This place was great! It was our third trip to Kyoto and our first staying somewhere other than a hotel. Worth it.
Firstly, the communication with Hiro, the manager, was excellent. He was able to help us out in not time at all if there was any sort of problem. Not that we really had any. And Toshi, the owner, was just so awesome. Greeting us with a huge smile in his Kombi-van at the station and then giving us a quick tour of the area surrounding the apartment. Then so happy to see us and hear of our travel tales while we were staying there, as he picked us up once again to then see us off at the station.
The apartment itself was nestled away in such a beautiful and quite neighborhood. Very easy to get to the shops, about 5-10 minute walk. There is a pharmacy, supermarket and a couple of 24hr convenience stores, all within reasonably close vicinity to each other.
The apartment is quite spacious for those that are used to hotels. Going by other places that I have stayed throughout Japan this place is huge. As the pictures show, there is one bedroom with a double bed, one with two single beds, and a tatami room with two mattresses. For those traveling in the cooler times of year, there is adequate heating via a gas heater. One thing that was a blessing was a washer-dryer. No need to hang clothes outside!
For those that are expecting to get around on a JR West rail pass, just be aware that the closest train station is not JR. The closest JR station is Saga-arashiyama.
Unfortunately, I didn't to spend much time in the area. I would have really enjoyed seeing Toshi's cultural property and some of the temples off the beaten path.
I would stay here again. It was a great apartment, Hiro and Toshi were great to deal with. I would certainly recommend this place to just about anyone.