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Recent Japan reviews

  • Delightful, spacious home away from home

    "We were a group of 8 women aged 30s to 60s & we absolutely loved this house. We had plenty of space, 3 western style single beds with the rest futons on tatami mats. All beds were warm & comfortable. House was very clean & had everything we needed. Wifi never failed. The bathroom & laundry facilities are outside the house proper at the back, but this didn't bother us at all. The separate vanity units with mirrors (2) was convenient for such a large group of women. Likewise, the separate toilets (2), were conveniently separate from each of the bathrooms. One bathroom has a bath with shower, while the other has a shower only. Plenty of hot water. There was also a separate urinal. There is a lovely private garden at the back, along with the tea room which we didn't use. Once we got our bearings, we found it in a convenient location for catching trains, including the little train to Arashiyama. There's a convenience store (Lawsons) just a block away, on the corner of the major street that runs into the city centre/shopping district. To get there, our taxi driver had to phone the owner for directions, despite us having the address (little street). So, I suggest guests keep all details very handy when trying to get to the house & for when you travel outside it. We took photos on our phone of the streets at the intersection where the Lawsons store is on the main street, & found these were immediately recognised by taxi drivers. The owner was always prompt in replying to any queries I had in making the booking. We had no issues at all during our stay & our entire group loved the house. Highly recommended."
    Guest: Bweno Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: December 3, 2014
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  • Wim

    "Location superb, bathroom given the measures is outstanding (wish I had the same tub!), staff very helpful, the best place to spend a few days when in Kyoto!"
    Guest: Wim Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 26, 2014
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  • Small but efficient, great location!

    "Small apartment (though spacious for Tokyo standards). Exactly as described. Thoughtfully furnished and clean. We had no problem sleeping 8 people there. We were out in the city most of the time, so this was a great place to crash. Just a few blocks from a great subway (and Japan Rail) station. Nakano area has everything you need: shopping arcade that goes on for blocks, grocery store, restaurants, etc. Neighbors and neighborhood were quiet. Host Makoto was great via e-mail beforehand. He greeted us at the train station and was careful to explain everything, but we were jetlagged and missed a few things. Would have been helpful to have some English labeling/stickers on the remotes for air conditioners and washing machine. Garbage sorting procedures (6 differeent bins!!!) could have been more clearly labelled as well. Overall - recommend highly. Can't beat the price and the amenities/ location."
    Guest: Andrea Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 16, 2014
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  • Absolutely perfect setting for our stay

    "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, 2014
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Japan Travel Tips

Best Time of Year to Visit Japan

Japan has four distinct seasons, each with its own unique beauty. In terms of climate, the best seasons to visit are spring and autumn, when the temperatures are more moderate. Spring enjoys mild, warm days with less humidity and rain than the summer months. In March and April, you can see the famous cherry blossoms that dominate many of Japan’s cultural artworks. Autumn starts around September and the rich tones of the leaves turning are almost as beautiful as the spring blossoms. The weather starts to cool and is more temperate as the temperatures and humidity drop. The only caution is that early in the season the southern regions are prone to typhoons which bring heavy rains and can cause widespread flooding.

Summer is characterized by heavy rains early in the season, and stifling humidity and high temperatures through June and July. Thankfully, most buildings and public transport systems are air-conditioned. Great attractions of the season are the many firework festivals and events that take place. Winter can get icy with snowfalls occurring in the northern and mountainous regions. There are several ski resorts and hot springs that are the main attractions during the colder months. The only drawback is that few buildings have central heating so you need to dress warmly.

Getting to Japan

There are two main international airports in Japan. Narita International is located just outside of Tokyo and the largest airport. It hosts most major international airlines from around the globe. There are daily scheduled flights that connect Tokyo with western cities in the U.S., such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. There are also regular flights from other destinations such as Vancouver, Sydney, Singapore, Dubai and Europe. If traveling from the East Coast in the United States, you can sometimes get a direct connection; however, most flights will have a stopover in another city en route. A second large international airport is located just outside of the commercial city of Osaka. Kansai Airport also hosts a number of international and regional airlines with regularly scheduled flights.

Once in Japan, you can take advantage of the highly efficient public transport system. Most transport links are by rail and Japan boasts some of the most advanced high-speed trains in the world. Aside from the public transport network, there are also several private companies that provide transport networks, and inner-city metro systems. Initially, it can be quite confusing but once you can differentiate between the systems, traveling this way becomes much less complicated.

Things to See and Do near Japan Vacation Houses

Japan is a country of rich contrasts. There are ancient shrines and temples that are set among modern buildings. Traditional gardens provide oases in the cities. If you are visiting in the spring, travel to Yoshino where you can take a stroll among millions of beautiful cherry blossoms. If you have a decent level of fitness and enjoy the outdoors, you can hike to the top of the iconic Mt. Fuji which stands at an altitude of 3,776 meters. You can also see one of the world’s largest calderas at Mt. Aso. If your interest is in culture and history, you can visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and experience the real-life after-effects of atomic warfare. There are also several shrines and holy places that you can visit, such as Ise Shrine and Hoguru Mountain.

Kyoto Vacation Rentals in Japan

Kyoto is the cultural capital of Japan and where many vacation homes are located. The apartments tend to be compact but are quite adequate for couples or a small family. The rooms have sufficient living space and are usually furnished in a modern style. Explore Japan from vacation rentals offered by owner - choose from Tokyo apartments, Kyoto vacation houses and more.

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