About this listing
Charming, quirky accommodation. I am close to the station for a 10-minute ride west to Kobe. Or one stop east for express trains to Osaka, Nara, Kyoto. Mine is a quiet, green area, with mountain views from the verandah of your bedroom.
How my house looks if you are taxi-ing up from the station. This side of the house faces west, and the downstairs verandah has garden furniture for you to enjoy the outside.
This two-storey house was built on a triangular spit of land, and so some rooms are oddly-shaped. The house is about 50 years old, and the interior is dated; but that fits my taste for old and retro stuff. There are windows everywhere, and so the place is bright. I have a tiny garden and a bigger veranda. When it isn't humid, it's great to sit outside.
The guest-room has an air-conditioner for the hot months of summer, and can accommodate one to four people, with the third and fourth on futon. There is a surcharge for every person over two.
Guests can use: dining room, shower, upstairs toilet, garage, garden and verandah, second-floor verandah, washing machine.
Sorry, no cooking in the kitchen. But I can offer you a big, continental breakfast in the morning. (On the days I am working, please unload delicious breakfast from the fridge yourselves. Thank you!)
Interaction with Guests
I work weekdays and some weekends. However, I will be around during your stay, and I would be happy to answer your questions, or offer suggestions if you need recommendations. And I have a large collection of leaflets, maps, etc. to help you enjoy your days out.
My neighborhood is leafy, quiet, residential.
You would need to train one stop east or west for a variety of restaurant choices in the evening, but there are one or two gourmet spots near me, and another is quite renowned throughout Kansai.
Walkers and mountain-hikers might like this area for access to Maya-san and Rokko-san.
Ride a Hankyu train one stop, then take a bus, and climb Maya Mountain. Or, take the ropeway and cable car to the top. It is is a great trip. (If you walk, you pass through the grounds of an old shrine.) Coming back, you could ropeway and cable car; or take the bus going the long, winding, mountain road back to Rokko. Very picturesque. And in the hot months, it is cool, quiet, and refreshing up there.
There is no cable car running in winter months. And in warmer months, the hike is for fit individuals, so be warned!
The Hanshin Mikage Station area — 30 minutes walk from me — is a local hub for restaurants. And Hanshin railway is good for a trip to Nara.
I am a 10-minute walk away from Mikage Station, on the Hankyu line. This is a 'local' stop, which means that if you are going to Osaka or Kyoto, for example, you would go one stop east (to Okamoto Station), disembark, and wait for the express.
However, if you are headed for attractions in Kobe, or further west, Mikage is four stops away from Sannomiya, central Kobe, a 10-minute ride.
Sannomiya in Kobe is a hub for Hankyu, JR, Hanshin, and Subway railway lines. The Shinkansen (Shin-Kobe Stn.) is a bus ride or one-stop subway ride away from the Hankyu/JR Sannomiya Station complex.
I have a private, secure garage for people with their own car, motorcycles, or bicycles.
Other Things to Note
The two cats are great. But they are indoor cats and so there is a cat litter. And best place for that is the bathroom. It is scrupulously clean when I am home, but I ask for your understanding when I am not....
I have a lady who comes to help me clean on Tuesdays and Fridays, and I don't want to lose her! She has agreed to come between 9 o'clock and 9:30 a.m. on those days for her two hours.
1) During my school work schedule, I will decline requests unless we have agreed arrival times first. Sorry about that. I am flexible, but I work weekdays from 9 a.m., and some weekends. So, surprise late visits (or early morning ones) are a bit difficult.
Early evening would be best to meet you, greet you, and get you settled in. Between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. would be great! Latest is 9 p.m. Outside those times is okay by prior arrangement.
Without such an arrangement, and because of Airbnb's deadline (they ask hosts to accept or decline a request within 24 hours, or there is penalty to hosts' ratings), please understand why I will decline your request. If the 24-hour deadline is imminent, and I haven't yet heard from you before I need to sleep or teach or whatever, I will decline. Nothing personal.
However, if that happens and you are still interested, please make another request?! We can still keep talking.
2) Please don't let the cats out to your second-floor verandah. Nor to the garden from the front door. If you want to air your room and leave the sliding doors open, please close the interior door.
3) Could you turn off all heaters before you leave the house for the day! And lights. Thank you!
4) Access to the verandah downstairs is through the front door, not sliding doors from the living room. Because the cats can slide open the doors...
5) Smoking is fine outside. The first-floor verandah is a great place, anyway. :))
Best, and thank you for reading.