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Newly Renovated Traditional Japanese Style House Located In 'Real Tokyo'

Akiko Yamamoto-Ebihara

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, japanese
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Akiko Yamamoto-Ebihara

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, japanese
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Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2015
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Newly Renovated Traditional Japanese Style House Located In 'Real Tokyo'

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


Mukojima House Rental Photos and Description

Two bedrooms; one with double bed, another two singles, perfect for a family

A 65 year old traditional Japanese townhouse located in busy downtown, Mukojima, Tokyo. The house belongs to my husband who spent his childhood there. We are university professors, and the house was too small and old for us to live with our three children and lots of books, so we have never lived there. After 30 years, I found it quite cool as it has not changed into western style house, which is now rare to find in Tokyo.

The house was renovated nicely remaining its original taste. There are two bedrooms; one with a double bed and the other with two singles. The bedrooms on the second floor are floored with tatami mats. There are small but cozy living space and a kitchenette in the first floor. Bathroom with a bathtub and shower head. You will find the 'washlet' in WC.

Since the house was built right after WWII, everything is made small according to the Japanese peoples frame at that time. If you are way taller than 6 feet, you may find it a bit close and uneasy.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Akiko Yamamoto-Ebihara (Property Manager)
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, japanese
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2015

About Akiko Yamamoto-Ebihara

I am a retired professor who took her degree from Columbia university in NYC long time ago. My English is rusty now, but I think I can help you explore real Tokyo.

Akiko Yamamoto-Ebihara purchased this house in 1950

Why Akiko Yamamoto-Ebihara chose Mukojima

Traditional outlook and modern equipments. Convenient to get to Akihabara, Ginza, Asakusa, Shibuya, Shinjuku, or even to Nikko. Bus stop right in front of the house. Less than 10 minutes walk to two major train stations.

What makes this house unique

Though it is located close to Asakusa, the major tourists attraction in Tokyo, Mukojima area is not polluted with commercial tourism.

There is a famous Japanese style 'tea house restaurant' where you can see and enjoy Geisha performance with reasonable price.

Why HomeAway

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
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based on 9 traveler reviews

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Newly Renovated Traditional Japanese Style House Located In 'Real Tokyo'
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

We loved Sumire House!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Sumire House, and would definitely hope to return in a heartbeat on our next trip to Tokyo!

Akiko's very thoughtful gestures extended to having her assistant meet us at the train station upon our arrival. It was great to have a quick orientation of the house and neighbourhood by her lovely assistant Mana, who spoke beautiful English.

We were touched by the warm hospitality, including touches such as heat packs, bottled water and even all the paraphernalia for sending parcels home: marker, twine and tape!

We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the neighbourhood and finding gems in all the eateries we visited - yummy food that we hope to return to again and again.

Besides Family Mart, we made daily visits to the supermarket nearby. We love the easy access from and to Narita airport, the bus ride to Asakusa and Kappadashi, which Akiko kindly included a timetable for.

The Sumire House is beautifully maintained, with a modern bathroom. It contained all that we needed for our family of 2 adults and 2 young boys.

Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful guesthouse, Akiko!

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear S.S. and my future guests, I really appreciate this great review! Also I'm so happy to know that you explored the vicinity so effectively using several different ways of transportation. Didn't you have any difficulty finding Kappabashi Street? I'll be waiting for you to come back to Sumire House in near future. I would recommend you to spend a week in the season of cherry blossomes. To take a long walk along the Sumida River under the fully blossomed cherry trees is my favorite passtime in spring. Let me share the experience with you next time. Sincerely, Akiko

Had a great time!

  • 5 of 5

The location was convenient and we really appreciated the help from your assistant, Taro. The house was exactly as described and in the photos. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so happy to know that you enjoyed staying at Sumire House. Yes the location is convenient when my guests come from Narita, and visit places in central Tokyo. I hope my future guests take advantage of the good location in exploring Tokyo.

Adorably Quaint Home In Wonderful Neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

My fiancee and I stayed here with another couple and it was a perfect base for our week in Tokyo. The neighborhood is residential, but there are tons of little restaurants and shops tucked away in the alleyways and streets surrounding it. We found it really fun to explore, and took a different route home from the subway stations each time.

The home itself is very quaint and delicate, and you do have to be careful and respectful of the space. However, we really loved the character of the home and felt it was a perfect complement to our stay. It was impeccably clean, has a great shower and a bidet (we loved the toilet seat warmer), and a washer/dryer. The pictures of the home are very accurate.

