I am a mom and a wife first.
I love traveling, going places that I haven't see before.
Great apartment in a quite locale yet close to Yokohama station. There is a wide variety of shops and restaurants in the area. The apartment has a spacious living area and bathroom with a great balcony. The futons were comfortable and a memorable experience. The apartment met all our needs.
We loved Lissa's place. A great location near the Yokohama station on the 10th floor of a very quiet apartment. Includes all the amenities you need. The futons are very comfortable and we loved the big bath tub. Lots of interesting shops around but the Yokohama station has all you need and more from food shops, souvenirs, clothing, you name it. Our only problem was our internet didn't connect but I don't think it is necessarily the problem of the apartment but maybe our provider. (Canada) Lissa was more than helpful and available by e-mail at all times to help us with this. The only place we were able to get on line was at a nearby American hotel. We loved staying here and would recommend it to anyone. Thanks Lissa
I stayed at Lissa's place for 6 nights to attend a business meeting. It was great - comfortable, cozy, and quiet. It is conveniently located near the Yokohama station. People who helped me check-in and -out are very helpful.
Our stay was easy, comfortable and pleasant. This apartment is like home away from home. Everything was accessible from affordable restaurants, fresh food ( fresh sushi, sashimi, beef, chicken, veggies, dairy etc.) coffee shops...nothing beats this location from Yokohama station. The apartment was big compared to most hotels in Japan. You can cook when you want to or can easily eat out anywhere in the area. Internet was good. I was able to use FaceTime easily to the US and speak with my family. I will surely come back here again the next time I visit Yokohama. Thank you Lissa for sharing your home to us. It was such a wonderful two weeks of ramen training :). Til the next spring!
My family and I enjoyed a week in this apartment, and it's probably the best accommodation we've stayed in while in Japan. It is absolutely fully self contained to the extent that the kitchen is well stocked with all the little things that you'd really rather not buy. The washing machine and balcony on which to dry clothes allowed a comfortable stay. The apartment has heating, a nice big furo and all you need to sleep comfortably. Very importantly, it has a fast, reliable wifi connection that made life so much easier. In terms of location, it could not be more convenient - few minutes walk from Yokohama station and all the shops you could ever need. It was spotlessly clean. Dealing with the host was an absolute pleasure too. All communications were clear and quick. We'll definitely be back.
Another great week-long stay in Yokohama.
And lucky to be there during Cherry-Blossom Season!
Staying a Lissa's is like coming home. It was my third time and even my VERY late arrival at Haneda did not cause a problem. Since I am a returnee, she left the key for me at the condo. I let myself in sometime around midnight . . .
I remembered to turn on the water-heater and the refrigerator.
See my previous reviews for why I love this place.
If any of you want to experience the cherry-blossom season next year, I have a recommendation: take the Keihin-Kyuko (KQ) train south from Yokohama Station to Gumyogi Station (sixth station from Yokohama). Cross the tracks and go downhill through the shopping district and AMASS picnic supplies.
Keep going downhill until you hit the river and the cherry trees that line it. Big, mature, fully blooming trees. Turn left and look for a good spot under the trees and eat your food. You can remain up on the street level or go down to the banks of the gently flowing water. If you do not enjoy this, you are not human.
You will need to walk off the picnic. Walk north (northeast) along the river in the general direction back towards Yokohama. The river will be lined with staggering rows of cherry-blossom-heavy branches draping over the river. There are many temporary refreshment and entertainment stands along the way. It's even more fun (and pretty) at night, when all is lit up. Go as far as Koganecho (about a kilometer), where the KQ Station is just across the river. Then you can take the train back to Yokohama (three stops).
Yokohama and its miles of waterfront is so much more accessible than Tokyo and has an easier feel for what makes Japan so special for visitors. The Japanese people are such great hosts. I always feel welcome.
Thank you Lissa for your special hospitality.
