in Japan is walking ;)

Is most convenience to get around the city.
This place have most entertaiment enviroment.

Best for couples or travellers who likes to experience in the city.

Bus from Narita to Ikebukuro
choose alight to Metropolitan hotel.
We will send you the time table link after confirmation.

We have several route you can choose.
depends on your budget and time.
it takes about 2hours to our house.
We will write in details when you send request to us.
Tell us which airport you are arriving.

Time to check in 6pm but it can be flexible if you write us in advance/earlier the better so we can plan ahead with our work schedule and also with other guests who will be leaving on the day.
We hope this much cooperation as we both clean the house by ourself as is more personal. Everything done by us.

In Ikebukuro, sunshine city is famous for shopping and cosplay shops are available.
24 hours restaurant and karaoke, cinema,shopping centre,.. etc.
Read about Ikebukuro in wikipedia or Japan guide ok?
We hope you know well of the place you going to visit, because we love Ikebukuro and hope you do too!
From our house you can take bus direct to Asakusa only for 200Yen, is not near but you can enjoy bus ride and view how the city look like when you in the car!

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WE want to thanks to all the guests have been here given us great memories to have so close contact with PEOPLE around the world! A special thanks to Airbnb too! This is an awesome websites that connect each person in real life to share and come together.
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We have an opportunity to introduce living in Japan.

Write to us and we will reply as soon as possible.
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Thank you for looking at our page and taking time to read
Have a great day!!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $20 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Cleaning Fee: $10
Cancellation: Flexible
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Kei and kotaro are awesome! They are super super friendly and helpful. They met us at the station and took us to dinner. Their house is a perfect place to stay, and equipped for cooking. Just a short walk from ikebukuro station, and plenty of shops in walking distance. Free pocket wifi is a godsend also.
    Highly recommended. We'll meet up with them when we return to tokyo.

    June 2014
  • Kotaro and Kei are so nice!!!we had dinner together and they are so friendly and talkative. The house is perfect and I just want to stay in this house next time I travel Tokyo. The location is good I can walk from the house to Ikebukuro station. Very quiet at night.

    June 2014
  • Kotaro and Kei are great hosts, friendly and cheerful and always quick to reply to messages. They received us at the station, and at the end of our stay they accompanied us back to the station and showed us how to get to Narita. Thanks again to Kotaro for dragging my suitcase with the broken wheel! On our last night, we went to eat sushi with Kotaro and Kei and their other two German guests at a great restaurant in Ikebukuro, which was a lot of fun.

    The apartment was clean and well-equipped. It is located in a quiet neighborhood, there are a few convenience stores close by. Ikebukuro station is within walking distance (we needed 20 min).There is a train station close to the apartment, which is convenient when you have luggage. The portable wi-fi was convenient and helpful. If we ever come back to Tokyo, we would love to stay at Kotaro's and Kei's place again. Highly recommended!

    June 2014
  • Our stay at Lil Aparto Ikebukuro was fantastic. As the other reviewers have said, the apartment is small, but it's comfortable for at least a couple. My wife and I felt it to be a great, home-feeling place in a quiet neighborhood. We enjoyed eating breakfast while hearing the tinkle windchime on the door of the across-the-way's neighbor's house, hearing neighborhood people talking to each other in the morning.
    The bed was the most comfortable of the 5 beds we slept on during our time in Japan, a stay that included another AirBnB, 2 hotels and a Ryokan. The kitchen allowed us to eat within our restricted diet thanks to a very nearby grocery store (and a slightly cheaper one, further away by Ikebukuro Station). The sofa was comfortable for sitting on, and zabuton are provided for sitting at the table while eating or meal food-preparation. The apartment is clean, attractive and cute, and very well-appointed (though double-check dates on any food/cooking items that may have been left from previous guests, common sense). The apartment is not mindlessly close to Ikebukuro Station, but 15 minutes seems like a fair estimate depending on how fast you walk (closer to Kita-Ikebukuro Station, but that is a commuter line that is a bit pricey for 1 stop of travel). The only time we found the distance to be something considered was when we had already had a full day of walking the city, and were coming home with groceries. But even then, it's an easy walk with no elevation to speak of. The pocket wifi was a wonderful luxury - it was fast and had good battery life!

