The location of this apartment is so good, it could have been in just about any condition and still be worth it. Fortunately for you it's it top shape as well, so this is one of the best values in Tokyo.
A few minutes walk from JR Yamanote Line that circles the city (with no hills involved in the walk), and a few minutes from a Tokyo metro station (with only a small hill involved), means you can rapidly get to anywhere in the city. Believe me, at the end of a long day of walking you will really appreciate how short the walk is!
The walk to either line goes past a 7-11 with an ATM, plus numerous small restaurants and a couple of bakery/pastry shops as well. Lots of good food in the immediate area (and the metro to go farther afield) as well as multiple grocery options (including fantastic fruit/vegetable shops). Quiet neighborhood, family oriented. You simply could not find a better location to base your trip to Tokyo out of.
The apartment itself is a standard Tokyo apartment which means pretty small by American standards. In a pinch you could sleep 6, but if your kids are teens 3 or 4 is the max useful limit. Think of it as a bigger than average American hotel room. Of course in this city, you won't necessarily spend a lot of time in the apartment as there is so much to do! The mobile wifi is a necessity and works great, the washing machine is in excellent condition, the kitchen facilities complete.
A very minor negative for us was the mattresses in the bedroom don't have a lot of support (and we're old enough to be feeling a little creaky ;) but then we're used to a pretty firm mattress. They are actual mattresses, not a futon; I wish they had been futons. If you don't have back issues you won't notice either way. In hindsight we should probably have used the futon-couches in the living room area and it would have been less of an issue.
Maki, the owner, is an excellent and helpful host and goes far out of his way to ensure you have a good stay (he even joined us for a Sumo match and dinner one of our evenings and walked us through eating his favorite beef items properly).
Overall this is an outstanding place to base your trip from. Everything you need, unbeatable location, reasonably priced, excellent and helpful host. I will definitely be staying here again when I return to Tokyo.
I would like to start by saying our host, Maki, went above and beyond to make sure our trip was an entertaining one! He was very thoughtful and provided great communication, including a multiple page printout with directions, suggested restaurants, and places of interest! He even had little gifts for my kids and snacks/drinks waiting for us when we arrived!
Maki's apartment was well kept and everything worked fine in his apartment. In the living room, we used the two fold out sofa beds for the kids. In the evening, we could close off the living room from the kitchen area by sliding doors to give the kids some privacy. My wife and I slept on two futons in the separate bedroom area. The beds were comfortable with no complaints.
The toilet was standard western style and clean. Maki provided plenty of toilet paper. The shower had good water pressure and provided ample amounts of hot water. We did not use the soaking tub, only the wash area where shower gel, shampoo, and conditioner were provided along with bath towels. The area around the sink did get a little moldy, but wasn't a bother. We were sure to keep the shower door and sink area door open after use so air could circulate throughout, otherwise a faint mildew smell would be present. Maki also had a washing machine that we used along with his provided detergent. We hung the clothes to dry on his laundry line outside on the balcony as he did not have a clothes dryer, which was not a problem.
He provided a small television in the living room area that was good enough to keep us entertained before going to sleep. In the kitchen area, we used his microwave to warm food and water kettle on the stove to heat water for tea along with his small refrigerator to chill/freeze drinks and store snacks. All appliances worked well without any problems.
The only complaints would be that suitcase storage space is limited so we used kitchen chairs and a small storage cabinet in the living room as luggage racks, the towels provided were thin and shed lint which was a bit of a problem after taking a shower, and we used the high speed data after the first day on the provided wifi hotspot. We use T-Mobile in the US, which has agreements with Soft Bank in Japan, so the data speed provided on Soft Bank was actually equal to the slower hotspot speed. Working with the slower data speed on Maki's hotspot is doable, but high speed is always more convenient. Also, the building was a bit messy with small amounts of trash in the lobby area and the elevator looked like it could have used a cleaning although it always worked and we never had to wait long for it. These were not deal breakers and I would definitely recommend Maki's rental to any of my friends!
Maki's apartment is in the Komagome area of Tokyo and has may small shops and restaurants in the surrounding area. We had our first breakfast at a local Denny's which also has a traditional Japanese breakfast option, visited a couple of the local bakeries for tasty snacks, ate at the self-order restaurant to the left of the Komagome train station exit, and had some very good karaage (fried chicken pieces) from a little stand between the train station and Maki's apartment. A 24 hour 7-11 is close to the apartment as are a couple of markets and a 100 yen store (think $1 dollar store in the US) among many others. There are also a few parks that are close although their cherry blossoms were not blooming at the time of our trip. Komagome has a small town feel to it and we found it a very nice change of pace to the surrounding Tokyo areas.
