Visit the Narrow Road to Deep Tokyo

Apartment - Private room · Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
Your host, Kazuo
44 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a day

The Space

A clean, cozy, comfortable apartment nestled in the eye of the cultural storm that is bustling Shimokitazawa in Tokyo.

Located on the second floor of a two-story apartment building and watched over by the Tengu (long-nosed goblin), which is housed in the adjacent Buddhist temple. You’ll be just a three-minute walk to Shimokitazawa Station, from where it’s a five-minute train ride to Shibuya and an eight-minute train ride to Shinjuku.

■About me:
I’m an American born Japanese-Salvadoran currently working in Tokyo as a entrepreneur/digital content creator/translator. Although I mostly work out of my apartment, I like to open my place up to visitors and tourists as part of my lifelong mission—however overblown it may sound—to make Tokyo and Japan in general more foreigner-friendly and tourist-accessible. I am a student of Japanese culture and I speak fluent Japanese; during your stay I would be more than happy to help you rediscover and reconcile all that is “lost in translation” (as well as simply forgotten by the current generation of Japanese themselves).

■About the apartment:
I allow guests their own private room and full use of the bathroom, shower, and kitchen. The private room is air-conditioned (with heater), has large windows to keep the room bright during the day, and is furnished with a large sofa, lounge chair, and television. Wireless internet is provided. Guests can sleep on either a convenient rollaway bed or a comfortable futon, and I also provide towels, shampoo, and soap. I have a washing machine which guests are free to use; you can hang your clothes out to dry on the clothesline (pole) right outside the private room, or take them to the local laundromat (two minute walk away).

■About Shimokitazawa:
Shimokitazawa is both a teeming hub of youth culture and a quiet residential district less than ten minutes away by train from both Shibuya and Shinjuku in central Tokyo. Here you’ll find stylish cafés and eateries as well as hole-in-the-wall street food and traditional Japanese izakaya (casual drinking establishments that also sell food); apparel and interior design boutiques as well as stores selling secondhand goods and gift & novelty shops; karaoke joints and live music venues as well as record shops and street performers. In a word, Shimokitazawa is an undeniably Japanese paradox—if the days, weeks, months, and years are, as the Japanese poet Basho said, “travelers of eternity,” then Shimokitazawa is a place where the past, present, and future exist simultaneously. Come and enjoy
a perfect cocktail of traditional Japanese culture and bohemian subculture!

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $15 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Security Deposit: $152
Cleaning Fee: $10
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Flexible
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Hello

    Very well acceuillie very kind always has we presisez and indicates to us l place or we had to go and especially trezs near the subway I deeply recommend

    May 2014
  • A truly excellent location, kazuo's place is in the midst of the wonderful neighbourhood of shimokitazawa. While the apartment itself was smaller than expected, kazuo was a gracious host and the room was comfortable for my partner and me. My only critique is that we felt the space was a little too small to share between three people.

    May 2014
  • It was fun staying at Kazuo's place. The neighborhood is really cool and Kazuo was very helpful. I highly recommend trying it!

    May 2014
  • Kazuo is a great host. He gave us the most detailed info of how to get to his house, and also some other useful tips about internet etc. in Tokyo.
    He also pointed several awesome record stores we loved.

    The room is clean and comfortable, and very near to the train station.

    Also, Shimo-kitasawa is, to me, the nicest place to stay in Tokyo and deserves at least 2 days to explore.

    April 2014
  • An accommodating host in a great little neighbourhood.

    April 2014
  • Kazuo was a great host and is very knowledgeable about Tokyo and things to do here. The room in his place is very spacious and comfortable and the apartment is located in a really great neighborhood in Tokyo that is worth exploring. There are loads of great cafes, vintage shops, bars and restaurants all in this area.

    It's also a quick train ride to either Shibuya or Shinjuku stations which are two of the major train hubs in Tokyo, so it's very convenient for wherever you need to explore.

    I definitely recommend Bear Pond Coffee which serves delicious espresso and is right around the corner.

    April 2014
  • WOW! Great apartment in a superb location. Additionally, Kazuo was a great host and was very helpful with everything we needed. Would definitely reccomend!

    April 2014
  • My friend and I had a great stay with Kazuo. He is a very nice guy and a fluent English speaker which can be a big help in Japan. The room is small (as it was described) but the neighborhood is great. Tokyo can be an expensive place to stay. Given the context I felt like the price was right for Kazuo's apartment.

    March 2014
  • My stay in Shimokitazawa was fantastic - Kazuo was a fantastic host, and the apartment was clean, well-maintained, and very conveniently located.

    Kazuo went out of his way to help me navigate the city and gave excellent recommendations.

    March 2014
  • It was great to stay in Shimo again. Kazuo is a great host, very respectful and considerate! Also very flexible.The place is small and cosy, but 3 minutes to the station and - minute from shops. I recommend this to anyone who wants to meet someone cool and stay in the coolest place in Tokyo with no hotel.
    Don't hesitate you will enjoy ur stay here.
    5 stars

    February 2014
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Adrian C. Wilcox High School, UCLA, Sophia University
I’m an American-born Japanese-Salvadoran currently working in Tokyo as a entrepreneur/digital content creator/freelance translator. I love good food, music that speaks to the heart, movies you can talk about for days, television with an emphasis on "vision," unputdownable literature, and good food one more time.
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