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Recent Kyoto property reviews
"We booked our reservation at Jizo-An with its previous owner, but the change of ownership was seamless for us. We were there for 3 weeks and loved every minute of it. The house is small, but well-equipped. and exactly as represented. The bed/pillows were very comfortable and I loved the way the morning light came into the bedroom. Plenty of closet space for a short stay for 2 people. Very quiet neighborhood, yet within easy walking distance to downtown and for those who don't mind walking, a little farther to the Gion district. The subway station, post office, a couple of grocery stores, a fabulous izakaya (Bamboo), several museums and temples are all located nearby. The WIFI connection was excellent. My husband and I are 67 and 61 respectively and had no trouble at all with the stairs to the bedroom (which are narrow and steep), but those who are less agile/fit might--just take it slowly and hold onto the railing. Loved the Japanese bath and had no trouble at all getting in or out of it. We look forward to staying at Jizo-An again!"Guest: Seattle resident Date of Stay: November 2012 Review Submitted: November 29, 2012View listing
"My wife and I stayed at Apple House in May for a few days on a trip to South Korea and Japan from BC, Canada--the experience was great and we would return without hesitation. The house is an authentic Japanese town house, not in a preserved Edo-era way, but in the way everyday Japanese people live now. The owner/operator, Hiroko, is delightful and met us at the Metro Station and dropped us back off when we leaving; she was very prompt and helpful in all our transactions from start to finish and made the stay practically stress free. Hiroko's English is virtually flawless and communication was easy and straightforward. The house is relatively small by western standards, but is more than large enough in reality and very comfortable. The futons are very restful and I slept better the first night we there than I have for a long time! The house is fully equipped and Hiroko does a great job of explaining the idiosyncrasies of Japanese household life and there was no problem cooking, doing laundry, and so on. The bus stop to downtown and other points is a few minutes walk, and once you figure out the easy walk, it is straightforward to get to. The buses are punctual, frequent and clean--most trips from Apple House are around $3 or slightly less, although there is a cheap transit pass that we didn't really figure out until the last day, but would be worth buying at the beginning of a trip. There are stores for all the essentials (and more) around the train station and is about a 12 minute walk from the house; and there a few cafes and restaurants in proximity to the station. The station is also convenient for a day trip to Mount Kurama to the NW of Kyoto which is definitely worth the effort. We didn't get to use the bicycles this time, so maybe next time... My only caveat is that I would caution visitors who have mobility issues that the stairs to the bedrooms are quite steep and the chairs in the living/TV area require you to sit at ground level, which may not work for everyone. Overall. however, I have no hesitation in recommending Apple House to anyone who wants to experience the 'real' Japan for a reasonable price!"Guest: Bazza Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: July 6, 2014View listing
"Perfect location in the heart of the Gion. The description of the unit underestimates its location , beauty and charm.Could not think of a better place to stay in Kyoto. We really felt were living the Kyoto lifestyle if only for a week."Guest: randolph w. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 3, 2014View listing
"Iho-an is in an excellent location, very convenient to the train system, it was quite and comfortable and gave a feeling for what old Kyoto would have been like . Wendy and Naoko went out of their way to make our stay as pleasant as possible, we thank them for making the reservation at the Rikichi; we had a wonderful evening at an excellent restaurant. The only catch is if you are a little tall watch out for your head the beams and doorways are low, this is not meant as a negative all of the old machiyas are the same."Guest: Chris Date of Stay: May 2013 Review Submitted: June 14, 2013View listing
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.