Thanks for checking out my cozy studio apartment in in the charming town of Shimokitazawa, which is just minutes from bustling hub of Shibuya.
If you want to be close to SHIBUYA, SHINJUKU and the rest of TOKYO, this is a perfect apartment to use as a home base for your travels. Our little guest apartment is just 5 minutes from exciting SHIBUYA!
My studio sits just 36 seconds (yes, I timed it! But, of course, I walk fast and I know where I’m going!) from the West exit of the train station. Most people can get to the station in 1 minute, which is still FAST!
Portable "pocket" wifi provided to carry around Tokyo with you at no charge. Believe me, it is handy!
Our guest apartment is less than a minute from the station, and minutes from all the bohemian, trendy, and interesting boutiques in Shimokitazawa. Just hop on the train near the apartment, and take it 5 or 6 minutes (by express train), or 8 minutes (by regular train), to Shibuya. You can also get to Shinjuku in just 8 minutes by train.
Many of our guests like to spend their time in Shimokitazawa because the town is so charming and full of great energy. And, you won’t experience the huge crowds that you would in a big metropolis.
But, you can still easily enjoy all of the fabulous sights and sounds, and things to do, in Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Tokyo. After our guests stay in Shimokitazawa, they know exactly what I mean! You have the best of both worlds here. Serenity, beauty, excitement, and adventure!
*Look a little bit further down in my listing for more information about Shimokitazawa, which should help you plan for your visit here and discover some of the local favorites (I’ll provide you with a guide book to the area upon your arrival too).
I’ve had such great feedback for this apartment, and I love it too! It’s cozy, and the perfect size for 1 or 2 people. Tokyo apartments are known for being on the smallish side, and this is your typical Tokyo apartment in terms of size, but if you’re traveling alone or with one other person, I think that you’ll find it quite comfortable. It’s a studio, which means you’ll basically have one room for lounging, sleeping, etc. Most of our guests find that it provides everything that they need. For those guests that are REALLY close, you are welcome to book for three people but it will be quite tight. :)
We have a traditional futon bed for your sleeping arrangements (and instructions to show you how to set it up), which can be laid out on the floor. We provide towels, free pocket Wi-Fi (please just be sure to leave it in the apartment when you check out), and a small kitchen with a sink, hot plate, and refrigerator. The bathroom is perfect for one person and includes a shower/ tub combination.
Although the apartment is a little small, there is plenty of room for sitting/ lounging, sleeping, and using the bathroom and the kitchen. We think that size actually adds to the charm of the apartment. On a sunny day there is plenty of natural light inside, so the apartment feels open and airy.
It really is an ideal little retreat from the business of the city.
I want to be of as much or as little assistance as you need me to be. If you need anything during your stay, or before you arrive at my apartment, please ask so that I can try to work something out for you. Even though you will have the place to yourself, we will be close by to help you if you have any questions, or need advice or assistance.
*A little bit more about Shimokitazawa, our local area:
As described in the Fly With Me blog: Neat and orderly is not something you would describe Shimokitazawa. Shimokita, as adorningly called by the locals, is how you would imagine a neighborhood would be if it was run by hippies. This vibrant yet laid-back place has become somewhat of a playground for youngsters and music lovers. While Harajuku has developed a notorious reputation as a highly commercialized neighborhood for the eccentrics to see and be seen, this hip enclave prides itself in not trying too hard and through its relaxed vibe, it has gained popularity amongst hipsters who just want to have simple fun and bask in the freedom that only comes with being young.
The urban structure of Shimokitazawa is an intricate and complex jumble of interlocking narrow alleyways. It is this same chaos that has become the nesting ground for creativity, a catalyst for the development of arts, music and theatre in the area and has added color and pop to this previously quiet low-rise residential area. Channel your inner bohemian explorer and prepare to get lost in knick-knacks crammed in cool pop-up stores, unexpected street art, indie music and way too much yakitori.
