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.Hallway and stairs. (Stairs are steep: come down backwards!)
4 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
4 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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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.

The space

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.

Guest access

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.

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.

Free parking on premises
Wireless Internet

Extra people $30 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee $30
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House Rules
Check in is anytime after 6PM
Check out by 11AM

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.


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Griet User Profile
October 2015
We had a superb time at Louise's place. She is a very warm person, who makes you feel at home from the moment you enter her (amazing) house. It's very quiet there, and it's just a ten minute walk to the subway station. We were three adults, but the bedroom is so spacious that this didn't pose any problem (unlike the other airbnb's we have tried in Japan). Louise took care of a delicious breakfast each morning. We highly recommend this place! And as an aside for cat lovers: one of het two cats is an Abyssinian.

Mary Argentina User Profile
August 2015
My sister made another dream come true, for the both of us who share the same birthday month and travel bucket list. We are to experience Japan (particularly Osaka) for the course of eight (8) days, and of course with another travel buddy… our cool mom! Prior to that, I think, from getting our visas (which only took 3 days) and booking a place to stay via Airbnb all went smooth! Definitely, it greatly helped that Louise, our host, is a very thoughtful person. She’s easy to contact and is always in touch. Her directions and reminders before and when we reached Kansai worked excellently. And, she’s always concerned for us and considerate with our needs. We love how she made us feel we are welcome to her home, and thus we felt like we’re at home. Louise is eager in helping us with our itinerary, every day. She drew us maps (how to get here and there) and all her recommendations to us are informative. She’s never invasive or rude to her guests. She’s sweet, humble, kind and always caring. We appreciate her every effort and simple generous gestures. It made us look forward for another visit in Japan. In fact, we miss our mornings with Louise because she prepares simple breakfast for us. And every time we get back from our travel, she’s there to welcome us back home and she’s fun to chit-chat with her on how our day was spent. Her home is neat and houses different traditional Japanese bits and pieces… which are all amazing and total work of art. Her extra mile service is indeed satisfying. It made our first Japan experience pleasurable and memorable.

Ziyun User Profile
June 2015
Very cozy, nice and clean house to stay if you want to experience the authentic living style in Kobe. It's nothing like Osaka or Tokyo. It feels good when you wake up by the noise of kids going to school. Everything slows down here which makes you relax and enjoy yourself. Louise has been very helpful to offer lots of detailed information regarding to transportation, places of interests and so on. We had a great time there and start to miss her two lovely cats now LOL.

Gianna User Profile
May 2015
Louise is a very warmhearted person and a great and helpful host. The house Is roomy and nicely set next to a small stream. Absolutly no complaints. I would stay with her again any time.

Choon Tuck User Profile
May 2015
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this place. It is a very convenient location, being only 10 mins away from the nearby train station which is four stops from the Sannomiya town centre. The host was marvelous and went out of her way to provide useful information on the tourist attractions in and around Kobe. Her instructions on how to get to her home were clear and we have no problems following them at all. The home was lovely and the bedroom spacious, far larger than my expectation of a Japanese home. So we had a wonderful stay in the home and will come back to it again if we travel through Kobe in the future.

Juan Sebastian User Profile
April 2015
Lousie was a great host! She helped with information, was very kind, and also the breakfast was great. Very reccomended, and would stay there again anytime. Sebastian.

Maoqian User Profile
March 2015
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!!

Kobe, JapanJoined in September 2013
Louise User Profile

My name's Louise. I am British, and teaching English at college and university level.

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