Traditional Japanese house. Upscale, central Tokyo

Traditional Japanese house. Upscale, central Tokyo

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 4
1 Bathrooms

About our home

PLEASE NOTE: BECAUSE JAPAN OFFERS VERY FEW CHOICES TO EXCHANGERS WE RECEIVE AN OVERWHELMING NUMBER OF REQUESTS EACH WEEK. SO WE WILL ONLY BE REPLYING TO THOSE REQUESTS THAT REALLY INTEREST US. SORRY ABOUT THAT.

THE DELICATE JAPANESE ROOM IS ALSO NOT SUITABLE FOR VERY YOUNG CHILDREN.

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We are probably in one of the best locations you could wish for if you want to see Tokyo and experience the culture. And handy for trains that serve all Tokyo. Most sites are just 10 minutes away. Time Out has a guide to our area known as Kagurazaka (where the gods come to play) : http://www.timeout.com/tokyo/things-to-do/kagurazaka-area-guide

A 2-story, wooden, family house set on top historic Waradana hill overlooking the whole city. Wooden flooring throughout decorated in western style, sofa, etc, but also added attraction of additional traditional Japanese living/bedroom. Rather shabby in some areas but decoration and renovation nearly complete. I recently took over the house from my father and am starting to redecorate/renovate. PLEASE NOTE. The Japanese traditional room has just been totally renovated which means, I'm afraid, no children over one and under 12 allowed in there. It is the second bedroom, so bear in mind please before requesting a swap.

Very posh neighbourhood and extraordinarily intimate, village-like and quiete for such a big, bustling city. What is really a small residential area with low-rise houses and apartments in the middle of the biggest city in the world. It's an historic area where Edo's first castle was built and we are just outside the walls of the present Tokyo Emperor's palace. You be right at the centre of all of it but protected from the traffic and crowds here.

Close to all the famous spots and served by about 6 train lines nearby. Delightful shopping/dining street 2 minutes walk away. One the best in Japan and has many festivals -- Matsuri -- the greatest of all at end of July http://www.timeout.jp/en/tokyo/event/11764/Kagurazaka-Matsuri-2014. The village is called Kagurazaka. Known as Little Kyoto in Tokyo we have geisha on the doorstep, historic dining inns and charming cobblestoned alleyways and courtyards to enjoy.

More info here:

https://www.ambassadors-japan.com/en/tokyodailylife/344/


Quite a lot of space inside the house compared to typical Japanese homes but still rather tiny compared to homes in the USA for example. But the house is comfortable. Traditional Japanese bathroom BTW and a delightful Japanese traditional tatatami mat room which doubles as a second bedroom with futons downstairs. Three rooms upstairs ... one is a bedroom. Double bed for 2 and futons downstairs for another 2, means we can accommodate four comfortably. And upstairs another small very comfortable 2nd lounge with lots of light. The third room is used as an office/storeroom.

Why Tokyo? According to a survey of over 54,000 travelers conducted by Internet travel site TripAdvisor, Tokyo beat out New York and Barcelona as the city with “the best overall experience.”

http://www.multivu.com/mnr/70425525-tokyo-tops-tripadvisor-world-city-survey-amongst-global-travelers

Please note: older children are welcome, but owing to the delicacy of the paper-screened, traditional tatami room, we are unable to accommodate smaller children under 13 and over one year old.

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6 Reviews

More about us

  1. We are an arts-loving couple with no children

  2. Michael is a journalist and Yasuko works for an airline

  3. We travel a lot and are very flexible so are open to any ideas for a swap anytime of year

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Where is it?

Neighbourhood

Buzzy restaurants
Michelin star Soba restaurant 2 mins away and other Japanese Michelin start eateries abound
Cool bars
Lots cool bars - just stroll around the area
Cozy cafés
traditional green tea cafes so many
Retail therapy
Stroll around; sorry we can't give names -- you need to read Japanese!
Bit of culture
Museums and galleries abound in Tokyo
Walks in the park
Canal Cafe near Iidabashi station is lovely on the water. famous parks nearby Koishikawa Korakuen
Spot of exercise
Run around the imperial palace moat - just 10 min-run away
Day tripping
Hayama for the beach Mt, Takao for country walks

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