Tulip’s Japanese to English Share House Cheat Sheet – You’re Welcome!

Are you new to Japan and trying to settle into your new share house or apartment? Or have you been living in Japan for years and still haven’t cracked the code of Kanji? You’re in luck because we have made a Share House Cheat Sheet Series for your electronic appliances so go ahead and finally give Google Translate a rest!

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Tulip Real Estate is a female-run share house company located in Tokyo that aims to support women who want to enjoy the city life, maintain their careers, or start up their own business ventures all while saving up their finances. When living in a share house, not only can you practice your language skills and meet new people, but you can also save a ton of yen by not having to buy your own home appliances. Tulip Real Estate share houses provide furnished living rooms, kitchens, dish ware, cookware, utensils, and electronic appliances.

Being able to use all of these appliances freely at your fingertips is amazing, but if you can’t read the language,  be prepared to run into some issues. Luckily we have got your back, enjoy these cheat sheets and let’s memorize them once and for all!

Air conditioner/Heater remote controller translation from kanji so you can finally know right away not to turn on the heater on a sweltering summer day in Japan.

Next up is our kanji cheat sheet for the washing machine and drying machine. Say goodbye to the days of pressing that one, standard button for all types of clothing or accidentally pressing the wrong button with no return. Wash your delicates with the love and care that they deserve!

  

Most Japanese kitchens do not have a large, industrial oven like many households might have in the west. Instead, 2-in-1 microwave ovens are quite standard in order to save space.

Another common appliance in most homes in Japan are IH stoves opposed to the gas stove. Take note that some power buttons require you to hold for about 2 seconds!

The most-loved toilet around the world, Japanese electronic bidet toilets. These bidets can be found not only in homes but are pretty common in many establishments all around Japan. There are also two flush settings you may find on the handle with 小 (small) and 大 (large) in order to save water. Eco-friendly and luxurious!

Who knew that there were so many ways to cook rice! Check out the rice cooker kanji guide so you can cook rice properly, it is after all a staple in every Japanese meal.

There you have it, hopefully you are one step closer on your journey to mastering kanji!

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Aoyama Girls Night Out – Tulip Team Style!

Omotesando’s more down-to-earth neighbor and Harajuku’s more sophisticated older sister; Aoyama is a place to refresh, get inspired and feel fancy. So it only makes sense that our staff decided to make it our go-to destination for a girls night out – Tulip style!

There is a certain air to Aoyama that gives it an exclusive feel, perhaps because it is tucked away in the hilly slopes of Tokyo, but the small streets do not feel too narrow. Or maybe it’s the effortlessly fashionable artists and designers that can be overheard talking about their up and coming projects in passing. The tiny, boutique shops and local bars’ dedication to their craft to produce top-notch quality and protect the artisan culture, or maybe it is the eclectic architecture that somehow the groups of tourists have not yet discovered.

Heading over to dinner, we passed by Sunny Hills, designed by one of Tokyo’s most beloved modern architects, Kengo Kuma. Fans of Kuma’s work should definitely check out his many projects scattered around Kagurazaka, where we also happen to have two lovely share houses, Chilli Pepper & Cream and Happy House Kagurazaka.

As we approached the restaurant, we were taken aback at the gorgeous exterior and atmosphere. Walking through the bar area (and slightly regretting our outfit choices), we were shown to a table seated by a lit-up terrace. 

Cicada is located just a minute’s walk from Omotesando Station and specializes in modern Mediterranean cuisine. The space itself has a Euro-chic atmosphere but the flavor of the dishes were deliciously authentic. We started with some toasted pita accompanied by various dips of your choice – we went with the classic hummus and a carrot, yogurt, & mint spread.

The cocktail menu was very impressive, which is expected as the restaurant is owned by Tysons & Company, the founders of T.Y. Harbor Brewery.

