About the Homestay
We offer Homestay and a Private Apartment in the same building
Room 1 (1-3 guests) and Room 2 (1-3 guests). Both are on the second floor (one up from the ground floor) of a modern house in eastern Tokyo. The beds have soft, interior-sprung mattresses. The railway station is only a five-minute walk away. Tokyo Skytree can be reached in five minutes on a train. Easy link to airports and Disneyland. Fast free wifi. All furnishings, fittings bought new. Shops, 24-hr stores, eateries in walking distance. Tokyo spots you can't reach on foot only minutes away by train.
Room 1 has 2 single beds and a futon. Also a table and seats, nightstands, a food-preparation area with fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle. Tea, coffee, potable water, and disposable plates, bowls and cutlery are included.
Room 2 has a queen-size bed and a sofa bed. Also a coffee table and nightstand.
We, the owners, are British and Japanese. We live with our dogs and cats in a separate, enclosed area on the ground floor.
The shared toilet and separate shower/bath/laundry area are on the ground level. The doors are labelled.
24-hour keyless entry to the house is via a digital code entered on an exterior push-button door panel. (Entry code and usage instructions supplied by message before arrival. Code will not be activated before check-in time.)
Access to the Internet via secure wireless broadband connection. [Password supplied after reservation and in print inside the room(s).]
Printed translation to English supplied for usage of all Japanese appliances.
Access to a shared jacuzzi-jet bath/shower room and wash basin, all with hot and cold water. Separate toilet with heated seat and personal-hygiene water-jet washlet. Access to a clothes-washing machine. (Help yourself to laundry powder and softener.) There is a laundry-hanging area outside on our deck.
You can feel at home here. This apartment is not in a complex where there might be issues with noise-sensitive neighbours. It is in a 3-storey detached building that comprises only one other residential home. The private entrance door opens directly onto a quiet street. All rooms except the toilet have a window. There are adequate storage closets for luggage, clothes, and possessions.
The sofa bed is in an area that faces the kitchen. It easily converts from a sofa into a comfortable bed with ample space for two people. It has a curtain that can be pulled around for privacy. The separate bedroom has two single beds, and a fifth guest would need to put down a good-quality, comfortable futon floor mattress. All bedding (all bought new) is supplied.
Your group will share none of the amenities described. You will be able to cook and prepare food in a kitchen equipped with an induction hotplate, microwave oven, fridge, toaster, kettle, pots, pans, and cooking/eating utensils. The bathroom has a shower and hot tub. There is a laundry-washing machine and space for clothes drying. The toilet is separate. Translation to English supplied for appliances' usage instructions, remote controls, etc.
It's a self-contained apartment. Fully furnished and equipped. For the exclusive use of a group of up to five guests.
Rules/policies/terms and conditions
Please take a few minutes to read the section under the "MEALS & RULES" tab here at Homestay.com so there will be no misunderstandings or surprises.
Interaction with guests
Both properties are in the same detached building where we also live. We're happy to chat and offer advice and ideas if we have experience that will help. We can usually give accurate directions to get you from A to B. That sometimes takes a few minutes, as we might have to look up the info ourselves. But we're good at tracking down the info you need, so don't be shy to ask.
IN THE VICINITY:
Local area guide
All our guests are supplied with a URL link to our own local area guide for Yotsugi, Higashiyotsugi and beyond. The guide is a work constantly in progress, and updates will include more local services and points of interest within walking distance and a little further afield.
A point of interest that is due for a mention in the guide and did not get covered just yet is Yotsugi railway station itself. The station has been decked out like a football (soccer) field in honour of popular cartoon character Captain Tsubasa. Two local parks also have statues of Captain Tsubasa, and there's yet another just up the street from the station, a little past the branch office of the local government. I need to find out myself what all that's about :-)
Also worthy of mention is Tateishi, the next district (and one station up the track for those who don't like walking). Tateishi is packed with little eateries for those who want to do a local-food tour. Some other attractions there, too, and we'll try to get as many details as possible included in the update to the local area guide.
More ON the beaten track for visitors to Yotsugi/Higashiyotsugi are Tokyo Skytree and Asakusa Sensoji temple. Those are just five minutes and eight minutes away by train, respectively. (At Skytree you can also board a special bus that will take you right to Tokyo Disneyland. Departs 19 times a day.)
Right here in our own subdistrict of Higashiyotsugi, there are a range of backstreet eateries and inns serving a larger range of food and beverages -- some specialized and some with a little of everything. We have added some already, but we will be getting more of them in the local area guide.
The rules don't let us add a link to the guide here now, but you will get access once you have a confirmed booking.
2 Dogs, 3 Cats
- Internet Access
- Smoke alarm
- Air Conditioning
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
The property is located in a quiet, residential area of Katsushika Ward, eastern Tokyo, Japan.
