Akira's place is an approximate seven minute walk to Ikebukuro station. Thanks to Akira's directions, the apartment was not difficult to locate. The check-in procedure was extremely simple and the provided Pocket WiFi was an asset on days which my friend and I had individual itineraries. On the first floor there are two washers and dryers, the washers which require you to purchase your own detergent, but with convenience stores a minute away, it's not a problem. Sometimes the washers and dryers were occupied, and this was easily solved as there's also a coin laundromat located four minutes away by foot.
As a host, Akira was quick to reply to any questions and concerns. Toiletries were generously provided, and there were ample towels and hangers. One thing to keep in mind is that the location is right beside a highway, so it can be noisy. However, earplugs can help drastically, and if you are travelling during the day as we were, we would be too tired at night to notice the sound. Overall, we were content with our stay at Akira's place. The location is exceptionally convenient and closeby to many restaurants and stores and even with a week's stay we still had places on our list that we never got to visit in the neighbourhood! We had a great experience and would highly recommend this location to those planning on visiting Ikebukuro.