After our lots of chatting, laughs and “kanpais!” we scoped around the area for a place to grab some cocktails. We stumbled upon Radio Bar and were intrigued by its retro atmosphere, like something out of an old Japanese movie. It turned out that Radio Bar has been around since the 1970s, and THE place to go for cocktail connoisseurs and aspiring mixologists to enjoy a proper pour (which is hard to come across in Tokyo nowadays amongst all the Lemon Sours and Whiskey High Balls).

Accompanied with an incredibly delicious spread of fresh fruits and cheese came Bar Radio’s original cocktails served with impeccable presentation. Each cocktail has been meticulously crafted and perfected over the decades and we appreciated the attention to detail until the last very last drop. Because of the high standards of the establishment, the cocktails are not at all cheap and be prepared to be on your best behavior, that also means to dress accordingly!

Satisfied and slightly emotional over how exquisite our night has been so far, we were not ready for it to end. We decided to check out the nearby Commune 2nd, suggested by our staff Jan who is in the know about many Tokyo’s hidden gems.

At Commune 2nd, you will be greeted with hip, neon clad signs, beer and food stands with a modern-style food truck-like layout, and groups of merry making locals and foreigners alike enjoying themselves over drinks and food.

Commune 2nd closes at 10 PM, let’s clarify that all the shops and eating spaces close at 10 PM sharp! We had too much fun in the lively atmosphere and did not want to leave, but had to take a team pic while we were getting kicked out.

Although at first a bit intimidated and unfamiliar with the Aoyama area, it has become one of our favorite places to explore. Stay tuned for hopefully an Aoyama Part 2 Guide by the Tulip Team and also a possible share house that will be newly opening up  in Aoyama some time in the future 😉

Thanks for reading and enjoy Tokyo to the fullest! Tulip Real Estate specializes in female-only share houses in Tokyo. Send us a message to ask about our share houses and we are more than happy to recommended our favorite places to check out nearby.

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Resident Interview: Vitamin Color in Nakano

Resident Interview: Klaudia from Poland

 

We met up with Klaudia, a resident in our Happy House Vitamin Color shared house. We strolled through the park with her and ask about her experience in the house.

Happy House Vitamin Color

Klaudia, what interested you to live in a shared house?

 

As a foreigner, looking for a place to live in Japan is pretty difficult. It was a much easier method than an apartment and I really liked that Tulip’s shared houses are for women only, so I don’t have to worry about feeling uncomfortable.

 

What is your favorite thing about living in Happy House Vitamin Color?

 

I work and am a student so I actually don’t spend too much time in the flat. But I love to cook so I use the kitchen often and also love to relax in my room. I have a balcony in my room so I can even sit out there!

 

Admiring the rainy season’s hydrangeas

 

How would you describe the surrounding area you live in? Do you have any favorite spots?

I think Nakano is great because it is a bit of a student’s area.  Other areas like the main Shinjuku area or Shibuya are very loud and are like party places. I’m a student so for me, it’s better to live in this area because it is so much more quiet. It’s so nice because there are a lot of parks, temples, and shrines around here.

 

Taking a stroll at the nearby park

 

What are your favorite things to do in Tokyo?

I am busy working usually, haha! But I love travelling outside of the Tokyo area like to Kamakura or Yokohama because of the port. At night, it really looks like a movie with all of the beautiful lights. I like the Chinatown in Yokohama too.

Has living in a shared space help or change you in any way? How so?

I love cooking at night and early in the morning, but I think about others more like, “Oh, people are asleep right now. I can’t be noisy!” In Poland, we make a lot of food that will last us for a couple of days. But because there is not so much space in Japan, I get to cook more and am more aware about space now.

Klaudia’s favorite jogging route

 

 

Have you had any challenges in the house that you were able to overcome or resolve?

I don’t have any problems with the house or the people living here. I’m so relaxed so if someone is making a little bit noise, it doesn’t bother me. I’ve heard some people singing in the house sometimes and I think it’s really funny!

Do you have any other plans in the future while you are in Tokyo?

I would firstly like to finish my Japanese studies and would like to have some time to travel more in Japan. Since I love to bake pastries and cakes, it would be great if I can open my own business here one day and run a bakery.