Two major subway stations are located within a 10-15 minute walk of the home, and we were able to get around Tokyo with the help of Google Maps. Although the home has WiFi, I would highly recommend any visitors to rent a portable WiFi unit, as it really helps to be able to search the web or use your map while roaming around Tokyo.

Transportation is confusing if you don't speak Japanese, but Google Maps will give you accurate train times/directions. We used the Pasmo cards (electronic cards that you can load value onto, to use for trains/buses/subway), and left 4 of them there for future tourists to utilize.

The Tokyo SkyTree center is very close to the home (20 minute walk) and it has great food and lots of shopping. The Asakusa district is only a short bus ride away, and has a variety of shopping and restaurants. Just west of the Asakusa district, you will find Kappabashi Street, which is where all the restaurant supplies are sold, including the fun fake food you see in all restaurant windows, and beautiful dishware, ceramics, and knives. Absolutely worth a visit. We also really enjoyed the Meiji Shrine and the Harujuku District, which you can easily get to via the subway.

We really enjoyed our stay and would not hesitate to stay in Akiko's home again. Taro, Akiko's assistant, speaks perfect English and was very helpful and accommodating - meeting us at 11pm on a weekday, when we arrived. A very special Arigato Gozaimasu, to Akiko and Taro!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ms. K. and my future guests, I'm so happy to know that you fully enjoyed my property as your base camp. Maybe you know better now than I do about the neighborhood. I seldom dine at those small restaurants around the house. To tell the truth, I have been wondering if I should recommend Kappabashi street to my guests because I didn't want to confuse them by adding more information. Now that you proved it that the area is attractive to foreign tourists, I will provide a map of the district in English at Sumire House. I love the street too. The other day I bought a baking pan for mini caneles there. You can find literally anything, from a paper cup to a huge oven for professional use. It's fun just to stroll up and down the street. I thank you, Ms K, for leaving the pasmo cards for future guests! That is also what I have been thinking about. The card really comes in handy when you use different transportations to your destination. You don't have to buy tickets each time, just go through wickets with your Pasmo holding over a scanner. Glad to know Taro helped you alright. He studied English in England for a year, and now he is back in his original university in Tokyo majoring in sociology. Now I have anther assistant, a girl, who speaks English beautifully. I think I can retire leaving things to them soon! Looking forward to welcoming you again to Tokyo in near future. Yours, Akiko
Rodeo, CA

Excellent property. Excellent owner.

  • 5 of 5

My family, consisting of myself, wife, and adult son stayed here in early June 2014 during the first phase of our first visit to Japan. We couldn't have done better than to stay at Sumire House while in Tokyo. I had a good feeling well before our arrival in Japan as the Owner/Property Manager Akiko offered to help us with getting tickets to Skytree or any museums we planned to visit. We didn't take her up on it, but she and her husband met us at Oshiage Station upon our arrival in Tokyo and walked with us to the property. Akiko showed us everything and gave us the rundown on transit, etc. The property is just steps from a bus route that will take you to Asakusa where there is a lot of shopping and places to eat. In less than 15 minutes you can walk to Skytree where there is a huge new shopping mall and the train station. This was the perfect place for us and we definitely want to stay here again. Everything in the home is very clean and in good working order. The washer/dryer was an especially nice feature. We highly recommend this gem for it's convenience, cleanliness, and for the wonderful owner/property manager. There is a nice Food Mart steps away where you can get coffee every morning. If you stay here try the Okonomiyaki restaurant just down the street or the Sushi restaurant right around the corner. If you don't want to walk too much, take the bus to Asakusa and get on the subway there instead of walking to Oshiage/Skytree.

Thank you Akiko and Hide! We look forward to seeing you again!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mike, Thank you so much for writing this wonderful review! I really appreciate it. It was our pleasure meeting you three and had a good conversation even though it was such a short time. I'm happy to know that you tried the Okonomiyaki place and the sushi restaurant. They serve good foods for reasonable price don't they? Please give my best regards to D and M (I think I should not write their name here) . I wish we could get together some time soon. If your son decides to spend a semester in Japan to take Japanese classes, let us know. We will be very happy to be his guardian. Sincerely, Akiko

A home-away

  • 5 of 5

Watashi wa koko ga suki desu!

I am a few hours to check out and seems the house, a home thousand miles away, lock me with precious memories for a stint in Tokyo. Plus points to the house could be summarize in a list, here are some :

-a 24hrs convenient store just outside the window, however a larger mini market could save you a lot just minutes away!

