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APPLE HOUSE, KYOTO - FOR THE CITY, TEMPLES, SHRINES AND MOUNTAINS!

Hiroko / David James

Advertiser since: 2009
Speaks: english, Japanese
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Hiroko / David James

Advertiser since: 2009
Speaks: english, Japanese
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Within an hour
Response rate:
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Calendar last updated:
December 5, 2014
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APPLE HOUSE, KYOTO - FOR THE CITY, TEMPLES, SHRINES AND MOUNTAINS!

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Kyoto House Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms, living room, diner/kitchen, bathroom, toilet. Maximum 4 people.

Apple House is a comfortable, well furnished property in lovely Shugakuin, Kyoto City. Rather than staying in a hotel or apartment, you can live in a typical Japanese house in a peaceful, yet very convenient neighborhood of Kyoto.

Supermarkets, bakeries and other amenities are all within easy walking distance, as are bus and train services to other parts of Kyoto. We provide two bicycles ( with baskets ) as an alternative to walking or public transport.

Some shrines and temples are very close by, and the excellent number 5 bus service takes you south along past the Silver Pavilion, Kyoto Handicraft Center, Nanzenji, Heian Shrine, Gion and through the congested city center to Kyoto Station.

The owners live close by and speak both English and Japanese. You will be met at a convenient station, driven to Apple House and can settle in with plenty of English information provided.

See applehousekyoto.com for more information and images.

Please see applehousekyoto.com for more information and images!

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Hiroko / David James (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2009
Speaks: english, Japanese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 5, 2014

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for making our stay here so warm and comfortable. We love Apple House and this beautiful picturesque corner of Kyoto. Your advice and guidance were spot on and the Gluten Free menu card was invaluable.



Words cannot describe this awe-inspiring, world breaking holiday. Truly memorable and fantastic. So for those yet to taste this magical part of the East, here are our top tips;



~ Recommend the Kurama-Kibune walk. Lovely and tranquil at this time of the year and only a train ride upto the mountains from Shugakuin.



~ If you happen to be around for any of the festivals, GO!! They are worth it just for the atmosphere.



~ We used the buses a lot (day cards from 7-11). We also used the ICOCA cards a lot with the trains and subway. But for 4 of us, taxis were good value for the occasional trips. 1,700 JPY from here to Gion.
Oct 2014
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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Reviews

5
based on 16 traveler reviews

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Apple House, Kyoto - for the City, Temples, Shrines and Mountains!
average rating of 5.0 based on 172 reviews
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Apple House, Kyoto - for the City, Temples, Shrines and Mountains!
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Kyoto Japan
5

Fantastic property!!!

  • 5 of 5
The Apple House is the ideal property for experiencing Kyoto and Japanese living. The home is traditional Japanese, cozy, clean, well maintained and located on a winding road that runs along a river. The home provides all your basics and then some for moving right in, without having to buy a lot of extras.The owner provided exceptional customer service from picking us up at the station to removing trash and changing the bedding during our 3 week stay. The buses and trains are convenient, as is access to a 7-11 store with English newspapers and an ATM that provides foreign currency exchange (not readily available in many parts of Japan.) We loved this home and would recommend it to anyone who wants an authentic Japanese living experience.
  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Apple House, Kyoto - for the City, Temples, Shrines and Mountains!
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Kyoto Japan
Nanaimo, BC, Canada
5

Great authentic Kyoto experience!

  • 5 of 5
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!
  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
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Kyoto Japan
Frisco, Tx and Norman, Okla
5

Great location and quiet neighborhood

  • 5 of 5
The Apple House is in a nice, out of the way neighborhood, (reminded me of a movie scene!) It's very quiet at night, so makes sleeping easy. The house is a short 5 minute walk to the bus stop or a short bike ride from the subway station. We really appreciated having two bikes at our disposable to ride. The house is well stocked and comfortable. There are a number of good restaurants and grocery stores within walking distance. We really appreciated being picked up and dropped off at the subway station, especially since it was pouring rain! Hiroko was very helpful and timely in getting back with all request. Can't go wrong when booking the Apple House.
  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car
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Apple House, Kyoto - for the City, Temples, Shrines and Mountains!
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Kyoto Japan
United States
5

Best way to experience life in Japan

  • 5 of 5
I stayed with my son (9) and daughter (18) for three weeks in Apple House and it felt like home. The house was neat and clean, with tatami mats, sliding doors, and everything you need. Hiroko took great care of us! She was easy to ask questions, and helped my kids learn origami and made everyone feel at home. She went the extra mile for us and assisted us with arrangements at the local school. Her husband David and her son were equally pleasant and made us feel welcome in Japan. The house with the babbling brook, happy quiet neighbors, local stores and restaurants is perfect for someone looking for a chance to feel what it is like to live in Japan. The trains and buses were easy to navigate, and we explored Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, and even an overnight to Kyosan from our home in Apple House. We are very sad to be leaving Apple House. Relaxing days spent here will be some of our most cherished memories of our adventure in Japan.
  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Kyoto Japan
Washington, D.C.
5

Exceeds All Expectations. Apple House is a Dream-Come-True in Kyoto.