  

             

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers about your experience in your shared house?

 

If you have never lived in a shared house before, it might take a bit to get used to at first. It’s important to remember that you are in Japan, so the size of the spaces are different if you come from a western culture. It is a good and unique thing to experience here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 Picnic-Perfect Hanami Spots Near Tulip Sharehouses!

Spring is now upon us and cherry blossoms are in bloom! The Tulip Team have put our heads together to present you with the best sakura viewing spots next to each and every of our share houses. Below is a list of 14 parks and places with which you wonderful ladies and gents can refer to next time you’re in town for the traditional Japanese cherry blossom viewing custom also known as hanami (花見). From lively, popular viewing spots such as Yoyogi Park in Shibuya, to serene hidden gems in the likes of Araiyakushi Park in Nakano, we’re sure you’ll find one that suits your fancy to admire the fleeting yet sensational wonder that is Japan’s sakura!

1. Nakano Central Park 中野セントラルパーク | Nakano

A brisk 12-min walk from Happy House Asian and an 18-min walk from Happy House Orange is Nakano Central Park, a dog-friendly open space lined with sakura trees, plenty of eateries (think cafes and shops), convenience stores, and, depending on the time of visit, an impressive, ever-changing collection of food trucks. Nakano Central Park is also the venue of the Cozy Culture Club’s debut hanami picnic event! Bring your own bento and join us for a FREE afternoon of language and culture exchange fun. We’ll be also grabbing freshly brewed Kirin beer at the foodtrucks nearby, so be sure to bring some change.

Interested? Sign up on Facebook or Meetup, we’d love to see you there!

Nakano Central Park 中野セントラルパーク
4 Chome 10-2 Nakano, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 164-0001

Nakano Station | FREE Admission

 

2. Araiyakushi Park 新井薬師公園 | Nakano

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For a quiet, pleasant hanami party, take a 3-min stroll down from our Happy House Vitamin Color, Araiyakushi Park is home to 24 beautiful cherry blossom trees.  The park is teeming with greenery and features a relaxing Japanese-style koi pond swimming with goldfish and carp, the Arai Yakushi Otera Temple, and a brilliant spectacle of cherry blossom illuminations during hanami season.

Araiyakushi Park 新井薬師公園
5-4 Arai, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 165-0026

Araiyakushi-mae Station | FREE Admission

 

3. Tetsugakudo Park or Temple Garden of Philosophy 哲学堂公園 | Nakano

Walk 2-min from Cozy Village Jasmine or hop on the 中41 bus heading towards Nakano Station from Happy House Herb for a 10-min ride to a  beautiful part forest and part park scenery of ponds, river, and tall trees. Testsugakudo Park, while small-scale compared to the likes of Shinjuku Gyoen and Yoyogi, the park’s 77 philosophy-inspired buildings, stonework, and pathways make for a lovely, serene afternoon stroll. Cherry blossom trees line the riverside leading to a cherry blossom circle perfect for hanami picnics. PS. Happy House Vitamin Color residents, you’re in luck with options, the park is an 18-min walk from the sharehouse!

Tetsugakudo Park 哲学堂公園
1-34-34 Matsugaoka, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 165-0024

Araiyakushi-mae Station | FREE Admission

 

4. Yoyogi Park 代々木公園 | Shibuya

While Yoyogi Park isn’t the most picturesque of parks in terms of landscape design, its wide open space ensures you won’t be fighting for inches of grass on which to layout your picnic blanket. Plus it ensures you a view of the cherry blossoms no matter where you’re seated! Psst, Witt-style Yoyogi and Witt-style Jingu residents, the park is a mere 5-10min walk from the sharehouse – leaving you ladies with no excuse NOT to go out on a hanami excursion.

