The Japanese have a wildly different interpretation of how many people can comfortably stay in any place of residence, and what size towel is appropriate for drying off after showering. If you want a genuine cultural experience, sleeping in 4 bunk beds in an apartment the size of a walk-in closet, this is the Tokyo airbnb for you.
Honestly, this Tokyo airbnb could not have had a more fantastic location. We were just two stops outside the main station in the center of Tokyo, next to the Jujo Ginza Shopping Arcade which is the 3rd largest shopping arcade in all of Tokyo. It had a Mister Donut, Karaoke, Tempura and Udon, grocery shopping, and a Daiso all at our fingertips.
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5ppl 11mins Shinjuku 17 Shibuya. -JR Jujo Sta
Jujo Ginza Shopping Arcade
Tokyo, Japan, Asia
The room definitely met our needs. There were 4 beds comprised of two sets of bunk beds, plus a futon that could be made up. Pulling out the futon would have left zero space to walk, but it was an option. We elected to have two of our children sleep in one bed instead of cutting the room in half, with the rest of us having a bed to ourselves.
The shower was a traditional, make a mess in the bathroom, type shower. If you don’t know what a traditional shower is then check out How to Shower in a Japanese Tub. We showered where our toothbrushes were, and we had to manually turn on the hot water and allow it to heat up at the start of the day. The bathtub had to have water in it at all times to avoid catching on fire. The towels they left for us were the size of large hand towels and that was ridiculous.
There was a light outside the window in the kitchen which shone directly into the room. You literally could not tell if it was night or day at any given time. We had to awkwardly macgyver an extra mattress we found under one of the beds to blockade the window in order to get any sleep at night. We didn’t use the kitchen for anything else, except for the mini fridge.
In all, we were fairly satisfied with this Tokyo airbnb. We can sleep just about anywhere, and the location is really what matters most to us. That is until check-out came. Dun, dun, dun.
This Tokyo airbnb was our 5th accommodation in 4 weeks and thought check-out was an hour later than it was. We were headed to the airport that afternoon, and Gabriel had left to the shopping arcade that morning to pick up an extra bag for all the extra goodies we had purchased during our adventures. As soon as the clock struck 10am we heard a bang bang bang on the door. The cleaners were ready to come in.
I apologized profusely, explained the situation, and promised we’d be out in just a few minutes. We were practically ready to go. I just had to get the kids dressed and the extra goodies stuffed into a bag somehow. They didn’t care and propped open the door, impatiently waiting. Then they lit a cigarette in our no-smoking apartment. All the smoke came filtering into the apartment. Nothing sets me off than having to smell smoke, but I kept it together and calmly went over and shut the door. That prompted them to reopen the door and yell at us to get out, out, out. It was absurd. Gabriel arrived a few minutes later and we left 20 minutes after the hour with them glaring and screaming at us the entire time and finished packing in the street.
Upon leaving we realized there was another family waiting to check-in, which was a bit disconcerting. They had zero leeway for late check-out, but early check-in was fine? How did they have enough time to clean the apartment and change the sheets while these folks just stood outside waiting? I’ve hosted an airbnb and it takes a lot longer to clean a place than the pressure I’d feel of someone waiting outside the door. It left a bad taste in my mouth.
► For Kids: I get a little perturbed thinking about the conditions my children are exposed to. I don’t want to shelter them, and I actually think bacteria isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but sleeping on sheets that someone else slept on, or did other things on, before me, without being washed, is just plain nasty. It’s even worse if it’s my kids. It is a great area, with lots for the kids to see and do and explore, plus it’s safe and not congested. If you can find a different host with an airbnb in the Jujo area, grab it!
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► Nap-Time Version: Great location. Not so great host. Small, cramped, big lights, small towels.
Read about all our other adventures in Hiroshima, Kyoto, and Tokyo and check out our Diapers On A Plane Japan Vlog. Where did you stay in Tokyo? Was it better than our experience? Or, do you like tight, closed in spaces? We want to hear about it!