About This Listing
One of the largest houses available in Japan: 5 bedrooms, queen-sized beds, 2 toilets, and an exceptionally large living space in and around this great home.
Please be sure to read through all of the following information and descriptions, before contacting us with questions. We have tried to provide answers to our most frequently received inquiries. Cheers!
We also have other wonderful and convenient listings for large groups to stay elsewhere in Osaka as well as Kyoto:
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An entire apartment in Nipponbashi for up to 8 guests.
An entire apartment in Temma for up to 6 guests.
This entire house for 8 to 10 guests.
Another entire house for 6 to 10 guests.
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?
We have hosted hundreds of guests in our 5 listings in Kyoto, Osaka, and Nara. With hundreds of positive reviews to back-up our claims and put your mind at ease, we are confident that you will enjoy a stay with us in any of our locations in the Kansai region. We are all about helping you have a wonderful travel experience in Japan, so don’t hesitate to contact us with any additional questions about us, the area we call home, or any of our properties.
In a word—BIG. In another word—CONVENIENT (but especially BIG).
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.
An easy-breezy five-minute walk to JR Yamashina, Keihan Yamashina, and Subway Yamashina on the East/West subway line. That’s correct, the entrances to all three stations that will give you access to anywhere you want to go, sitting less than 100 meters apart from each other.
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
Yamashina station gives you easy access to trains headed up to Shiga (Lake Biwa and the mountains), or all the way down to Kobe. And being just one stop from Kyoto, you can be on your way in minutes to anywhere you can imagine in Japan—perfect convenience!
—There are 5 rooms available for use by you and your party. This house is best suited for groups of up to 8 adults, but can accommodate as many as 10.
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 and shelf space.
Room 5 (Tatami room)
While all of the other rooms are on the 2nd floor, there is a traditional tatami room on the 1st floor of the house. If you are traveling with a party of more than 8 (or you simply don’t wish to climb the stairs to go to bed every night) we can provide you with a double futon that we can setup for you in the tatami room. Please confirm with us your sleeping accommodation preferences, immediately after you have made a booking.
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.
Fully-stocked with all the items you’ll need to prepare your own snacks and meals. Need an oven or a stove or a microwave or a grill? No worries. We have you well covered in this fully stocked kitchen.
SHOWER, TOILETS, LAUNDRY
There are two toilets with washlets (bidet system); A 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
We provide you with unlimited wireless internet inside the home, and portable Wi-Fi routers for use outside of the house. That’s right, portable Wi-Fi routers that can connect up to 10 devices, for free use while you are our guest.
—Still want more? Even though you will have the entire home to yourself, you will not be on your own. We will continue to be available to support you and offer additional assistance in help with maps, directions, making reservations, purchasing tickets, etc., through either telephone calls or email.
—For an additional fee, we also have premium services to assist you by accompanied translation at any shop, restaurant, or wherever you need our help. We will go with you and translate menus, negotiate with shop assistants, make reservations, whatever is needed! You can look for us at Kansai Fixer for more information on these paid premium services.
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. Once again, have a read of our reviews, ask us any questions you may have, and then book this fantastic large house as fast as you can. You are going to love your time spent living in the heart of beautiful Kyoto!
See you soon!
Bob & Lily
Other Things to Note
In general, we do not accept check-ins after 22:00 (10 pm). Be sure to confirm your travel itinerary for your estimated arrival time at the apartment, 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 500 guests in two years in our homes in Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara, but we do have lives outside of Airbnb. That means that while we always plan to meet our guests for checking-in and orientation to the apartment, 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 do us the courtesy of calling or emailing 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, and we may ask you to check yourselves into the accommodations.
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!
The house location is great near the Yamashina train station, restaurants, and mall. We had plenty of room in the house, which has been nicely maintained. Pocket wifi was provided and so much appreciated. What fabulous hosts! They even assisted us in making a dinner reservation for our group.
The location was great with both the train station & supermarket/drug store in walking distance( within 5 minutes).
The house is well equipped with pretty much everything travelers need during the stay in Kyoto. Moreover, the hosts are extremely helpful & hospitable and are easily communicate with.
