Japanese coziness, paired with a modern splash of blue in Shinjuku - the ever beating Heart of Tokyo! | *fast* 4G Mobile Router (10 GB) | 7 min walk Nishi Shinjuku Station (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line) | 8 min Okubo Station (JR Chuo Line) | 15 min walk Shinjuku Station & Kabukichô (Entertainment District) & Yakitori Street Omoide Yokochô & Shopping Paradise! | 9 min walk Airport Limo Bus | 9 min walk Sky Scrapers & Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Viewing Platform 45th floor (free!)
Wake up in the ever Beating Heart of Tokyo, that is Shinjuku &
live like a local in the very center of Tokyo!
★THE BAMBOO HOUSE & AREA★
Shinjuku is the place for extremes and combines many images of Japan in a microcosm | Futuristic skyscrapers, extremely busy streets, a sheer paradise for shopping guaranteed to satisfy all kinds of shoppers, loud advertisements on large video screens, wide crossings and masses of people pushing to the trains during the infamous "Shinjuku Rush Hour" | Completely opposite to this image and only 13 minutes on the metro away is the stunning beauty of cherry blossoms blooming in Spring and the colorful trees in Fall that fill "Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden", which is one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens in Tokyo | Extreme opposites of shrines and skyscrapers
Only a 5 minute walk separates you from the fascinating Sky Scrapers that make an even more stunning view on the way back home after a long day of shopping or exploring |
We provide you with a Free of charge super fast and stable 4G Mobile (almost Credit Card sized) Router that you can take out of the house, to help you find your way on Maps, to your train, to your next adventure or simply the closest game center for a few rounds of Mario Kart or Crane Games :) |
Shinjuku is THE traffic hub in Tokyo, from where you can take trains, Shinkansen and busses to both Tokyo Airports, Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Hokkaido and closer destinations such as Yokohama, Kamakura, Nikko and Hakone |
Shinjuku is additionally a paradise for foodies and bar lovers, including must-see sots such as Omide Yokocho (Yakitori) and Golden Gai for a glass or two |
Metro from Nishi Shinjuku Station (7 mins)
JR Okubo Station (8 min walk from apartment)
JR Shin Okubo Station (11 mins walk or short Taxi ride)
JR Shinjuku Station (15 mins walk
-- SHINJUKU station – 2 mins
-- YOYOGI PARK / MEIJI SHRINE – 15 mins
-- ROPPONGI station – 20 mins
-- SHIBUYA station – 10 mins
-- TSUKIJISHIJO station (Tsukiji Fish Market) – 20 mins
-- AKIHABARA station –20 mins
-- GINZA station –15 mins
-- RYOGOKU station (Ryougoku Sumo Hall) - 29 mins
-- UENO station - 23 mins
-- ASAKUSA station – 35 mins
-- OSHIAGE station (Skytree) - 32 mins
BED ROOM+ LIVING ROOM: 1 Bed-Living Room combination with 1 super comfortable double bed / 2 sofa cubes/ iron / ironing board / Air Conditioner (cooling & heating) / Tables
*2 sofa cubes that can be combined to a single bed for an additional person
★NEW: Little Zen Balcony★
We got creative working with little space and created a small Zen Garden on our tiny balcony. Here you can have a seat and relax with a cup of your favorite drink while listening to the muffled sounds of the city. We really hope, you will like it as much as we do! :)
Also you can use the laundry rack on the balcony to dry your laundry :)
2 Gas Cookers / microwave / fridge and freezer / washing machine, laundry detergent/ dishes and cutlery, 3 different size pots, frying pan, basic cooking equipment, sponges, dish washing detergent, tissues
shower / Japanese-style deep bathtub / washstand/ separate toilet / Tsubaki Shampoo + Conditioner (some of our guests said they loved the conditioner ;-) ) & Dove body soap / hair dryer / cotton buds, tooth floss pick, face cleansing lotion, cotton, Tsubaki hair mist, toothbrush (incl. toothpaste), toilet paper provided!
stable and speedy mobile "Pocket Wifi", 10 GB for 3 days (!) (automatically resets on the 3rd day), max speed is 200 byte per second.