As mentioned in the title, train transportation is only a few minutes away at the JR (Japan Rail) Komagome station. We arrived from Haneda Airport at about 11:00 pm. We took the monorail (separate ticket purchase) to the Hamamatsucho JR station. I would recommend purchasing Suica cards here as they are reloadable and more convenient to use than purchasing daily tickets for the JR line and subway. From there, it was a 12 stop ride (toward Tokyo/Ueno) to the Komagome station. You take the East Exit from there, exit to your left at the end of the East Exit. A few blocks up, where the street ends, you will see a 7-11 on your right side. They have lots of snacks, drinks, and pre-made meals there so take a look if you want to take some items with you to the apartment. Their coffee was good for about 100 yen and the machines grind the beans right in front of you. Make a left at the 7-11, go about a block, and the building will be on your left next to a men's shop with a big red sign on it. Maki provides the combination to the key box and security code to enter the building after you complete your booking. His directions were always clear and easy for us to understand.
We stayed 4 nights and 3 days at Maki's apartment before venturing on to Kyoto. Maki made our Tokyo stay a great experience and set the bar high for other rental hosts. I'm sure he will make anyone's stay in Tokyo a great experience!
Maki's apartment is terrific with a great location. It's large by Tokyo standards, has good light and has a balcony. The futons were quite comfortable, and the kitchen is spacious. But more importantly, Maki is a wonderful host. He provides a lot of information on visiting Tokyo and the information is wonderfully presented. This is a big bonus in a city as overwhelming as Tokyo. With his information, you can go from subway to apt with little effort and feel as if you live in the neighborhood. There are markets and restaurants nearby, as well as a subway stop on the loop line of Yamanote. The JR Pass provides free use of this line FYI.
I've rented a lot apartments and houses worldwide and Maki is the best owner I have worked with.
Communications with Maki, the owner, was efficient and friendly. We stayed 6 nights in this very convenient apartment. Komagome station, on the Yamanote line is just an easy 5 mins flat walk through a delightful street lined with bakeries, restaurants/cafes, minimarkets and other retail shops. Maki provided very clear and helpful instructions for getting to and into the apartment, and great tips for the surrounding and usual tourists sites. He also promptly acceded to our request for a portable heater for the room, as we had arrived on a particularly cold night and found the aircon heater insufficient to warm up the whole apartment.
The apartment is not luxurious but sufficiently well equipped, comfortable and cosy for our family of 4.
The water heater and shower works great, there's a washing machine (no dryer needed bcos everything dries in a jiffy in the dry weather), TV, dining table, a kitchen equipped with all the essentials.
The futons/mattresses on the floor were very comfortable. We slept like logs. No regrets at all booking this apartment. Thanks, Maki.
Maki our host was a pleasure to deal with from the moment of inquiry to our departure. He promptly answered questions and even gave us some tips on places to visit etc with the kids.
The apartment is intimate by Australian standard but nevertheless it was the perfect size for our family of 5. It has a bedroom, a living room with doors that had couches that convert to futons and a kitchen with meals area. There is a washing machine in the bathroom as well which was very handy. As for the location, couldn't have asked for a better place. Komagome suburb is gorgeous and on the Yamanote train line which is what you would use to go to Shibuya, Shinjuku, Akihibara etc and they are not more than 20-30 mins by train. Lovely restaurants lined the small street as you exit the Komagome station and the apartment is not more than 5 mins away on foot.
Overall the apartment is lovely and the location is perfect and the host Maki was wonderful. Thank you Maki for our lovely stay
We prefer to stay in a condo rather than a hotel because the windows/balcony doors can be opened to let in fresh air, whereas most hotels keep the windows locked and can be stuffy. Maki's condo suited us quite well: it was quiet yet offered plenty of food shopping nearby; the bakery just outside the east exit of Komagome JR Station offers a big variety of fresh-baked goods throughout the day. The gardens nearby are awesome. The furnishings and kitchen goods are basic, which is all we needed. Bring your own corkscrew if you drink wine. The Wifi signal was strong, the heater and bath worked well. I give four stars because the unit matched our expectations, not because it is a four-star luxury property.
Mr. Maki is an excellent host. He went out of his way to help us with any questions. He even made reservation for us at a local restaurant and chose menu for us since we're not familiar with japanese food. He even came to the restaurant to show us the proper way to eat. The food were excellent and the price were reasonable. Mr. Maki also accepted the delivery of tickets for our trip to Kyoto to his house and brought the tickets to us. He even take us around town after we had dinner at the restaurant . He's a great resources, he made our preparation much easier because you can ask him anything and he will reply quickly to your questions. We really enjoyed staying at his condo. It's closed to everything yet very quiet and peaceful. We're in Kyoto for 2 days and he allowed us to leave our luggages at his condo and didn't charge us for the 2 days while we're in Kyoto. I highly recommend renting from Mr. Maki.