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Recent Kyoto reviews

  • Wonderful family experience

    "We stayed for 3 weeks in the delightful Apple House with our 3 young children (ages 8, 5, and 2.5) and we couldn't have been happier. Hiroko is a marvelous host and we were welcomed with lovely emails before we arrived and met at the station to be escorted to the house. Everything at the house was clean and well-maintained. Hiroko took plenty of time to explain how to use all the appliances and she also had written instructions (in English) for our reference at the house. She even brought over a box of toys for our children to use during our stay! The house is in a family-friendly neighborhood that has a huge children's park about 10 minutes walk away. We also recommend the beautiful nearby Shugakuin Imperial Villa (although children under 18 are not allowed). There are several buses and trains conveniently located to the house that will take you wherever you want to go in Kyoto. We can't wait to go back!"
    Guest: Karli S. Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: May 22, 2015
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  • A taste of traditional Japan

    "We stayed here as a couple for 3 nights. The machiya is as described on the site. It is a beautifully constructed house both inside and out, very well-maintained with top-notch furnishings. Our favourite part of the house was the much-vaunted hot tub, perfect for a long soak after a day of hard walking. The location was perfect, within a short walk to Gion and to the main street. We cooked several meals and also did a few loads of laundry. Everything is very "self-service", as is to be expected, but the owner was easily contactable by email and responded promptly to emails both before and during our stay. The only possible downsides were first, that the staircase between the ground and second floor is narrow and steep, and open on one side. While that is fine for adults I would hesitate to bring my young kids on a trip here (though to be fair, I do note that the owner has said that a safety gate can be installed at the top of the stairs). Second, the toilet is not on the same floor as the bedroom, so a trip to the toilet in the middle of the night did necessitate my stumbling down the same narrow steep staircase in a half-awake state. Third, there is quite some noise from traffic passing along the street, even at night. I am a light sleeper and would not have been able to sleep well without earplugs. My husband, though, is a heavy sleeper, and had no problems whatsoever with the traffic noise! Having said all this, I accept that this is part and parcel of staying in a traditional property. We did enjoy our stay thoroughly and would strongly recommend it to anyone wanting to experience a stay in a machiya."
    Guest: Tricia N. Date of Stay: May 2015 Review Submitted: May 18, 2015
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  • Quiet, clean and wonderful

    "We were travelling in a group of 4, with 2 of us in their 60s and 70s. We wanted to choose a place to stay that is clean and quiet and feelings more "home-like" than normal hotels. Tsumugi Inn was absolutely perfect. It is not a hotel but a temporary home, kept incredibly cosy and neat. The house is in the middle of town and is about 15 minutes on foot from the nearest train stations, tucked away in a quiet, picturesque little lane. Everything in the house is spotlessly clean, all the appliances and amenities are in perfect order. The host, Mr Kuni, is thoughtful and kind, and very experienced receiving overseas guests. This would be a perfect home for a group of friends who enjoy peace and quiet. A few tips I would like to offer: (i) there is no sofa (we sit on big cushions around a low coffee / dining table) and the bathrooms are on a different floor from the bedrooms, so older visitors should take care; (ii) our host keeps the place very neat and tidy with beautiful Japanese adornments around the house, parents should take care with very young children so they do not swallow (or destroy) anything; (iii) if you are unfamiliar with the rubbish recycling system in Japan it is worth asking a few more questions to make sure - we were sometimes quite confused although I think we did manage not to mess things up too badly in the end. Overall, a lovely place to stay - highly recommended!!"
    Guest: Helena Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 16, 2014
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  • Even better than the photos

    "Kamogawa-an is even more elegant than the photos on the website each detail, the dishes, furnishing, the futons, the rock garden, the cypress bath is to die for! There are many different places where you can sit and view the Kamo River. Of course the location is great, near Kyoto station, and many of the temples. We loved it here!"
    Guest: Tuberose Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 9, 2014
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