-a quick stroll through the neighbourhood with well kept gardens brighten the journey each day out to the train station!

-Bus route 39 is just a hop away (real time bus tracking helps a lot!)

-A rental car facilities on the way to the train station, though we did not make a rental.

-A good night sleep in a silent neighbourhood.

-Well equipped house facilities excellent for short and ling term stay.

I am greatly thankful for this opportunity for a wonerful stay in Sumire's house. Thank you Akiko and husband, and of course Taro for the warm welcome. Its a wonderful memories living in such a unique home.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Hafiz, Thank you so much for the wonderful review! I was wondering if I had confused you, the most prudent traveler, by my broken English during our frequent correspondence. I'm so glad to know that you enjoyed the Sumire House and exploring neighborhood. Bus rout 39 is my No. 1 recommendation. Using the route efficiently is a clever way to make your sightseeing fruitful one. You did it and you have even learned some Japanese expressions! Please come back whenever you want. I'll be waiting for you!


  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in this wonderful house during the busiest period in Tokyo - the Golden Week. We are traveling a lot and often staying in family houses, b&b, etc. This time was not an exception. And it was the right choice.

The house is at the walking distance from the Oshiage (Skytree) station (~12minutes). But if you wish there is a bus stop just around the corner. We like to walk, so we took a walk a few times to the Asakusa, there is a nice riverside walk, after you cross the bridge.

The house was ideal choice for our family of two adults and two children, as there are two bedrooms. One with double bed, and one with two single beds. The home basically is as described in the listing and pictures. The good think is the bedrooms are upstairs, and the living room with the kitchen corner downstairs. So when the children finally went to sleep, adults still can enjoy a glass of wine :)

If you need some food, to print something, or anything else, FamilyMart is just 1 min away and it is open 24 hours a day (it’s just in case if you don’t know the konbini concept :)).

We would recommend this place to others.

Recommended for: Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers

  • Submitted: May 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Zilvinas, Thank you very much for the kind review! When I learned that you had stayed traditional houses in Europe a lot, I worried about the smallness of our property. Compared to those Western traditional mansions ours might look shabby...but I feel so happy now to know your family liked the Tatami mats and things in the house. Also I thank you for letting my future guests know that Asakusa is in walkable distance from the Sumire House. I myself love to walk along the river to Asakusa. Please come back with your family in the next Golden Week!


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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Haneda: New Tokyo International Airport
Nearest Train
0.9 Kilometres
Hikifune or Oshiage/Tokyo Sky Tree station
Nearest Restaurant
10 Metres
Sushi Bar Kansuke
Car: not necessary

How about having a day trip to Nikko, where one of the most famous shinto shrines in Japan is located? That was built for a tomb for Yeyasu Tokugawa, who started Tokugawa shogunate in 1603. From Sumire House, it is very easy to get to Nikko.

Kyoto enjoyed culture of court nobles with showy buildings and gorgeous eating/clothing habit while Nikko, the place where the top samurai is laid, has different taste.


Rates & Availability

From $150 Per night

Mukojima House Rental Rates

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Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $170
Tax Rate 8.0%
Notes The regular number of guests is four at the Sumire House. However, one extra person can stay if s/he can sleep on Futon. In that case the cleaning fee will be $210 per stay, and we charge $10 for the extra person a day.
On reservation, we invoice you for the half of the price through Paypal, please make payment within four days. At the point I received the payment, your reservation is confirmed. The rest will be invoiced a month prior to your arrival. Cancellations within 30 days including the check-in day will be charged the full amount. Before 60 days - 90% refund, 30 days - 50% , Less than 30 days -no refund.
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Mukojima House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 60 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
  • independent WC and bathroom with bathtub connected by a dressing space.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • We have two bedrooms in the second floor of the house. One with a doulbe bed and the other with two single beds. The rooms are floored with tatami mats. The double bed is American double bed which could be a bit too small for a tall big persons to sleep together.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • pier fishing
  • wind-surfing
Our vacation rental, the Sumire House is a renovated Japanese house which was built right after WWⅡ. You may be surprised to know that one whole family of five used to live in the house. It is a remaining memorial of poor, devastated post war Japan. Now it's fully renovated but we dared to leave many parts of the house as they were. We hope you enjoy the time warp here. From Sumire House you can easily visit many interesting spots in Tokyo such as Asakusa, Akihabara, Ginza, Shinjuku, Shibuya, or Tsukiji fish market using public transportation. Consult me if you have any specific interest. I will do my best to help you make most of your holiday in Tokyo.

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