Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tokyo House Ikebukuro

{Note: Air Asia is having BIG SALE currently and the fare is incredible cheap for just as low as RM0.10. Did you manage get the ticket you want? As for me, after trying for 7 hours and 10 minutes, I just managed get 1 while one of my friend within 2 hours after the sales start, he managed to book to 3 places. I wonder how he get through the irritating waiting room} confused


Tokyo is well-known to be one of the most expensive city and finding an affordable and cheap accomodation is not an easy task. So for those who are going to Tokyo soon after bought the most cheapest ticket I ever knew (imagine just RM330 for return ticket), here I would like to share the place where I stayed during my last year autumn trip to Japan in an affordable price that would not burn a hole in your pocket during your trip there.


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Tokyo House Ikebukuro is conveniently located in the heart of Tokyo area, Ikebukuro. Its located 5 minutes from the Ikebukuro Station and if you take the C1 exit of the station, it just take less than 2 minutes walk to this guest house (we only realised about this on the last 2 days of our stay =="). Not to worry about the language barriers as this guest house are managed by the Taiwanese.

There are two types of room;

1) Japanese-Style - 16 japanese-style rooms featuring Japanese tatami and matress. No bathroom or toilet attached but there are 4 separate public bathrooms with shampoo, conditioners and shower gel. It is so damn clean and sometimes I almost fall in love with their toilets. Inside the room, there are heater or air-con, TV, alarm clock, hair dryer and closet.

2) Annex Suites - 6 suites with private bathroom/toilets. There even has a mini living room, refrigerator, water boiler and microwave oven inside the suites.

Nicole and I opt for Japanese-style room to experience the living style of the Japanese.

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Cosy and warm room for two guests cost ¥6,000 per night.


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Ignore the messy things and bag.


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The super duperb clean bathroom.


There's even an open kitchen for you to cook your food and enjoy your meals.

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THREE MAIN REASONS I love this guest house are:

1) Free breakfast provided (bread, fruits jam, butter) at 7 a.m. But the lady is so kind when she heard that we are leaving as early as 4.30 to the Tsukiji Fish Market (click here), she prepared and put on the table for us.

2) Free 3 minutes call to call back home - During our 8 days trip in Japan, we were unable to call back home. Don't know what is the problem with Digi and Maxis line (not sure for Celcom). The only way to connect back home is through net. But thanks God! The lady told us that we can use the phone which located at the front desk for free. So, immediately call my mother and told her I am OK.

3) Not only free wireless Internet in the room, but they even allow us to use the Internet PC for free. I almost need to pay ¥50 for the usage of half hour of Internet PC during the stay in J-Hoppers (click here) but luckily I hold on my plan to do so. The reason why I need PC is to transfer all the photo from our camera to the external hardisk which I brought to there. You know how life could be miserable while you are taking photo during travelling and your camera is showing this, "MEMORY FULL"! Gosh.

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The free PC which I conquered most of the time.

I'm almost forgot. There are coin-operated washers and dryers available. But the lady (the management of the guest house which I refer to) told us that we could use the washing machine which located at the back of the guest house for free. I guess there are more than three reasons I love this guest house.


Highly recommended guest house for those who travel with budget that comes with good amenities and facilities and great location. There are two 24 hours convenience store such as 7-11 and even McDonald nearby the guest house.

For more details, check their website www.housejp.com.tw/englishindex.htm.

12 comments:

  1. Seoul Backpacker i stayed also offer free call home :) No skype whatsoever last time. Neway, the place look neat, and importantly many things are free :D

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  2. where are you going next year? I jz secured a flight to ur hometown...haha

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  3. hmm.. so total how much the air ticket to fly and back?? hmmm.. >.<

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  4. Nice place to stay..thanks for the entry, very informative ;)

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  5. Traveller's Anatomy - Really? I had stayed in few guest house/backpacker lounge, only this provide free call home.

    Jeff Chuah - Coming to KK next year? Glad to hear that but I'm not too sure coz my schedule seems to be full. I will check it out later with you.

    Mr Lonely - I'm not using AirAsia so the cost is more than that. Cost around RM1K+ coz I'm using Jetstar.

    whywhy - You're welcome. This is what my blog serve for. Travelling with my adventure and experience and a little guide to help those who wants to go travelling :)

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  6. I only managed to make one booking :( But they're so cheap I wanna die! lol

    Nice sharing :)

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  7. Wow, the place seems ok, not so great but comfortable. And of course, alot of free stuffs for you to enjoy. I'll have to go and check AirAsia for cheap flights too. Still can't believe you managed to book the ticket at a super low price.

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  8. Angel - I'm agreed with you too. I never saw KL ticket is so damn cheap - only cost RM12.20 for return flight.

    Thristhan - I only managed bought to KL flight. :(. All the best in booking the super duperb cheap ticket.

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  9. glad to see that you have a great experience to Tokyo..and nice small guest house there..i really miss those times in hostel

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  10. hi...i'm reading ur blog. i like the way u wrote ur stories. makes me sooo eager to go to japan! still considering whether to buy or not to osaka! hahah

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  11. hi, Im thinking of booking this place too but wondering how is the area of ikebukuro like. I mean is the area around House Ikebukuro to and from the station suitable for family? safe if come back at night?
    Thanx for your feedback

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  12. Hey, may i know if the bathroom pic u took is a shared bathroom or is a private one?any idea if the shared bathroom is clean?

    As for the win sharing room with and without private bathroom,is the microwave oven,refrigerator,and nini living room in the room as well? THANks!

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