Please note that I am not home now, but have my good friend Mauricio in charge.
You can find this same place here https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1545418 and contact him directly.
Enjoy your stay!
Hello (I used to live in the US), bonjour (je parle et suis français), hola (hablo español, viví en España, México y Argentina), olá (eu falo e sou meio português, morei em Portugal), ciao (parlo italiano, ho vissuto in Italia), hallo (Ich spreche nur ein bisschen Deutsch, Ich lebte in Österreich und Deutschland), привет (Я говорю на русски чуть-чуть, Я жил в Украине и России), こんにちは！(Kon'nichiwa! (Watashi wa hotondo nihongo o hanasu)) ◕‿◕
■ In brief:
- Amazing location (walk around Shinjuku/Yoyogi/Harajuku/Shibuya, 3 mins to the metro, shops/restaurants/museums/operas)
- Best price around, with no hidden costs
- Flexible check-in & check-out (with free luggage storage)
- Comfort (real and comfortable beds and mattresses, heating/air conditioning)
- Wifi Internet
- Fully equipped kitchenette
- Independence (you get your own keys and are free to go in & out at anytime time)
- Easy communication (because I personally live in the same building, and am a polyglot)
- Insider tips & recommendations, plus documentation & books, possibility to show around
- Travelers' needs known (150+ guests in different countries)
- Possibility to get to know me, my stories, my Japanese & international friends
- Recognized value (cf. my references)(and title of ambassador or the main hospitality website worldwide)
■ In (very) long...
Having so much demand for the room in the flat where I am living, and not being able to accommodate most people, I decided to grab the opportunity that was offered to me by renting that studio-apartment, just 4 floors below mine. Actually, before I realized I could take a 2-room apartment and sublet one of the rooms, I came to visit, and was about to take, that studio-apartment I am now offering here :D
- Generally speaking, if you find a private studio-apartment that well situated for cheaper, please let me know, I would be happy to adjust my pricing (but as far as I know, I offer the cheapest one in the area).
- If you want to privilege money over privacy, why don't you have a look at my other listing? https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/768378
I am starting to get (good indeed) references here. If it's not enough for you, I can provide hundreds (literally) of them through the biggest website related to accommodation that I joined in 2006, of which I even became an ambassador (cannot name it here, not to be banned).
As I don't have a fixed work (only working as an extra on some movies from time to time), I am available close to 24/7.
Plus I personally live in the very same building, just 4 floors above, which makes it very convenient.
As long as there is no other guest leaving the day you arrive, you can check-in as early as you want, and check-out as late as you want too. If there's a guest, you can still leave your luggage in my own flat.
As well I'll be happy to meet you at a nearby bus/train stop/station (like Park Hyatt Tokyo or Shinjuku) and carry your luggage back home.
The location is really amazing, reason number one why I chose to live here... whatever you want feel lazy and want to get busy around, or want to go and visit the city, or even party all night long (knowing that after midnight there's no public transportation in Tokyo, having less than 2km to walk is awesome).
You are in Shibuya, even closer to the action of Shinjuku & its famous Golden Gai / Kabukicho, and just separated by a park from Harajuku.
Shinjuku's skyscraper district (home to 13 of Tokyo's 42 tallest skyscrapers) starts 300m away, with Park Hyatt Tokjyo (the one from the movie Lost in Translation) 700m away, and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (FREE) observatories 300m farther... where as well is the Tourism Information Center (even though I probably got all you need).
1km away is Yoyogi Park too, and its famous Meji Shrine.
And actually, within a 5-minute walk, you can basically find anything:
- public transportation: metro/train station, bus stops
- the Japanese Sword Museum
- the New National Theatre Tokyo (NNTT) (Japan's first and foremost national centre for the performing arts, including opera, ballet, contemporary dance and drama)
- banks (2 companies, with instructions available in different languages)
- green areas
- little typical Japanese streets
- coffeehouses, restaurants (Japanese) but as well Japanese (Yoshinoya, Matsuya) & American (KFC, Mc Donald's) fast food, or even French bakeries
- grocery stores, convenience stores (7-Eleven, Circle K Sunkus, Lawson, ampm)
- more shops (100-Yen shops, drugstores, book shops, electronics shops, florists...)
- pharmacies & hospital (open all night and on holidays)
- still more (hairdressing salons, real estate agencies...)
- and, the last but not the least, even myself, should be within a 5-minute walk :D
View from the outdoor staircase to the tallest clock tower in the world (which even indicates if the weather forecast calls for rain on that day).
