Oak Explorers: Shin-Sakuradai
Around Shin-Sakuradai station
Shin-Sakuradai - A new women-only house open February 2019 near Shin-Sakuradai station, on the Seibu Yurakucho line! From the station you can get to Ikebukuro in 9 minutes, or Shibuya in 19, all direct. It's just a 4-minute walk from the station, so it's really convenient if you work closer to the center of the city. The Yurakucho line goes through Kotake Mukaibara station so you have access to Iidabashi, Ginza, and Toyosu areas as well. Near the station you can find the Nihon University College of Art campus, the Musashino University Ekoda campus, the Musashino Academia Musicae campus, and more. With so many students nearby, there are lots of convenient to eat, drink, and shop. This time, we take a look at the house and the area around Shin-Sakuradai station. Hopefully you'll want to move here by the end of the article!
First, we start at Shin-Sakuradai station on the Seibu Yurakucho line. There is a LIFE supermarket near the station, open from 9 am to midnight, which is really convenient. Plus you can easily walk to Ekoda station, which is on the Seibu Ikebukuro line, in about 10 minutes. This way you have easy access to two different lines, which is helpful. There are lots of places to shop near each station.
A great place for coffee lovers
The Shin-Sakuradai / Ekoda area is actually known for its large number of coffee shops. One such place on the way toward Ekoda is Ekoda HUT. They also have several types of tea, from green, roasted, and Earl Grey. It smells lovely. They care so much about tea quality that they go directly to tea farms in Shizuoka to pick out the leaves. Today, we had a matcha latte, and a hojicha (roasted tea) latte. The warm drinks in the cold weather was so nice. They also have a carefully-selected gin...but maybe we'll try that another time!
Oakhouse Shin-Sakuradai was newly built in just 2016. The rooms are decorated in natural colors, with a bright and clean feel. Rooms are slightly small at just 7㎡, but you get a single bed, low table, sofa, refrigerator, lighting, and there's a TV jack too, which is all you need to start living on your own. Storage is under the the bed and sofa. You can lock the storage under the bed as well to use it as a security box. There are 2 system kitchens, 2 shower booths, 4 washing and drying machines each, 1 bathroom on 1F and 2 on 2F, so it's pretty fully-outfitted. The kitchen has enough room to cook comfortably, and all the cookware and cutlery you'll need is already here.
Area around Ekoda station
You can also use Ekoda station from Oakhouse Shin-Sakuradai. Ekoda is on the Seibu Ikebukuro line, and you can get to Ikebukuro in just 7 minutes. It's just an 8-minute walk from Ekoda to the house. Near the station are the Nihon University College of Art, the Musashino University Ekoda campus, and the Musashino Academia Musicae campus, so it's well-known by students. Luckily for them, there are many cheap places to eat and drink. The Ekoda shopping street is always convenient, and there is even a 24-hour supermarket. It's a fun place to walk around and discover something new. Plus there is a park and a Shinto shrine you can find nice spots of nature to relax in.
So what do you think of Shin-Sakuradai and Ekoda? Easy access into central Tokyo, brand-new building, nice area--what's not to love? If you're looking for a fresh start in spring, this is a good housing option, especialyl if you're looking for something only for women. We hope to hear from you!