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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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  • Perfect Home Away

    "We walked into the Gion House and it embraced us immediately. Traveling from L.A. through Taipei, to Kyoto - this turned out to be the perfect spot for our week to slow down and rest. The space is perfect for two. The renovations that have been done to this property are exquisite in every regard. The winter weather was not a problem at all, as there is plenty of heating both ambient, and floor heating that kept us snug (We are from southern California so anything that drops below 65 degrees F, is "cold" for us!). The Host, Tanaka-san was also exactly what we would have wished for in a Machiya host: highly accessible at any time by text, very responsive to every inquiry, and yet unseen throughout the week's stay. We are independent travelers so our mode is to settle in and make every new place our home. We were able to do that here, very easily. The space is well designed so that every aspect of short-term living is taken care of - from needs one may have for cooking at home, to having access to laundry facilities, to being situated in a spot that gives visitors a real feel for local neighborhoods. Market for food shopping is close, plenty of restaurants, plenty of places for tea/coffee, and lots of temples and shrines in easy walking distance. Train station is about ten minutes by taxi and runs about 1000 yen. There are also buses within easy walking distance. The best for us: Kenninji Temple - just a half block away, around the corner sits the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto. In all, a fantastic place to stay while in Kyoto. Our plan is to visit again, very soon and we will send friends and family as well!"
    Guest: o-2 Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: March 6, 2015
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  • A perfect stay

    "My family of four (2 adults, 2 kids) staying here in early January. The place is perfect down a quaint ally. Acco has thought of everything and everything is beautiful and perfect. Even though there was snow when we were there we were kept nice and toasty, unlike at other traditional homes we stayed in during our vacation. Acco was the ultimate host-she helped us make a dinner reservations, gave us directions and met us near the taxi stand. Her English is perfect and she is kind, helpful and knowledgable. We hated to leave. Thanks!!"
    Guest: Meg Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: January 27, 2015
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  • Perfect Place to Stay in Kyoto

    "Our family of 4 stayed here for 3 nights. The townhouse looked exactly how it was in the pictures. It was well-maintained, clean and in good condition. There were heaters in the living room, which was a cozy area for the whole family to hang out when we wake up in the morning and after we get back in the evening. The futons in the bedroom were very comfortable and we loved the blankets which were soft and warm. We slept very well every night. The bathroom was quite big for Japanese standards. There was a shower area and a tub where one can relax one's tired muscles after a day's walk. The water was strong and comfortably hot. Everything was provided for - coffee, tea, creamer, sugar, electric kettle, stove, microwave, toaster, cooking oil, mugs and glasses, plates of different sizes, bowls, spoons, forks, knives, chopsticks, kitchen utensils, pans, towels, toilet papers and tissues, toothbrushes and toothpaste shampoo, conditioner and body soap, cotton buds, body scrub, and 4 bicycles! The neighbourhood was quiet and safe. One wouldn't be scared to take a walk alone even after midnight. There was a 24-hour supermarket nearby where we bought food for our breakfast. Mr. Kazuya is a very nice man. Whenever we ask for advice via email using the portable wifi he provided, he responds right away. He even booked 2 cabs to bring us to the limo bus station which would take us to the airport. One thing I would like to suggest though, please add more clothes hooks near the doorway to hang our heavy jackets. Also some hooks in the bathroom for us to hang our clothes. Thank you, Mr. Kazuya, for giving us this opportunity to experience traditional Japanese living! We would definitely stay here again when we go back to Kyoto."
    Guest: Bang C. Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: January 4, 2015
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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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