About the Homestay
Konnichiwa. Welcome to tokyo.
We are experienced homestay host more than 100 guests stayed with us in the past from all over and the repeat rate is nearly 20% since its start of November 2014.
==Why we started homestay host==
First we want to share why we started this homestay.
Sachiko,Kurara(Daughter of Sachiko),Jun(Son) had backgrounds of living or traveling around other counties, and talked people, learned culture, history, and there is always something made us happy and interesting, or something that leads us to. What we learned is that while traveling or deciding what to do, we always look for something we can trust especially people, or information.
Whenever we come back to Japan, we always appreciate what we have here in our country, convenient transportation, food, nature, Onsen, Temples, advanced technologies, many fun places to hang out. However,a tough thing about Tokyo is getting busier and too complicated to know where to go in order to learn about true culture, history, language, or to meet certain people you want to talk.
That is why we would like you to help give information depending on what each of you want and support you to have wonderful time here.
We would like to request you to write about yourself as much as possible when you message us so that we can tell you read our description, and we will be able to know how passionate you are coming here and how we can help you.
We might NOT ACCEPT THE BOOKING WITHOUT enough information about you. We would appreciate your brief introduction for the first message.
Although our family members' schedules are hectic with work and studies,we are always happy to share fun time with you as much as we can. You can always rely on us and feel free to talk and ask about anything. We are really hoping you will have new discovery and inspiring experiences through your experiences here.
==We recommend for a person==
-Who wants to discover the east and west side of Tokyo and sightseeing spots outside.
-Who is studying or working here, will be studying/working , wants to study/work in the future
- for long stay from one week,however,we can accept guests who are coming for busy seasons
-Who is no problem with living outside city and a certain travel times to get to a city.
-Who loves music, arts, or some creative activities since we love those.
●Sachiko,her speciality has long been export and import business in a Japanese company,holds MBA degree majored in Globalization of Business.
After she left the company, she traveled all over Japan driving herself and some European and Asian countries. From those experiences, she opened the place called Junction Bar Roppongi,in the centre of Tokyo,where she can connect with people from other countries. She has organized lots of exchange events such as Sake tasting,Music Lives,Art exhibitions,Japanese calligraphy experiences,Japanese language lessons,Business presentation events,and so on.Now supporting disabled people at work from the experience of supporting mentally challenged people.A board member in PR of family support group of Shinjuku. Holds several certificates for severely disabled people's care and care prevention. A practitioner of orthomolecuclar medicine and nutrition.
●Kurara, 24, is a singer and now mostly working on a songwriting and vocal trainings. Her interests in music are 60-s 80s soul/blues/jazz and often has live shows in Tokyo. The other things she likes to do are a big adventure by herself to discover unknown places, outdoor activities with friends, yoga, eating, and she is very good at connecting with people. She graduated an American university and has an experience of living in US, and Australia before. Recently she loves to go to Germany and now learning German.
●Jun,23,has studied in Los Angeles for one year.He is shy,but really a polite and warm person. He played soccer and baseball and watching games and listening Japanese and western pops are his great interests.He loves going to Karaoke and Batting center(cage).
==About this House/ Service details==
Breakfast and dinner available for charges(not everyday depending on mom's work schedule)
Full breakfast 300yen/each, Dinner 500yen
※Meals can meet GLUTEN,SUGAR,and MILK FREE(based on orthomolecular nutrition the family take). Please be flank if you need specific nutritious care or medication.
You will find the old style of Japanese foods aren't far from that before our food culture was influenced by the west.I hope you enjoy the traditional Japanese food represented by brown rice and millets,fermented foods such as miso,soy sauce,and so on.
※There are varieties of convenience stores,super markets,drug stores(carry foods,drinks,and commodities),and restaurants in neighborhoods,too.
●We offer free one set of towels.Please be responsible for laundries on your own.
●No pick-up service at the airport(Narita/Haneda)
We will provide detailed access to the nearest station by email after your booking.We will pick you up the nearest station,Kumegawa(久米川), when you arrive.However,we will appreciate that you avoid the midnight arrival.
●All of my family members speak good English who have experiences of studying in the US.
●Below events are available to arrange depending on our schedule.Please ask us in advance if you would like to experience.Needed to be scheduled and reservation.
-Sake Brewery tour and tasting(Toshimaya Sake Brewery 10 minute walk from the house) 1,500yen
-Calligraphy lesson by a professional teacher at the house 1,500yen
●Recommended Sightseeing spots that most of my guests have enjoyed
◆East Side(City areas)
-Asakusa to Skytree(the second popular sightseeing spot in Japan)
◆West Side(Suburbs and Nature)
-Ajinomoto Studium(13km) Welcome !!!RUGBY WORLD CUP 2019 !!!