Yoyogi Park 代々木公園
2-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0052

Harajuku / Yoyogi-Koen / Yoyogi-Hachiman / Sangubashi / Meiji-Jingumae Station Station | FREE Admission

 

5. Setagaya Park 世田谷公園 | Setagaya

Cherry blossoms encircle the pond at Setagaya Park | kanegen

Despite mainly catering to horse-riding children (yes, there are actual horses meandering on site!), Setagaya Park is home to several beautiful gardens, lovely grassy knolls,  a center piece water fountain, and, of course, plenty of cherry blossom trees for hanami. If you are lucky, you might even stumble on an occassional flea market. Psst, this gem of a park is lcoated only a mere 10-min walk from our Witt-style Mishuku sharehouse!

Setagaya Park 世田谷公園
15-27 Ikejiri, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154-0001

Sangen-jaya / Ikejiri-ohashi Station | FREE Admission

 

6. Wadabori Park 和田堀公園 | Suginami

Slightly off the beaten path is the quiet, lush greenery of Wadabori Park, a natural enclave from the city’s hustle and bustle. Happy House Kamikitazawa residents, take a perfectly doable 15-20min breezy afternoon bike ride from the share house and lose yourself in the leafy shades, and unwind with a stress-free spring stroll down the path lined with cherry blossom trees along the Zenpukuji River. Best of all, the park features 10 BBQ facilities (reservation with the Suginami Ward Office required) and the athletic fields are free for all on the 1st Sunday and 3rd Saturday of the month!

Wadabori Park 和田堀公園
2-23 Omiya, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 168-0061

Nishi-Eifuku Station | FREE Admission

 

7. Toshimaen Amusement Park

Night cherry blossom illuminations at Toshimaen Amuseument Park

10-min by foot from our Witt-style CloveR is Toshimaen. A lively amuseument and water park throughout the year, the charming old-fashioned park is magically lit up after dark during sakura season. The park’s special “Sakura Nights” entry program provides unlimited access to designated rides and attractions while admiring the illluminations on over 500 cherry blossom trees!

Toshimaen Amuseument Park 豊島園
3-25-1 Koyama, Nerima, Tokyo 176-0022

Toshimaen Station | Sakura Night admissions beginning at 500 yen

 

8. Rikugen Gardens 六義園 | Bunkyo

For more sakura illuminations, head over to the exquisite Japanese-style Rikugien Gardens at Sugamo Station near our Witt-style Apricot Terrace. After sunset, the gorgeous Waka poetry-themed park is  transformed into a brilliant fairlyland of dazzling cherry blossom illuminations that are well-worth the entrance fee. PS. Word of advise, book online and get there early to make it in ahead of the line of lovebirds! Oh, and don’t forget to bring your camera!

Rikugien Gardens 六義園
6-16-3 Honkomagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0021

Sugamo Station | 300 yen

 

9. Edogawa Park 江戸川公園 | Bunkyo

Formed in the Edo era, the Kanda River runs from Inkoashira Park in Mitaka Ward, joining the Sumida River underneath the Ryogoku Bridge. Numerous cherry blossom trees bloom along the riverside, however, one of the best spots to view it is at this particular point inside Edogawa Park, titled 神田川桜並木 on Google Maps, which is a 9-min walk from Happy House Kagurazaka and a 18-min walk from Happy House Stella. The river itself is only a 10-min walk from Happy House Stella, and nearby parks include as Kansen-en Park, Higo-Hosokawa Garden, and the Chinzanso Garden.

神田川桜並木
2-1 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo, Tokyo 112-0014

Edogawa Park 江戸川公園
2-2-1 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8555

Edogawabashi / Waseda Station | FREE Admission

 

10. Sotobori Park 外濠公園 | Chiyoda

For yet another river-side hanami picnic option, why not check out Sotobori Park, with a promenade that connects Ichigaya and Iidabashi Station. Chilli Pepper and Cream residents! Make a 5-min walk down to the park to enjoy a relaxing morning or afternoon stroll (whichever suits your fancy!) underneath a canopy of white cherry blossom petals while listening to soft river sounds!

