First visit to Tokyo
My wife and I were visting Tokyo for the first time last month. I had done research on which area of Tokyo to stay in, but it seemed there were pros and cons to a number of areas. So I gambled on this apartment. And we won!
The apartment is in an excellent location; it has a real neighbourhood feel to it. It's an easy taxi ride from Tokyo Station, after taking the N'ex train from Narita (as well as buying Suica card). Make sure you print out the map you will receive with Kanji characters, as taxi drivers don't read English.
The apartment is as described and is super-clean. The photos bring a smile to my face, recalling our enjoyable time in Tokyo.
The bed is in a small alcove off the living/dining area. It's wonderfully comfortable as are the pillows. There is a futon couch in the living area, where you could watch TV (in English BBC or sports) or listen to music. There is a binder with lots of tourist information and recommendations (and instruction guides) on the coffee table.
There is a big table in the dining area to eat at and drop your "stuff" on. The kitchen has a sink, stove, fridge and microwave, perfect for take-out.
The bathroom was three separate rooms, one for the toilet, one for the sink and washer and one for the bathtub/shower/drying room! We did some hand laundry and the drying room really works! Toilets in Japan are a marvel of science and this one has "bells-and-whistles", but it still works as a basic toilet. It's an experience to try some of the features.
When you come in, you take off your shoes, as there is a small step up with slippers to wear in the apartment.
The apartment is in a terrific neighbourhood, close to several subway stops of different lines, depending how far you want to walk. There are two 24 hour grocery stores within walking distance, including Precce's in Tokyo Midtown, where there is also a Dean and Deluca, and several wonderful pastry shops and boulangeries.
This is perfectly described as a pied-à-terre. And Biei is a wonderful host describing everything in the apartment and the area. So when you first arrive and push the buzzer, put on your best smile, as she can see you!
Tourists without a Car,
Owner's Response: Your review made me smile, and you certainly had your best smile when you pressed the doorbell! Thank you for posting this review, I am very happy to know our place made a contribution to your enjoyable stay in Tokyo, and glad to hear you found Tokyo Midtown complex as it's packed with wonderful food shops. Hope your grand Japan tour was also a successful one.
Best wishes, Biei
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