|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
An especially large house in a phenomenally convenient Kyoto location, waiting for you and up to 9 family members and friends! This is one of two entire houses we are listing in this neighborhood.
English, Chinese, and Japanese spoken here!
WHERE IS THIS HOUSE IN KYOTO?
Yamashina is one stop, five-minutes, from Kyoto station. Beautifully surrounded by mountains, it's an ideal location for enjoying all that Kyoto has to offer. This house is minutes walk from 3 major train station lines, supermarkets, department stores, restaurants, drug stores ... everything you need to enjoy the perfect stay in one of Japan's most popular cities.
WHO ARE WE?
Sitting on an area of 188 square meters, you are not going to find many places on offer in Japan that give you as much space as this location.
Kyoto station in 5 minutes
Minutes to Kiyomizudera, Gion, all of Kyoto, and super-fast and easy access to the bullet trains.
Osaka in 30 minutes
No need to battle huge crowds for a seat from Kyoto, the express trains from Yamashina station will take you all the way through to Osaka and beyond!
Everywhere else you want to go with minimal hassle
Rooms 1 to 3
Each of these rooms is the same approximate size as the others. Each room has a queen-sized bed, and very large closets or shelf space.
This room has a double-sized bed with shelf space.
Room 5 (Tatami room)
Everything you need for a comfortable stay is either provided by us in the home, or easily available from a multitude of grocery stores, department stores, home centers (DIY, hardware store-type places), drug-stores, convenience stores, dry-cleaning facilities, and lots more! All within minutes of your front door.
SHOWER, TOILETS, LAUNDRY
Two separate toilets on the 1st and 2nd floor with washlet (bidet system); One wet-room shower (close the door and spray away or relax in a deep luxurious bath); Clothes washing machine (clothes must be hung out to dry); Shampoo, body soap, towels, laundry detergent, a hair dryer, and lots of other little items that will make your stay a complete joy.
INTERNET AND WIFI
The house has unlimited internet access. We also provide you with free-use of portable Wi-Fi routers for taking with you on your journeys around the Kansai area. These portable Wi-Fi routers that can connect up to 10 devices, and are free to use while you are our guest.
THE LAST WORD
We have lived in Japan for over 15 years, and we love the Kansai area and want you to be able to enjoy your stay here, just like a local. We searched for months to find two large houses in convenient locations with fast and easy access to Kyoto and beyond. We are proud to say that we have found two unbeatable spots, and they are truly remarkable in every way. You are going to love your time spent living in the heart of beautiful Kyoto!
See you soon!
Bob & Lily
House Rules: PLEASE NOTE:
We do not accept check-ins after 22:00 (10 pm). Be sure to confirm your travel itinerary for your estimated arrival time at our home, and contact us for advice if you are not sure if you will be able to make it in time from Tokyo or Kansai International Airport (KIX).
We have truly enjoyed our time hosting more than 450 guests in two years in our homes in Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara, but we do have lives outside of hosting. That means that while we always plan to meet our guests for checking-in and orientation to the house, the neighborhood, and Kansai in general, we don't have all day to wait around for your arrival.
We have had more than our fair share of guests telling us, "we should be there around noon", and then come walking through the door hours later because they "wanted to grab some lunch, do some shopping, and look round the area" before arriving to check in.
When you tell us your approximate time of arrival for checking-in that first day, please do your best to keep to that stated time. If you are unable to keep to your given schedule, then call or email us immediately with your new plans. While we can be flexible within an hour or so, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to wait for you to arrive much beyond that time frame.
In short, please be as considerate of our time and schedule, as we are of yours. Thank you!
Hey, we want you to have a fantastic time on your visit to Kansai, Japan. We will treat you as a cherished guest, but frown upon:
-Smoking. Absolutely no smoking anywhere in the house, please! We said "no smoking" right up front, and the rule applies anywhere on our property, inside or out.
-You treating our cherished home like any ol' hotel because you "paid for it". Sorry, but money at the door does not buy you the right to trash our place. We would expect things to be in the same state as you found them in on your arrival.
These seem like pretty common sense rules to us, and hardly worth the mention. Experience has taught us how wrong we could be.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Bob & Lilly were very trustworthy. We let ourselves in the house. House was well presented, clean and within few minutes walk from the train station, also on the JR line. Home to home comforts. All instructions left were clear,
We were a group of 7 adults, four bedrooms were spacious and had clean fresh linen and there was also a tatami room downstairs.
Overall a comfortable clean house. We would definitely stay here again.
The house was perfect for our family of 6 adults and 1 child. Lots of room to spread out. The location in Yamashina was great, super close to the train station with many eateries and supermarkets close by. We even found a great pizza place one night!
Bob and Lily provided spot on directions that made it impossible to get lost trying to find the house. The 2 toilets were very appreciated worth that many people as was the soaking tub after long days of walking and sightseeing.
Highly recommended, would definitely stay again if we are ever lucky enough to visit Kyoto again!
stayed here for 3 weeks. Lily and Bob gave very detailed directions, hence even though we arrive after dark, we can still find the place very easily by following instructions. location wise, it is great, just a 5min train ride away from Kyoto station, in a quiet neighbourhood.
the house is quite big with living room, kitchen, washing area, toilet and shower in the ground floor and sleeping area on upper floor. the house is clean and well equipped with all the necessary consumables such as toiletries, washing equipment , cooking utensils and trash bag. Wifi is fast and reliable too. The owner even provide two portable wifi for us to bring around when travelling in kyoto and surrounding region.
Finally, Bob and Lily were very quick in responding to query. while they couldn't be around when we check-in, they were very responsive to check that we have arrive safely and also everything is in place.
highly recommended if you are visiting Kyoto.
Wonderful, spacious, private retreat with easy access to central Kyoto. Train/subway/bus station is an 8-minute walk from the house, and one stop east of Kyoto station on the JR rail.
The four bedrooms upstairs were large with big comfortable beds, and plenty of closet space. Our group of 5 (1 couple, 3 single adults) had plenty of private space, but the common room on the main level (with kitchen and dining) was large enough for us to gather comfortably. The tatami room (also on the main level) was really neat, but we didn't use it much.
For our August visit, the washing machine and air conditioners (one in each bedroom and the common room) were incredibly efficient and invaluable.
Bob and Lily were highly organized and welcoming, making planning our stay a breeze.
My family and another family rented Big House for our weekend stay in Kyoto. Between the two families, we had 4 kids under 4.5 years and needed a place that we could spread out in, that was close to the metro, and would be a relaxing place to sit, relax and enjoy a glass of wine with good friends after all the kids were asleep - we were not disappointed! Bob and Lily were responsive to all questions we had regarding getting to the metro and finding parking. The house was clean and was a perfect set up to accommodate families with small children. I would highly recommend Bob and Lily's Big House to anyone. Thank you for helping to make our vacation a wonderful one!
Bob & Lily were fantastic hosts. Met us at the house and explained everything we needed to know and were able to knowledgeably answer any queries and give us some very helpful tips for our stay in Japan. The very detailed written and photographic instructions on how to get to the house were a godsend.
The house was very clean and comfortable and had everything we needed. Situated in a quiet area and easily within walking distance to Yamashina railway station, local shops and some fantastic restaurants. Only one stop away from Kyoto Central Station and Bob & Lily had left detailed instructions on how to get to nearby popular tourist spots by train and bus.
Thanks so much Bob & Lily. We really enjoyed our stay in Yamashina!