Our AirBnB's in Europe have been pretty nice and spacious. Japan is a different story. Most of the amenities are just packed into a much smaller space. We have been really amazed at their creativity. In a different rental we thought they had no extra toilet paper and so bought some. Only to discover on the last day that there were lots of rolls on a very high shelf in the toilet. One of the amazing adaptions is the toilet sink. I used it once - only cold water and just felt too weird. I love the warm toilet seat - Even in public toilets they will have fancy toilets like this. It took a while to get used to the babbling brook sounds. The first couple of time it was like, what, I haven't even started yet!
Love the showers in Japan. They usually have a separate room for the bath tub and shower. There is a drain in the floor in front of the tub so you shower right outside the tub. Note the controls for the water for both the shower and tub are on the small ledge in front of the tub. The handy ledge also holds your shampoo and conditioner. The left knob sets the temperature of the water. The knob on the right goes backward for the shower or forwards for a full stream of water to fill the tub. Plenty of room to move around and no worries about getting water outside of the tub.
onto your hanging clothes. You could set it for up to 3 hours, close the shower door and let it work its magic.
In this apartment there is no central heat. Each room has its own heater with remote controls.
Our apartment had two bedrooms and a tatami room for sleeping. There was actually a closet in my room - but not really usable as you could only open the door about 8 inches - the bed took up almost the entire room. The tatami room has a closet filled with blankets and pillows. The Japanese are used to living in close quarters. This apartment advertised to sleep 8-10 people. At $129 a night that would be pretty cheap per person! Though sometimes there are extra charges for more guests.
The open area contains a space for a small table and chairs, a small sofa and coffee table and a TV. The sofa was not comfortable and the table got quite crowded. Notice the off-set computers!
Night time views from our living room window. The big green building was a bit of an eye sore - but otherwise a great view.