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Recent Kyoto reviews

  • Everything was so well thought out

    "The machiya was immaculate and spotless! Everything you need (aside of food) was provided. Hats off to Rieko and Thomas for planning the restoration so well and making the machiya a lovely place to stay. My mother commented how new the tatami floor smelled. It's because they change the tatami mats every year (that's unheard of because of the expense) and shows the extra mile the hosts go to maintain the quality of the home. The layout of the home worked well for our family of five. My husband, my two kids (14 and 11), and I slept upstairs while my mother had the downstairs room with its own toilet. My mother was happy not to have to travel the stairs every night. When you 're used to having at least two bathrooms in the states, the extra bathroom was very appreciated. A supermarket (where you can also buy freshly prepared food) was a half block away, and the beautiful Kiyomizu Temple is in walking distance. The machiya was roomier and more comfortable than any hotel with the added benefit of a kitchen and a combination washer/dryer. We had a wonderful stay and hope to be able to visit again!"
    Guest: Ann O. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 19, 2014
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  • Wonderful stay at Kiyomizu house

    "Staying at the Kiyomizu house was a wonderful experience for us. Acco was very helpful and a great resource of local information. The location was very convenient to buses, groceries, shopping, the Gion district, temples, yet so very quiet. The house was air-conditioned which was great to return to after a day of sighseeing in the humid summer heat. The house was small but quite adequate for the four adults in our party. We We really loved the tatami room, the large table and chairs, and the kitchen had all that we needed for cooking, though we ate out mostly. We highly recommend the house and would gladly return if the opportunity arises in the future!"
    Guest: Mike S. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 4, 2014
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  • Great location in Kyoto

    "After leaving Tokyo, we traveled to Kyoto to stay for a week in this apartment. The photos and description are accurate - safe, clean, and everything you need to enjoy your time in Kyoto. The location was perfect as there was a subway and bus stop within short walking distance - we hopped on the subway many times to get to temples and to go out to dinner (there are restaurants near apartment however one stop away is the area with many bars and restaurants - which is nice because the apartment is in a quieter location). We used cab from Kyoto station upon arrival which worked out perfect, but not necessary again (although available easily one block away). The self checkin and checkout was seamless and communication prior to arrival was all good. I love VRBO and have had many great experiences - this was another one to add to that list."
    Guest: Debbie H. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: May 27, 2014
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  • 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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Kyoto Travel Tips

Best Time to Stay at Kyoto Vacation Rentals

Summer, winter, spring or fall--each season in Kyoto has a beauty of its own. In the summertime, the city gardens are a rich green color and flowers add their colors to the surroundings. In wintertime, the city is often christened with a white blanket of snow. Crystals form on the branches and transform the city’s parks into a magical kingdom. Spring brings with it its own unique beauty as pale blossoms fill the trees. The fall season is characterized by rich autumn hues which surround the temples and seem to frame them in a way befitting higher spirituality. Kyoto is a city that can be visited year-round. Several special festivals take place in the summer,making it the popular tourist season.

Attractions Near Kyoto Vacation Houses

Kyoto is thought of by many to be the Buddhist capital of the world. There are more than 470 shrines and temples in Kyoto and the surrounding areas which are viewed as being holy sites. Ranging from humble rustic shrines to majestic statues and temples, no visit to Kyoto is complete without visiting some of these sites.

At first sight, the city appears to be a sprawling metropolis. But tucked between the modern buildings are vestiges of an ancient and simpler lifestyle. Kyoto has some beautiful parks and gardens that serve as tranquil spots in the middle of a bustling city. Many of the temples and shrines are located in or near the gardens.

Shopping is an experience all in itself in Kyoto. There are modern up-market stores that have every electronic gadget imaginable. Clothing stores have slick modern fashions but if you are tall or large, you will unfortunately have some difficulty finding something in your size as Japanese women especially tend to be quite petite. There are several markets in Kyoto which carry more traditional items. Here, you can see the handmade crafts of artisans who take great pride in their work.

There are several hundred museums in Kyoto which showcase the city’s and Japan’s culture and heritage. Kyoto was the capital of Japan for more than a millennium and therefore has great cultural significance. Guided tours can be arranged with commentaries in English or other European languages.

Getting to Kyoto Vacation Houses

The city of Kyoto does not have its own international airport. However, it is served by Osaka’s two international airports--Kansai International Airport and Itami International Airport. Both airports have excellent road and rail links with Kyoto with regularly scheduled public transport services. The speed trains take approximately 75 minutes to get into Kyoto. The more popular limousine trains make more frequent stops at popular hotels and take between 90 and 135 minutes to get to the city center.

If flying into Japan via Tokyo, you can take a high-speed train to Kyoto which takes just 2 hours and 15 minutes. You can purchase discounted rail tickets from local travel agencies which allow you to travel on any train as long as it has available seats.

Travelers to Kyoto

Like most destinations in Japan, Kyoto is a relatively expensive place to visit. This is where renting a vacation apartment can help you stretch your travel budget. Most travelers visiting Kyoto have a specific interest in Japanese or Buddhist culture. For many people, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience. Because of this, it is not something that you want to rush. Having your own vacation home affords you a degree of flexibility to come and go as you please and do your sightseeing on your own timetable. It is also a wonderful opportunity to get immersed in the local culture. Granted if you don’t speak Japanese, shopping at the local market can be challenging but that is all part of the experience.

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