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A small traditional-style house in a pleasant residential area, conveniently located close to Waseda subway station and central Tokyo. Puchi was a responsive and helpful host, and we found the house in good, clean condition. It was a little crowded with 6 people, but Puchi had warned us in advance about the size of the house, and we managed fine. Our one concern was the bedding and towels which seemed a little worn and/or damp -- this may be hard to avoid, given the humid climate -- and we gave some of them an extra wash before use. Aside from this, it was a great experience!
Puchi is a superb host and her house is absolutly gorgeous.
Situation idéale dans Tokyo ! Nous avons bien profité d'Asakusa et de Ueno. La maison est ancienne, avec de petites pièces et une micro douche dans la cuisine... Attention, certaines maisons ne possèdent pas de douche du tout !!! Ancienne habitude des bains publics... Accueil amical, renseignements utiles, un bonne adresse pour les routards...
This place is easy to find if you stick to the exact directions. We felt it was easily accessed from the subway and in a quiet neighborhood. Fiona was kind enough to invite us to some events, but we had a packed schedule.
We were disappointed with the cleanliness of the place though. There were dust bunnies on the floor, some bugs in the shower, and the sheets didn't look or feel fresh.
Though everyone has their own expectation of cleanliness, mine is fairly high. I don't think I would stay again based on personal comfort.
Very good 2 night stay for two travelers in one room. I have previous Japan experience, and like this older, quieter part of town, and am familiar with the quirks of older Japanese style houses, so this was a great fit for us.
Fiona was a very gracious hostess, invited us to some events she was hosting even before we'd arrived at her house, and went out of her way to help us track down tickets to Kabukiza, and the Bunraku puppets which happened to be in town during our visit (May 2015).
The house is older, small, and on a very narrow lane--which gave rise to really our only troublesome moment, (and about which Fiona is very clear in her directions--we pulled up at what seemed like an alley, found the number, but the flag wasn't there so we phoned in. Turned out the road we thought was an alley, was actually a street, and the alley was an even narrower passage between the row of houses. Fiona was quick to come get us though and we were soon ensconced in our tatami room at the top of the stairs.
Weather was nearly perfect while we were there, so we could sleep with the window open, but the climate control was near at hand and extra blankets too had it come to that.
You are on a narrow passage with several other families living their lives, but we found the everyday noises of meals being made and comings and goings to be pleasant background soundtrack rather than intrusive.
Shower on site, but Sento (public bath) just around the corner, which is even better.
Our stay was short enough we never needed or used the kitchen, but all appliances seemed there to pull off any meal.
Western style toilet with all mod cons as far as heated seats and here come the warm jets, so that's a welcome update from when the house was built.
Did I mention how freakishly close to super easy transport it is? Somehow perfectly placed to get you deeper into old Tokyo (Asakusa) and Modern Tokyo (Shibuya) in next to no time. This was a great balance for us. We made night treks to Shimokitazawa, Shinjuku, and akihabara, and were always there in a flash ( a little longer flash for Shimo...) and home again just as quick.
Good snug harbor from which to strike out into the great sea of Tokyo.
Fiona is a very welcoming and helpful host. We were shown a very good time in Tokyo and were able to experience a side to the city that we otherwise wouldnt have experienced. It was fun staying in a household with a mix of people and the accommodation was clean and comfortable. The location is fantastic. I would highly recommend staying here if you want an alternative experience in Tokyo to the normal hostel sitaution.
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I had a great experience with Fiona and the crew. It truly felt more like a homestay than just living in someone's house/apt. The building is as described: a small pre-war wooden house and as such the amenities aren't the greatest. The shower is in the kitchen, the stairs are really steep, and walls are literally paper thin but I think it was worth it. I would definitely recommend staying here if you want to truly experience the culture (just remember it wont be exactly luxurious.
The accommodation is very nice and well-located, close to a metro station. The area is very calm and the neighborhood is very friendly. The host is very friendly, we definitely recommend this accommodation.
The house is located in a quiet district of Tokyo which is exactly what we were looking for. The house is exactly as described, typically japanese still in all regards, tiny and cute. We would rent it again with great pleasure.
I stayed with Fiona for a little while in a different capacity. She was my host for a couple of weeks while I was in Tokyo. She is helpful and knowledgeable. There isn't a thing you cannot ask, or a thing she doesn't know about.
She even showed us around and guided us throgh the area we were living in. She would also take us out for a traditional evening in Japan. We ate otzumami, or snacks, Japanese equivalent of Spanish tapas, with, of course, warm sake. It was interesting to see how the lokal community lives, how they spend their time after a hard days work. The owner even made a special effort to make something different for us. A great evening.
Fiona knows a lot about Japan, and it feels safe to be able to ask if anything is needed. She will also take time to help you and explain.
I stayed as a guest from Mid-March until the end of April at this house, and had a great time experiencing life in a traditional Japanese home, whilst Fiona was a great host and helped me learn a lot about her own personal experiences with Japanese culture.
To anyone who wants to get to grips with a Japanese house the way it should be enjoyed, whilst enjoying the pleasant company you'll find within, the Puchi Uchi will definitely make you happy!
hi ,i like this place and people,honestly speaking :)
you'd better try to stay here for a while if you don't know anything about japanese life-style.
it's in tokyo,but unbelievable quiet, you'll get both of modern and ancient japan.
host is a gripping person (**)
It's a great place to stay where you'll meet people from all around the world. The location is crazy convenient with alot of quaint shops nearby.
I don't know why Mr. Andy said that, maybe just a misunderstanding between different cultures.
There is Traditional house in the title, right? And this is what a Traditional house in japan is. No bathroom in the building, and share bath water with other people. By the way, people clean their body before get the bath, like hot spring.
As an Asian, I can get the picture form the information. So I think this is just a misunderstand.