Japan is the most expensive country? Tokyo is the most expensive city? I want to say "NO" to this. It depends on how you live. If you go to gyudon restaurant (beef bowl), you can eat as cheap as a few dollars. If you go to 100yen shop, you can get thousands of items in "Japanese quality" for 100yen (1 dollar).
Is accommodation expensive?
The answer is this place. Anyway you are going out all day and just need to crash, you just need a bed. So, we would like to provide a double decker bed in our corridor... If you are brave, you may try this place :D
We also have private good rooms as below in the same appartment in case you are (website hidden)/rooms/632835
(Nov 4th updated!) Our original map of neighbourhood!
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1. Hip Area
This room is smack in the Central Tokyo. If you get out of this building, you already start to see many sophisticated shops/restaurants/bars...
Omote-Sando Station...10mins walk
It is an upscale shopping area featuring several international brand outlets, ranging from Louis Vuitton and Gucci to Gap, The Body Shop, Zara, and others. Omotesandō is also home to the Japanese toy store Kiddyland, a shopping center geared primarily toward young women, Laforet, Oriental Bazaar, and Gold's Gym. It is sometimes referred to as "Tokyo's Champs-Élysées". Its latest development, Omotesandō Hills, opened in 2006. (by wikipedia)
Roppongi station...15mins walk
famous as home to the rich Roppongi Hills area and an active night club scene. Many foreign embassies are located in Roppongi, and the night life is popular with locals and foreigners alike. (by wikipedia)
Shibuya station...15mins walk
one of Tokyo's busiest railway stations. This area is known as one of the fashion centers of Japan, particularly for young people, and as a major nightlife area
2. You will feel how small Tokyo is.
You can use JR Yamanote-line, three subways (Chiyoda, Ginza, Hanzomon, Hibiya and Oedo), airport buses from the three stations on that.
You can go to most of major stations in Tokyo including Asakusa, Tokyo-station, Tsukiji, Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Sky Tree...
3. The room
It is on the top floor (9F) of 9 stories appartment. It is at the corner of East and South. You can see sun shine and night view from the window.
Actually, we are sharing 3 bed rooms appartment, and the best room is available, so you can use it. So, we also have shared living room, kitchen (couch and TV there), wifi, laundry machine and almost everything you need for daily life.
4. Our hospitality
Although we are starting our own startup business and are quite busy, I would like to help your exploration around Tokyo. As I have been playing around Tokyo for 26 years, I can recommend many good places that even Tokyo people usually don't know.
We speak English, a bit of Chinese and French. If you are interested in design, IT, engineering and having fun, that will be great.
I've spent 5 nights at Herman's guesthouse and it was so nice!
The guesthouse is very clean and comfortable, and the location is really perfect, between Shibuya/Harajuku/Omotesando & Roppongi.
Herman is a great host! Very friendly and helpful --> I highly recommend this guesthouse!
This place is a nice apartment in Minato. Herman was a great host. Very friendly and helpful for anything. I recommend this Herman's place to anyone.
I had an awesome stay at Hajime's place. He responded quickly and was very accommodating & flexible w/ my last minute planning. I shared by the bunk beds in the hallway which was fine since I was out and about all day and just needed a place to sleep & shower. The location was convenient & close to boutiques/restaurants/metro & subway lines and convenient stores. Also in a very safe neighborhood.
If you want to go around central Tokyo, book this place. Now. You can literally walk to Shibuya/Shinjuku/Harajuku/Roppongi in 20-30min. If you don't want to walk, take the subway. Shibuya is one station away. It's a bit of a walk (~15min) to the nearest station (Omotesando) from the place but I got used to it. It's in a very nice/rich neighborhood, so you'll see fancy shops and cars everywhere.
Now the pros and cons:
-has pretty much all the amenities you need
-pics on airbnb look better...but thats always the case
-smaller than expected
-bunk bed is in the hallway so you might wake up when people go in and out late at night
-no desk/table (they have futons and a short table, but its not ideal for extended use for foreigners as it gets uncomfortable)
I didn't get to see Hajime & Cole that much, but Hajime did take me to this delicious and cheap kaiten sushi place. They are nice (and busy) guys! I did like the fact that I had so much freedom at their place and no curfew (although the latest I came back was around 2am).
I didn't speak to Cole much but Hajime and his girlfriend Jess were very nice and interesting individuals. They invited me out for dinner and it was great talking to both of them.
The apartment itself was clean for the most part and is still a relatively new building. The bunk bed was comfortable and the apartment had everything I needed.
The apartment is located conveniently close to Roppongi, Omotesando and Shibuya so I'd highly recommend it for people who want to be near where all the action happens.
Hajime was usually very quick in the communications before and ater reservation. Also, he tried to meet all requests and proved to be flexbible.
However, the place will let you down as soon as you pass the front door. In short, the nice pics have little to do with what you find:
- not very tidy and not very clean
- the bed sheets were simply not there
- the top bed is so close that you can not even raise your head
- the sofisticated a/c is rather a portable and noisy unit by your feet, squezed in the window
- no space to place luggage or even open it
- there is people coming in and out of the appartment in the middle of the night, some from the corridor, some from the door behind your head...
- wi-fi coverage is very low / intermitent
Cannot recommend it easily.. Unless you are after somewhere to avoid sleeping in the street!
Very convenient place to stay in Tokyo as it is close to central Tokyo and easy to get around.
Hajimes place is very clean and modern! I love the location; I walked most of the time and if I had to take the subway, it was a less than 10 min walk away. I have to admit that I am having withdrawals from his toilet. It is heated and washes my nether regions. Now when I go to the bathroom, I find myself turning to find buttons and I am sorely disappointed when I remember I'm not in Japan anymore. Thank you for the great stay!
Well, I got the chance to stay again, so I did!! haha! ;-D
Thanks again guys!
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.