Sotobori Park 外濠公園
2-9 Gobancho, Chiyoda, Tokyo 102-0071

Iidabashi Station | FREE Admission

 

11. Meguro River Park 目黒川船入場 | Meguro


Constantly featuring in Tokyo’s top 10 hanami viewing lists, Meguro River Park is THE place to go for a feel of the much-talked about cherry blossom rain and all-around hanami atmosphere. Numerous small, delectable eateries lining both riversides present the perfect opportunity for a quick bite (or two!). We highly recommend getting there around dusk, grabbing something nice to drink (ala our staff did in the pic above!), and enjoying the changing view from light to night. Our Witt-style Nakameguro residents are in luck, the hanami hot spot is just a 17-min bus trip or a 15-min bike ride from the house!

Meguro River Park 目黒川船入場
1-11-18 Nakameguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0061

Nakameguro Station | FREE Admission

 

12. Roka Koshun-en Park 蘆花恒春園 | Setagaya

The hanami scene at Roka Koshun-en Park is hands down the most floral site on our list, with a fusion of colors from both pink sakura and yellow rapeseed blossoms! Former residence of famed writer and philosopher Roka Tokutomi, actual name Kenjiro Tokutomi, the historic park grounds contain the author’s prior place of abode, a garden and bamboo forest, a shrine, and an abundance of forest-like flora. OKURA HOUSE ladies, we promise you it’s absolutely worth the 15-min bike ride!

Roka Koshun-en Park 蘆花恒春園
1-20-1 Kasuya, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 157-0063

Hachimanyama Station | FREE Admission

 

13. Shiba Park 芝公園 | Minato

Take a break from Roppongi and enjoy the cherry blossoms with a view of the city’s signature Tokyo Tower at Shiba Park. While not the most aesthetic of parks, its spacious grass fields is excellent for a spot of afternoon napping or for unrolling a substantial picnic spread. The park is also adjacent to the impressive Zojoji Temple, making it a perfect blend of modern, history, and nature sights – all this just a 15 to 20-min walk from our Witt-style Roppongi!

Shiba Park 芝公園
4-8 Shibakoen, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0011

Shibakoen Station | FREE Admission

 

14. Johoku Chuo Park 都立城北中央公園 | Nerima

Measuring 260,000 square meters, Johoku Central Park is one of the city’s largest with plenty of green, open space for spreading out picnic baskets and blankets. With its vast grassy fields, a huge athletic field, and plenty of tall trees, our Happy House mint residents only need make a 11-min walk to reach the perfect spot to do a bit of jogging or an early morning outdoor yoga session! PS. The park also has a special area designated for housing Moro relics dating back to the stone ages to satisfy your inner history buff.

Johoku Chuo Park 都立城北中央公園
1-3-1 Hikawadai, Nerima-ku, Tokyo 179-0084

Hikawadai / Kami-Itabashi Station| FREE Admission

 

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By: Lydia Hon

Guest Post: Living in a sharehouse (written in Arabic)

 

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You may remember our lovely resident Sahar from her interview. At that time, she touched on the problems facing Muslim women living in Japan when finding accommodation. We invited her to give us the full story in a guest blog! She has blogged in Arabic to share her experience and advice with other Arabic speakers who may have similar trouble.

انا اسمي سحر فتاة قادمة من تونس ، أعمل مهندسة باليابان. أول مرة جئت فيها إلى اليابان سنة 2015 وذلك للقيام بتربص يتعلق بختم الدراسة الجامعية.

لم أكن أعرف شيئا عن هذا البلد العظيم ولأني أنحدر من بلد صغير يقع لشمال افريقيا فإن كل ما رأيته كان جديدا بالنسبة إلي وغريبا في نفس الوقت إذ أني لأول مرة في حياتي أزور آسيا وخاصة هذا البلد المتقدم.

