“This has been the worst swap we have had in 6 years with LHS. The house is tiny and everything was written in Japanese The futons were too uncomfortable and the room had no heating and was very cold at night. The office oil heater didn't work, nor did the cooker hood, the voltage regulator was unreachable. In our home They broke into and damaged a locked drinks cabinet. Smashed a picture frame and broke a socket adaptor.------------------------------------------------------Guest's response:-------------------------------------------------------As an elderly, ordinary British couple we suspect they were a terrible match for Japan. Our house is small but we declare that in the description. We offer an instructions manual which translates all the Japanese items in the house. They also had help from our friends and family who visited a few times to help them out. They did not have to sleep in the futons ..on soft tatami mats… there is a western superior double bed in another room. Futons are “hard" if you are used to feather beds but no one complained till now. We left plenty of options for heating — gas, electric and even A/C if they had ever bothered to read the manual and listened to the instructions on arrival from my sister. The slur about the drinks cabinet is a lie. It was not locked and they told us we could take drinks from the cabinet. We consumed small amounts until we bought our own at the shops. We broke no adapter .. we did not use the one he complains about. We apologised already about the frame accident when I knocked a small cheap picture frame off the wall in the dark investigating a noise downstairs. Animals had entered the house. They broke our washing machine and made our toilet leak quite badly we had to call a plumber and never told us. I received multiple bites at night in their house after sleeping .. we suspect bed bugs. Michael as well. Parts of the house and the sofas were filthy. Otherwise it was a nice home .. although Michael did cut open his foot in the pool .. a cracked sharp tile. We had many complaints but in the spirit of home exchange we said nothing until now. Best wishes Yasuko”
Traditional Japanese house. Centre Tokyo.No points
Traditional Japanese house. Centre Tokyo.No points
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- 3 Bedrooms
- Sleeps 4
- 1 Bathrooms
About our home
JAPAN IS OPENING AGAIN TO TOURISTS -- From October 11th 2002 you only need negative PCR test or record of vaccination ( three shots) to enter Japan as a tourist from most destinations.
So we will be open to swaps, (we are not taking points now) if you can come to Japan from mid Oct to early December. Otherwise all of March, May and late June early July 2023 all possible.
PLEASE NOTE: THE DELICATE TRADITIONAL JAPANESE ROOM NOT SUITABLE FOR VERY YOUNG CHILDREN.
We are probably in one of the best locations you could wish for if you want to see Tokyo and experience the culture. We are very central and often bicycle everywhere we need. The house, on a quite residential street, is handy for stations with many train lines to choose from. Most tourist 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 two-story, DETACHED, wooden, family house set on top historic Waradana hill. One of Tokyo's highest points and therefore one of the most exclusive in central Tokyo. Wooden flooring throughout decorated in western style, sofa, etc, but also added attraction of a traditional Japanese tatami mat living/bedroom. Rather shabby in some areas but decoration and renovation nearly complete. I recently took over the house from my father and I am redecorating/renovating.
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.
Total floor area: 114 sqm
Very posh neighbourhood and extraordinarily intimate, village-like and quiet 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 Emperor's palace. You will be right at the centre of all of it but protected from the traffic and crowds here. There are hardly any cars and we are set back from the road hidden among other houses cheek by jowl. We have a narrow space around the house filled with about 10 trees. Plenty of light upstairs.
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. Some of the best eating in Japan including Michelin star restaurants.
The FT mentions here: https://www.ft.com/content/c3ab7e73-f3da-4683-b65e-135a8df5fd8f
More info here:
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. The three upstairs rooms are small. There you will find a cosy "den" with lots of light and a long terrace with plants and seating for two, a bedroom and a newly decorated study. The study can be turned into another bedroom. So can the den.
Traditional Japanese bathroom BTW which we turned into a wet room with shower and traditional Japanese deep, short bath. And a delightful Japanese traditional tatami mat room which doubles as a second bedroom with futons downstairs. There is also a sofa-bed in the living room that requires futons.
So we can accommodate four comfortably and six at a push.
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.”
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 unless you will be responsible for damages.
- Main home
- Air conditioning
- No smoking
- Dish washer
- Washing machine
- No pets
Yasuko's reviewsAs a host (7)
“Thank you to our hosts Yasuko and Michael. We had a lovely stay in their little house in a very nice neighbourhood in Tokyo. Shopping possibilities, subway & JR station closeby. The sketches and info material that our hosts provided for Tokyo were very helpful and completely met our taste. We loved the tatami room, where we slept on futons. It felt like a temporary home. Thanks for your flexibility, Yasuko & Michael ”
“Great location to explore Tokyo. Lots of restaurants. ”
“Ｙａｓｕｋｏ ｉｓ ａ ｐｅｒｆｅｃｔ ｇｕｅｓｔ ｗｈｏ ｔｒｉｅｄ ｔｏ do ｏｕｒ ｔｒｉｐ ｔｈｅ ｍｏｓｔ ｃｏｎｆｏｒｔａｂｌｅ ａｎｄ ｓｉｍｐｌｅ ｐｏｓｓｉｂｌｅ”
“The cutest little house - and when I say little, that's actually not true. HUGE by Tokyo standards, several bedrooms upstairs as well as two living areas downstairs. House is in the perfect location in Tokyo - right next to a street lined with amazing restaurants. Absolutely no tourists here, even though we were very close to "tourist"-Tokyo. Would love to return one day.”
“Great traditional house with lots of character. Nice location. Nice hosts. Happy to go back anytime :)”
“Nous avons passé un très bon séjour au Japon.”
3 things they loved about the trip
- La maison était ancienne et typique, le quartier très agréable
- le métro pas loin
- les supermarchés pas loin et nombreux commerces dans le quartier de Kagurasaka.
More about us
We are an arts-loving couple with no children
Michael is a journalist and Yasuko works for an airline
We travel a lot and are very flexible so are open to any ideas for a swap anytime of year
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