From the shared terrace 2 floors above, from my floor (I live at the 5th) or better from the rooftop (that you can access only if you are a daring person though)(so far all my guests made it), you can not only see that tower, but as well, in the background, Tokyo Tower (tallest free-standing steel structure in the world) & Tokyo Skytree (simply the tallest tower in the world), both especially beautiful at night, when lighted. And, the last but not the least, on a clear day, you can see Mount Fuji!!!
Free parking on premise for bicycles & motorcycles.
The buildings around are quite new, sometimes even futuristic (it is situated 2 mins away, walking, from the "Skyscraper district"), mine is more "Berlin style"... artists actually love it, but just to make you relax if you're not one, I can insure you that we are in a seismically stable area, as Wikipedia shows it, and as well the apartment by itself is more typically Japanese.
If you go 2 floors below ground level, you'll get access to a little green area.
- Private studio-apartment on the first floor (2nd one for Japanese standards... meaning 1 floor above ground level).
- Bathroom with shower & real bathtub.
- Kitchenette (featuring microwave, blender, teapot, toaster, rice cooker, hot plate and now even a mini-fridge)
- The windows of the room are placed on the South & East sides, meaning there's plenty of light.
- HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) available.
- Internet (wireless, and reliable) is accessible from your flat, at no extra cost, on your laptop/smartphone via a mobile broadband connection.
- Bedding: 2 real beds (a luxury in Japan in general, Tokyo in particular (and even more for Shinjuku/Shibuya): 1 double bed, and a single wall bed to save up space during daytime; there's a leather couch as well where you can sleep on; if you are 2 couples or 5, I'll install a folding double mattress. Basically, 5 could sleep comfortably... 6 or 7 could be possible but only for special cases, like if you don't need much comfort and space (well, if you prefer, you could send to sleep the 1 or 2 extra people to my own room, I've shared it plenty of times already) (better to ask me about it beforehand, though).
- If you want, I can as well install a 4-door long, and typically Japanese, room divider.
- 1 TV now available for my 2 flats
- Private balcony for your room, and shared terrace upstairs.
Again, only 4 floors are separating us.
So if you want to make it a cultural exchange, you are welcome to come over to my flat from time to time, or invite me to come to yours ;-D (check my profile to know more about me), so we can share talks, laughs, drinks, food, music... BUT if you want to be totally independent for the whole time, we can just meet for check-in and check-out, no problem, I have a busy life too ;-D)
If you want I can take care of it... would be happy to get groceries the day before you arrive or wake up... as long as you tell me what you'd like, at what time, and give me back the money (I can show you the receipt, no problem).
That said, just walking 3 mins around you could find all you need, take-in or take-out.
And as well I'll happily offer you some quality tea and coffee at least, probably some sweets and soups too.
I believe I now have everything one traveler might need, but if you have specific needs, do let me know beforehand, I'll be happy to help!
Help to travel light:
You will get a freshly washed towel, I can give you a toothbrush, you can borrow a hair dryer, use some shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, shower cap, toothpaste, shaving cream, aftershave, etc...
Even though the biggest access in Japan is just a 10-minute walk away, I have probably all the documentation you need. Not only you can have a look at them, but take them with you for your stay, and even take them home.
As well I have plenty of guides and books about Tokyo, Japan and the Japanese culture, you are welcome to read.
The last but not the least, I will be happy to share my personal recommendations with you too.
If needed I could lend you my spare netbook (but ask me beforehand).
Take it / leave it Box:
As I am in touch with many people who at some point are leaving Japan, I get many free stuff that are good, sometimes even brand new. I keep in my own flat a box where you can take anything you want, totally for free; and if there's something you don't want to carry with you, but could be useful, you can as well leave it (but you don't have to make an exchange, you can just take anything, even several items if you wish).
Examples? Novels, souvenirs, clothes, bags...
I am now waiting for YOU!
So, see you soon, à bientôt, hasta pronto, até breve, a presto, bis bald, до скорой встречи ("do skoroy vstrechi"), また会いましょう ("mata aimashou")! ◕‿◕
We were thrilled that David was able to accommodate out last minute request to stay in his space. We were happy with our accommodation and price as we did a lot of research previously looking at hotel rooms in the area. The neighborhood is lovely as well and right around the corner from the sword museum. I wish we would have had more time to stay!
David ha sido un anfitrion EXCEPCIONAL...atento en todo momento y pendiente de hacernos sentir cómodos!!nosotros solo podemos darle las gracias por sus atenciones, consejos y ayuda...el apartamento es agradable y esta muy bien situado para moverte por Tokyo. Sin duda, 100% recomendable!!