وقد قامت الشركة التي احتضنتني للقيام بالتربص لديها بكراء غرفة لي بمبنى مختلط (إناث وذكور) لعدم معرفتهم بثقافتنا وتربيتنا وعاداتنا وتقاليدنا فكانت صدمة بالنسبة لي كيف لي أن أعيش في دار مختلطة مع أناس لا أعرفهم ولم أرهم في حياتي قط. وقد كانت تجربة مخيفة خاصة من ناحية النظافة لذلك بدأت أبحث عن منزل آخر . وأخيرا التجأت إلى google  وwebsite « tokyoshared house » أين وجدت ضالتي .

« tulip »هي دار مخصصة للبنات  فقط  سعدت كثيرا عند رؤيتها وبما أنني مسلمة أحسست بارتياح للعيش فيها بأمان سواء من ناحية النظافة أو من ناحية عدم الاختلاط.

وسارعت بمكالمة القائمين عليها الذين أجابوني في الحين ورحبّوا بي بكل تلقائية وها أنا قد انتقلت للعيش في تلك الدار والحمد لله.

وكما تعرفون فالبنات يتميّزن عن الذكور بالشعور بالمسؤولية والنظافة والاحترام والسلوك الطيب ومنذ أن انتقلت لم أتعرض إلى أي مشاكل .

ومما أسعدني أيضا وجود هذا المبنى بالقرب من محطة (Oedo line) التي تعتبر استرتيجية من حيث انطلاق سفراتها إلى عدة أماكن معروفة ومهمّة في طوكيو في وقت قصير للغاية:

Shinjuku –  (17 دقيقة)

Roppongi –  (35 دقيقة)

وقطار  Fukotoshin يوصلني إلى Shibuya  في 20 دقيقة

و قطار Seibu ikebukuro line  يوصلني إلى ikebukuro

حقا لم أتخيّل يوما أني سأفوز بدار مخصصة للبنات فقط في بلاد كاليابان حيث يطيب العيش فيها فكل شيء متوفر وسهل الحصول عليه بدون مشاكل أو تعقيدات.

وفي الختام ، أنصح كل فتاة مسلمة اللجوء إلى هذه الدار للسكن فيها متمتعة براحة البال والسكينة والنظافة إلى جانب موقعها الممتاز والاستراتيجي الذي يساعدها في تنقلاتها.

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Newly Opening!!! – Witt-style Roppongi Share House

Located only a 10 minute walk from Roppongi station, but nestled in the leafy suburbs you won’t even realise that you’re just a stone’s throw from one of Tokyo’s party capitals. Roppongi is also known for its high-end shopping malls with beautiful surrounding areas, such as Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown. Tokyo Midtown especially runs many free events such as illuminations and park yoga, it’s impossible to be bored in this exciting part of town.

The house’s location is incredibly convenient; only 5 minutes from Roppongi Itchome station serviced by the Namboku line and 10 minutes from Roppongi station for the Oedo and Hibiya lines. A 24 hour convenience store is less than a minute away, just around the corner.

Newly renovated, the house’s furnishings are all brand new. The kitchen has patio doors leading out to the balcony giving the room heaps of sunlight. The palette has been kept neutral giving a fresh feeling to this shared living space. There is free wifi in all areas.

The deposit for any room in the house is 30,000 yen. No hidden fees at all!

Private rooms:

All private rooms come with a TV socket and are decorated individually.

Room 1 (1F) – RESERVED

Room 2 (1F) – 79,000 yen (+13,000 yen utility fee)

Room 3 (2F) – 76,000 yen (+13,000 yen utility fee)

Room 4 (2F) – 79,000 yen (+13,000 yen utility fee)

Room 5 (2F) – 77,000 yen (+13,000 yen utility fee) – RESERVED

Room 6 (2F) – 75,000 yen (+13,000 yen utility fee) – RESERVED

Room 7 (2F) – 74,000 yen (+13,000 yen utility fee) – RESERVED

Dormitories:

These dormitories are actually semi-private rooms with curtains instead of doors. In the house’s peaceful atmosphere you shouldn’t be disturbed by your neighbour at all and the curtain provides complete privacy. There is an indoor drying room just for use by dormitory residents so you can hang up your washing rain or shine.

