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We had been to Tokyo before and always stayed in the tourist areas on the west side of the river. This time we were interested in experiencing life in a Tokyo neighborhood and we found that at Sumire House. The house is old (immediate post-war) but well maintained and retains many traditional features. (Even if you’re average height you need to watch your head in places.) At the same time it has a modernized bathroom, washer/dryer, good wifi, and tv with many channels including a few in English. We enjoyed exploring the neighborhood, which had many small shops and restaurants. Like other reviewers we encountered many non-English speakers, but we found people were very nice and we were able to get by with our limited Japanese. (We avoided places where it looked like language would be an issue if they were very busy.). Although a little off the beaten path, the house is about a 10 minute walk to two train stations that provide good access to the rest of Tokyo. The owners and property manager were very nice and responsive. This house isn’t for everybody, but if you’re interested in experiencing Tokyo beyond the tourist zone we highly recommend it.
Location was great, short walk from Shinjuku station however if you have heavy luggage I recommend you take a cab. It was only 730 Yen one way. Michi provided address in Japanese so cab driver found it easily. Tons of shopping and eateries close by. Nice, comfortable living space for 2 people. Accurate description and photos. Michi met us at apartment to explain how to use all the appliances. She didn't speak much English but nothing Google Translate couldn't fix. She was very prompt in responding to inquiries prior to arrival. We would stay here again and recommend to family and friends!!