  • 5 of 5
Apple House is a dream come true. If you are lucky enough to find an opening, book it--the reservations go fast. We booked Apple House for a month of our 3 month stay in Japan and would have loved to extend, but other fortunate travelers had reserved the house after us, and we had to move on.
We stayed at 3 vacation rental houses in Kyoto, and Apple House was not only by far the very best, but the only one I can recommend.

The Shugakuin neighborhood of Kyoto, where Apple House is located, is considered the best in the city. Everything is easily accessible, from great Japanese restaurants like Hida (our favorite--a five minute walk from the house), to French bakeries, to a 100-Yen shop for great bargains to bring back home. The local Fresco market has an amazing assortment of carry-out food, so you can eat cheaply without having to cook. If you want to cook, Apple House is fully stocked. (We didn't find this at the other houses, where even toilet paper was rationed. Be warned.)

This was our first stay at a VRBO house, and I learned that the owner, the care they take with the house and their concern for their guests makes all the difference in the enjoyability and comfort of your stay. Hiroko was amazing--a friend combined with a personal concierge/travel guide. One night we were lost, and asked a passer-by for directions. We showed her the map to Apple House Hiroko had given us (which also had Hiroko's phone number). She called and, in a flash, Hiroko had driven over to pick us up and bring us safely back to "The Apple." I am confident that you will never find another owner in Kyoto who would do that. Nor any other owner who cares as Hiroko does. (Our other 2 houses were owned by a company with many houses--we were not treated with care as at Apple. Nor were they clean. My advice is book with an individual owner, like Hiroko at Apple.)

Traveling far away from home, we wanted a clean, comfortable, safe, peaceful environment where we could rest--We found that only at Apple House. Our other rental houses were in touristy areas, and we never felt like we were "living" in Kyoto. At Apple we were "known" and felt truly at home. It is the only house I can recommend.

We had tears when, after a month, we had to leave. There is indescribable magic at Apple House. You may be in Kyoto for a short or long stay, but if you stay at Apple House you will never forget--or regret--it. It will be with you forever.
I am dreaming of returning--soon!
  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Marcia, thank you very much indeed for this wonderful praise. You both really "lived" here, and were able to appreciate the atmosphere of this real Japanese community with its people and amenities. We try our hardest to provide a clean and comfortable place to stay and are extremely pleased to hear how Apple House exceeded your expectations. Please do return! Hiroko and David.
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Kyoto Japan
Vancouver, Canada
5

Apple House, Kyoto

  • 5 of 5
You have set up a beautiful home away from home for us. Everything has been thought of, from CDs to DVDs for kids to the green and red matching bikes. We thoroughly enjoyed it. D.T.

Other than our son's above remark, my wife & myself have had really a good time staying in Apple House. Knowing David, the owner, is also our great pleasure. Thank you. J.T.T.
  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2009
  • Stayed: Mar 2009
  • Source: HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Kansai International
Car: not necessary

Other Activities: Visiting temples and shrines.

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Rates & Availability

From $130 Per night

Kyoto House Rental Rates

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High
Oct 16 2014 - Jan 5 2015
3 night minimum stay
$130
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Notes Our rental contracts are very reasonable and depend on the number of people and season.
Maximum 4 people. We only accept payment in Japanese Yen and the US dollar rates quoted will change with the exchange rate. The nightly rate varies between JPY 9,000 and JPY 16,000 depending on the number of guests and the season.
The guests pay for utilities used - these usually total a few hundred Yen/day.
Payment with credit card via PayPal. Non refundable deposit to secure booking ( amount depends on length of stay ). Balance due 6 weeks before arrival.
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Amenities

Kyoto House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
Theme:
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • Guests sleep on futons placed on traditional tatami mats. Extra mattresses are provided for people who prefer softer sleeps!
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes:
Please see applehousekyoto.com for more details!

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