Dormitory 1 (1F) – RESERVED

Dormitory 2 (1F) – RESERVED

Dormitory 3 (1F) – 48,000 yen (+13,000 yen utility fee) – RESERVED

Dormitory 4 (1F) – RESERVED

Indoor drying room

Only the entrance is curtained making the space very private.

The house’s maximum capacity is 11 people. Shared facilities are:

1 shower

1 bath

2 toilets

2 sinks

1 kitchen/living area

2 washing machines (free) and 1 clothes dryer (coin operated)

Now open for viewings so make an inquiry now! Moving in will be possible later this month!

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Tokyo’s Hidden Gems: Street Market of Sugamo

Along Tokyo’s popular Yamanote Line are famous stops we’ve all heard of such as Harajuku, Shinjuku, Ueno, and Ikebukuro. But a gem that you might not be familiar lies right outside of Sugamo Station.

Known for it’s 800 meter long shopping street, traditional shops, food stands, and temples, Sugamo is a must if you want to experience street shopping like the locals do and get a glimpse of old-world Japan.

On the 4th, 14th, and 24th of every month, a large flea market is held on the main Jizo Dori and stretches all the way from Sugamo Station to Koshinzuka Station. I was lucky enough to finally experience the bustle of it all myself!

Right as you enter Jizo Dori, you’ll be greeted by Sugamo’s official mascot duck named Sugamon, or I should say a giant plush of Sugamon’s behind (only in Japan can you rub a plush duck butt for good luck)!

After you’ve checked that off the list, goods and food stands of all kinds are lined up further than the eye can see! Get adventurous and try out some of the fresh and home-made food that are staples in Japanese cuisine. “Nukazuke” are vegetables that are fermented in rice bran and are delicious and refreshing side dishes.

If you are looking to find a nice “omiyage” to take home to family/friends or even a cherished treasure for yourself, ditch the cliché sanrio character souvenir and dig through the tons of unique gifts like teas, fabrics, and hand-made crafts that’ll surprised even your most well-travelled friends!

The stand merchants are so friendly, you can practice some of your Japanese skills and some will even let you try some samples of what they’re cooking up.

If you’re feeling extra adventurous, why not taste some “habushu,” Japanese sake that is flavored with snake? It’s believed that the snake has medicinal properties and gives strong stamina. But if you’re like me and snake beverages aren’t really your thing, don’t worry. You can still try something unique like seeing what your future holds with a palm and face reading!

Aside from the flea market, Sugamo is also frequently visited for its famous temples. Jizos, the bodhisattva deities in Japan, are protectors of children, traveller’s and lost souls. Sugamo is home of the Togenuki Jizo statue which is believed to heal illnesses and ailments. Many visitors pour water over the statue and clean the areas of their pain.

 

Next to the temple is an entire alley dedicated to flowers, bring a few flowers home to brighten up your living room or just take in the colorful and fragrant stroll through!

All the exploring will definitely  work up an appetite and there are plenty of ready-made treats to choose from. It is way too hard to decide what to get with all the options.

Strolling through Sugamo’s flea market feels like being able to experience what a Japanese street market would have been like 100 years ago. Whether you are living or just traveling in Tokyo, straying off the main path is always full of surprises and unique experiences.

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Tokyo on a Budget: Dormitory Life in a Tulip Share House

When you think of dormitories what do you imagine? Metal frame bunkbeds in a questionable, overcrowded hostel? Loud travellers coming back at all hours? No privacy? No storage space? Unsafe?

Tulip Real Estate provides dormitories that ensure privacy, your own storage space, safety and cleanliness. Rather than a traditional dormitory, they are like your own compact room. Some even contain your own fridge and air conditioner. They are usually separated from the common area with a blackout curtain, but some actually have a normal door that you can lock.

You can retain the sense of community associated with living in a dormitory and make friends easily, without having to lose any privacy. It is perfectly possible to live comfortably in them for months or even years as many of our residents are currently doing!