We will send you a URL for a multilingual tourism website that tells you what's in our area, other parts of Tokyo, and all over Japan. We will provide a link to our own local area guide. There are various restaurants, bars, liquor stores, convenience stores, and a 24-hour supermarket in walking distance. There are English-speaking medical, dental, and prescription pharmacy options, if you need them. We are only three minutes from a riverside park that offers sunset views with Tokyo Skytree in the landscape. The riverside has paved paths that are popular with cyclists, walkers and runners. You can also see Mount Fuji from there on a clear, winter day. We're in a spot that facilitates hops to any part of Tokyo that takes your fancy, including Disney Resort.
Five-minute walk from Yotsugi railway station on the Keisei-Oshiage line. 1.4km from the Yotsugi interchange on the Central Circular Route (C2) of the Metropolitan Expressway. A 'Disney special' expressway bus leaves for Tokyo Disney Resort 19 times a day, between 6am and 10pm, from a departure point just 15 minutes away. Fares: Adult 720 yen; Child 360 yen. By train: Haneda Airport (direct) 51min, Narita Airport 56min, Tokyo Station 30min, Disney Resort 40+min, Akihabara 22min/Asakusa 8min/Tsukiji 32min/Ginza 26min/Ueno 20min/Roppongi 37min/Shinjuku 37min/Shibuya 40min. We will send you URL links for websites with good resources for train-journey planning and booking a taxi in English.
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- 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
- Use of Kitchen
...And House Policies
* OUR PAYMENT TERMS ARE 15% NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT AT THE TIME OF BOOKING AND THE BALANCE 42 DAYS BEFORE ARRIVAL. YOU MAY CANCEL WITHOUT ADDITIONAL CHARGE AT ANY TIME UP TO 42 DAYS BEFORE ARRIVAL. IF YOU BOOK WITHIN 42 DAYS OF ARRIVAL, THE DEPOSIT WILL BE 100%. IF YOU CANCEL WITHIN 42 DAYS OF ARRIVAL, THE CANCELLATION PENALTY WILL BE 100%. NO REFUNDS FOR NO SHOWS. WE HAVE OUR OWN BOOKING PAYMENT SYSTEM. WE WILL SEND YOU AN EMAIL WITH A LINK TO FACILITATE SCHEDULING AND PAYMENT BY CARD OR PAYPAL.
* A refundable security/damage deposit of ¥20,000 JPY will need to be reserved (not actually charged) on your credit card or PayPal around the time of check-in.
* The minimum stay in our self-contained apartment is two nights, and in private rooms at our house one night.
* Our own rental agreement will require your digital signature as part of the booking procedure.
* No pets
* Make sure you are at the right house before you ring the doorbell. (We don't need to upset our neighbours.) Our house has the address posted outside in three separate places.
* Check in from 2pm and check out by 11am for our homestay.
* Check in from 4pm and check out by 12pm for our apartment.
* Please remove your shoes inside the door (Clean house slippers supplied)
* Please close the windows at night and keep the noise down
* No parties
* ADDITIONAL GUESTS who are not included in the reservation and arrive at our property without agreement in advance will be charged at a rate 50% higher than our regular rate for extra guests.
* A maximum of two infants (children aged under two years) accepted at no extra charge
* No recreational drugs (Let's not get arrested... Well, it's not so much the arrest that hurts; It's the jail time and having to sit through hours of video lectures to teach you the errors of your ways.)
* No smoking in the property
* Please switch off the air conditioning and lights, and lock the external door when you go out
* Please sort waste items into the correct containers, and DO NOT MOVE WASTE TO THE STREET OR OTHER PUBLIC AREAS. ASK THE OWNERS TO COLLECT IT. If you fail to follow this rule, you may be charged an excess cleaning fee
* Last rule is don't worry. We're not really that bossy :-)
You must also acknowledge
Pet(s) live in the homestay - Two dogs and cats. Contained in the owners' separate living area. Not permitted to roam the house.
No parking on property - No problem with stopping a vehicle right outside our door to alight and unload luggage. There are longer-term paid parking spaces a short walk away.
Must climb stairs - From ground level to the next floor.
Some spaces in the homestay are shared - Bathroom and toilet are shared with the hosts and other guests.
Smoking is not allowed.
Good location even if the area is not very nice but I stay only one night, so I didn't have any time to visit. The bedroom was OK, very clean with good accommodation. Terry is a good host, every things were well described and detailed.
How do I book?
Contact the host about your stay - tell them a little about yourself, why you are staying and ask any questions you have about their homestay. You will be able to book immediately after sending your message.
When do I pay?
Once a host confirms they're available, you can go ahead and pay the 15% booking fee (maximum of 199 $£€ for longer term bookings) using a choice of payment methods: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Maestro, Laser, JCB & PayPal (not available in certain countries). You then pay your host on arrival or as stated by your host on their profile and agreed by you on booking. Please be cautious if a host requests advance payment if its not included on their profile. Our hosts have been advised that if they wish to request advance payment they must make this explicit in their profile. We do not recommend the use of Money gram or Western Union.
When can I share my contact details?
Host and Guest email address, phone number and home address will be exchanged in a confirmation email sent to both immediately after a booking is completed. It's against our policy for Guests and Hosts to exchange direct contact details via our messaging system.