The living area
The kitchen
The bedroom loft
Lovely balcony, my favourite part of the apartment

Online social marketplace Homeaway offers Hanna Hussein an easy and convenient way to book accommodation

HOTELS in Japan do not come cheap. It may cost more than RM400 (two people) for a decent room with space and good location.

So, when my family of four was planning our holiday in Tokyo, we decided on homely options at HomeAway.

Homeaway is a social marketplace to book cool places owned by local "hosts". It can be a extra cosy room, a cool loft or a private villa.

Guests can develop real connections with their Homeaway hosts, live like a local and immerse themselves in the culture of their destination.

As for us, we just wanted a place in Tokyo where we can call home for three days. 


Picking our holiday home at Homeaway is easy. The user-friendly websitehelps you find an accommodation that suits your budget and style.

Type in the location and travel dates, and voila! – a list of homes pops up. You can filter your options by selecting the room type (entire home or private room), property type, amenities, the size (how many rooms, bathroom and beds) and more. 

After scrolling through, I found a place in Shibuya. Perfect for a stay in the city!

Booking is effortless too. Our home choice offers “Instant Booking” where the reservation will be accepted instantly after payment is confirmed. 

Plus, if you have questions before you make a booking, you can always ask the host on the chat platform. Convenient, isn’t it?

After my booking is accepted, a confirmation email with information on the address, directions and details of the apartment is sent to me.


Our home in Shibuya is one minute away from the subway station. It’s quite the perfect option for those who rely on public transport! 

There are no troublesome check-ins with HomeAway. In the email, the host has given a step-by-step guide on how to retrieve the key.

Our home offers really modern security. To access the apartment and to use the elevator, we have to tap the key at the electronic pad. After we tap the key, the elevator automatically takesus to the home floor level (so no need to tap the floor number).

Inside, the home is quite spacious and funky. Well, it’s an Instagram-worthy holidayhome to show off to your friends!

It’s a loft apartment so the open bedroom is upstairs. Two single beds are provided but if you have extra guests, there’s a sofabed in the living area. The maximum number of guests is four.

The living area is roomy and homely. Although I may not spend much of my time at the home, it is great to come back to a lovely space after a tiring outing. 

The home is equipped with a kitchen where you can cook light dishes. It has a microwave, a fridge and comes complete with appliances. Just like a home. 

The bathroom is spacious; it has a tub and a shower.

There are a washing machine and dryer so I can do my laundry before I head to another destination!


New! Kitasando1min! WHERE Near Harajuku

Shibuya Ku, Tokyo To, Japan


STAY It’s a loft apartment. Very funky and Instagram-worthy too!

EAT A kitchen to prepare light meals.

DO Little balcony overlooking the city, you can chill while having a cuppa.

GO Yoyogi Park is less than half an hour’s walk away. It is also possible to walk to Harajuku and Shibuya. The subway station is next door. 

HIGHS You got the whole apartment to yourself!

LOWS It’s a private home. No complimentary breakfast, but you’ve got your own kitchen.


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