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Recent Kyoto reviews

  • Pleasant experience

    "We travelled as a group of 11 people to kyoto and stayed in K's villa for three nights. It has two houses with a corridor to connect each house. The rooms are very clean. And it is our first time to stay in Japan styles houses. We like the house, and our main bed room has beautiful riverside views. The transportation from here to the JR station and dining area is very convenient either by taxi or bus. Taxi fee to the JR station is around 700. And the washing machine and drying machine are helpful as it's summer time and we have 11 people. We like this house and hope we can be back to stay here again. The only shortness for us is that when we come back late the washing room is a little busy for 7 people to use."
    Guest: Smile Eyes Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 21, 2014
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  • Excellent Machiya

    "My family of 5 from Canada stayed at this guest house in mid August for five nights. We couldn't of been happier with our choice. The owners have totally refurbished this house, and we're concerned with keeping the character of a centuries old home. We wanted to give our kids the " Japanese experience" by staying here, and this home delivered. The location could not be better, one block to Gion, and walk across the bridge on Sanjo, and your in a very vibrant area with a multitude of good restaurant choices. It was averaging 92 degrees F outside, and the air conditioners kept the place nice and cool! I highly recommend this guest house, located a few doors down a small alley where the locals live. Brad S., Calgary Canada"
    Guest: Canadian family Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 23, 2014
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  • Great Traditional Stay

    "There are a number of positives about this small house. First, it's location is great - just a few blocks from great restaurants and shopping and just a few blocks from easy train and bus options. Next is Rieko who helped us so much with advice and suggestions for restaurants, etc. We also appreciated the huge washer/dryer which we used a lot given how hot it was that week and arriving after a week in Tokyo. The house is immaculately clean and the futons were comfortable. The stairs are steep to the bedroom so it was a bit of a lug to get our heavy suitcases up there but otherwise my tall husband was able to adapt to the short headroom with no problem. The bathroom is large and has a nice big shower. We did appreciate the small sofa upstairs and desk chair as our aging backs did get tired using just the floor seats (its the up and down that we're not used to). All in all, we recommend this property!"
    Guest: Deborah Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 11, 2014
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  • A perfect place to stay

    "The house is actually bigger than the You tube video. Communication with the owners was excellent at all times. Very clean, everything in the house you could need, handy to walk to Gion, very quiet area, beautifully restored house. Can't think of anything amiss. recommend it wholeheartedly."
    Guest: Lya Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 19, 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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