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Our duplex is located in an upscale residential area, seven minutes' walk from Meguro station on the JR Yamanote Line, seven minutes' walk from Shirokanedai Station on the Nanboku Subway Line. The first floor is refurbished. It is like a de luxe hotel suite.
It is also good for expats to stay for house hunting. An ASIJ bus stop is just two minutes' walk away.
Many restaurants, shops, supermarkets are within walking distance. Ebisu Garden Place, Westin Hotel, museums and parks are in the neighborhood. Platinum Street like SoHo in NYC is five minutes' walk away.
Japanese empress's birthplace , now a garden called Nemu-no-ki-no-Niwa open to the public is also five minutes' walk away. And nearby is a Japanese garden tourists never know.
Catering from many famous restaurants is also available
I went to graduate school in MA. My husband used to be a radio newsman in Minneapolis. Our two children went to the American School in Japan(ASIJ). Our daughter is working in D.C. and our son is working in San Francisco.
We have a summer house in Harbor Springs MI
Why Ryoko Itoh chose Ebisu
It is in a great location in the center of Tokyo. Guests can enjoy living and dining like locals in urban Tokyo.
Clean, Spacious, Close to Subway, Quiet, Excellent
5 of 5
I'm a heavily traveled business man who prefers a nuanced vacation. This house is a fantastic place. 4 minutes easy walk from train station (Meguro-Yamanote line, two stops to Shibuya or Roppongi). It is in a quiet neighborhod (no loud noises), down a idyllic narrow street. The VRBO is the first floor of a duplex. Owners live upstairs (couldn't hear them). The floor plan is large, open, comfortable, with large bathroom (a plus in Japan), clothes washer and dryers, patio, large kitchen (a plus plus in japan). And I haven't even got to the best part... the kind and courteous owners. They will offer to assist you in finding train tickets, airport transport, and have a stack of tourist brouchures, maps, train schedules, and a house copy of lonely planet tokyo!! (no need to lug that through the airport). My only worry is that since this place is so good, it won't be free next time I come to visit.
Submitted: Dec 2, 2014
Stayed: Nov 2014
Owner's Response: Thank you for your excellent review with 5 stars!
The comments by a person like you living in Japan for two years mean a lot to our future renters. Some of our past renters have stayed at Sheraton Miyako Hotel in this neighborhood in the past and knew the area. Still they were surprised that our duplex is less than half the distance to Meguro Station from the Hotel.
We are very very happy our renters have found this place very nice and convenient in Tokyo.
And if you visit Tokyo again, early planning will work.
We, a family of four stayed seven days at Ryoko and Kelly place.
Following are the 7 reasons why this place is ideal one to stay in Tokyo: 2, Ryoko and Kelly, the hosts 1, the spacious apartment 1, the great location 1,the magic feeling of returning home after a busy day in Tokyo 1,the fuii amenities 1,staying in a non touristic, local, safe and absolutly quiet atmospher
Submitted: Oct 17, 2014
Stayed: Oct 2014
Owner's Response: Dear Yoni,
Thank you very much for an excellent review. We really appreciate Seven reasons.
Our family (two adults and three teenagers) stayed at Ryoko and Kelly’s apartment for 6 nights in July. We were extremely pleased and felt at home at Itoh’s place. It is a perfect base from which to explore Tokyo.
The apartment is very spacious with one double bedroom, another bedroom with up to 4 beds and a large living space and kitchen. The apartment has everything you will need: well-equipped kitchen, washing machine & dryer, air-conditioning, very good WiFi, lots of travel guidebooks, maps and brochures. Everything was very clean and well functioning.
The location is great. It is about 10 minutes to Meguro Station where you can take the Yamanote Line that reaches all major areas of Tokyo. Meguro also has many shopping, eating and entertainment options. There are also 2 metro lines about 10 minutes from the apartment. Itoh’s place is located in a very quiet residential neighborhood. We loved to walk around in the morning and see how the locals live. The apartment is 3 minutes from a major street where you can find restaurants, convenience stores, etc. There is a very good supermarket 7 minutes away.
Ryoko and Kelly were wonderful and warm hosts, always willing to help. They live next door and speak perfect English so it is very easy to communicate. Ryoko and Kelly provided us with great tips on Tokyo sightseeing and other guidance. It was a great pleasure to stay at their apartment and get to know them.
Our family of 4 (two adults, two kids 5 and 2) stayed in this rental for two weeks in May. It was very spacious, particularly for being in Tokyo, and it had real beds. Everything is on one floor and was great for the kids to be able to spread out and play when we were home. It is in a very nice and convenient residential area and short walk (about 10 minutes, 15 with kids) to the Meguro train station that will take you almost anywhere you need to go. I speak Japanese so could make my own arrangements but the Itoh's speak perfect English and could answer any questions you might have. We had a great stay there and are so glad that we chose this property!
Submitted: Jul 17, 2014
Stayed: May 2014
Owner's Response: Hi! Motoko
Thank you for choosing our duplex and writing a nice review.
Your review about our location is very helpful for those who don't know about Tokyo well.
Since you know about Tokyo, and this neighborhood, you nicely mentioned how nice this area is.
As you mentioned, it is a very nice and convenient area.
Please come back again.
Wonderfully warm home, perfect way to visit Tokyo!!
5 of 5
We are a family with two young children and stayed here at Kelly and Ryoko Itoh's place and could not have been happier. The house was clean, large, nicely decorated and a home away from home! We arrived to find fresh flowers and fruit, which was so nice after a long trip from DC. Ryoko went out of her way to help us with great suggestions for places to go and things to do, and even helped us get reservations at an onsen, which was a perfect little getaway. The kids really enjoyed having their own room and space to play with their toys, and having a well stocked kitchen and a washer/dryer made the trip run smoothly and effortlessly. I would HIGHLY recommend this house for rental, as the hosts can not be beat, the location is amazing (walking distance to grocery, restaurants, JR, Metro and parks), and the home feels so cozy and sweet. Thank you so much for making our trip so pleasant and memorable!!
Submitted: Jul 2, 2014
Stayed: Jun 2014
VRBO, from HomeAway
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Hi, Meg,
Thank you so much for your wonderful and convincing review. We really enjoyed having you,your husband and beautiful children. It is so nice to meet wonderful people like you by renting our duplex. And I am so happy that you liked the onsen I had picked.
The place was spotlessly clean. The hosts were very attentive to our needs. There were plenty of restaurants, supermarkets and coffee shops. The bedroom were hug. Meguro station is on the JR Yamanote Line (circle line) which made it easy to get anywhere. A little tricky to find first night, but the hosts gave great directions and a number to call. A really great place to stay, we will stay again.
Submitted: May 12, 2014
Stayed: Apr 2014
Owner's Response: Hi, Ian,
Thank you very much for a wonderful review with five stars. I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay here.
Many restaurants, shops, supermarkets and convenience stores are within walking distance. Ebisu Garden Place, Platinum Street and Institute of Nature Study including Musashino Plants Garden are in the neighborhood.