About the Homestay
I have had experience of being a homestay guest in the UK for 6 months when I was studying English and doing an internship at a florist in Portsmouth.
I was also a homestay guest for 10 months in Australia a few years ago.
Since then I have been thinking of becoming a host mother to make many international friends!!
My family is open minded. We accept all Guests into our family home. When we go out somewhere, you may join us and I may also ask you to help with our housework as well because we treat guests as our family.
After dinner, guests are welcome to sit with us in our living room and talk with us or watch TV. We can teach you some Japanese if you like or you may like to play with Lina, our daughter. We go to bed at 22:00.
I work full-time during the week. I go to work at 7:00 and come back at 19:00 so we don’t have enough time for conversation.... That’s why we have diner together around 20:00pm.
My husband likes playing games when he is at home; Nintendo wii-u, Dragon Quest (RPG) and he has a black belt in KARATE. If you are interested in Karate, he can teach you. Once a month he goes to Karate lessons. You can join, if you want! He is calm, gentle and funny. He works in sales.
Grandma; she is funny, funky, and an energetic 85 year old. She goes out every day by bicycle. But this March she fell down and broke her back bone and she was in a hospital for a month. But already she is fine! She is amazing.
Lina, she is my daughter is 5 years old. She likes to play with guests.
Tomo, he is my son, 1years old baby. he was born 2014 octorber.
I can pick you up from the nearest station at weekends or weekdays after 8pm but you can come anytime you want if you can come to our house yourself as Grandma will be at home but note she can't speak English at all.
In our house, I speak English, but the rest of the family can't speak English at all.
- Bikes for use
- Games Room
- Internet Access
- Air Conditioning
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
We live on the east side of Tokyo by Gyotoku-Station which is on Tokyo-metro-Tozai-line.
It's 8 minutes to walk from my house to Gyotoku station.
It takes 23 Mins to TOKYO Station.
Near the station, there are 100 yen shops, 24 hour supermarket, post office, ATM, convenience stores, Banks, Izakaya, Karaoke, etc.. Everything is here!
Gyotoku is a very convenient area to live in.
To go to Asakusa - 30min
Shinjyuku - 46 min
Ikebukuro - 50min
Tokyo- Disney land - 30min
Odaiba - 50min
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- Amusement Park
- Bus Stop
- Train station
Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals will incur an additional cost. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.
Included in the stay
- Complimentary Light Breakfast
- Use of Kitchen
Available on request at an extra cost
- Half Board
No smoking inside the house.
I can't prepare special menus for Vegetarians and this homestay is not suitable for vegetarians.
Breakfast--- Most of the time I cook egg and some few things. If you don’t want, just leave it.
Dinner - 19:30-20:00
After dinner, we all wash the dishes so please help us!
If you don’t need dinner, please tell Granma before 5PM. You need to tell her in Japanese. You should write this down on the white board please.
You can use the shower anytime except 05:00-07:30
If you want to soak in the bath tub, please use it after dinner.
Please don’t pull the plug out, we share the hot water.
Don’t keep the shower on for more than 5 mins.
Please wash your body before you soak in the bath tub.
Dry yourself with a bath towel before get out the bath room.
Please put your name on all your items.
Please put towels and toiletries on the shelf (don’t put them on the floor)
Don’t flush the toilet anything down the toilet except toilet paper.
When you use toilet, invariably have a sheet.
Please keep the toilet clean.
Please put clothes in the washing net. Every night we will wash your clothes with ours.
Please hang up your clothes to dry yourself.
Write your name on anything that is yours and put it in the red fridge (we have two fridges and 1 freezer)
Keep it clean, turn off lights and air conditioning when you leave your room.
Don’t use pins on the wall.
Lina goes to bed around 10:00PM so after this time, please be quiet but you can take a shower or come back late.
Please don’t overnight absence without telling us. We would worry about you!
Smoking is not allowed.
A nice stay :-)
Marie's homestay is the absolute best! The whole family is so willing to help, I felt like I was just staying with relatives instead of a homestay. Thanks so much!
Staying with Marie was the first homestay I had ever done so I don’t have any other experiences to benchmark it against. However, I feel that it could not have been any better.
From the day I stepped into the house I was welcomed not as a guest, but as a member of the family. I learnt a lot about their lifestyles and culture from simply observing and also from having simple conversations with them. It was a really humbling experience that I am very grateful for and I would definitely return here without a doubt should opportunities to stay here arise again in the future.
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Felt like a home away from home, everyone was so nice and made me feel so comfortable
A wonderful home stay experience. Marie and her family were really friendly and made me feel welcome.
WOW. What an experience. This being my very first Home Stay I was blown away, not only was I scared as anything to travel to a different country, especially one where I don't speak the local language. The first night I was welcomed with open arms every day I felt like I was part of a very special family in Japan. The home is in a quiet area, very close and easy to get to and from the closest train station. The Family are so nice and welcoming.
Lina and Tomo (The children) are so cutie to watch them play, and are very well behaved and polite to homestay guests. The grandmother (Hiba) is so wonderful, and very active for being 88 years old.
Both Marie and Tsuyoshi are so welcoming and very easy to get along with. I for one, have had the best time of my almost 38-year life in this short amount of time, and I know I will miss them all. I even caught myself looking at the local Real Estate advertisements to see about the cost of purchasing a home in the local area after such a short time.
I can highly recommend this homestay as the greatest place to stay if you are wanting to stay anywhere close to Tokyo, if you are wanting to stay in another area of Japan in a homestay, I suggest you change your plans and stay here instead. I guarantee you will have the best time and experience for your life.
Please don’t delay your plans, book now before you miss out. I can’t see the rooms in Marie being able to be booked for many months in Advance.
I had a wonderful stay at Marie's house. Delicious Japanese food everyday, super cute kids, kind and nice family... I couldn't have asked for more ^^
Marie is also very helpful for suggesting places to visit in Japan, and they surely will invite you to do some activities together with the family!
So I really recommend this homestay :)
We loved every minute at Marie's home! The room was perfect and her family are wonderful. Marie done everything she could to help us plan our days and the food was great. We wished we could of stayed longer but we hope to keep in touch. You will not be disappointed if you stay here!
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