Cozy & Comfy Studio 5min to Shibuya

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Chome Daita, Setagaya-ku , Tokyo 155-0033, Japan

The Space

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 Location:
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).

The Apartment:
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.

About Me:
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
Bed type: Futon
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $17 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Monthly Price: $3017 /month
Security Deposit: $151
Cleaning Fee: $28
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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Cancellation: Strict

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  • 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.

    April 2014
  • 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...

    April 2014
    ✌ Jay & Dee ✌
    Response from ✌ Jay & Dee ✌:

    We're really happy you loved the apartment Tilman! We think the Shimokitazawa neighborhood is really charming and nice too :) Thanks again for staying with us!

  • 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.

    April 2014
    ✌ Jay & Dee ✌
    Response from ✌ Jay & Dee ✌:

    Wow, it makes us so happy to know that your stay at the apartment was one of your highlights of your time in Tokyo Tatjana!! It was our pleasure to help you out during your stay and assist you anytime you had a question or inquiry. Please come visit us again sometime :)

  • Great place to stay! Perfect home base for a stay in Tokyo

    March 2014
    ✌ Jay & Dee ✌
    Response from ✌ Jay & Dee ✌:

    Hearing the word "perfect" makes us really happy! Thanks for staying with us Dan!

  • 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.

    March 2014
    ✌ Jay & Dee ✌
    Response from ✌ Jay & Dee ✌:

    Thanks Dan! I like the phrase "clean in every way possible" because that is definitely what we strive for. Glad we achieved that! Shimokita is definitely the coolest neighborhood in Tokyo, 100% agreed there! See you next time.

  • 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 !!!

    March 2014
    ✌ Jay & Dee ✌
    Response from ✌ Jay & Dee ✌:

    We are so pleased to know that all of our information was helpful Sarah! We really love Shimokitazawa and all of the great shops and cheap eats it has too :)

  • 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.

    February 2014
    ✌ Jay & Dee ✌
    Response from ✌ Jay & Dee ✌:

    We are really glad you loved the Shimokitazawa neighborhood. It is always great to have guests as yourself here so don't worry about sharing the positive vibes with others :) We agree that Izakaya Ism is one of the best restaurants in all of Tokyo too!

  • Amazing location! Apartment has all the essentials

    February 2014
    ✌ Jay & Dee ✌
    Response from ✌ Jay & Dee ✌:

    Thanks so much guys! We are really happy you had a great time at the apartment and that you loved the location!

  • 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.

    January 2014
    ✌ Jay & Dee ✌
    Response from ✌ Jay & Dee ✌:

    Thanks Jon! We are really glad you had a great time at the apartment. We really love all of the vintage shops and cool locations in the Shimokitazawa neighborhood too!

  • 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!

    Thanks,

    Margriet & Rob

    January 2014
    ✌ Jay & Dee ✌
    Response from ✌ Jay & Dee ✌:

    You are very welcome guys! We love the location of the apartment too :)

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初めまして!(Nice to meet you!), ๏‿๏ 。◕‿◕。 Thanks for checking out our page. We are both long-term Tokyo hosts who decided to work together to offer our guests the best Tokyo experience possible. Whether you are looking to stay in the pulsating urban excitement that Tokyo is synonymous for (Shibuya and Ebisu) or you are more interested in a charming, hip and local neighborhood breeming with trendy vintage shops, delicious restaurants, and cozy coffeebars ☕ (Shimokitazawa), we have got you covered. ~~~~~~ (>‿◠)✌ ᕙ(`▽´)ᕗ ~~~~~~ I (Jay) am a native of California ☼ who has been living for nearly ten years in Japan. I enjoy exercising, skiing ☃, playing sports, studying new languages, and experiencing different cultures ✈. I love meeting new people and making new friends, so what better way to go about this than by serving as a host on Airbnb in what I feel is the greatest city in the world-Tokyo! In my free-time I love spending it in the ridiculously cool and hip neighborhood of Shimokitazawa - a quick 4 minute train ride from the metropolis of Shibuya. Dee: https://www.airbnb.com/users/show/1456838 I (Dee) am orginally from the U.S. too. I have been in Japan for over 5 years now am currently in the midst of studying for an MBA. When I have free time, I like spending it in Shibuya and Ebisu, two of my favorite neighborhoods in Tokyo. As soon as you set foot in either location, you can’t help but feel the pulse of the city and realize why everyone owes it to themselves to visit Tokyo at least once in their lives! If you are looking for Shimokitazawa apartments, you have come to the right place. If you are looking for Shibuya and Ebisu listings, please check out our other profile (Dee and Jay) to see all of the other great apartments we have available! Thanks again for looking. Feel free to drop us a message at anytime with any Tokyo related questions you may have. We’re always happy to help out. 楽しみにお待ちしております!(We are humbly and joyfully waiting to meet you!)
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