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Recent Kyoto reviews

  • Liz. Ontario. Canada.

    "Very comfortable apartment. We found the apartment to be spotlessly clean, well appointed and very quiet, much appreciated after having been in Tokyo for a week. As previously mentioned in another review, the photos and description are perfectly accurate, and the self checkin works very well. Being December it was quite cool - the heating works well and the down comforters were lovely and cozy. We had no problems at all and found the details of grocery stores, etc in the information book to be very helpful. There are a number of little restaurants on Gojo and we particularly liked the Udon Sanshiki, where we ate on a cold rainy night. Very welcoming, average prices and decidedly above average food and attention to detail. A young chef who deserves to do well. I would love to have the opportunity to stay here again."
    Guest: David Vanderpump Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: December 16, 2014
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  • Awesome and Highly Recommend

    "I had the honor and priviledge of staying at the Gion House during my month and half stay in Kyoto. The location is excellent on a quiet street yet very close the best of Gion. Near the best Japanese restaurants and gazing at the true Geisha. Easy grocery shopping nearby and local vendors. I had easy access to taxis, bus line and trains. The owner/managers are attentive, knowledgeable, helpful, and professional. Truly the best part of my stay in Kyoto for experiencing the traditional Japanese style house--yet with some modern conveniences. For a true experience--The Gion House is outstanding!"
    Guest: Yuriko Terasaka Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: December 7, 2014
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  • Awesome stay!

    "Thank you Tanaka-san for opening up your home to us! The home itself is beautiful and the amenities were perfect. Garden and flower arrangement was lovely. The futons were surprisingly very comfortable. The location was perfect. Very close to the 2 train stations that take you to anywhere in Kyoto. Nice to have the Lawson nearby for breakfast items and snacks. The neighborhood and Arashiyama were very nice. Kyoto is beautiful in the fall and saw lots of colorful leaves."
    Guest: Maura Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: December 2, 2014
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  • Lovely & very good location

    "The appartment itself is beautiful and very nice. The location next to gion, shopping, restaurants & Underground train is exceptional! Even if the kitchen is really small: it's all there you'll possibly need (except some extra chopsticks ;). We (family of 3) really enjoyed it."
    Guest: Guido Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 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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