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Free Pocket WiFi& More, Help w/Ghibli. Wonderfully Appointed, Sunny & Cozy Apt near Ikebukuro Sta. (14min walk/4min bus)- Epicenter of Pop Culture in Japan & #1 Transport Hub in Tokyo! Modern Convenience!
We call this cozy apartment “Sakura” because of the majestic 120+ year old Sakura tree right outside of the balcony across the small street. During sakura (cherry blossom) season it fills the room with a wonderful pink glow. During the rest of the year the room is blessed with beautiful sunshine from the South East - a rare and precious commodity in Tokyo. We’ve appointed the apartment with all new beds, linen, appliances, breakfast bar, seating etc., in addition to several authentic antique pieces dating from the same late Meiji era of the sakura tree.
In form and function the apartment is a modern Japanese 1 bedroom with kitchen and fully separate bath, sink, and toilet. It can comfortably accommodate one, two or even three guests with a double bed and rollout bed. The kitchen is fully equipped including safe and modern IH stovetop, new refrigerator, and microwave+convection+toaster oven. Ladies will surely appreciate the wide shampooing sink. The large western sized & styled toilet is equipped with a modern bidet and washlet. A washing machine with hot air dryer is installed for your laundry needs. There is a double closet space for hanging clothes, including a western style iron and ironing board.
Some unique provisions include secure in-building luggage storage for after-checkout / pre-flight storage, high Euro double bed with heated top, Bluetooth surround sound speaker, USB charging suite, and complimentary freshly roasted organic coffee. Unlike most other apartments, this unit has excellent sunlight during the day, and Japan's sun rises very early! To counter that, and afford sleep during the late morning and day if needed, there are metal shutters on the main windows to darken the room, in addition to the thick sun blocking draperies. In short if you suffer a spell of jet lag, you can make it a very dark room to sleep.
Interaction with guests
We live moments away, so if you need anything or issues arise, we'll be there! Otherwise we're non-intrusive, and you'll likely only see us doing daily freshening around the property.
Check-out is 12:00 PM (noon). We like to say Goodbye and wish you luck on your journey but if there isn't a chance to do so there is a key drop at the door.
Other things to note
The apartment is equipped with a new washer that has a heated air dryer function, but please keep in mind it runs on Japanese power which is low voltage/low frequency for safety. This means the drying function won't operate like it does elsewhere in the world with high heat drying, and is insufficient for drying jeans, large loads, and heavy cottons. For this reason we ask that jeans, large loads, and heavy cottons be dried on the clothes rail outside on the balcony.
A minor clarification on “Hot Tub” …. the apartment has a Japanese hot water heater (max 75° C), and a deep bath tub (ofuro). In Asia it implies “Hot Tub”, while Westerners sometimes think a "Hot Tub" is a Jacuzzi. I’ve marked “Hot Tub” as “yes” otherwise my Asian guests seem to think it has no hot water. For my American friends - please don’t have expectations of lounging in a Jacuzzi naked with 8 friends drinking Champagne & jamming out to the Bee Gees.
Please Do No Harm
We maintain a family friendly atmosphere where everyone is comfortable and safe. Please follow the rules, respect others, and be mindful of the surrounding culture.
NO SMOKING on the property. Smoking related damage (including smell from tobacco smoke) will require cleaning and repair, with relevant fees assessed.
The apartment is located in a quiet residential area, and there are residents and guests in the adjacent units. Be a good neighbor and keep the noise down, especially after 10pm.
Japan is renowned for its safety, but sadly just like anywhere else, there can be crime. For your safety please lock the doors when you are inside, and when going out as well.
We can’t be responsible or liable for any personal injuries, or the loss of your personal belongings and valuables.
When using the Pocket WiFI while outside, please don’t lose it, as we’ll have to charge your deposit to replace it.
Hi! I'm Brett, a transplanted American, and my wife Yurie, who is native to Japan and Ikebukuro. We're new to Airbnb hosting, but we do bring a bundle of warm hearted hospitality, aloha, and cross cultural knowledge as hosts who've travelled the globe several times over in our lifetimes. First and foremost we have a wish to provide an affordable stay option for friends, couples, families, and especially make sure that we can help those who travel with children on their adventures. We'll give you our utmost to ensure your accommodations offer great value, exceptional cleanliness, and superb convenience and service. We welcome people from all walks of life, and wish to host visitors of every hue of the rainbow. Being a big person myself, we’ve of course gone above and beyond to ensure our western sized visitors have a good fit throughout their stay - in bed, bath, and elsewhere! We've also made a special effort in providing all of the amenities and items you might possibly need during your stay. For your safety and assurance, we're also legitimate "property owner & operators" and a fully registered company, so we'll be around to serve you for the long term.
We sincerely hope you'll try our "Zanmai Stay" apartment!