I was in Japan on a business trip and the primary reason for staying at Lisa's apartment was because there was WiFi advertised and it was in Yokohama. Upon arrival I find out there was NO WiFi. Can you imagine my surprise to be (email hidden) on business with no email and no (website hidden)?!?! I was forced to spend a lot of money on internet cafes and phone cards as a result of this inconvenience. I lost a lot money and opportunities because of scheduling and rescheduling from the snow that I wasn't aware of because there was no WiFi. I had no access to my email and no access to (website hidden) and Lisa was very unhelpful, in fact she was condescending in her reply saying, "everyone has trouble at first and then they figure it out." Well, even the person she employees to clean the apartment couldn't figure it out because there was NO WiFi available. As a result I was not informed of meeting cancellations and/or postponements from my clients. There were massive amounts of snow dropped on Yokohama while I was there. I took trains across Tokyo only to find out later that the meeting is canceled or postponed. I had to walk down two flights of steps and roughly one mile of snow to the nearest internet cafe and train station and constantly apologize to people for missing calls, appointments, and meetings. I spent additional money on internet cafes and calling cards. I lost business and money on train rides for canceled appointments, embarrassment, and inconvenience of walking down steps and through a mile of snow and ice (the worst Yokohama has seen in 30 years) for an internet cafe. Lisa was very unreasonable by not accepting my request of a $200 refund. She believes she should not be accountable for things that do not work as advertised on her page. In addition to no WiFi, one of the floor heaters was broken. Myself, my wife, and my 9 month old son had to sleep under two comforters with our jackets and jeans on because the apartment was like an ice box for three days until the room finally heated up. She is unaccommodating and unsympathetic to my situation and inconvenience and went as far as saying my claim was "suspicious" as if I have a reason to lie about not having WiFi when her hired assistant even saw there was no WiFi on the day we arrived and the day we left. She also tried to blame it on the snow, however we were there a day before a single snowflake fell with no WiFi. Now, I am forced to waste more time and spend more money escalating the issue to AirBnB and American Express. DO NOT RENT FROM HER. Believe me, it is not worth it. If anything goes wrong she will try to blame it on you. I'm sure if the shoe was on the other foot she wouldn't like it.
El piso esta muy bien situado, en una zona muy tranquila y cerca de la estación de trenes y metro de Yokohama. Nos hemos sentido como en casa, tenia todo lo necesario para estar cómodos.
The apartment was great for our family. It was very spacious for our active one year old that had just started walking. The kitchen and laundry facilities were a must for us and one of the main reasons we chose this apartment. The bathroom was also a highlight as it was very large by Japanese standards and the tub was good to bathe our baby. The amenities and decor were also well thought out and comfortable. We found everything that we needed, like sticky tape and scissors, and there are plenty of travel books and maps if you need them.
It is not a long walk to the station but it is a bit hard with a lot of luggage and a baby pram. You can either go up short flights of stairs that can be a bit narrow or you can walk further along the footpath and up some hills to avoid the steps. We decided to take the taxi as it just seemed easier. It was under 800 yen for the trip. Getting to and from the apartment without our luggage was fine though, and we found the apartment well located for shops and restaurants. The apartment was very quiet and we didn't run into many residents at all.
The check in and check out procedure was very well organised. There was WiFi in the building but sometimes the signal would be weak. Wasn't really a problem though. My only caution is that the decking of the balcony is a bit slippery when wet so be careful.
Our host was very good in keeping in touch with us and even warned us that our arrival may be delayed by a typhoon. We received responses to our emails promptly and most helpful.
We hope we could visit Yokohama again. Thank you very much for making our stay a good one!
This is our third time, so we don't feel the need to describe HOW MUCH WE LOVE Lissa's place. We explored another side of Yokohama station this time, and discovered lots of lovely things. You can just take "Toyoko Flower Green Road" about 10min or so then get Tanmachi station. We sometimes went to buy groceries there as stores are just more quiet than central. We feel so comfortable at Lissa's place every time and already thinking our next visit!
Always a pleasure to host Lissa
Great person!! Excellent communication, will always have her back.