we provide enough towels for all guests (amount of towels varies on night of stay)
★TOKYO MOST DO EVENTS★
-Katsushika Shobu Matsuri (Iris Festival) Mizumoto Park, Tokyo Early June to Late June
-Bunkyo Ajisai Matsuri (Hydrangea Festival) Hakusan Jinja Shrine, Tokyo Early June to Mid June
-Mount Fuji Climbing Season Mount Fuji July 10 to September
-Mitama Matsuri (Obon festival) Yasukuni Shrine, Tokyo July 13-16, 2017
-Sumida River Fireworks Sumida River, Tokyo July 29, 2017
-Shinjuku Eisa Festival Shinjuku, Tokyo July 30, 2017
-Fukagawa Hachiman Festival Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine, Tokyo Mid August
-Asakusa Samba Carnival Asakusa, Tokyo August 27, 2017
-Tokyo Koenji Awa Odori Koenji, Tokyo Late August
If you like, also have a look at our larger House in the Akasaka/Roppongi are!
This is your apartment for the time of your stay.
Make yourself at home!
Interaction with guests
We love to hang out or have a meal with our guests when we have the time!
We are only one email or phone call away from you, if you need us.
Since both Daisuke and I are working, in rare cases we might not be able to meet you in person for a check in / check out
In these cases we would like to ask you to do a "self check in /check out" from a key box.
We will let you know the details before your arrival! ;)
Other things to note
Japanese apartments typically have very thin walls, sometimes thin enough to hear your neighbour sneeze and doors slam!
Please note that the Bamboo House house is such an apartment, located on the GROUND FLOOR of the building. Though being in a residential area, it is still located in the center of Shinjuku in a very safe, residential are only 15 minutes walk from the hustle and bustle of Kabukicho or Shinjuku Downtown.
The house is located next to a school and might not be the best choice for light sleepers or lovers of silence ;)
If you wish to experience the *real* Japanese lifestyle (with a lot more comfort though), then this house is for you! :)
As you already know, Japan is an earthquake prone country.
We have made the Bamboo House as earthquake safe as possible.
We will provide a manual of what to do in case of a stronger earthquake during your stay.
Rainy Season (Tsuyu) in June-July
In most of Japan, the rainy season lasts from the beginning of June to mid July, we provide free umbrellas, but recommend you to bring yourself some waterproof (foot) wear
LOCATION OF THE HOUSE (Enviroment Noise)
Japanese apartments typically have very thin walls, sometimes thin enough to hear your neighbour sneeze and doors slam!
Please note that the Bamboo House house is such an apartment, located on the ground floor of the building. Though being in a residential area, it is still located in the center of Shinjuku, right next to a school and might not be the best choice for light sleepers or lovers of silence.
Because there is no (reasonable) way of staying in Central Shinjuku without compromizing with the Japanese living enviroment and lifestyle, we would recommend guests with a strong wish for absolute silence to better look for a different place! :)
NOISE (Noise inside the apartment)
Excited conversations and loud laughter may travel to your neighbors´ bedrooms and vice versa. Thus we ask you to be considerate and modest with making noise (especially in the early morning hours and in the evening after 9 pm).
A word about safety. The apartment is on the ground floor but this is no reason for concern, because it is located in a very safe area (there are almost no unsafe areas in Japan in general ;) )
The entrance door is secured with an automatic key and there is a camera safety system installed in the whole building.
Nevertheless, we recommend and ask you - using common sense - to never leave the doors and windows open when you are not at home
Based on terrible experience we had to make, we ask you to treat our house like your own house.
Handle our house with care and leave it in an agreeable clean state, because it is our home and not a random hotel room.
If the house is left in a bad state (big amounts of trash, chaos in the rooms, unwashed dishes etc) and takes a lot more time than an average cleaning would, a penalty fee of 5,000 yen for our extra effort and time will be taken from your deposit.
Please be kind to the neighbors. If you should run into anyone, a smile will do the trick :)
!! IMPORTANT !!