-Kichijoji-Inokashira Park(the most popular city in Tokyo to live for Japanaese)
-Kawagoe(search "Koedo Kawagoe".very historial town and easy access from our house)
-Mt.Takao and Onsen(Hiking and Hot spring called "Keio Takaosan Onsen Gokurakuyu"
-Okutama(You won't believe it's the same Tokyo area for its beautiful wild nature)
◆Hot Spring(Onsen) nearby
-Ofuro no Osama(in Hanakoganei station,just two stations from home)
◆One day trip to the below popular sightseeing spots is possible
Please ask us for other spots you are interested.
●We have also experienced to host international exchange students(eg.Sophia University,Musashi University,Temple University Tokyo,Musashino Art University,Tokyo University,Japanese Language schools),Interns,and business travelers,too.
◆Universities in neighborhood
-Waseda University Tokorozawa Campus(10.2km)
-ICU(International Christian University)(10.9km)
-Tokyo Gakugei University(6.8km)
-Musashino Art University(5.1km)
-Meiji Pharmaceutical University(3.8km)
-Musashi University(18km about 40minutes by train)
◆Japanese Language Schools in neighborhood
-West Tokyo International College西東京国際カレッジ(1.1km)
===More schools for easy access from home===
-Human Academiy Japanese Language School Tokyo Campus(Takatanobaba station) by one train
-Shinjuku Japanese Language Instititure新宿日本語学校(Takatanobaba station) by one train
-TCC Japanese Institute(Araiyakushimae)easy access from home by one train
-Any Japanese Language schools in Shinjuku
-Bridgestone,Tokyo AC Tire Plant(3.1km)
-Citizen Watch Co.Ltd(three stations from home)
There are so many restaurants around the house,such as sushi,ramen,yakiniku,
Please go to "Location" to see the details.
-Shofuku Temple(the only national heritage of architects in Tokyo)(1.5km)
-Toshimaya Sake Brewery(the oldest-450years Sake brewery in Tokyo)(1.3km)
-National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, Japan(3.0km)
-The National hansen's disease museum(2.7km)
-Tokyo Metropolitan Tama Medical Center(8.5km)
-International Cooperation, National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disablities(6.3km)
-Yokota Air Base(16km)
-Kasumigaseki Country Club(19.4km)
Higashimurayama sports center-500m
※200yen/each for gym alley,400yen for swimming pool
Rondo fitness club-1.0km※membership required
Noa Dance Academy(Shinjuku)
-Kojima electric shop(700m)
We are hoping to have more guests from different places in the world.
- Internet Access
- Smoke alarm
- Air Conditioning
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
1) 13-15 minute walk from nearest station called Kumegawa station(1.3km),Seibu-Shinjuku-Line.
2) Located about 30 minutes from Seibu Shinjuku or Takatanobaba by express trains(Seibu-Shinjuku Line) 340 yen for one way
2)17 minute walk(1.5km) from Higashimurayama station(Seibu-Shinjuku Line) connected to Kokubunji St., JR Chuo Line(10 minutes from Higashimurayama).
JR Chuo Line stops many of major cities in Tokyo.
3)10 minutes by bus from Shin-akitsu station(JR musashino Line) or Akitsu station(Seibu Ikebukuro Line)
*LCC Bus from Narita airport to Tokyo or Ginza Station is convenient and reasonable price(1000yen)
*Airport Limousine Bus from Haneda airport to Tokorozawa station is convenient 1,540yen
Tokorozawa to Kumegawa is two stations by Seibu Shinjuku Line.
4)Taxi fee(one way) is about 35,000yen from Narita Airport to the house.
Our pick up fee to Narita airport is 20,000yen.(only available arranged in advance and depending on the day and time).
No stop by other places.
Taxi from Haneda airport about 16,000yen
Our service 11,000yen
5)Baggage Delivery Service from the Airport to Home
-Spice(Best Ramen in local)
1-4-1Hon-cho,Higashimurayama-shi(15 minute walk from home between Kumegawa and Higashimurayama station)
2-3-4 Sakae-cho,Higashimurayama-shi(in Seiyu at south exit of kumegawa station) (15 minute walk from home)
-Hama Sushi(100yen per plate! best conveyable local sushi)
3-3-47 Kumegawa-cho,Higashimurayama(10 minute walk from home toward Higashimurayama station)
1-16-1 Noguchi-cho,Higashimurayama-shi(West exit of Higashimurayama)
-Modan tei(Fish Izakaya)
1-1-37 Sakae-cho,Higashimuaya(Kumegawa stataion-15 minute from home)
4-33-10 Kumegawa-sho,Higashimurayama(15 minute walk from home)
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- Amusement Park
- Sports arena
- 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
- Use of Kitchen
Available on request at an extra cost
- Half Board
Diet Type available on request
- Lactose Intolerant
- Nut Allergies
☆Policy and Rules ☆
●Please make your payment through paypal by the date of your arrival or in cash o the first day of your arrival.Then we will give you the house key. Exception is not acceptable on your payment.
※Please burden bank transfer fee at your expense.
※We don’t accept by installments.
