|Space||645 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Location Location Location
Right on a bustling shopping street and steps from both the subway or bus which will have you either in Shibuya or Shinjuku in minutes. Hatsudai is a hidden gem of convenience in Shibuya.
This quiet family apartment is across the road from the National Opera Theatre and Opera City complex with shops, restaurants just moments away.
Also an easy 10 to 15 minute walk is the peaceful and green Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi park.
Two bedrooms that can easily sleep 6-8 people. Each bedroom has a double bed, plus there is a double sofa bed plus comfortable Japanese futons for additional bedding if needed.
Additional bedding upon request:
A portable cot/crib is also available for toddlers or babies. Let us know the age of your children and we can ensure there are some toys, books and DVDs that are suitable.
There is space for luggage in the large closet and plenty of room to stretch out. There is a fully equipped kitchen and washing machine and dryer which you can use at any time.
The kitchen is equipped with a gas burner, microwave, toaster, rice cooker, coffee maker, fridge, kettle, pans, cooking utensils, plus crockery and cutlery. We include complimentary coffee and tea.
All essentials like soap, shampoo & conditioner, toilet paper, towels and linens are included. All you need to bring are your clothes and personal items.
The whole apartment is for your private use.
High-speed internet is inside the apartment and a portable WiFi unit is also available for you to carry around town. There is a TV showing the interesting and varied Japanese local TV and a DVD player with a selection of DVDs are included.
AppleTV is included so you can easily stream from your smart phone or laptop over WiFi through the TV. Or log into your own iTunes or Hulu account and watch on-demand TV and movies.
** Services & Amenities **
You will have full private use of the apartment and this is professionally cleaned between guests. There are always plenty of clean linens and towels inside the apartment. If you would like a cleaning and linen service mid-stay, let us know and we can arrange this for a fee.
If traveling with children, we can also recommend a wonderful English speaking babysitter who can take care of your little ones in the apartment while you experience the bright lights of the big city or romantic dinner.
Interaction with Guests
We love living in this area and our own apartment is just a few minutes away. We will personally meet and greet you and show you the apartment and how to use everything.
Let us know if you need anything and we will happily accommodate most requests.
The apartment is on the 5th floor with an elevator and on a safe street. The streets are fairly typical of suburban Tokyo and some urban hiking reveals interesting architecture as well as many green spaces.
On days when you want to stick close to home, the neighbourhood bustles with restaurants, cafes, bars, shops and other amenities. There is a grocery store nearby perfect for stocking breakfast and for snacks, we suggest any of the nearby convenience stores which are open 24 hours.
We've drawn up a neighborhood map to help you find what you need.
We have also included a selection of novels and travel brochures, walking maps and a Lonely Planet for you to use during your stay. We are happy to recommend out of the way places and local knowledge of our combined 20 years living in Tokyo.
Sightseers love the location as it is just one subway stop from the bright lights of Shinjuku and just a mere 10 minute bus ride to Shibuya.
Shinjuku station itself is around a 15 minute walk straight down Kosho Kaido if you are feeling fit.
Hatsudai subway station is 30 seconds from the front door and you can catch a train for any of these locations:
Shinjuku: 2 minutes
Shibuya: 15 minutes
Roppongi: 12 minutes
Ginza: 17 minutes
Akihabara: 17 minutes
Ueno: 24 minutes
Tsukiji: 26 minutes
Asakusa: 26 minutes
The Japan Sword Museum is a nearby and worth a visit if you are interested in weapons, history, or smithing. There are some truly beautiful blades on display.
Younger guests may enjoy the free pony rides every day at the Tokyo Equestrian Center a short walk away near the entrance to the Meiji Shrine gardens.
** Getting Here **
After you have confirmed your booking, a PDF will be emailed to you with all of the best options for getting into Tokyo from either airport or from other cities around Japan.
Other Things to Note
When you make the booking, we will send you a welcome pack with lots of transport information and confirm a convenient meeting time and location to ensure you will be able to settle in quickly.
If you have any questions about our listings or Tokyo in general, please just ask.
*** Frequently Asked Questions ***
1) ARE MY CHOSEN DATES AVAILABLE?
Our calendar is ALWAYS up-to-date. We also have instant book facility so feel free to book immediately. Last-minute bookings are usually not a problem. Please introduce yourself and your group in the first email so we can get to know you and assist you with any special requests.
2) CAN I CHECK IN EARLY AND/OR CHECK OUT LATE?
Check-in time: 3PM or anytime after this. We are fine with late arrivals.
Check-out time: 10am or anytime before.
