Charming, quirky accommodation. Close to the station for a 10-minute ride west to Kobe, or east for express trains to Osaka, Nara, Kyoto. This is a quiet, green area, with mountain views from the verandah and main 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.
My room 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.
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 would 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.
It was a wonderful experience to stay with louise and in her house.
Just as everyone said, it's easy to find . Take us around 10 minute to get there by walk. But if you take a lot of bags, suggest you take a cab. It will have a big step to climb.
the bed so nice, as good as any super star hotel .
Luoise is a very kind lady, very easy to understand. we
we leave much earlier than planed, and it was raining. thanks for you gave us an beautiful umbrella and the fruit and bread. It did helped us a lot. We barely have time to eat in, the food help a lot!!!
We miss you. Louise!!
Louise is very nice mind and warm host providing and reminding us every details details on logistics and tourist spots. I Love the two story old building locating in a very quite peaceful yet easily approachable half way the mountain, and only 4 stations away from the very Kobe centre, which is so cool. The bed room is very spacious and comfortable , the breakfast she made for us is absolutely healthy and great refresh to morning. I recommend to everyone who prefers to stay a bit away from crowd ness. You will enjoy the stay at Louise's.
Louise has a beautiful home and was the best host. She was kind and extremely accommodating to our changing plans. We had a great time staying with Louise and enjoyed the breakfast she provided daily. Her two cats Amber and Chibi were the friendliest cats we have met and we enjoyed being able to spend time with them each morning during breakfast. We truly enjoyed our stay with Louise and highly recommend her to anyone looking for a comfortable place to stay. The house is immaculate and the room is larger than most of the hotel rooms you can rent in Japan for a fraction of the price you would pay for a hotel. Louise provided a lot of great recommendations and allows insight into Japan that hotels won't be able to provide. Thank you for a great stay, Louise!
Louise is a great host!! She gave me a lot of information before we arrived in Japan and it was amazing experience to communicate with her! Staying in her house is not only a good rest, but a wonderful life style! All my family appreciate much Louise's care and help. Actually I hadn't planed to stay in Kobe before I found Louise's house inAIRBNB. I'm so happy to meet her. Thank you, Louise! We miss you!!
It was a wonderful, but brief stay in Mikage. Great tranquil neighbourhood and easy to travel anywhere. I enjoyed Kobe, Kyoto & Oyamazaki on my stay.
Louise couldn't have been more amazing! She made me feel at home, welcomed me and helped me with suggestions and recommendations!
We shared some great laughs and I felt that we had known each other for some time.
Her house is a beautiful quaint getaway with Japanese & Western charm, the bedroom was spacious and beyond comfortable.
She was very open and let me move as I pleased and use whatever I needed.
I will recommend her place to anyone traveling to Kobe and look forward to seeing her again!
There are 2 cats, but I am a cat person and loved them!
Thank you Louise for the great memory!
Louise is een geweldige gastvrouw. Ze stelt alles in het werk om het haar gasten naar de zin te maken. Ze heeft een zeer sfeervol huis. Mooie slaapkamer. Ze zorgt ook nog voor een ontbijt. We hebben 's avonds heel gezellig met haar gepraat. Ze geeft ook goede tips. Kortom, geweldig. Dit vergeten we niet gauw.
Louise was truly a lovely host and completely opened up her home up to me on my stay. Her home is made to feel very comfortable in and everything was just right. The bed is great, the bedroom is large and spacious, the breakfast she prepares is delicious and her home is quite conveniently located. She became a friend through the process and I will make sure to find her again when I visit Japan!