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Live in privacy, comfort and convenience in central Tokyo. Fully furnished house

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 688 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1 shower room, full kitchen dining area, sleeps 6

Fully furnished and completely private vacation house, not an apartment. is a paid subscription listing and has been since 2011.You have the choice to book via HomeAway and pay extra fees or booking direct is commission free.

Conveniently located in a quiet, very safe,traditional Japanese residential neighborhood yet only five minutes from the major JR Yamanote train line and the Tokyo Metro system.

Both Narita and Haneda International airports can be reached in less than one hour.

Various shops, supermarkets, restaurants, sights and pubs and are only a short walk away.

Daily necessities included: shampoo/rinse, hand and body soap, laundry detergent, dish-washing liquid, hand lotion, hairdryer, toilet paper, tissues, complimentary slippers, sewing kit, shipping tape, pens, envelops, guide maps and an orientation tour of the neighborhood. Bedding is futon style so it can be arranged according to guests needs.

Our goal is to make your stay in Tokyo and Japan one of the most memorable experiences of your vacation travels. ,Having lived here since 1995, with a wealth of local contacts we go the extra distance to provide assistance for all our valued guests. At Tokhouse Tokyo Vacation House we have you covered.

Rated as a top vacation rental in Tokyo we have 100% positive reviews.

Rates vary per the number of guests. Please contact us for a quote and provide the dates of arrival and departure along with the number of guests. Exceptions can be made for small children.

Looking forward to assisting you in your travels in Japan.

Kind regards,

Richard Ashley


Tokhouse Tokyo Vacation House

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Richard Ashley
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 9, 2017

About Richard Ashley

Worldwide traveler and entrepreneur from Hawaii. Lived in Japan since 1995 so we have lots of insider information and contacts and are happy to put in extra effort assist our most esteemed guests in having a most memorable experience in this great country.

Richard Ashley purchased this house in 2000

Why Richard Ashley chose Japan

We used to live in this house and love the experience of living in a local neighborhood in a house rather than a high rise apartment. The house was originally built in 1965 but we completely remodelled it inside and out. new roof, plumbing, wiring, walls, appliances etc.

Have a unique experience by living in a peaceful, safe Japanese neighbourhood yet be only a few minutes from the main JR Yamanote train line and the Tokyo metro. Easy and quick, direct airport access in under 1 hour.

The most reasonable rates at the most convenient location.

This area is where history has been preserved and the modern thrives so you get the best Tokyo has to offer.

What makes this house unique

This location offers it all. The accommodation is a house not an apartment.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Peter and Margaret from Australia

We had a great week at Tokhouse. It was wonderful living in the local community and being so close to their everyday life. I think staying in a big hotel would be quite restrictive of ones experience of life in Tokyo. Great amenities in the flat, great food nearby both fresh, take away and local eating places.
Jul 2015
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8 House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 688 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • River ...
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Intercom System
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , Shower and tub are separate from the toilet
    Bathroom 2 - combination tub/shower , Toilet and bathroom are separate
  • Fully equipped with modern washlet toilet on the second floor. Shower and bath are separate on the first floor and have a heater for the winter.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 4 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • Japanese style futon beds with full linens, blankets etc. Extra thick very comfortable futons.
  • Books ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Internet, utilities, shampoo/rinse, hand and body soap, laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, hand lotion, hairdryer, toilet paper, tissues, beddings, towels, shipping tape, pens, envelopes,and guide maps. The Vacation House does not have a set check in or check out time if no other guests are arriving or departing. Otherwise we work it out so everyone is happy. Just bring your clothes and computer and you are ready to go. A reservation security deposit is required before you occupy the premises.


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Easy access, great location, good facilities

  • 4 of 5

Fantastic stay. Great neighbourhood, good facilities. The children loved the loft bed. The staff picked us up from the station and escorted us to the apartment. Transport is close by and plenty of eating options.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Beautiful spacious house, great owner, comfortable

