About the Homestay
Breakfast and dinner are included in the homestay fee.
We will have dinner together every day. We are a friendly and open-minded family.
We started our host family in 2013 and have hosted over 130 groups of guests.
For guests who stay longer than 3 months, we sometimes plan an optional trip to the hot springs to travel with the whole family.
After dinner, guests and we spend time in the living room talking, watching TV or anime, or playing games.
If the schedule allows, we offer free kimono and yukata dressing experiences and Japanese cooking lessons.
Unlimited free Wi-Fi is available in the house.
During weekdays, grandmother is at home. She does not speak English, but if you are practicing your Japanese, you are welcome to practice your conversation.
The nearest train station is an 8-minute walk away.
There is a supermarket in front of the station that is open 24 hours a day.
There is a convenience store and another supermarket near my house.
Restaurants, pubs, karaoke bars, beauty salons, city hall, and hospitals are all on the road to the station.
There are many temples and shrines near my house. There is also a portable shrine museum. You can enjoy strolling through the streets of old Japanese culture.
[ Meet the family ]
Marie: I work full time on weekdays and come home around 6pm. After studying abroad in the UK and staying with a host family, I decided to become a host mother because I wanted to make international friends around the world.
Tsuyoshi：My hobby is gaming. We have two PS4s, a PS5 and four Nintendo Switches at home.
He has a black belt in karate. If you are interested in karate, we can give you lessons. Long term residents can also join the karate class.
Grandma: She is 93 years old and is very healthy. During the day, she cleans the house, cooks, and often watches period dramas on TV.
Lina: 12 years old and in elementary school. I like to go out with my guests, and I often watch YouTube on my computer. My hobbies are eating and Minecraft.
Tomo: I'm 8 years old and in elementary school. I like to play games. I like to talk. If you want to practice your Japanese, please talk to him.
Choco( Shiba dog) : born in2022 August.
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.
- Non Smoking
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!
There are many temples and shrines in Gyotoku. There is also the Mikoshi Museum. You can enjoy strolling through the streets of old Japanese culture.
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, including a full breakfast, might incur an additional cost, if offered. 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 me. Or you should write this down on the calendar 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.
kids go 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.
This was my first homestay experience, but I feel as if there was no better place I could have chosen for my initial stay in Japan.
From the first day I felt welcomed into the family, eating dinners and breakfasts together, talking, exchanging views and discussing differences and similarities between our countries. Marie is very accommodating when it comes to Japanese level spoken with the guests (using English when needed) and the other family members represent a big variety in the way they speak the language. If you want a difficult conversation, Grandma is certainly the person to speak with. While challenging, conversations with her were always interesting and enlightening.
The area the house is located in is a nice, quiet neighborhood with many interesting places (especially temples and shrine) to see by just walking in the area. It is also located close to the river and many people are using the path there for exercise, talking with friends or even catching fish. This area is also very convenient when it comes to visiting Tokyo, with the station only a short walk from the house. This station is well connected to the stations in Tokyo proper, with most places reachable in less than an hour and with only a single train change.
Living with Marie and her family certainly felt as if I was also a part of the family. Soon enough I was volunteering to help around the house, both for the opportunity to speak more with others and to help, as Marie is very active and while it is amazing to see how she is able to juggle work, house chores and raising children, I wanted to try to ease her workload, even if just for a small bit. From time to time there were family trips that the guests could join, other times we went out to eat and meet with the family's friends.
If you are looking for a place to stay in or around Tokyo, Marie is certainly a great host to stay with. However if you come here, please don't treat the house as a hotel or hostel, join the family in their day-to-day lives to see with your own eyes a nice, warm and welcoming Japanese family. With this mindset you will enjoy yourself much better during your stay. I know I did and I will certainly try to keep in touch and visit the family from time to time, maybe even stay another week or two with them in the future, just to relive those memories.
What a nice and kind family!
It was my first homestay experience so I was a little nervous, but I've quickly made myself confortable at their house, because of everyone's kindness and hospitality.
The parents will help you with pleasure whatever you need and talk with you anytime, and the children are a little shy at the beginning but really really fun once they know you (I laughed a lot with them!).
They like to do some activities and trips with you, but they also let you have some space for yourself.
Also, some friends of the family often come at the house, so you will meet several very nice and fun people who live in Tokyo.
I recommend this family to anyone who intends to stay in Tokyo, and I will certainly go back there if I can! I really feel like I made some good friends in Japan by meeting this family.
It was the beast experience i had on homestaying. So careful and kind. I really recommend this family
If i go back again to japan, i will surely stay with it again
It was my first ever homestay and my first trip alone. I think I was really lucky that I was at Marie`s House! They were so incredibly nice, and I felt so welcome! The Family was so helpful and sweet, also everything was clean and the food was sooo tasty! I really miss you already and I hope I can visit you again!
We had an amazing time with Marie and her family. We especially enjoyed the homemade dinner together with everyone every day. If you are searching for a familiy to get to know Japanese culture and maybe improve your language skills i recommend you to stay at this open hearted, lively house.
Marie is very helpful and offers you a lot of information and advice. She is the only person who can speak English, but she is at home in the morning and evening on weekdays and on weekends she is available the whole day. The 2 children, Tomo and Lina are very curious and lively, so be prepared for surprise game sessions. On weekends you might be invited to join an activity like going to an Onsen.
If you are only searching for a convenient place to stay for your trips to Tokyo this house might not be ideal for you. It does take about half an hour by subway to get to the center (Otemachi) and you would miss an amazing time with a wonderful family if you are planning to be out most of the time.
If we get the chance come to Japan again we will definitely pay Marie a visit.
IT WAS NICE !
I HAVE LEARNT A LOT OF THINGS WITH THIS FAMILY AND NICE PLACE
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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