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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.
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 and Hidemasa Yamamoto purchased this house in 1950
Traditional outlook and modern equipments. Convenient to get to Akihabara, Ginza, Asakusa, Shibuya, Shinjuku, or even to Nikko. Bus stop right near the house and get to Asakusa by 10 mins. Less than 10 minutes walk to two major train stations.
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.
This is a cosy home-like house in a residential area. You are next door to a temple and surrounded by Tokyoites. Family Mart is 10 seconds (!) away from the place, Oshiage metro station is 10-15 mins on foot. The house has everything you might need for a comfortable stay for 4 persons. We had a great time there, don't hesitate to book if you want to have a worry free holiday.
On the whole, I would strongly recommend this property. The location is pretty good (it's an easy 1 km walk to the subway). Family Mart is literally next door and very convenient. If you have a JR Pass, there are two stations a 10 min bus/cab ride away. The home is very clean, things worked etc. The assistant (Mana) was great, speaks perfect English, was very responsive to emails, met us for check in and was very friendly.
So why 4 instead of 5 stars? This home is a bit tricky if you're tall and a bit clumsy (like me). The doors and light fixtures are about 5'6" above the ground and I kept bumping into them all the time and found myself tip-toeing around to avoid banging into things. No fault of the home/owner by any means (I'm a clod) but I would say this isn't the perfect place for tall people.
Still, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Tokyo and can recommend Sumire house 100%.
Close to Tokyo Skytree and Mass Transit. The home was beautiful and perfect, I truly loved this place, great having a shrine right next door. Planning another vacation, would love to rent this place again.
Sumire house is absolutely perfect!
Old neighbourhood in Tokyo only a short walk from Skytree and asakusa and honozon lines which will connect you with all the attractions and beyond. Mana the assistant was just great!!! Made sure we were happy how everything worked and guide of neighbourhood . Mana also let us know that she was available if needed.
There are not many old traditional style houses left in Tokyo so Sumire house is a real gem. Right next to a shrine with a view of skytree behind it. The best representation of the old and new we all imagine japan to be.
A supermarket approx 10 min by foot and a family mart literally a stones throw away if you forget anything open 24 hrs a day and a pharmacy is about 5mins on foot.
Sumire has everything you need for your stay and the beds are sooooooo comfortable.
Exploring alternative route to skytree station is a must through the narrow streets of the area.
Sorry to leave and wish we had stayed longer.
Thank you for the hospitality and hope to stay again .
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!
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!
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.
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My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
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.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
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