About the Homestay
I enjoy meeting people from all around the globe and sharing good times with them.
I'd be very happy if I could be of any help during / even before your stay.
So feel free to ask anything - getting around in Japan, learning Japanese, experiencing Japanese cultures and what not. ( I offer cooking lessons for about 2000 yen to 3000 depening on what we cook and free Kimono/ Yukata experience for those who stay with us more than 6 nights. )
With our guests, we enjoy talking, exchanging cultures and sometimes partying or eating out.
I hope all our guests know more about our culture and like our country even better.
During your stay, I prepare two meals ( full breakfast and dinner included ) every day and clean your rooms and do your laundry regularly.
We have a separate bathroom only for our guests' use.
We have free unlimited WiFi throughout our house. Besides that we also have mobile Wi-Fi to rent out by the day on a first-come, first-served basis. This enables you to get the internet connection everywhere, which solves the inconvenience most foreigners are likely to experience while in Japan.
There are three supermarkets nearby, one within one minute walk, another within five minutes and the other in about a seven minute walk.
One is 24/7 and the others are open till 11pm and midnight.
Our city is located in the west of central Tokyo with the train station which has one of the largest numbers of passengers in Japan.
It has a big shopping area where you can enjoy a different kinds of shops, restaurants and even a huge national park nearby.
Many mangas are taking place and movies were shot here in our city.
Here's my family's profile;
Tomoko is 56. She speaks English and Japanese and enjoys cooking, sports, music, gigs, festivals, painting, learning foreign languages, socializing, and fashion design.
Takeya is 57 and enjoys sports and travel. He speaks Japanese.
Yusuke is 27 and enjoys sports and watching movies, learning foreign languages. He speaks perfect English and Japanese. Currently he lives in Kyushu and comes back home from time to time.
Yumi is 25 and enjoys cooking, music, gigs, festivals, learning foreign languages, and fashion design. She speaks good French, English, and Japanese. She works and is mostly away during day time.
Stella an Abyssinian
Jasmine an Ocicat
Cinammon an Ocicat
Leon an Ocicat
- Internet Access
- Smoke alarm
- Smoke alarm on each floor
- Carbon monoxide detector
- Air Conditioning
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
Our home is located in Tachikawa full of trendy cafes, bars and restaurants as well as multiple big shopping malls, which are within a 15 minute walk. We have three supermarkets in our neighborhood, one of which is just 150m away. We can help you with transport details if you let us know how you will be arriving.
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- Health club
- 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
- Full Board
Diet Type available on request
- Lactose Intolerant
- Nut Allergies
Please enjoy your stay and treat our house as you would your own home!
Be sure to wash your hands first thing when you come home.
Smoking is allowed outdoors only.
A very late review, since my computer was wrecked on the flight home and it's taken me a while to save up for a new one and log back in. Sorry for the tardiness, Tomoko-san.
Tomoko-san and her husband were both a joy to stay with in the time I was in Japan. The food was excellently cooked, I was looked after and the stay was about as comfortable as I can honestly imagine it getting. I have zero complaints, besides that perhaps your typical Japanese home isn't built to accommodate someone my size, though that is more an awkward quirk of architecture I learned to deal with without issue.
I can emphatically say, without a doubt, that I recommend Tomoko-san to anyone hoping to stay in the Tokyo area. It's a bit of a train trip in but I found that gave me ample time to get some reading done. She is fluent, cosmopolitan, open-minded and a great conversationalist and I never seemed to be starved of new facts when speaking to her. As someone that came to Japan to learn, I can say in hindsight that she fulfilled that need readily and with little to no issue.
I still rave and gush to my friends when I speak about my trip there and for good reason. It still feels like an understatement to say I had a good time there. Thank you once again Tomoko-san, and I hope you'll have me again some day.
I stayed with Tomoko for 6 nights, her house was beautiful and a short walk away from 2 train stations directly connected to Shinjuku the heart of Tokyo. Tomoko made everything easy giving me all the information I needed for my first trip to Japan and she even picked me up from the bus stop. Without her help arriving in Tokyo alone would have been slightly daunting and overwhelming.....
I highly recommend her home stay for anyone and would advise my friends to book the same in the future.
Her cooking was delicious and she even gave me a 3 hour window for breakfast which I didn’t expect.
Thank you Tomoko see you again in Japan or Europe.
Tomoko-san's homestay experience is a fantastic value proposition. The opportunity to explore Japanese culture while staying with a Japanese family eating Japanese meals at an affordable price is so much better than just staying at a regular hotel.