    A separate section regarding the hosts Kotaro-san and Kei-san: they set an absurdly high standard for all AirBnB hosts to strive to achieve. They are an outgoing, adorable, fun and open-minded couple that had me and my wife hoping we left them with as much as they had given us. Communication was always prompt, and though we had no problems they needed to attend to, we have every confidence in them. Staying at this apartment is worth it just to have met them.

    Lastly - when discussing with my wife whether we would recommend this apartment, the biggest factor to come into play was the location. Was the distance a big deal when we were living there? Absolutely not. Was it as convenient as some hotels or other AirBnBs we'd stayed at (5 mins from a station)? No. What it boils down to is what sort of experience do you want while staying in Tokyo. If you want a hotel-like feel that's meters away from nightlife and transportation, look elsewhere. If you want to feel what it's like to REALLY live in Tokyo while still being convenient for everyday living (particularly to Japanese standards), you are hard-pressed to find better than Lil Aparto Ikebukuro. If you want to stay with top-notch hosts with a proven reputation, stay anywhere hosted by Kotaro-san and Kei-San!

    May 2014
  • My wife and I are very happy to have stayed here. The apartment is very clean and comfortable. Kei Kotaro and helped us a lot to adapt to Japan. We really felt welcome to this beautiful country.

    May 2014
  • Dear Kotaro and Kei.
    Thank you so much for letting me stay at you sweet little place. I was very comfortable there and it was very helpful with the telephone and portable Wi-Fi. What I appreciate the most was your company. You are so friendly and social. The best hosts ever. You are super. :)

    May 2014
  • I booked for my partner Brad to stay with Kei and Kotaro, here is his review:

    The apartment was a very comfortable little place to come back to at the end of each action packed day in Tokyo. The bed is very comfortable with heating and cooling provided and the shower works well too.
    The pocket wi-fi was a life saver and even though I didn't really use it, it was good to have kitchen facilities as well.
    The neighbourhood is really lovely and quiet and even though the apartment is a bit of a walk from central Ikebukuro, it's not too bad and it's even closer if you use the local train station.
    Kei and Kotaro are really lovely hosts who go out of their way to make sure you're well taken care of. They took me out to a couple of great little places with awesome food for very little money that I never would have found normally.
    All in all I really enjoyed my stay.

    April 2014
  • everything was perfect. the wifi router was really helpfull and the apartment clean! thanks guys!!

    March 2014
  • Had an amazing japanese experience thanks to Kotaro and Kei. They contributed to the whole trip by taking the time to show us around and giving us great tip. The apartment was clean and about 15min from the nearest subway/ferry station.

    February 2014
  • Sweet little place perfect for two. Good hot shower, pretty close to Ikebukuro station and the heating is fine (after it first warms up). Thank you for everything! We enjoyed our stay very much :)

    January 2014
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Love culture/foods/anime and to know about other countries people. Kei likes cooking and handcrafts..。(❀◕∇◕)爻(◕∇◕❀) ... felting, knitting, sewing, zakka.., coffee art (anything that is handmade) Kotaro likes making pottery and origami! we have souvenirs for everyone! surprise ✾“ヽ(*♥д♥*)ノ”✾ We are IT engineer...Both of us works hard and have fun. updated info: 6/20 Kei quit her job and now full time in her business crafts. you can get souvenir here soon. If you are interested in Japanese cooking, Origami, Felting, please let us know ok? we can arrange time to do together.. (FUN TIME) Our dream is to have our own guest house with our little hand craft cafe serving our homemade Japanese food ..taught by our mothers, grandmothers..(Fukuoka/Nagasaki style)   ∧,,∧ (;`・ω・)  。・゚・⌒) チャーハン作るよ!! /   o━ヽニニフ)) しー-J We have just created F.B/Instagram for our kero kero house.. feel free to add us with introduction! We love natures/photos and everything that is cute (@^.^@) AND to get to know us more, add us on LINE after your confirmation! we will keep you update on Tokyo's weather/festival. Let us know!! If you want to go Totoro-Ghibli museum/Doraemon museum.. We need to buy ticket in advance. OR if you need to book bus ticket/reservation for dining.. Is our pleasure that able to help your stay more FUN and ENJOYMENT! Hope to share and learn more! Thanks for your interest and time looking at our page! 楽しみにしています! よろしくお願いします。
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