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Recent Japan reviews

  • 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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  • A Fun Stay for Us with the Kids

    "This Machiya house worked out well for our family (4). We wanted the children to get a sense of what it must be like to live in Kyoto. By staying in a Machiya house we felt at once part of the neighborhood. The house is well located, clean, and has the basics. The stairs are a little steep but our four year old was able to climb up and down pretty easily. The owner has put in a nice soaking tub into the unit that comes in handy after a day of walking from temple to temple."
    Guest: mark a. Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: March 31, 2014
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  • Great authentic Kyoto experience!

    "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, 2014
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