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Recent Kyoto reviews
"We enjoyed staying in this authentic traditional Japanese home for almost one week. The stated description and the photos accurately reflect the rental's appearance, the facilities and the surrounding area. The property was clean and well-maintained. The owner was available to answer any questions and concerns we had. He is very kind and a fluent English speaker. We particularly appreciated the sober elegance of the interior, the comfort of the futon beds and the practical washing/drying machine. Less practical was the lack of storage area in the kitchen. The accomodation is well located near public transportation and in an attractive area. We can recommend this accomodation to anyone interested in living in a traditional Japanese house, which also means some limitations but overall is a a worthwhile experience."Guest: Gabriel E. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 24, 2014View listing
"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, 2014View 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
"The names of these two cottages say it all. It was such a peaceful place to spend our evenings and early mornings. This worked very well for us. We were two couples (all approx 55yolds) and had one of the cottages each with an adjoining door. We were all very comfortable. We believe 6 adults would be a bit of a squeeze but not impossible. If you are lacking stability/mobility/confidence on your feet we would suggest the Peace Cottage rather than the Moss Cottage as once you are inside everything is on the one level except the initial entry. All the information provided by the agent about the cottages is accurate. We stayed for 7 nights from January 7 2014 during cold conditions and were very comfortable with the heating provided. The agents were prompt and efficient in dealing with us throughout the booking process and very helpful with information and assistance with other aspects of our stay. Please note that only the Moss Cottage has a microwave and only the Peace Cottage has a laundry. This worked ok for us as we were sharing with people we knew. If only booking one cottage I would first check with the agent regarding if the other is booked as the walls between cottages are very thin and this may affect your stay. Location is excellent. If you wish to get to Kyoto Rail Station we suggest a 10 min taxi ride for approx 1400 yen as opposed to 4 subway tickets at approx same price. This saves time (if 2 people then more cost effective on subway). There are many interesting sites within walking distance. The Japanese people on the street are very helpful and we never had any problems getting around or finding the sites. Most nights we were walking the streets until 10pm or later and felt very safe. It was a wonderful experience staying in these cottages."Guest: Ashes Date of Stay: January 2014 Review Submitted: February 2, 2014View 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.