※All payment is not refundable after you check in.
● Please be responsible for your key and return on the day of your departure. We will ask you 2,000yen for the loss.
●Meals are not included in our price. Please refer “services” for optional breakfast and dinner.
●No curfews, however, PLEASE be responsible for your involvement of accidents, criminal issues on your own.
●No illegal drugs, underage drinking are allowed.
We will report the police right away when we find out your illegal behavior in our house or neighborhood.
●Please be careful not to ring or knock neighbors’ door at any occasion.
● We do not allow guests to smoke both inside of our house and outside(garden, deck) of our house in order to avoid the cause of fire.
●Please turn off every light and air conditioner/heater when you are not in use.
●You can use kitchenware, but not cooking stove. Please be responsible to clean up by yourself and put them back.
●Please refrain from using cologne or any other strong fragrance.
●Please separate trash following the city rule as guided in the kitchen.
※Please do not leave bulk trash such as stuffed animals, bags, shoes, suite cases, and so on.Those trash is chargeable.
●Please be responsible for your stuff, buy what you need, and your belongings.
●The bathroom is available for 24 hours. Bathtub is not allowed to use.
●No entry for non-occupants. Not allowed to invite friends without host’s permission.
●No loud noises, loud singing, odors or bad behavior towards others.
●We are not responsible for your lost or stolen valuables.
●You are not allowed to enter private room.
●Please do not talk on the phone at the room balcony in the midnight.
●We will come into your room sometimes to vacuum while you go out. Please let us know if you don’t want be disturbed.
☆On the day of your departure☆
●Please do not forget to return your key
Thank you very much.
☆On the day of your arrival....
●At Kumegawa station,Wifi access is available at Mos Burger near the north exit of Kumegawa Station,McDonal's between the south and north exit.
＊Free high speed Wifi is available inside the house.
● Breakfast(8:00am) 300yen/per day
Dinner (18:30pm) 500yen/per day
※ Reservation one day in advance is required.
● Pure Water bottle 2L 100yen
●One set of bath towel Free
●Laundry machine 100yen/per one time
●No pick up services except on your day of the arrival from Kumegawa station.
We are normally able to give you a ride to the station on your last day as well, however,sometimes not available depending on our working schedule.
Thank you very much for your understanding.
●Rental bicycles are available at the bike parking lots at north exit of Kumegawa Station.
Smoking is not allowed.
It was really nice.
Sachiko helps you as much as she can when she is at home, including information about the surrounding area or just talking about random topics. Her children are nice to be around and talk to, if they are at home as well.
She also set up a calligraphy lesson, which was a unique experience.
I've been staying with Sachiko for a month and it really felt like home. She and her family are very kind and accommodating and they helped me with everything I needed. The house is in a quiet and nice area but still pretty close to the city so you won't have any problems visiting any place you'd like.
I highly recommend this place and will definitely come back here the next time I come to Japan.
I am a college professor (b.1942) from New York City. My Chinese wife (b. 1974) andI had an exceptional time . The best part was talking with Sachiko about her life and her family’s lives. In fact, talking with her was as important as sightseeing. What is special about her and other family members is they are grounded in traditional Japanese family values , but they are also adventurous, free spirits, in terms of traveling and spending time in the U.S. and Europe.
Both Sachiko and her daughter are interested in music especially African American music and have been singers in bands. They have university educations . Other family members have interesting backgrounds as well.
Most of Sachiko s guests are students who are studying Japanese. Many stay for months and often return again. Sachiko has a special talent for working with young people.
My wife and I were sad to leave but plan to stay in touch and hope to see Sachiko and her family members again.
Highly recommended for all ages.
5 hearts and more
Staying with Sachiko was one of the highlights of my trip. This is a family who have opened up their home to visitors - the bedrooms are large and private, and the downstairs space open and friendly. They've created their own little hostel in their home and is it is wonderful. I met the grandparents and went out to dinner with Sachiko's daughter - I was constantly made to feel welcome. When I come back to Japan and I am definitely going to try and catch them again! The home is about an hour outside of the heart of Tokyo by train, but the train system is easy to use, even late at night.
Wonderful hospitality and local information! Sachiko was the greatest!
I looked for a place to stay due to a sudden change of plans before my visit to Japan, and found more like a second family! Never have I encountered such caring hosts that take a genuine interest in their guests. Even went on a spontaneous wee trip one morning, which I was very grateful for.
Thank you for taking care of me, taking me out, making me feel part of your family, and for these endless conversations. Memories I will cherish forever. Cannot wait to see you again!
This was my first time with homestay - Sachiko and Kurara are amazing hosts - they really made me feel like at home. Very welcoming and kind. It was a pleasure meeting them! I highly recommend anyone to visit their guesthouse if you want a pleasant stay in Tokyo!
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Nice and helpful home stay.
Very good place with nice people !! Sachiko and Kurara are very kind. I hope too see you in my next travel !!
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