Simple accommodation (daughter's ex-room) at an excellent price with prime location including easy access to four train lines! This is very much a Japanese style private non-smoking home which shows how people really live in Japan -- not a hotel!
There are three futons and sheet sets which guest can arrange as they please above, and below the loft bed.
Simple but satisfactory for travelers/backpackers/teachers/employment seekers/students who appreciate saving on transportation in a central location.
TIP 1: The "security deposit" is not paid to me, but is held by Airbnb for 24 hours after check out date. There is no risk in losing your money unless you make a mistake and forget to pay for something damaged. This has never happened yet with any of my guests!
TIP 2: Your final price will include a Y2000 cleaning fee and also an AirBnB booking fee. That's why if you stay only three nights it will seem more expensive than the nightly rate listed for one person! There is a small charge for each extra person.
Our spare room is in a single family home walking distance to four train lines. The closest one is just 80 meters from our front door! Easy commuting distance to Tokyo University Hongo campus, Ikebukuro, Sugamo, Ueno, Nippori, Kasuga/Korakuen, Shinjuku, Akihabara, etc. For example, from the front door to Ikebukuro is possible in 16 minutes by bus along Meiji dori. The train from Oji station to Akihabara (electric town) takes 13 minutes. (The walk to Oji station is about 8-9 minutes). The train to Tokyo Dome Stadium area takes 14 minutes. This location is as good as it gets, for the price.
Includes toilet, refrigerator, microwave, electric kettle, Wifi, Japanese futon bed, balcony and sink. Also includes a "kotatsu" table option in the winter. Shower is shared. Pay laundry facility within easy walking distance.
Seeking people from all cultures / countries as our guests! Minimum stay of 3 nights requested. Double occupancy requires a small surcharge. Easy access from all airports and major train hubs. A child under 3 years old is free, but advanced notification is required.
There are supermarkets, cheap restaurants, better restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries clustered around the train stations, but also dotted within the residential area around this home. In addition there are about 4 public bath houses (sento) within easy walking distance which provide two very hot baths, and one cold one at minimum. This is a Japanese tradition which some might welcome!
There is a park including excellent children's playground nearby.
This home may not be suitable for the wheelchair disabled because the room is on the second floor and the house is about 6 steps up from the street level.
My kitchen is not for guest's use. There are appliances available for the guests just outside the room as listed in the description and as can be seen in the photograph. Coin laundry is within easy walking distance. Wet laundry can be dried out on the balcony when it is not raining.
Interaction with Guests
I am available most days for any questions and am happy to assist with finding solutions to itinerary problems! In principle I live in this house all year, however I also travel, and am gone sometimes for a month at a time. Generally I do not take bookings when I am gone unless I have a long-term guest that checks in before I leave on my travels.
My neighborhood is reasonably quiet for a place with so many people! I live near the beautiful large Asukayama Park which is next to Oji station. This park is wonderful at all times of the year, and I often go there just to enjoy the sunshine and smell the plants and trees.
There is not just one, nor only two, but three train stations within easy walking distance!
Public transportation is very good from this location. You will have walking access to 4 different train lines including Japan Rail, both subway systems and the Toden Arakawa tram. In addition there is excellent bus service down Meiji-dori to Ikebukuro.
Other Things to Note
Winter is cold. Please bring adequate clothing! There is excellent alpine skiing available as a day trip from my home (by JR shinkansen train).
* It is requested that the picture page of passport(s) is scanned and provided in advance by email. Another photo may be added if passport photo is significantly different and will hinder train station meeting/pickup. The principle purpose is to be able advise your embassy in case of a disaster or accident.
* In general the front door is unlocked during the day. If you will be getting back very late at night, then advance notice is requested, to be sure that the door will be open! Please TURN OFF lights if you are the last people in at night!
* Laundry can be done at a pay laundry within short walking distance. Sheets will be washed once a week IF they are removed and offered for washing before 8:30am on washday. Some personal laundry is allowed with sheets, but limited to whites and pale colors, and not to exceed 1.5kg. Long-term stays (over 28 days) paying a low monthly rate are responsible for washing their own bedding.
* It is required that the gas heat be turned off at lights out. There are adequate feather blankets and hot water bottles to heat your futons. Japanese housing in general does not have central heating.
* The room includes wireless internet, a refrigerator, a microwave / oven, an electric kettle, a DVD player and LCD screen, a toilet, a closet, a wash sink and a balcony.
* To use the internet you must provide your own access device (computer, i phone, etc).
* A pre-paid mobile phone may be available free of rent, but with a 15,000 yen deposit which will be returned when the phone is returned along with the accessories. Another option is to rent a phone at the airport. In both cases the per minute calling fee is fairly high, however unlimited phone calls can be received nationally or internationally AND the phone also has an email address and when internet connectivity is activated, an unlimited number of emails may be sent and received from the mobile phone.
* There are lots of brochures and maps available. In addition, if you need an envelope or advice on planning transportation for a busy day with multiple destinations, just ask!
