Hello and thank you for your interest.
Please note that I am not currently in charge anymore, but have my good friend, and experienced Airbnb host, Mauricio, who is replacing me, and even offering more services that I used to (such as pocket WiFi that you can take all around the city with city, without extra!).
You can then find this same place here https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1693204 and should contact him directly, insuring you a more proper answer, and probably even faster.
Enjoy your stay!
PS: If that place is full, check his other properties, in the same building: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1673455 or https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1545418.
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/Harajuku/Yoyogi/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 (big flat/rooms for Japanese standards, real and comfortable beds and mattresses, heating/air conditioning)
- Wifi Internet with a mobile device that you can take with you anywhere in town (if you do want so, please ask me before hand, to make sure it's available for you)
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Independence (you get 2 sets of keys and are free to go in & out at anytime time, with nobody checking on you)
- Easy communication (because I personally live in the same building, and am a polyglot)
- Travelers' needs known (150+ guests in different countries)
- Insider tips & recommendations, plus documentation & books, possibility to show around
- Possibility to get to know me, my stories, my Japanese & international friends
- Recognized value (cf. the references I got for other listings (this one is new))(and title of ambassador or the main hospitality website worldwide)
■ In (very) long...
If you find a private apartment with 2 individual bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen, 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 all the center of Tokyo).
I am just starting this listing now, but you can check the references I got for my other listings (until now was just offering 1 room, now the whole flat). 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, 3 days in 3+ months so far), I am available close to 24/7.
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, anyway I have a storage room in the building.
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 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, 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 below, from my floor (I live on the 5th) or better from the rooftop (that you can access only if you are a daring person though), 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, from the rooftop, 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" (AKA partly rundown)... 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.
- Spacious rooms for Japanese standards.
- Bedding: 1 semi-double bed (sleeps 2), 1 thick double mattress (sleeps 2), 1 semi-double mattress (sleeps 2), 2 single beds with memory foam mattress (sleep 2 in total)... all much more comfortable than futons (even though I can install some if you prefer)... a luxury in Japan in general, Tokyo in particular (and even more for Shinjuku/Shibuya)). Please let me know your preferences before you arrive, otherwise I'll just do I believe is better.
6 could sleep comfortably, 8 if you don't mind squeezing a little, and up to 12 if you just want a place to crash.
- If you want, I can as well install a 4-door long, and typically Japanese, room divider, for more privacy.
- In one of the bedrooms is a big closet, where I will store my personal belongings (I usually live here), if you need that space, let's talk about it before.
- The windows of the rooms are huge, allowing lots of light to enter the apartment. They are double glazed, which allows a silent night. There are curtains to help you sleep longer if desired.
- HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) available.
- Internet (mobile WiFi device) at no extra cost, on your laptop/smartphone via a mobile broadband connection (up to 40Mbps in download). You can even take it with you during the day, and use it in the city! (if you do want so, please ask me before hand, to make sure it's available for you)
- 1 TV now available for my 2 flats.
- Bathroom with shower & (small) bathtub.
- Fully equipped kitchen (gas cooker, small oven, fridge/freezer, microwave, rice cooker, fruit blender, toaster, sandwich maker, electrical kettle, cooker hood... plus numerous spices, and more)
- Private balconies with direct access from your rooms.
If you take that flat, I'll be staying myself just 4 floors below, or taking a trip around Tokyo.
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 before you arrive... as long as you tell me what you'd like, at what time, and you 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 am making 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...
Feel free to help yourself!
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")! ◕‿◕
The flat was small and quaint and had everything you needed but I wasn't thrilled with it. The block is nice and there was a rustic building with a broken elevator where we had to carry our luggage up 5 flights of stairs. Amenities were sufficiently provided to include internet but weighing the cost per night, I would've preferred to stay somewhere else.
Blanket provided had hair long hair all over and the bed wasn't that comfortable (again, given the amount I paid per night).
This is also a 10-15 min walk from Shibuya train station.
There's no laundry service in the flat or building.
David is super friendly and was accommodating while giving a brief tour and checking in from time to time. My feedback is not against him, just the actual living conditions.
Great host, mediocre apartment
David was a fantastic host. Always available for questions via email and helpful with tips and guidebooks. He also had bikes and wifi for us to use that we took all around the city. The location is also great. Close to Shinjuku and many non-touristy neighborhoods in Shibuya if you want a more local experience.
But the apartment itself is quite dumpy. The outside is littered with junk, graffiti on the walls, and rust covered much of the stairwell. The inside was clean, but the furniture, ammentities, and overall aesthetic felt junky. Compared to other places in Tokyo, this felt very overpriced for what you get.
Die Preis Leistung bei dieser Wohnung ist ein reiner Betrug. Es ist ein abbruchreifes Haus mit tiefen Rissen in den tragenden Wänden und mit mehreren Mülldeponien im Eingang, entlang der Geschosse und im nicht funktionierenden Lift. Sowohl die Decke über der offenen Stiege zerbröckelt auf Deinen Kopf wie auch das schwer verrostete Geländer sind lebensbedrohlich. Die 2 Zimmerwohnung ist minimal ausgestattet und hat auch keine Möglichkeit ausser in den Schlafzimmern den Tisch und die 2 Stühle aufzuklappen. Auch wenn die Fesnter zu sind kann man nicht wirklich schlafen, weil eine stark befahrene mehrgeschossige Autobahn in handnähe durchläuft. Meine Empfehlung: Hände Weg wenn man Tokyo ausgeschlaft geniessen möchte.
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.