Saturday, February 11, 2017

Shinjuku Airbnb

For our three nights in Tokyo, we stayed at an apartment in Shinjuku booked through Airbnb. If I travel to Tokyo again with three friends, I would stay here again. Why?

Location. The apartment is off the main road in a quiet residential area. There are several convenience stores and restaurants nearby. And it is just a 5-minute walk from Higashi-Shinjuku Tokyo Metro Station and a 10-minute walk from Shinjuku Station. It was very easy to find thanks to the clear instructions given by the Airbnb host.

Privacy. The apartment sleeps four (two bunk beds), has a mini kitchen, and a toilet and bath. Though small—when we have to open our luggage at the same time, there is barely room to move from the bedroom to the bathroom or the kitchen; the size of the bathroom is okay for Asians but will be too small for westerners — it's our own little apartment and we don't have to share it with strangers.

WiFi. A pocket WiFi is provided.

Price. The apartment cost us only 34,400 JPY for three nights for four persons. That's about 2870 JPY per person per night. About the same or even cheaper than staying in a dorm bed in a hostel, which usually ranges from 2500 JPY to 3800 JPY per person per night.

Know Before You Go
Single Entry Tourist Visa for Japan
Roam Around Japan with a Swagger
An Ignoramus in Japan: Vending Machines
An Ignoramus in Japan: Bathrooms and Toilets
An Ignoramus in Japan: Manhole Covers
I Spy With My Little Eye: Japan's Fashion Contradictions
I Spy With My Little Eye: On the Go in Japan

From Tokyo to Hiroshima (2015)
10D/9N | Tokyo, Toyama, Kyoto, Hyogo, Osaka, Hiroshima
Tokyo Accommodation: Shinjuku Airbnb (you're here!)
Tokyo: Memorable Tokyo Eats
Tokyo: Odaiba
Tokyo: Doing Touristy Things in Tokyo
Toyama: A Hamlet Called Ainokura
Kyoto Accommodation: K's House Hostel Kyoto
Kyoto, Japanecdote: Wisdom from the Road: On exits #2
Kyoto: By the Thousands (Kyoto Imperial Palace, Sanjusangendo, Fushimi Inari Taisha, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove)
Kyoto, Japanecdote: Turning Japanese
Kyoto: Braving the Crowds at these UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kyoto (Kiyomizu-dera, Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji)
Hyogo, Japanecdote: If Only I Could Speak Nihongo
Hyogo: Day Trip to Himeji: Himeji Castle and Shoshazan Engyoji Temple
Hyogo, Japanecdote: Am I an Alien?
Hiroshima: Strolling and Snacking in Miyajima
Hiroshima: Remembering the Past in Hiroshima
Osaka, Japanecdote: How to Lose Friends
Osaka Accommodation: Osaka Airbnb
Osaka, Japanecdote: Where is Bentencho Station?
Osaka: Osaka Castle and Tenjinbashisuji Shotengai
Osaka, Japanecdote: Learn From Your Mistakes

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