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We are both PhD students in Tokyo. Architecture and Environmental Engineering are our majors. We love living in Tokyo and we are willing to share with you our favourite and secret spots in town!
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great place to stay! maria was amazing! (i didn´t meet joana because she was travelling). the apartment is very confortable and i really enjoyed it. totally recommended!
Maria and Joana's place was wonderfully located in Ueno, which meant that when we arrived from the Narita airport, it was very convenient for us to get there. Their house is small and cosy, but pretty much everything you need to have a comfortable stay while you are sightseeing in Tokyo. You get a nice little room that is separated from the host's room by a closed sliding door, but that was not a problem for us at all. Everything was very clean.The location is great for us as we were meeting friends in Tokyo, wanted some peace and quiet and didn't mind the place being slightly out of 'town', 'town' being the crazy central Shibuya/Shinjuku. We liked the walk through Ueno park to the main station, and the place was definitely peaceful and quiet at night so we could get a good night's sleep. We didn't get to speak to Maria much as we were out most of the time, but she was very welcoming.
Awesome people, awesome place perfectly located!
Joana and Maria, THANK YOU! Thanks to you, your flat and your advice, we spent a wonderful week in Tokyo.
Hope to see you!
The location of the apartment is perfect! It's close to the tourist spots of the neighborhood and it's a lovely walk to the train station. If you don't mind sharing a very small apartment, it works.
In the description, there is no indication that Maria and Joana would also be residing in the apartment. So, if you want privacy, this probably is not the place for you. However, the young ladies are nice and even offered for us to meet up with them and their friends.
Maria & Joana were perfect hosts! Very responsive and accommodating. Joana invited us out to dinner with her and some of her friends the first night of our stay. The apartment itself is cozy and well kept, in a quieter residential neighborhood really close to Ueno Park. I'd definitely recommend this little gem!
Maria and Joana are such angels that I seriously thought I was living in heaven! They are very intelligent, fun and gorgeous. I wouldve loved to have lived with them forever! On a more serious note, they were like true family and friends at the same time. Gave me excellent insights on the place, introduced me to the most interesting people and places and truly went far beyond hosting me in one of the nicest areas and soulful apartments imaginable. Feel blessed if they accept you as a guest! I'm still hoping they will connect on (website hidden) so as never to lose touch with them.
Maria and Joana's place was wonderful! Great neighborhood, so close to the beautiful Ueno park and lots of places to eat, yet still welcoming and quiet. I would highly recommend it!
Joana and Maria are an absolute delight to stay with. Not only was the room spacious and clean, so was the rest of the apartment. Though very busy young ladies, they always had advice when asked and keen to share their dinners and friends.
They offered the perfect balance of a friendly and open atmosphere but leaving you to your privacy when you wanted it.
I highly recommend them.
I really enjoyed my stay at "Friendly Bunkyou House" - Maria and Joana were wonderful hosts, very kind and helpful and always with some good advice that helped me a lot mastering the japanese public transport, finding my "Japanese ink", going to an "Onsen" bath etc.
The neighbourhood with mainly small traditional houses is very relaxed and especially quiet at night - I had a very good sleep in the comfortable bed.
Since there are three different metro stations in a walking distance everything can be reached very well.
And the very near Ueno park is nice to calm down in the evening after a whole "Shibuya-day". If I will be in Tokyo again - I certainly will stay there again, thank you for everything, Maria and Joana!!