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Recent Kyoto reviews

  • tea room

    "I really enjoyed my stay here Every thing was excellentthe only problem i had with mosquitos me and my kids suffered alot from it Till i bought some sprays and cream for itchiness"
    Guest: Anonymous Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 15, 2014
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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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  • WONDERFUL JAPANESE HOUSE

    "We (my husband, 2 teenagers & I) stayed at the Gion House (upper level) for 5 days in July. The weather was hot but the house was nice and cool. Air conditioning is very important! We have never rented a house before and we found the communication prior to our trip between us and Curtis was excellent. When we arrived at the house we were very pleased. It was clean, spacious, had modern amenities and on a quiet street. It looks just like the pictures! The house is in a great location. We could walk everywhere and easy access to the train station. Close to downtown Gion for shopping, restaurants, temples (our favourite the "Kiyomizu Temple") and unique small Japanese shops to buy those special and unique gifts. We enjoyed going to the local market store and cooking our own dinner. The black book was very helpful for listing of nearby stores, markets and sightseeing interests. We would definitely recommend staying at the Gion House!"
    Guest: Teresa P. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 22, 2014
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  • 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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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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