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Patrick has previously stayed in 3 homestays.
Tomoko is very friendly and easy to talk to. Her house is extremely clean and quiet. I had no problems walking to the nearest bus stop and monorail, which I used to get all around the Osaka area. Tomoko greeted us at the monorail station when we arrived and walked with us to her home. My great time spent in Osaka wouldn't have been possible without Tomoko. I plan on staying with her the next time I find myself in Osaka!
Tomoyuki is a great host, and is very passionate about making the experience for the guest as good as possible. The rooms are maintained very well with a toilet and sink, but are suited better for one person, maybe two if you go outside a lot and only come back to sleep. For this reason I ended up having my most memorable experiences during my stay with Tomoyuki. The location is perfect for the suburban Japanese experience. I stumbled into a small street festival once and was very confused, so a friendly (drunk) Japanese man tried to explain it to me in the simplest way possible. I loved interacting with people outside of the main city. They are always surprised to see an American wandering the streets ordering ramen in Japanese. It is very helpful to be able to understand even a little Japanese when coming here. It would be very rare for restaurants and stores to have English menus or labels. Getting around using trains and buses is still possible with English only, but you will lose a lot of opportunities for interaction if you do not speak the language. The locals are not as proficient in English as they are in the heart of Tokyo. The proximity of Tomoyuki's home to Nakagami Station is unbelievable. It's a less than 10 minute walk to the station which take you to Nakano or Shinjuku stations in the city, and from there, anywhere you want. There is also a grocery store less than 2 minutes away, which I frequented for most of my meals. In terms of local attractions, there are a few parks and shrines nearby, but nothing crazy. There are many small noodle shops and vendors selling directly out the front of their house, which can only be found outside the city. This homestay is perfect for those who do not want the standard tourist experience. It will force you to explore and meet people. You will get to experience the gorgeous Japanese architecture that is mostly lost inside the cities, and the humbled and modest Japanese locals which have become my absolute favorite people in the world. When I improve my Japanese ability, I would love to stay with Tomoyuki again for my second trip to Japan! - Patrick
Yoko and Aki were by far the best homestay family out of the 3 we stayed with this summer. Yoko speaks great English, and Aki speaks enough to get his point across (helps if you know some basic Japanese words), and he's also the funniest guy in the world! It did not feel like they were renting out a room only for extra money, they genuinely love meeting new people from around the world. The breakfast they made for us was always delicious and prepared Japanese style. Yoko and Aki are very knowledgeable about the surrounding area, and will give you great travel plans and tips if you need them. The location of their home is also fantastic. It is a three minute walk away from a bus stop that can take you to Nakano or Shinjuku Station in ~10 minutes. If you want to save money and have a JR Pass, you can simply walk to the stations along the beautiful city streets. This way you don't have to pay for a bus fare, can admire the town, and can go anywhere in Tokyo once you get to the station. Yoko and Aki's homestay is perfect for those who want a clean and quiet city setting for extended periods of time. The room is comfy and spacious enough to spend a lot of time in if you want, but there is far too many things to do in Tokyo for that to end up happening. I will definitely be staying with Yoko and Aki again for my second trip to Japan. -Patrick