The building the apartment is located in might cause concern to some, it look more run down than others in the area and there is some graffiti on the wall as you walk up. Don't let that worry you though, the apartment is fine. It has a bed and 2 couches, one of which will fold down into a bed I believe, all around a table. There is an AC unit, fridge, several small kitchen appliances, and a sink. The bathroom serves its purpose and was clean. The shower was a bit strong so be careful or it can easily spray onto the floor is the curtain is not fully closed.
David was a very nice host and gave me a great rundown of the area and Tokyo I'm general when I arrived. He checked in periodically throughout my stay and let me know about events in the city and get togethers he was having.
I very much liked the area! In fact, I extended my original one week stay to 2 weeks. It is a very short walk (15-20 mins) to Yoyogi park, Shinjuku Station and the Meiji shrine and slightly further (20-30) to Harajuku, Shinjuku Goyen (Go here!! Closed on Mondays) and Shibuya station. If you are not in a hurry I highly recommend you walk everywhere even though there is a train nearby, the residential areas allow you to see a slightly different side of Tokyo that you might not get If you just come in and out of train stations.
There are several cafes nearby, and many restaurants. I recommend Attitude which offers bistro style food and is run by 2 guys that were very friendly and despite not speaking much English had good conversation with me. There is a Japanese Sword Art museum nearby which costs something like 600 yen and you can see 20-25 authentic Japanese swords on display as well as learn a bit about the art of crafting them.
David was a much better host than I could have ever asked for. He was very friendly and helpful from the moment we expressed interest in staying here all the way to when we left for the airport. I only wish we could have stayed for longer.
The location was awesome and small walk to everything. If you don't mind walking you can make it to a lot of places within a day. We were able to explore Roppongi Hills, Imperial Palace, Harajuku, Shinjuku, and Shibuya just by walking.
The place itself was quite nice. Don't be fooled by the size. For being on the smaller side it was quite comfortable for us plus had everything we needed plus more. The outside of the building itself isn't the prettiest sight in the world, but don't judge a book by it's cover. The outside doesn't have anything to do with how nice the actual apartment is.
Our overall experience here was amazing and I would highly recommend this to anyone.
Nous venons de passer 5 nuits chez David, absolument adorable, très serviable et de bons conseils, mais.......l'immeuble est en très très mauvais état, l'appartement tout juste acceptable pour des routards mais pas pour des familles.
Apartment was great! David was awesome!
David a ete tres accueillant. Tres arrangeant a plusieurs points de vue.
L'immeuble n'est pas tres joli mais l'appartement est tres fonctionnel.
Nous venons de rentrer d'un formidable séjour au Japon. Le logement n'est pas grand mais nous savions qu'à Tokyo les logements sont petits de toute façon. C'était parfait, David nous a superbement bien reçu en nous donnant un maximum d'information et répondant à nos questions. Le logement est très bien situé, seulement quelques pas des stations de métros, des restaurants et "convenience store" (ouvert 24H/24H) à moins de 2 minutes à (website hidden)ès pratique! (Nous qui étions avec notre fille de 4 ans, extrêmement pratique).
Les matelas sont ultra confortables, un vrai bonheur de bien dormir après de bonnes journées à visiter la Capitale japonaise.
Aucun bruit de circulation.
Concernant le métro, c'est plus simple qu'on pourrait le penser... Nous avions pris une carte "Passmo" que David nous avait recommandé et c'était parfait. Notre fille de 4 ans n'avait pas besoin de carte. Nous avons donc circuler en métro (sans nous perdre) et ce fût agréable.
David was an exceptionally friendly and helpful host. We very much enjoyed meeting him. The location was excellent and the apartment was useful. The cleanliness wasn't especially good and we found it cramped for 3 (although the accurate square footage is given in the details, the assertion that it could sleep 7 at a push misled us somewhat - while this may be technically true, all you would be able to do is sleep!). If you're happy with cheap and cheery, with an excellent host, then we'd recommend the apartment.
This little matchbox-size studio in a rather dilapidated building offers a perfectly located pad a short stroll away from Yoyogi park, the Meiji shrine, and many other popular sights in Shibuya and Shinjuku. The five of us ( including two small children) managed to squeeze in it although we had to take turns to open our suitcases as, once the matresses had been spread over the floor there wasn't an inch to lay anything else on the ground!
David's warm welcome made us feel at home and our volubile host was a great help in moving our suitcases around the neighborhood, finding information, taxis and even doing our laundry. Thank you David for being so available and helpful!
The studio has basic tableware so you can take meals at home but the cooking space hardly allows for any real meal cooking. This doesn't matter though as the neighboring Hotsudai street has many take-away food joints and a Boutor cafe for breakfast.