A courtesy 1-2 hours may be available ONLY if asked within 24 to 72 hours of arrival or departure (that is when we will know). More than 2 hours will require a fee or for you to book another night. We mostly have back-to-back bookings so please consider your travel plans when you make your booking. We are happy to adjust your if availability allows but please plan early as we do book up.
3. DO YOU HAVE LUGGAGE STORAGE?
The short answer is sadly no.
Many of the larger train stations have lockers big enough for a full size suitcase. Shinjuku Station has plenty of large coin lockers.
Alternatively, we recommend you use a baggage shipping service. Japan has a few companies to choose from - just do a web search for "Takkyubin Japan" to find the most commonly used companies. These are very reasonably priced, safe and extremely reliable. If you ship your luggage from the airport, you can move about the city easily and have your luggage delivered directly to the house at a time convenient for you.
3) HOW DO I ACCESS THE APARTMENT?
4) HOW CAN I CHECK IN?
Closer to your arrival we will be in contact to arrange a suitable time and place to meet with you. It will either be one of us or a trusted friend or relative. We will meet you, hand over the keys, run through the facilities of the apartment and also give you a tour of the local area if time allows.
5) CAN I ADD EXTRA PEOPLE / BEDS?
Our houses always have a variety of bedding options but we do not advise trying to squeeze in more than the maximum number of people on the listing. We want you to be comfortable and there are restrictions on the number of people who can sleep for safety reasons.
6) DO YOU CHARGE FOR CHILDREN?
We have a baby beds or baby futons for your use at no extra charge.
7) WHY IS THE PRICE DIFFERENT THAN I AM CALCULATING?
The total price is composed of three parts:
1. Nightly price x # of nights (plus any nightly charges for extra guests when applicable)
2. Cleaning fee(one-time fee)
3. Service fee(one-time fee set and collected by the website, typically between 6 and 12%)
Weekly Price: Price may fluctuate based on peak holidays, and special events.
Enter in your specific dates to see the current price for those days.
8) IS THE PLACE CLEANED DURING MY STAY?
It is professionally cleaned prior to your arrival and after you depart. For your privacy, no one enters the house during your stay except for you and your group.
If you wish to have a mid stay clean and linen service, this is possible for additional costs.
9)ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?
Please email us at any time.
House Rules: As for any property for rent, there are rules about how the property may be used. The neighborhood has certain conditions that we must meet to remain as owners of the property.
*** Please do not book with us unless you and your fellow guests can abide by these rules. ***
SHOES: Please take off your shoes at the front door. Please use the slippers provided.
SMOKING: absolutely NO SMOKING inside the house - please use the ashtrays provided on the balcony. If you are on the balcony, please be courteous of the people living around you and do not sit outside after 10pm. Do NOT stand outside of the front of the apartment in the hallway.
ADDITIONAL GUESTS: No additional people in the house without permission. If additional guests arrive, we are happy to adjust the booking to cover them should there be enough room for them.
PARTYING: This is a residential neighborhood with a ZERO TOLERANCE for loud noise. In Japan it is very unusual to have parties at home. If there are problems with noise, the neighbours will not speak to you directly, they will either call the police or the building management company. In either case, this is a big problem for everybody. You will be asked to leave immediately and cover any costs that we might incur.
POWER: Please turn off all lights and air conditioners/heaters if you are not at home.
KEYS: Please be careful not to lose the key. If you do there will be a $50 dollar penalty fee as keys have to be custom ordered from the manufacturer.
RUBBISH/TRASH SEPARATION: Please separate your burnables, cans, plastic bottles, glass, and non-burnable items. The bins are labeled and there are additional bin liners in the kitchen. Please put the trash in the correct location on the correct day. This will be explained at checkin.
COMMUNICATION: If you have ANY questions about the house, please only speak with us. We will answer you immediately.
Most importantly, please think of this as your home and and be comfortable. We do want you to enjoy your stay. These rules are to ensure that everybody can continue to enjoy this house.
Other housekeeping information is available in the compendium inside the apartment.
The Hatsudai apartment was perfect for our two week stay in Tokyo. The host, Ash, met us at the apartment the day we arrived and explained everything we needed to know to us. There was also a notebook in the apartment giving helpful information.
We have rented vacation apartments in Europe and the US and this one was the most complete with everything we needed to feel at home. The building is older but but the linens, furniture and curtains within the apartment appeared new and fresh. Everything was in good working order.
We absolutely loved the place! The location was perfect. The hosts were extremely helpful. They explained everything when we got there and have a booklet at the place for help if we had any questions while staying there. We could also easily contact them if we needed any further help. Never had to though, but it was comforting to havw that just incase. It made our whole experience more comfortable and relaxing after a long day of exploring Tokyo. Thanks again!