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Recent Japan reviews

  • Moss Garden Cottage & Cottage of Peace

    "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, 2014
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  • Incredible apartment - unstoppable views

    "We recently hired the whole apartment for a week and had an amazing experience. Having breakfast / afternoon tea with a large window view of the mountain is just amazing. The design is very stylish, and 'extras' include everything you would require,(ie hair dryer, ipod dock, cd player - even an Australian plug) The owner of this property is extremely helpful and the help doesn't stop there, upon arrival the conceirge team will help you with anything else you require. Only constructive comment is that the images online although great, don't do it justice, its so much better in real life! Very happy to reccomend for any group of people ( or for a couple - who can hire part of the apartment)"
    Guest: Cat M. Date of Stay: January 2014 Review Submitted: February 7, 2014
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  • Wonderful

    "Such a nice cozy property, close to all public transport, sights, shopping, grocery, restaurants and everything else most tourists need. The house is traditional, yet renovated to provide modern amenities. It is quiet and in a back street but 2 minutes walk away from the noise and continuous bustle of busy traffic. Pictures describe the house accurately. Acco, our host is most considerate and helpful. Our family had a most memorable time in this ancient city thanks to this website and great host. Thank you and cannot wait to be back again."
    Guest: Ssw Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: November 21, 2014
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  • Amazing property that embodies the beauty of Kyoto!

    "I stayed at the Gion House for 5 days with my husband and 2 children (2 and 7 years old) and we were so impressed. The house itself is absolutely beautiful and all the materials used in construction (remodeling) are of the very best quality. The high-tech bathtub system, toilet, W/D is so impressive. But the Japanese detail and design is the best feature of this michiya. I spent so much time just taking pictures of this fantastic property. So happy I stayed here and not in a traditional hotel- I really felt like I was coming home each night after a long day of sightseeing. We ate all our breakfasts here at the house and a couple dinners. The kitchen is small but surprisingly fully functional - it even includes a rice maker! We did several loads of laundry (necessary with my messy kids) and we just love the W/D - wow! And the futons were so comfortable and the pillows are amazing. We loved the pillows so much that we were thinking about buying some to take home. We priced them out at the local Dept store in Kyoto and they cost $150 each!! Too rich for my blood but wow, I will never forget sleeping on those plastic pillows, they're amazing!! The windows are amazing! We were just stunned at the high quality windows and appliances. Also the bathroom was great - I never skipped a bath or soak in that amazing tub! Again, it's a small tight bathroom but everything is so neat and perfectly designed - it works very well. I was a little concerned about the steep stairway and my kids but we kept them downstairs and it wasn't an issue. All I can say is that you will not be disappointed if you stay at this property - it's amazing in every way"
    Guest: Charlotte Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 19, 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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