July 4, 2017

Our Airbnb Experienced in Tokyo & Osaka As A First-Time Users

Most of my blog post here consumed of my first time experiences and so far I enjoy it! 
Today, I'm going to share about my stay in Japan using airbnb applicationsWhy using airbnb you may ask? I'll explained to you in this post and make sure to click more 😉

Shibazakura Festivals is a such a wonderful place!
It's my first time going to Japan, and I did a lot of research include asking people around what are the best options for family of six looking for a places to stay in Japan. Hotel is quite expensive when you visit in a large group, and my situation is not suitable to stay in guesthouse.

Therefore, I choose to stay in airbnb because it complete with facilities and basically it's your second home. So, 6 days in Tokyo and 4 days in Osaka are full of mix feedback that I get when I book this two places.

Airbnb in Tokyo
District: Shimokitazawa
One of the airbnb room, we called it as Room 3.
If you already read my last post about Japan Travel Tips, I told you that I arrived Japan at night and so far there are no problems of booking airbnb due to that situation. You just have to inform your host that you will arriving late and choose a place that allowed self check-in (by the way, our host name Ryo 😆).

Click to book: My Airbnb Choice In Tokyo 

There are so many area to stay in Tokyo, but most of the article that I read suggest travellers to stay in Shinjuku, Shibuya and others. So, I look for a home to stay in that area but I couldn't find any places that suit our budget (take note that we went during their Golden Week).

Then I search again and found a stay in Shimokitazawa district, which simply known as hipster town. It was full of cafe, fashion retailers and it is popular among young people. On the first night we didn't get to see the environment since it was past their bed time. It was a quite neighbourhood where we stayed.

Shower room, washing machine, and other amenities are provide as well.
So, we went there by a taxi which was super expensive but if you are desperate like us (it was late at night, we are tired and we just want to get some rest) it was super helpful. 

I'm quite shock when I arrived because it actually quite far from the main street of Shimokitazawa. I thought at that time I have done a big mistake of choosing this place because it was a rough night, there are no elevator and we need to take our large baggage go to the second floor with stairs (take god it was a short stairs) and my sister in law is pregnant at that time.

Then, when we enter the house, it was a jaw dropping moment because it's really small house and being me overthinking that I will get some negative feedback from my family, I just trying to act like everything is okay (or maybe because we are just too tired).

Shower and toilet are separate.
So that's how our first night goes. Other than that, do take note that majority house in Japan have separate shower and toilet, don't be too shock about this and try to get used to it. If there are no bidet on their toilet and have only sink like this, take a bottle or a cup to wash 'it' off (there are always a solution).

There are total of 3 rooms, and 6 beds on this airbnb. He also provide tons of amenities such as TV, portable wifi (you can bring this everywhere), air conditioning, kitchen, heating, washer with detergent, smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector, fire extinguisher, essentials (body towel, shampoo, conditioner, body shower, hangers, hair dryer, iron) and desk/workspace.

Balcony for smoker, but please don't make noise during the night.
Public transportation is not that near, you have to walk around 3 - 5 minutes to Shimokitazawa station (either JR line or Subway line). On subway line there are only stairs, so not suitable for a people that bring a big luggage like us, instead walk to JR line because they have a lift. But, it's a strategic station because every time we want to go somehwere we will arrived at Shibuya station first.

Along the way to the station, there are tons of shop, restaurant you can dine it. But the best part is a 24 hours grocery shop and Uniqlo which located near JR Line Shimokitazawa station.

The host, Mr Ryo is really attentive. Although we didn't meet him personally, he does reply my message pretty quickly and he even provide a direction from station to his house in a pdf form.

For the price that we pay which is 6 night total for RM 3,455.  Per guest is RM 494, it is worth in terms of amenities and such. But in terms of comfort, his place is a bit small for 6-8 persons, if you don't want to feel cramp stayed with below 6 persons and you are good to go.

Overall, I recommend this place for young people who looking for night fun but still want a quite and calm neighbourhood to stay and also who doesn't bring large luggage. I wouldn't recommend for pregnant woman because it's quite far to walk to station, you will get tired quite easily.

Kitchen and sitting are so near to each other.
Airbnb in Osaka
District: Ebisucho Naniwa-ku
Our Osaka airbnb host, Franx.
We check out from Tokyo on 11 AM, then we headed out to Osaka and check in around 4 PM. For a brief introduction about this airbnb, it consist of 3 rooms, 6 beds and suitable for 8 guests.

So, when we arrived at Shin-Osaka station we need to get to Ebisucho station. It's our first time here, and with lots of burden (bags) to hold onto we are getting tired. Supposedly we have to look out for Exit 5 but we only could find Exit 1 of Ebisucho Station. So, technically we lost but our host, Franx attentively message me and said to wait at the exit 1. By the way guys, he can speak english!

Extra info: There are lift on Exit 1 but only stairs near the house which on Exit 5 of Ebisucho Station.

Finally, a guy with bicycle arrived and took us to his airbnb which was just 1 minute walk from Exit 5 Ebisucho station. He even take us directly to his home, explained how to used the kitchen, and tell us where are the towel and other amenities as well. Kudos for that, we are so glad that he come to save us!

Room 2 (in a box) and Room 3 looks like at our Osaka airbnb.
Franx provide amenities such as portable wifi (you can bring this everywhere), air conditioning, kitchen, elevator, washer with detergent,heating, carbon monoxide detector, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, essentials (face towel, shampoo, conditioner, body shower, hangers, hair dryer, iron, toothbrush) and desk/workspace.

This places is also near to Tutenkaku Shinsekai and tons of convenient stores and restaurant. Oh before I forget, between our stay in Tokyo, our place here is much bigger and it is comfortable for 8 guest to stay in. Again, the toilet and shower are separate (the shower is really small).

Click to book: My Airbnb Choice In Osaka 

Large space of dining room and kitchen.
Overall, I can see that my family is satisfied staying here because its near to station, have elevator and near to convenient store. It even easy for us to go around OsakaUniversal Studio Japan (USJ), Nara Park and Kyoto when we stayed here. 

The cost of our 4 night in total is RM 2378, which per guest will be RM340 and I recommend you this place if you want to stay beside the recommend area in Osaka.

Dining table area suitable for workspace.
So, that is my Airbnb experienced in Japan. Honestly, I have a doubt at first before depend on airbnb, like would it be safe? is there any scam or such because I read some nasty stuff before but ... I was wrong. Actually all you need is to have a good communication with your host, and make sure to read their terms and condition before you book.

Will I used this application again? Yup for sure! I already book one airbnb place for my Korea trip soon.

If you want to try airbnb, I can give you (my beautiful readers) RM 105 off your first trip, just click this link to get that superb deal! 

Till then, I hope this post will help you in some ways! Thanks for reading and if you want to share your airbnb experiences (either good or bad), just leave a comment below.

Psstt! Click PLAY to watch our Japan Trip Part 1 below. Enjoy 😆

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