Excellent alternative to hotels and ryokans!
This was a fabulous place to stay during our vacation in Kyoto. Excellent alternative to a hotel or ryokan, both which are priced much higher than renting a small Japanese house. We saved money for housing, and were able to stay in a part of town just on the edge of Gion district. Tons of restaurants/bars/shops nearby. Very easy access to the subway (10 min walk).
The house was small by American standards, but big enough for us during our 6 day stay. Very clean, beautiful interior, and a small kitchen that was serviceable. Also had a washer/dryer that we used twice. This really helped us reduce the amount of clothes we had to bring from overseas.
No major complaints other than some very minor issues. Beds were harder by our standards. We missed our Tempurpedic mattress back home, but the beds were more comfortable than the futons in ryokans. No major issue.
The house had low overhangs and doorways since the house was a traditional Japanese home. I'm not tall by any means (5'11") but I smashed my head several times moving from room to room. Again, no major issues.
Thirdly, the window insulation was not the same as home. You could hear the noise from the alley outside. Since we weren't off the major street, this wasn't too big of a deal either. Just took some time getting used to.
All in all, I would rent this house again on my next trip to Kyoto. Loved every minute of it. Location could not be beat. The staff were very friendly and helpful also.
Owner's Response: Thank you for your valuable feedback. I’m pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to accommodating you on your next visit to Kyoto! I’m sorry about the low overhangs and doorways, but like you mentioned, it is a traditional Japanese home. Again, we look forward to seeing you again in the very near future. Warm regards.
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