  • 5 of 5

This house is special. Earlier this month, we went on a 16 day vacation in Japan. We stayed in Tokyo, the mountains near Nagano, Hiroshima, Kyoto and Osaka, and this was our favorite place to stay by far. First, it was easy to reach Richard once we landed in Narita. His emails had given a wealth of information about not only the area, but how to contact him through many different apps (we used Skype). Once we got to Nishi Nippori train station, he met us there and walked us to the property (a true, easy 5 minute walk). He went over the rules. Everything was very clear and easy to follow. It is 3 stories. On the first floor there is a kitchen, washing machine, shower and tub. Unlike one property we stayed at with 3 levels, it is a roomy area and not claustrophobic. My family of 4 had plenty of room to hang out around the table, get on our electronics, and eat breakfast together. There's a big refrigerator/freezer and plenty of dishes, plates and silverware, plus the typical gas cooktop with fan. One really nice feature is that the bathroom is on the second floor up not-too-steep stairs. Three of us slept on the 2nd floor in the big room, and one of us slept on the third floor in the loft. It was so nice not to have to go downstairs in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom! The big sleeping room was the most comfortable night's sleep I got anywhere on our trip! The futon mats were incredibly comfortable, and between the a/c and the fan, it was nice and chilly, perfect for sleeping (which is so important on a long trip 13 hours away from home)! The house is in a safe neighborhood with a nice restaurant very close, plus several convenient stores on the way to the train station. We would buy food there at night to eat for breakfast, like onigiri, tuna maki, small sandwiches and the best hard boiled eggs I have ever had in my life. This place is a perfect to stay when visiting Tokyo.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Convenient, self-contained, handy location

  • 5 of 5

We rented the down stairs apartment at Tokhouse for a little less than 2 weeks. It is situated conveniently near the Nishi-Nippori station on the JR Yamanote line (circle route) & the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line. The Nishi-Nippori station is also only one station from Nippori station which is a good option for accessing Narita airport via the Keisei Skyliner train.

Part of the reason we chose the accommodation was because of the location in the Yanaka & Ueno region as we were traveling as a family with a 4 yo son & there are many child friendly options in the region, especially at Ueno park. Another reason is that we wanted to try & be away from a hotel setting & see how it was to live in a suburb area & try eating & shopping locally.

On arriving at Nishi-Nippori station we were greeted by the owners of Tokhouse who showed us the easy walk from the train station to the accommodation, gave us a run down on how to operate the facilities, provided handy maps of the local area with locations of facilities you may require or be interested in using & maps of the popular suburbs as well as sugestions of other itineries further afield from Tokyo for day trips.

The apartment had plenty of room for our family of 3 (as long as you get in the mindset of Japan & make use of space & stay organised) & we enjoyed the independence of the self-contained apartment which was well provisioned with large fridge/freezer, washing machine & hanging racks, cooking equipment & AC. There were good instructions on how to use the appliances in English (as we can’t read Japanese) & bedding for four. The apartment is in a non-hotel / touristy area so we enjoyed seeing how people in the region designed their gardens & went about their daily lives as we walked around the area. There are many food options available nearby & these are marked on the maps provided. We enjoyed & would recommend the nearby supermarket & 24h diner for take away bento breakfasts & lunches, they were very convenient.

We enjoyed staying at Tokhouse, were comfortable, found the apartment & local area clean & tidy, the location is very convenient for access to the JR & Metro rail systems to link up with many of the attractions around the Tokyo region.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Twice Blessed to Stay in this Excellent Location

  • 5 of 5

We have been fortunate to stay twice at Tokhouse: our first trip to Japan in October 2016 (Unit 101), and six months later because we enjoyed our first trip so much (Unit 102). Although Unit 102 is smaller, it felt just right for our family of five: 2 adults, 1 teen and 2 small children. In fact, we never used the loft in Unit 101 as we preferred to huddle together tatami style in the cold October autumn nights. For us, Tokhouse is ideal because:

•It is very accessible to the JR Yamanote and the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda lines. Only a few minutes’ walk and we’re at a quiet neighborhood.

•It is a few minutes’ walk to Bus Stop #12 of the Megurin bus which will take you to Asakusa but is also a good way to see the sightseeing attractions around the Yanaka-Ueno area.

•A walking tour is a great way to experience the shitamachi atmosphere of Yanaka, a great contrast to the ultra-modern downtown Tokyo. From Tokhouse, head to Yanaka Ginza and savor the treats sold on the streets, then explore the Asakura Choso Museum and the many temples nearby. Our kids did not mind the long walk as children’s parks and playgrounds abound. We visited the Yanaka Cemetery, enjoyed a stroll heading to the Nezu Shrine and went all the way to the University of Tokyo to see the new Hachiko statue. You can watch the sunset and the night skyline at the Bunkyo Civic Center to cap the walking tour.

•It is a great way to see how ordinary Tokyoites live their everyday life.

