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Planning to go to Japan to experience life as a local and looking for a place to stay for a week that feels very homely. An area where there is full of mom and dad type shops but is not too remote either.

Any suburbs recommended? Anywhere in the country is okay too!

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closed as not a real question by Ankur Banerjee Feb 1 '12 at 10:16

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Hi Tina, welcome to Travel.SE. We try not to have overly-broad questions and "anywhere in Japan" is too wide a criteria for anyone to objectively answer your question. I'm closing this now, but please feel free to edit it to include more details about what areas you can realistically travel to and then perhaps people will be able to help. –  Ankur Banerjee Feb 1 '12 at 10:12
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You might also want to try couchsurfing as an option for a 'homely' feel. –  Ankur Banerjee Feb 1 '12 at 10:16
    
Really most of Japan is like you describe. –  hippietrail Feb 1 '12 at 17:02

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In Tokyo, the area between Yotsuya station and Shinjuku park is exactly like that (a friend of mine lived there for a year) and very central (just a few hundred meters from the imperial palace). I'm not sure there's a place to stay short-term in that area though.

Using Google Maps, it should be easy to find such areas in any Japanese city by looking for many small houses built close together near the center. However, do you speak Japanese? If not, it will be very difficult to really "experience life as a local" in any meaningful way.

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