interviewHost Family Stories

interview Fujimi-shi, Saitama / May 2019

An independent private house “homestay” with the hosts’ thoughtful consideration

Host Family Stories

Mari, her father Akira, and mother Yuko


2,500 yen/person per night × Rental of entire house

From home to closest station × Free return shuttle service

Local hot spring tours × Local cuisine! Enjoy for a full day

This house is great for large groups of people and guests looking for privacy. This is an independent, private-type 2-story house.

On the first floor, there is a kitchen, bath, and a 5.5-tatami-mat room where up to two people can stay. On the second floor, there is a 7.5-tatami-mat room where up to three people can stay, as well as a sunroom of a 4-tatami-mat size. All facilities are used freely and exclusively by the guests.

Mari, who is registered as the OneHomes host, lives in a separate house approximately two minutes away, and Mari’s parents, Akira and Yuko, who meet the guests, live approximately 15 minutes distance away by car.

Even though the hosts are not living under the same roof, this is truly a “homestay”. What is the reason for this?

Host Family Stories


20 minutes’ walk from Mizuhodai station, Tobu Tojo line (Station Numbering TJ16)
* Free shuttle times are from 8:30 to 20:30, up to twice per day

Approximately 30 minutes on the Tobu Tojo line from Ikebukuro

Whenever you call, we will come running!

The main hospitality is provided by the couple – Yuko, born in China, and Akira from Japan.
Not only do they provide a shuttle service to Mizuhodai station and nearby Shiki station, but they will also go with you to the nearby supermarket and drop you off from/pick you up at the day spa (hot spring facilities), responding to every request of their guests.

Although the car shuttle service is basically from 8:30 in the morning until 8:30 at night, they are kind enough to say that even if you call in the middle of the night they will come for you.

Yuko: Recently, there were guests that checked out at 5:30 in the morning, and even at that time, we took them to the station. We provide a flexible service that fits the needs of our guests.

“Probably our younger guests have some financial concerns”, so to guests who say they want to go to a day spa, she explains the pricing in advance. Yuko is like a welcoming mother who works hard to meet their smallest needs.

Her daughter, Mari, is in charge of corresponding with the guests before check-in. She speaks Japanese, Chinese, and English, and is currently studying Korean, so you can rest assured that you will be able to communicate smoothly with you if you have any questions or concerns before arrival.

“Surprisingly convenient” Mizuhodai

Mari: The impression most people have about this area is that it is a bit remote. But actually, it is surprisingly convenient around here.

There are four day spas and a “Lalaport” shopping mall with a movie theater and Starbucks is only 5 minutes away by bicycle. You can get to Shinjuku without changing trains, and you only need to change once to get to Disneyland as well.

From Shiki station, from which we offer a shuttle service, you can get a bus to either Narita or Haneda airports.

Yuko: We have at least three bicycles that we can loan to our guests free of charge, so even if you stay as a group, it is convenient for getting to the station and for doing shopping nearby. Our younger guests often go out by bicycle.

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We are looking forward to meeting you!

The home of Mari, Yuko, and Akira combines the charms of an independent, private house that focuses on guest privacy with a homestay-type private house, at which you can enjoy interaction with the hosts.

They have recently purchased a highchair in order to cater in future for guests who want to bring a baby. You too can experience their kind consideration.

Mari & Yuko: We host our guests in a natural way. We will work to meet the needs of our guests, so don’t be shy in letting us know if you have any requests!

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