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We had been to Tokyo before and always stayed in the tourist areas on the west side of the river. This time we were interested in experiencing life in a Tokyo neighborhood and we found that at Sumire House. The house is old (immediate post-war) but well maintained and retains many traditional features. (Even if you’re average height you need to watch your head in places.) At the same time it has a modernized bathroom, washer/dryer, good wifi, and tv with many channels including a few in English. We enjoyed exploring the neighborhood, which had many small shops and restaurants. Like other reviewers we encountered many non-English speakers, but we found people were very nice and we were able to get by with our limited Japanese. (We avoided places where it looked like language would be an issue if they were very busy.). Although a little off the beaten path, the house is about a 10 minute walk to two train stations that provide good access to the rest of Tokyo. The owners and property manager were very nice and responsive. This house isn’t for everybody, but if you’re interested in experiencing Tokyo beyond the tourist zone we highly recommend it.
I am giving 5 stars overall. The host was very helpful prior and during our stay. Even though there was a change of staff, had a few exchanges, we were able to get all that straighten up before we got there. Once in Japan, we got into the wrong train and ended up being at the place an hour later. Our host was being very kind and patient with us, explain to us about the house before leaving.
The house fits all of us 6 adults and a toddler great! The location is great too, strategic and close to the train station. Depending on how your planning is, we stayed in Tokyo all 10 days and do a couple of mini day trips and definitely worked perfectly for us.
Thank you Michi for being such a great host!