I am an anthropologist and musician studying traditional Japanese culture.
Looking forward to meeting you.
Fiona was a helpful and kind host and the other house mates, including the cat, were very friendly. As mentioned by other reviews, the house was very cold, except for the living room. Kutchan is a very nice place to stay, much more Japanese than Hirafu or other places closer to the ski resorts. While there wasn't a car going to the ski resort as mentioned in the ad, access to skiing is quite easy, with a bus stop about a 12 minute walk away.
However, I would say it is much, much too expensive. Hotels in Kutchan are probably cheaper (and warmer) and some accommodations close to the ski resorts are half the price for a dorm bed, even including a meal. $60 a night for a cold, shared room is way, way overpriced. Do some research before booking here!
The apartment was as advertised, clean basic accommodations, a relatively short walk from the train station in a nice residential neighborhood. Would stay again.
The room was ok. But it was to cold and to wet for my liking (+6 Celsius during the night).
A lovely house in a great location. Even though there was some housework to do during our stay (and it was very cold by this time), Fiona was always able to help us. We didn't see the housework finished, but i'm pretty sure that now, it's even better.
Thanks to Fiona for being a great host! Despite minimum time to spend together as she was busy with her work at night while I traveled around the entire day till late night, she still tried her best to spend time to chit chat with me on the last day over sake! She had been helpful to answer to my enquiries of Tokyo.
The house is clean and tidy. I was given a 4&half size tatami mats room. Good enough for me. The house has all the facilities needed. The Nippori traditional neighbourhood is old and rich with culture. Nice place to be to enjoy the good old Tokyo.
It was a splendid experience! Keep it up & all the best, Fiona!
A great slice of old Tokyo, complete with a very, very interesting host. The beds are comfy, and I got a room with a microwave, heater and even my own fridge! The neighbourhood is mostly low rise, which is very charming, and there's a bustling street market nearby to shop for all kinds of oddities and yummy snacks. It's pretty convenient too, due to its proximity (15-20mins walk) to the Nippori station, which is where the airport train leaves from directly to Narita. Keep in mind tho, that the accommodation is very old school, with thin sliding doors, and in a very quiet neighbourhood, so stay away if you're the noisy type (I am the noisy type, but actually really enjoyed the tranquility of the surroundings). Also the shower is outside the house, which can be an inconvenience for some, and the toilet is a squatter. If you're okay with those things, it really is a great Tokyo experience!
Nice area, nice room & nica kitty cat! Thanks Fiona
What a lovely neighborhood to start my stay in Tokyo! The traditional home is located in a quaint part of Tokyo, but it is easy to travel deeper within downtown using the subway and rail lines. There are many great craft shops and tasty eateries, and you'll feel like a local fairly quickly. I missed leaving this area. The house is a traditional home, so the kitchens and bathrooms are small and shared. The bedroom is spacious, though. The host is very knowledgable about Japanese culture and is very inviting. I joined a few of her activities she hosted. I also met some nice people who we're staying in the house as well. Overall this is a simple and charming place to stay,
The house is in a really great area, a quiet and older part of Tokyo, but still fairly central. We enjoyed the 10 minute walk to and from the station, where the streets are lined with interesting shops and fantastic Japanese restaurants. We also visited the local Japanese bath-house, which was also only a short walk from the house.
Fiona was an easy host to communicate with, and she took us to a really great antique market, which had a lot of historic items at reasonable prices.
The house is cosy and small, and the amenities are satisfactory.
No hosting really, the room wasn't ready, messy and quite dirty, we had to carry our beds and clean the place ourselves. The bathroom and kitchen were in an other house, expensive for what it is. Nice area and close to the station.
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.