* The kitchen is not available to guests, however, food can be prepared in the room using the microwave/ oven and stored in the room refrigerator. A few microwave safe dishes are provided.
* The shower/bath is shared, so please refrain from using the shower between 7-7:30am Monday through Wednesday. That is a fixed reserved time for the home owner.
* There are no keys. The room does not have a lock, since the doors are the traditional Japanese sliding doors, and the front door is open all day and locked at night after everyone returns. Your presence is noted by your shoes left in the entrance area! Slippers are available for your use inside the house.
* In the summer, it is requested that the air conditioning be turned off when no one is home. In addition it is recommended that a fan is used at night, instead of air-conditioning so that the the balcony door can be opened to allow fresh air and oxygen in.
* Though there is enough bedding for three people, it is a bit tight with three adults plus all their luggage. It is more suitable for an adult with two smaller children, or two adults and a child, if the full quote of 3 is required. Japanese housing in general is diminutive. Please prepare yourself mentally!
We had a great time staying at Cornelia's! She was extremely welcoming and helpful, we felt right at home immediately. She showed us around the area the first night so we could get an idea of what was around. The house is in an excellent location and it's so easy to go anywhere in Tokyo due to the proximity to the train stations. The house is a bit cramped, but we were comfortable and enjoyed our stay.
Rachel, you were great too! I'm sharing your extra message because I think it adds a lot to the review. I really hope you get to come back to Tokyo a few more times!
"I loved the location and having chats with you, thanks for the ice cream too haha! It was amazing. "
Had a great stay at Cornelia's place. It's just big enough for three people if you don't have too much luggage. The location is excellent with a short walk to the train station and even shorter to the tram. On top of this, the host is very friendly and offers tips on cool stuff to do. I'll recommend the tea ceremony to any future guests who are interested in Japanese culture.
Cornelia is an excellent host. She's full of great information and suggestions about Tokyo. Her house is a close walk to Oji Station, which is where the New Year parade - Oji Inari-Jinja Shrine Fox Parade - occurs. Cornelia took us to the parade, and showed us the best spots for picture taking, and took us to a neighbourhood bar afterwards. Fun times! There's an amazing sento nearby, and a family mart where you can pick up essentials.
Winter in Tokyo is super cold (because of the wind chill) and the house is an older Japanese house which means the insulation is pretty bad, so bring warm stuff! The room has a heated carpet though, which makes sleeping pretty awesome. Never thought cuddling with the floor was possible!
There were three of us girls, and we slept pretty comfortably. The luggage was a bit of a squeeze, but Cornelia cleared out some shelves for us so we cld store our luggage in a closet right outside of the room.
Communication with Cornelia was pretty good, she response to emails quickly.
Cornelia is nice and helpful. She prepared a really great welcoming package (a document) before we arrive. When we encountered some difficulties, Cornelia help us to cope with those problems together. Public bath nearby is really great that my friend and I went there every other day.
Regarding to the house, we lived on the second floor. The traditional Japanese room is not big but enough for hosting us (2 adults) and storing our luggage. Toilet just are outside the room which is quite convenient.
For the transportation, we need to take tram which costs Y$170 for two stops or walk 10 mins towards the nearest JR station which is fair. Anyway, we really had a nice time in Tokyo and Cornelia's place . Hope that we will come again next time.
Tiffany and Kelvin were great guests! I was really sorry that Tiffany twisted her ankle slipping on a wet grate on her first day out in Tokyo! It is a short walk to the nearest JR station and also the two nearest subway line stations, but the tram stop is conveniently located about 80 meters from the front door, so it is very useful if you need to avoid walking too much or have heavy luggage, or if the weather is bad!
Cornelia was a fabulous hostess and we felt very at home here with all the effort she went to. She gave us great recommendations and advice on sights, food, Japanese culture and books. The location was good for the train lines and the room comfortable. We really enjoyed staying here and also spending time with Cornelia.
Cornelia fue lo mejor! Nuestra habitación era perfecta! con el baño privado, todo muy limpio. Cada día nos dejaba un regalo! siempre muy amable con nosotros! Cornelia habla español, ingles, alemán... fue de gran ayuda!!
Cornelia was super kind and helpful but honestly I was surprised with the condition of her house (packed with too many things, maybe feeling uncomfortable for somebody) though my room didn't have any problem.
You wouldn't have any trouble with arriving at the house by Cornelia's detailed email guide. She also had very nice house manual which could help your convenient staying.
Overall this is valuable for money especially if you need good communication before leaving.
I am German American, and have lived and worked in Tokyo for about 16 years. I love reading, travel (Latin America, North America, Europe and Asia), books, cinema, and hosting people from all over the world. We have an electric piano if you feel the urge to practice! There are plenty of books too. My life style is simple and a bit chaotic because I am involved in many things, but I always have time to help you solve a problem! Tambien puedo ofrecer ayuda en espanol! Ich kann auch noch etwas Deutsch reden aber nicht perfekt.