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Six of us (Mom, Dad, Grandma, and three teenage daughters) very much enjoyed our eight-night stay at this apartment in the Shiroyama Garden building in Nakano during the last week of May 2018. We found the place to be as advertised and just as depicted in the photos. It was clean and well-appointed.
As first-time visitors to Japan, we wanted a bit more cultural immersion than a hotel would provide. We found it here with the traditional beds, futons, tatami floors and shoji. It was helpful that one of the double beds is on a higher pedestal. This made it easier for grandmother to get in and out of bed.
We were concerned with there being only one bathroom, but it was not an issue. The toilet, shower, and vanity are in separate rooms. The washing machine allowed us pack lighter. We washed a few loads over the course of our stay and dried the articles on hangers outside on the small balcony like the neighbors do.
The location worked well for us—we used both Nakano Station and Shin-Nakano Station on our forays into Tokyo. Both walks are less than ten minutes. The neighborhood was surprisingly very quiet at night.
Our teenage daughters appreciate Anime and Manga, so the proximity to Nakano Broadway was one of the reasons we chose this apartment. We also walked to Manga School Nakano where the girls had a lesson with artist and teacher Nao Yazawa.
The nearby My Basket and 7-11 made it easy to get cash and to buy groceries and toiletries for our stay. We cooked several meals in the apartment to save on dining out. The Life store just northeast of Nakano Station has an even wider selection.
There is a nice sento nearby (try Takasago-yu) for a public bathing experience.
So many more highlights to the trip and this area of Tokyo (don’t miss Koenji and Asagaya for thrift stores, cheap food, and live music venues) could be listed.
The property manager, Clyde, was very helpful pre-trip. He also met us at Nakano Station upon our arrival from Haneda, walked us to the apartment, and provided instruction on all the features.
When we come back, we’ll stay here again!
Three of us stayed here and it was tiny, expected for Tokyo and the price I guess. The dining room table was more of a TV tray and the kitchen was so small that we didn’t use it (we like to cook breakfast). The bathroom/shower could use some deep scrubbing. Overall it was a pleasant stay.