Conversations were fun and there was always something interesting to learn through her various experiences. Tomoko-san was always available for any questions and advice regarding sightseeing and even helped me get some nicely engraved Fuji chopsticks as I had run out of time in my explorations to get souvenirs.
Tomoko-san prepared delicious breakfast and dinner daily and introduced me to several Japanese dishes. She was incredibly kind as to include potatoes in my meals upon request and super flexible about the time for breakfast (7 am for me) and skipping dinner (with due notification in advance).
The yukata experience was also a lot of fun as another guest joined in on and Tomoko-san helped us get dressed in a traditional Japanese manner and took pictures for us.
Didn't get to interact much with the other family members but the cats were super friendly. Overall a 10/10 experience that I'd definitely do again!
J'ai passé un excellent séjour chez Tomoko, un bon point de départ pour partir à la découverte du Japon. Je m'y suis senti comme à la maison, la chambre est confortable, les repas sont très bon, et Tomoko a toujours quelque chose d'intéressant à raconter.
Encore merci pour ton accueil, et bon courage pour tes cours de français ! ;)
I'm a bit late on my review. I was at Tomoko's house in March of this year.
It was my first trip to Japan and Tomoko's house was my first homestay. I stayed there with a friend. We were both grateful for Tomoko's hospitality and kindness. It was a really nice introduction to the country and to have not only breakfast but also diner at her house was awesome. Her cooking was delicious ! The room was also really comfy. Well, there was only good during this stay so for that, again, thank you so much Tomoko !
Because I liked my stay with Tomoko two years ago, I decided to once again stay with her.
Just like two years ago, I think I made the right decision in doing so. Every day she prepared a different tasty and varied breakfast, and on the days I ate dinner at 'home' it was equally delicious and varied.
I often did not have dinner at her home due to other plans interfering, but Tomoko did not make an issue of this because I notified her a day or more in advance. Equally breakfast had a large time-frame so waking up late was not an issue as long as I told her beforehand.
In addition; the interactions with Tomoko were fun and helped me improve my Japanese a little bit. Interacting with the other guests that stayed at her place at the same time was equally fun and interesting to learn more about the world and different cultures.
My homestay at Tomoko's house was beyond wonderful! I really enjoyed having breakfast and dinner she prepared, it was always very delicious and pleasing to the eye. Besides of being a busy host, Tomoko always had time to talk during and after the meals. As Tomoko is fluent in English, I learned a lot from her about life in Japan. I'm glad she did my laundry as I travel light. Also, the cats are very cute :) So if I ever come back to Tokyo, I will definitely stay at Tomoko's house again!
I stayed with Tomoko-san 5 nights and really enjoyed my stay. Tomoko-san is a very friendly host who helped find my way from the moment I arrived in Japan from Denmark. She was also very very kind to help to me with my onward journey, so I had a smooth and pleasant continuation of my trip. Much appreciated!
Furthermore, both breakfast and dinner were homemade and very delicious!
After a day of sightseeing in Tokyo or elsewhere, it was in fact so nice to come "home" and share your experiences with Tomoko-san and the other guests.
Therefore, I can highly recommend to stay with Tomoko-san :-)
I stayed in one of Tomoko’s rooms for a whole week by myself and I loved every part of it. It was a good introduction to a Japanese home culture as well as it had great convenience with the supermarkets so nearby as well as a train station. Tomoko makes really amazing food and is always looking to make your schedule work if you wake up early or a little later. I will definitely be staying here again when I go back to Japan. Thank you again Tomoko!
It was a splendid experience staying with Tomoko-san as my first time with homestay. She indeed very good cook and lovely meals every day as mentioned in most of the viewers. I love her cats! Jasmine dropped by my room and "knock knock, can I come in and accompany you please"?
She was literally woke up truly early to make brekkie for me when I needed to take my train to Osaka as early as 730am. She even provided advices on locations and places to visit. We shared our experiences knowing each other and become friends. I am grateful and blessed. I truly love the art exhibition that she has recommended since I was truly did not plan much for this time compared with my last. Tachikawa is a nice place to explore and find out more. I truly love this place and meeting many great people staying here from other countries making me feel like another home. It is a good choice to stay with her. I will stay again if I visit to Tokyo again. Truly an amazing feeling and just enjoy yourself to walk around when you are out. Plan your time well as easy access to all locations with time effectiveness. Lovely place and big space too.
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