But the best part of Tulip’s dormitories is the rent cost! Moving to Tokyo usually means living on a budget. By living in a Tulip dormitory you can stay in the heart of Tokyo without breaking the bank. Our cheapest start at just 37,000 yen per month and the most expensive is 52,000 yen. (This includes all utility costs and free WiFi!)

Here are some examples of houses with dormitories:

Witt-style Jingu

How much would you pay to live a 5 minute walk from the famous Yoyogi Park? Believe it or not, you can live in this upmarket area for under 50,000 yen per month including all bills. Witt-style Jingu’s dormitories are like your own compact room. Shinjuku, Shibuya and Harajuku are all accessible by walking or cycling and the house has free bicycle parking!

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Dormitories in Witt-style Jingu include:

✓Fridge
✓Table
✓Clothes rail
✓Air conditioner (shared or your own depending on room)
✓Window (depending on room)
✓Door with lock/blackout curtain
✓Safety box (only rooms with curtain)

(Monthly inclusive rent: 48,900 – 51,900 yen)

 

Witt-style Peppermint

Live in beautiful, traditional Asakusa for as little as 43,000 yen per month. The house is perfectly located, far away enough from the tourists to be peaceful but still only a stone’s throw away from the bustling Senso-ji temple. Ueno is just a 20 minute walk away! These are the biggest dormitories of any of our houses and are stylishly decorated.

Dormitories in Witt-style Peppermint include:

✓Fridge
✓Table
✓Air conditioner (shared)
✓Window (depending on room)
✓Safety box
✓Blackout curtain over entrance ensuring full privacy

(Monthly inclusive rent: 43,000 – 48,000 yen)

 

Happy House Vitamin Color

This super affordable house is located just a 15 minute walk away from the Japanese pop culture haven, Nakano Broadway. A direct train from the nearest station gets you to Shinjuku in 15 minutes, meaning great access for women who work or study in that area. The dormitories in this house are inspired by Japanese capsule hotels; private sleeping spaces are in a row with one on top of the other. Although the space is small, it still comes with a table and some bedside storage. But don’t worry, there is extra storage designated for tenants outside of the sleeping space as well! A great, cheaper alternative to hostels, these dormitories can even be booked through our Airbnb page for 2 week stays and above!

Dormitories in Happy House Vitamin Color include:

✓Air conditioner (shared)
✓Window (depending on room)
✓Table
✓Small bedside storage
✓Large clothes rack and storage space
✓Safety box

(Monthly inclusive rent: 37,000 – 40,000 yen)

If you are interested in any of these houses an inquiry can be sent straight from our website! You can also browse for more options, including private rooms.

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Introducing Our Newly Open Okura House!

We are excited to announce the opening of our newest share house, Okura House. Located in Setagaya’s peaceful Sakurajosui neighborhood, Okura House features a unique mix of both beautiful, traditional Japanese rooms and stylish, modern rooms.

This share house is only a 6-minute walk from Sakurajousui station and if you want to go to Shinjuku, hop on the Keio Line and it’s a 15-minute train ride away!

Private Room 1 | Occupied

Private Room 2 | Occupied

Private Room 3 | Occupied

Private Room 4 | Rent: 66,000円

Private Room 5 | Rent: 56,000円

Private Room 6 | Rent: 60,000円

Private Room 7 | Rent: Occupied

Private Room 8 | Rent: 54,000円

Private Room 9 | Occupied

Private Room 10 | Rent: 53,000円

Private Room 11 | Occupied

Private Room 12 | Occupied

Security Deposit for all rooms | 30,000 JPY

Decorated with lovely plants and bright pops of color, the garden is an oasis to stroll or relax in.

The hallways, living room, and dining room feature cozy design accents to create a stylish yet comfortable atmosphere for residents to lounge in the shared space together.

Okura House has two kitchens, two bath tubs and three bathrooms._o8d0439

Interested in living in Okura House? Feel free to contact us to make a viewing appointment to see the space and a room of your choice at contact@tulip-e.com

We hope to support your stay as you enjoy the Tokyo life!