Also, if you get asked about staying in an "AIRBNB" in any kind of question by anyone in the building, we ask you to simply answer:
"we are friends of Gizem / Daisuke!". Smile and walk away. There is no need for further interaction.
Please don´t misunderstand us, we don´t want you to lie for us, in fact we hope you´d actually like to be our friends! ;)
We are NOT hosting illegally and are operating with the house owner's OK, plus, properly paying taxes, which makes us different from almost 80% of all Airbnb hosts in Tokyo.
This is important because recently the Japanese media had been overflowing with reports about illegal hosting and hosts mis-using state-funded housing for earning money through Airbnb or similar sites.
Additionally there have been reported cases of trouble with neighbors due to noise or the wrong separation of trash.
These are all points we would like you to have an eye on, because this will part of your Airbnb experience :)
No smoking allowed neither in the apartment, nor on the balcony. You can smoke infront of the building, which is not a problem :)
In Japan smoking is only permitted in designated spots, mostly to be found in front of konbinis (convenience stores) or tobacco shops.
There is a Family Mart convenience store only a 3 minutes walk from our house where you can buy tobacco :)
Tokyo is very strict about separating trash.
We would be grateful if you can separate the trash into the designated trash boxes in our kitchen and at the garbage dump. Improper separation can be fined and will possibly get us into trouble with the house owners
Please do not answer the door, even if the door bell rings, other than if we have a scheduled meeting :)
Check - In / Check - Out
Check In time for our guests is from 4 pm (16:00)
Check Out is at 10 am (10:00)
We kindly ask our guests to check out at 10 am, so the cleaning personnel can enter the room to prepare it for the next guests.
*Please be aware of our rules and only proceed with your booking if you can agree with our conditions. Thank you!*
Konnichiwaaaaaa - Cool that you're here!
I´m Gizem, German with Turkish roots, married to a Japanese and have been living in Tokyo for almost 3 years now. Admittedly a wild mix, which makes things really interesting ;)
Me and hubs met at "Gala Yuzawa" ski resort and these are 10 things we can't live without:
3) slurping thick brothy Ramen, scoffing down juicy Japanese BBQ, chowing down tender Shabu Shabu and munching local delicacies of places we travel!!
We appreciate tips for local eateries and have prepared a map to share with you the best eateries in the area of our house!
4) loud Metal and (almost) all kinds of Rock music \m/
5) movies and dramas (from "Married with Kids" to "Breaking Bad", haha)
6) dogs! especially our Shitzu/Chihuahua mix "Shiro" (I love all animals)
7) concerts & festivals (I've been a passionate festival and concert hopper since my 20's and had the chance to enjoy over a 100 concerts, of big and small artists (but still hope to see Phil Collins some day *__* )
8) the German Christmas Market and all its delicacies and Gluehwein!
9) our families and friends of course
10) eachother (aww)
I would describe my hosting style as a mix of Japanese "omotenashi" culture, German accuracy and Turkish warmness. From me as your host and as your guest, you can expect thoroughness, kindness, authenticity , honesty and cleanliness. I will do my best to make your stay at our house as comfortable and smooth as possible and will treat your home with the utmost respect.
Hosting cool people and genuine travelers is a real pleasure and I enjoy my job a lot!
If you've read this far, it means you're honestly interested in us and we are very grateful for that. THANKS!
Combined we speak English, Japanese, Turkish and German and will be glad to assist with any questions :)
Looking forward to hosting you in your Tokyo Home!
*LOCAL FOODIE TOURS WITH GIZEM*
If you´re into exploring local cuisine and tasting a broad variety of food, combined with cultural background and insider info, I got you covered!
Depending on my schedule, I offer Local Tours for Food-Lovers in Tokyo, where you can just kick back and enjoy the local delicacies without worrying about language barriers and wasting your precious time on tourist trap restaurants.
Leave it all to me!
Additionally Japanese home cooking lessons are also available :-)
*Since Airbnb blocks any kind of links before booking, I can not post any :)
This is my Face book page:
Please search for TokyoFullMetalFoodieTours
And my Insta gram, if you'd like to see more of our life in Tokyo:
Arigato and hope to talk to you soon! :)