Log cabins in a beautifully stunning setting in the rural Japanese prefecture of Shiga. 10 minutes drive from the nearest JR mainline station, Nagahara. You have so much to enjoy with us all year round (skiing / kayakking / hiking / BBQing). Bilingual hosts (Eng/Jap) Kevin and Eriko will make your stay in Japan all the more enjoyable. If you need help getting to us or moving onto the next location, we are more than happy to help.
Our two large cabins are both split into two self-contained levels to accommodate various sizes of groups. In each level you are provided with western beds, clean linen, a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and shower, indoor and outdoor seating.
The lower level has two beds, with an option to add one futon or campbed . The upper level has six beds with an option to add futons or camp beds to sleep up to 8 adults (or slightly more children)
The setting looks over the spectacular natural beauty of the northern end of Lake Biwa, Japan's largest natural lake. We don't have shops or restaurants nearby, so guests bring the supplies that they need or alternatively send food / drinks ahead by the efficient and cheap Yamato courier service (approx 800yen per box) or through the Japan post office.
Even if you are travelling alone, we will try to accommodate your needs and budget. Contact us for more details.
No smoking indoors
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Thank you very much for everything, it was fun for us and the children also, we are booking again for next month, this vz more people want to go. It was all exactly as it appears in the fotos.Claro going back!!
Good parts first: The area around the cabins is really beautiful. The leaves were at their peak and I got the chance to see a part of Japan that I never would have seen. A monkey crossing railroad tracks. Kids playing baseball. Really beautiful, clear night skies. Sunrise over the lake and mountains as I left. Yasu was a really nice guy and spoke good English. Kevin was very good about communicating about the booking promptly and clearly. The cabin was clean and warm though not fancy.
Less good: It's not an hour to Kyoto. 75 minutes if you get the direct train, which you won't always be able to get. Not including the trip to the station (10 minutes), figuring out a good time to catch a ride to the station, and the infrequent trains (1 or 2 an hour, depending on peak or off-peak). Figure on more like 2 hours. Your own car would be a good idea. I was given an incorrect contact number, which was disturbing. A full voice mailbox is not what you want to reach when alone in a railroad station in a foreign country. It's really out there, very secluded and I didn't fancy a night in the freezing station. Miraculously, Yasu picked me up - I still don't know how he knew I was there. The AC/heater was effective, but good luck reading the remote control if you don't speak Japanese. I could read the kanji and still ended up doing some button mashing. The bed was lumpy. I cooked, but understand that there is absolutely nothing around. Anything you want or need for the night needs to come with you.
All in all, good with the bad. I appreciated having the place to stay, though I would have liked more time in Kyoto. Make sure to get the correct phone number.
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The collaborative team that makes up our listing is Kevin, Yukie, Michiko and Eriko. We welcome you to our Kyoto station apartments and also our getaway by the lake. Come and enjoy the cultural heritage of Kyoto city and the stunning natural beauty of the Lake Biwa area.