For those who are traveling with big group of people, the Big House will be the 5-star choice!
Big House in Kyoto was wonderful for our group of 5 adults and 2 children. Bob and Lily were super easy to deal with, very efficient and professional. They really have thought of everything. Staying in Yamashina was lovely- one stop from Kyoto, short walk from the station and a much more authentic experience, off the tourist trail. Language was a slight problem at local restaurants as not many people speak English around here and we had even less Japanese, but it was nothing some charades, menu pointing and of course google translate couldn't help with! Everyone is so friendly and keen to help. Thoroughly enjoyed our time in Kyoto.
The house is well equipped with towels, food basics, washing liquids etc. The beds are pretty comfortable and the instructions provided are so valuable. Make sure you print the instructions to get there from the house- they are fail safe. Bob and Lily are so quick to reply to any query.
Made sure we had all the information we needed with excellent directions. Easy access and everything explained clearly in the house (when to put rubbish out, how to work heaters, wifi etc).
House is GREAT, would highly recommend to a larger family or group travelling to kyoto. Only one stop from Kyoto central station which makes it accessible but gives a more relaxing experience in a quieter suburb, Set back from main road so really peaceful.
Large rooms, comfortable beds, also a well equipped kitchen.
Would highly recommend especially to longer stayers or large groups.
Bob & Lily are very responsive and accurate. The description of the house, the excellent reviews of previous visitors can all be trusted. It is a PERFECT PLACE TO STAY. We were travelling with older persons (77 and 81 years old) and it was very comfortable to stay in a house rather than in a hotel. The house is very well equipped, the rooms are big and beds are comfortable. 2 toilets, 1 bathroom. Very quiet neighbourhood, close to restaurants, shops, subway AND train to Kyoto, which makes it very easy to access. The portable WiFi devices were great too. We could even skype with our kids between 2 tempel visits, even from Tokyo. We have ONLY POSITIVE FEEDBACK :-) And we of course warmly recommend the house !
The house was the perfect size for our group (4 adults and 2 children). The house was as described, but I must say we couldn't quite get used to running through freezing cold hallways to get between the bedrooms and living area. This is not a slight on the owners or property, as I know this is the way most Japanese homes are set up with individual air units in each room. Only suggestions might be adding more comfy lounge seating in the living space in place of a couple of the tables (3 tables seemed too many) and black out curtains in the bedrooms. Overall, happy with our decision to stay here!
Thank you for your comments, Rhianna. True, there isn't much to be done about the state of the hallways, as Japanese homes do not use central heating; instead having single heater/air conditioners in each room.
Additionally, though we have considered changing the seating arrangement in the Big House, we have to set the rooms to accommodate our most common types of groups. With 5 bedrooms, the Big House is frequently booked by groups of 6 to 10 people, all of whom prefer to have space and seats together for meals. That means that the living space is mostly needed as a dining space. Once again, thank you for taking the time to write a review.
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About the Host, Bob & Lily
Kyoto, Osaka, Nara and the whole Kansai area. We have always been travelers. Find out more at Kansai Fixer (kansaifixer).
There are so many more places we would like to see, but we abhor tour groups and try to avoid traveling well worn touristy paths. It has always been our desire to "live it like a local" anywhere we go.
Lily first came to Japan from Shanghai, China in 1999. She has lived and worked throughout Osaka and Kyoto. When not showing visitors around Kansai, she can often be found on the studio floor dancing Salsa or sweating it out to Bikram Yoga.
Hailing from Colorado, Bob started out in Japan in 1994 as an English language instructor in Kurashiki for six years. Following a four year stay in Canberra, Australia, he came back to Japan in 2003 and has been a university lecturer in Kansai ever since. A nihonshu (sake) aficionado and dedicated restaurant hunter, he is most often criticized for over-ordering everything and badgering friends on which train car to take.
We began our lives together in 2006 with Lily taking us to a brilliant little cafe in the heart of downtown Osaka. On our second date, Bob insisted we take a day long trip down the coast to Kurashiki, Okayama. Quickly realizing that we both shared a passion for food and travel, we have been together ever since.