Because Richard takes care of even the minutest details, we never needed to bother him at all. Tokhouse will always be our first choice when visiting Tokyo. Arigatou gozaimasu!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Good location, homely apartment, excellent advice

  • 5 of 5

Property: clean, comfortable, well appointed, quiet. Location: easy access to train/subway station; near lovely and interesting areas; supermarket (and therefore ATM) close. Tokhouse people were very helpful, we were met at the station (thank you!) which was great, and their restaurant recommendations were excellent.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Great Owner Great Apartment Great Tokyo Location

  • 5 of 5

Tokhouse is a gorgeous airy apartment it is clean well layed out and well looked after. My teenage son and myself stayed there over the Easter and we had a really nice and relaxing stay.

The apartment is in a fantastic location very central near to supermarkets the JR Line ATMs great local restaurants good shopping and museums. However at night it is so peaceful you forget you are in a busy part of Tokyo.

The bathroom facilities are spotless as is the kitchenette having the washing machine there made life so much easier too.

The upstairs bedroom is very comfortable it can get a little warm but there is a quiet fan or you can open the window, there is good headroom although it is in the eaves. The wifi is excellent by the way a really strong signal. The apartment is compact but doesn't feel claustrophobic at all.

Richard is a great help he owns the apartment and really made us feel welcome and went through the running of the place and had loads of information about sights itineraries etc. He met us from the station which is moments from the apartment this was really good as it took the anxiety out of finding your way tired from the journey. He really let you know that the place was your home from home for the duration of your stay. He had a comprehensive information book about the apartments that we didn't need to contact him for anything further.

My teen is a great fan of Richard he only met him for a couple of hours and thought he was cool funny and kind!

I will definitely book the Tokhouse again it is great value for money great local location sweet clean little street that it is situated on and super clean. Thanks for a great stay Richard I look forward to seeing you again.

I would highly recommend :-)

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Tokyo Narita
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Ueno has many
Nearest Ferry
10 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Nearest Train
0.05 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
0.01 Kilometres
Shinobazu Dori
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Many within walking distance
Nearest Ski
160 Kilometres
Nagano Skiing
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
Enoshima Beach
Car: not necessary

Tokhouse is conveniently located to all the city has to offer. Only a five-minute walk to the JR Nishi-Nippori station which includes the JR Yamanote train, JR Keihin Tohoku train, the Tokyo Chiyoda Metro and the Nippori-Toneri Liner.

Both Haneda and Narita international airports can be reached in less than 1 hour.

If you are taking the Shinkansen bullet train to go North you can catch it at Ueno station a 6-minute train ride. If you are going South you can catch it at Tokyo station a 12-minute train ride from Tokhouse Tokyo Vacation House.

Highlights of the area

Yanaka Ginza, a lively traditional shopping street full of various food vendors & shops.

Yanaka Bochi Koen or Yanaka cemetery park. One of the best locations to view Cherry blossoms.

Nippori textile street, a 1-kilometer road filled specialty textile and fabric stores, and clothing shops.

Nezu Shrine, a historic shrine also known for the famous annual azalea festival.

Ueno park, 300 acres home to a number of museums, Ueno zoo, temples, and Shinobazu lake.

Ameyoko, a shoppers paradise for anything from foodstuffs to high-end goods at great prices.

Akihabara Electric Town, famous for duty-free electronics, Otaku culture, anime & manga.

Tokyo dome city, sports mecca, LaQua spa, amusement park, Korakuen gardens and more.

Tokyo anime center, full of shops and events.

Asakusa with the Sensoji temple, Nakamise shopping street, events, and festivals.

Tokyo Skytree town, Skytree tower, shops, aquarium, planetarium,

Ryōgoku where the sumo stadium and Edo museum are located,

Kappabashi-Dori, or Kitchen Town is the center of all things related to cooking supplies

Tokhouse vacation rental units are completely private and fully furnished. Fully, remodeled and designed housing using fine materials with one of a kind unique interior styles. You will not find a more conveniently located house at such economical rates inside the JR Yamanote line in Tokyo.

Please visit our Tokhouse website for full details and reviews by our guests from over 60 countries.

Set in one of the most upscale neighborhoods in Tokyo, the residential neighborhood of the Bunkyo Ward. The area is full of history and tradition unlike some of the more overdeveloped areas of the city where the charm has made way for the bulldozers.


Rates & Availability

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Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $13 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Cleaning $70

Rent is subject to change based on currency rates as Homeaway has no option to list rates in Japanese yen. Contact us directly for accurate rates in Japanese yen.
Strictly no smoking and no pets.

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