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This property allows you to book online with a credit card. After submitting a reservation request, the owner or manager has 24 hours to accept, at which time your card will be charged and you will receive an email confirmation

Recent Japan reviews

  • Absolutely perfect setting for our stay

    "Our family of five adults and an infant stayed in early April and had the most amazing time. Joshua's apartment provides a really wonderful setting for your stay in Kyoto. Compared to the cramped quarters we shared in Tokyo, this apartment was more than enough space for the five of us and our infant. The rooms were very comfortable and quite spacious. You will be floored by just how beautiful this place is, from the gardens to the tatami rooms, it was just absolutely amazing. The location itself was also perfect, less than 10 minute walk to two different supermarkets and a number of great restaurants. The Imperial Gardens are literally around the corner and were just stunning at this time of year. Joshua did a great job explaining how everything worked and gave us some solid advice for how to spend our time in Kyoto. Prior to our stay he was very prompt in his responses to our questions via email. If we ever go back there is no doubt we would stay here again over a hotel."
    Guest: Stephen F. Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: April 14, 2014
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  • Our great fortune

    "Last year my wife and I enjoyed a vacation in Kyoto staying at a beautiful ryokan in Higashiyama. We luxuriated in our beautiful surroundings and the innkeepers' pampering. It was a wonderful holiday, a great lifetime experience. This year, when work brought me back to Kansai and I was able to organize a one week holiday for us in my schedule, the thought occurred that instead of staying at a ryokan we would rent a traditional house, and experience daily life in Kyoto as a resident might. First, the time flew by - I can't believe it's over. Second - I'm struggling to find the words - the experience of staying at Hanare house allowed us to find the extraordinary in the ordinary in Japan. After 18 years of visiting and enjoying Japan this was the highlight. I'm sorry, I don't know how to say it better - please allow yourself the experience. It's great."
    Guest: Peter San Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: February 4, 2015
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  • Delightful, spacious home away from home

    "We were a group of 8 women aged 30s to 60s & we absolutely loved this house. We had plenty of space, 3 western style single beds with the rest futons on tatami mats. All beds were warm & comfortable. House was very clean & had everything we needed. Wifi never failed. The bathroom & laundry facilities are outside the house proper at the back, but this didn't bother us at all. The separate vanity units with mirrors (2) was convenient for such a large group of women. Likewise, the separate toilets (2), were conveniently separate from each of the bathrooms. One bathroom has a bath with shower, while the other has a shower only. Plenty of hot water. There was also a separate urinal. There is a lovely private garden at the back, along with the tea room which we didn't use. Once we got our bearings, we found it in a convenient location for catching trains, including the little train to Arashiyama. There's a convenience store (Lawsons) just a block away, on the corner of the major street that runs into the city centre/shopping district. To get there, our taxi driver had to phone the owner for directions, despite us having the address (little street). So, I suggest guests keep all details very handy when trying to get to the house & for when you travel outside it. We took photos on our phone of the streets at the intersection where the Lawsons store is on the main street, & found these were immediately recognised by taxi drivers. The owner was always prompt in replying to any queries I had in making the booking. We had no issues at all during our stay & our entire group loved the house. Highly recommended."
    Guest: Bweno Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: December 3, 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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