Once there, the level crossing of the electric rail-track bares an old town feel and you will be immediately greeted with a litter of tiny, quaint cafes, second-hand goods store and live music venues at every corner. All the shops are uniquely designed with their own eclectic aesthetic and items for sale can often be found spilling onto to the streets. Things are relatively inexpensive (read: college students’ budget) and it’s not uncommon to score 4 vinyls for under US $15.
At night, this walking neighborhood transforms itself into a true music haven. As expected, while varied, the music is more alternative than mainstream. Music events are held here all year round, one being Shimokitazawa Sound Cruising where 15 different music venues participate for 12 hours of music goodness at a ticket charge of US $70.
A local haunt more than a tourist hotspot, it is recommended that you save a day and discover the magic of Shimokitazawa before government plans get set in motion and Shimokitazawa finds itself like the rest of its cosmopolitan counterparts: with high rise developments and a highway which has threatened to cut through this rare little neighborhood. That is unless the Save the Shimokitazawa volunteer group manages to successfully petition it’s way around.
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Extra people:||$17 / night after the first guest|
|Minimum Stay:||3 nights|
|Monthly Price:||$3017 /month|
|Check In:||3:00 PM|
|Check Out:||11:00 AM|
Jay & Dee are super-organized and helpful hosts! The apartment is cosy, has everything you could possibly need (the portable WiFi is a life saver), and the location is the best - Really close to the station in the super-nice and relaxed neighborhood Shimokitazawa. We had a great time, and would love to stay here again when we come back.
We really loved the place all over. It was our first time in Tokyo and all the directions Jay gave were really helpful. The apartment is small but beautiful (a bit bumpy to the head for tall people, but so is Japan). The neighbourhood couldn't be more charming and nice, plus the train station is right next door. And thanks a lot for that wifi thingy - I don't know how we could've survived the city without it in our hands...
We spent four nights at this little studio apartment in Shimokitazawa...
The location is really fantastic, we absolutely loved Shimokitazawa, it was probably one of the highlights of our entire journey in Japan. There are lots of boutique stores, coffee shops, restaurants... coming home at night was such a pleasure because there were lots of little places to pop into for a drink or a meal. The position of the apartment was extremely convenient, such a short walk to the station. Even though Shimokitazawa is a bit out of central Tokyo, we felt so connected because the travel journey was so quick and easy. It's the perfect spot from which to explore Shibuya, Shinjuku, Harajuku etc. Jacob was also extremely helpful and kept in contact with us throughout our stay. The directions & information hand-book were spot on.
Jay and dee have a great apartment in the coolest little neighborhood in Tokyo. It is everything you could need, clean in every way possible, and in a superb location right by the train. Highly recommend the shimokitazawa apartment.
Jays apartment is in such an awesome location, just around the corner from the station and 5 mins or so from Tokyo, the apartment is very cozy but nothing that is not said in the info and for Tokyo size its seems pretty normal, jay is awesome at responding to emails and super helpful at giving you the info you need for your stay.
If we stayed in Tokyo again i would stay here again because it is such a great town and so close to Tokyo with out being right in the middle of the crazyness of Tokyo, heaps of cheap eats and great shops.
We loved it thanks jay !!!
What an amazing neighborhood. So close yet a completely different place from Shibuya. To be honest, it pains me a little to give a good review as I would like to see Shimokitazawa untouched by tourists. Funky bars and upshops, cafes and restaurants (try Izakaya Ism). The appartment was as described, cozy and very close to the station and communication was easy. The only small let down was that Jacob recommended me to use airbnb concierge when I asked if he could book a restaurant where no one there speaks English. That service did not work at all. So I would recommend people not to use that service. All in all a very good stay and I would definitely return.
Loved this cozy little stay, as it was very relaxing to explore around the quaint village of Shimokitizawa after the hustle and bustle of Shibuya! Perfect size for me and my girlfriend and was nice and cozy for the cold nights. Highly recommend this if you are like trendy neighbourhoods with a lot of variety in vintage fashion.
We had a great stay at this appartment - what a location!
We loved 'living' in this vibrant neighbourhood and the portable wifi made it all the more easy to explore!
Margriet & Rob
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