Big House in the Heart of Kyoto!

House - Entire home/apt · Misasagiootsubatacho, Yamashina Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 607-8411, Japan
Bob & Lily

**June, 2014 Update**
We have had the second floor renovated and added a second toilet in the Big House.
2 Toilets
1 Shower/Bath room

Your host, Bob & Lily
18 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

**June, 2014 Update**
We have had the second floor renovated and added a second toilet in the Big House.
2 Toilets
1 Shower/Bath room

The Space

An especially large house in a phenomenally convenient Kyoto location, waiting for you and up to 8 family members and friends! This is one of two entire houses we are listing in this neighborhood.

English, Chinese, and Japanese spoken here!

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Entire house for up to 8 guests.

Entire apartment for up to 6 guests.

Private rooms and breakfast for 2 to 4 guests.

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.

We have hosted hundreds of guests in our 5 listings in Kyoto, Osaka, and Nara. With more than 100 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 6 adults, but can accommodate as many as 10. However, there is only a single shower and toilet, so expect long waits for access to the facilities each day if you are planning to book with a group of more than 4.

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.

Room 4
This room has a double-sized bed and very large closet.

Room 5 (Tatami room)
While all 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.

A single toilet with washlet (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.

We provide you with two free-use of Wi-Fi routers for both inside and out 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.

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

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 10
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 5
Extra people: $20 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 4 nights
Weekly Price: $1575 /week
Monthly Price: $5600 /month
Cleaning Fee: $50
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • We really enjoyed our stay in Kyoto at Bob and Lily's place. Lily met us in the house during check in and gave us a thorough orientation of the place. It was plenty of room for our family reunion. It was very comfortable and the pocket wifis are very helpful. We'll stay here again if we're ever back in Kyoto. We highly recommend this place.

    June 2014
  • We, a party of 4 friends, stayed at the Big House for 4 nights. Each of us had our own bedroom. The beds were very comfortable. It felt like we slept in our own bed at home. We cooked breakfast every day to get the day started. We came back at night to a place where we could relax (drinking tea, listening to music, talking, etc. ). The step-by-step instructions on how to get to the Big House were very clear. We found the place without any problem. It’s very close to the JR station and two subway stations. Next to the subway station are two supermarkets. Lily provided us with detailed maps and recommendations of places in the area, all of which were printed out for our use. Communication with Lily and Bob was easy before and during our stay. I highly recommend the place for anyone visiting Kyoto and surrounding cities.

    May 2014
  • On the way to the Big House, our taxi driver got a a little lost but Lily helped out here and met us at the Yamashina train station.

    Lily showed us the house as well as how the stove, water machine etc work.
    There's a nice set of instructions available in case one forgets how to operate for example the washer.

    Pretty much everything you need is available in the house, from kitchen stuff to wifi and pandora/netflix.

    There were only 2 of us, me and my mum so more than enough space.

    Kyoto station is 5 minute ride away by train and there are 2 subway lines nearby as well.

    We actually spent a lot of time in Yamashina, exploring the area and enjoy daily Japanese life.

    A couple of tips:

    - There are 2 supermarkets in the basement of the Daimaru Department store (opposite the train station)
    After 7pm sashimi is discounted a lot:)
    - The Japan Post Bank ATM in the basement (next to the escalators) of the Daimaru works well for Dutch maestro/cirrus cards
    - If you have a very early flight, The Haraku 3 (Airport express train) stops in Yamashina at 06:16am

    We had a great time in the Big House and if you're in Kyoto for a couple of days it's worth it to come back to a real home.

    May 2014
  • This was a great place for our family to gather. It only took about 5 minutes from the train station by walking to get there. Lily was there waiting to greet us and took the time out to show me how everything worked. Everything was very clean. We only used 2 of the bedrooms and we had plenty of room to move around. The family room is connected to the kitchen which made it nice to still be in the same area while the girls were cooking and the guys were in the family room. Although we only cooked a couple of times, the kitchen was stocked with all that we needed to cook with. The restaurants and convenient stores are close by which was nice, we didn't need a vehicle. It was great having a washing machine and they even provided the washing powders and softener. We only had 1 problem with the Roku device; but it was quickly resolved. Lily was available by phone and e-mail and immediately responded with a resolution. Just a reminder to those who are used to using a washcloth in the shower - you will need to bring one with you.

    May 2014
  • The place was big, neat and clean. However when we went into the tatami room , I noticed there are lots of holes on the window made of paper. And ii mentioned that to Lily , and she said 'Oh yes that was already there, don't worry about it'. We cleaned up everything, even took lily out for lunch. She came back saying that our family is 'disgraceful' and a lot of other names, which I though was incredibly RUDE and DISGRACEFUL. the woman doesn't even know my family, and she became very abusive and personal in her emails. If this holes on the window is important to her, maybe she should have taken a photo while we were there, so we can know which one is done by whom and when. If we were petty lily, I wouldn't have brought in your other laundry that was left outside, if we were petty lilly then we wouldn't have taken you out for lunch. Who insults the client's family... wow... just insane. Don't make it personal. Considering that the damage was already there before we arrive, isn't it only fair that we only pay for half of it? but yes I have refused to pay for it, only just because I find Lily's accusation and derogatory words of my family is just disgusting. you need to get help woman.

    April 2014
    Bob & Lily
    Response from Bob & Lily:

    The score is more than 110 to 1, Dini. That's 110 glowing reviews from hundreds of our guests who have had nothing but fantastic things to say about our listings and the level of service we offer. Whereas your family managed to gain negative reviews on back-to-back stays less than a week apart; an achievement likely unmatched by any guest in Airbnb history. Hmm, so who you gonna believe folks? The record speaks for itself.
    And we did take photos, both before and after your visit. We did provide those photos to you as proof of the level of damage that was directly the result of your family staying in our home. But we guess your philosophy is "don't believe your own lying eyes, just take the words of your children as fact." Thankfully, Airbnb saw this situation for exactly what it was, and that is why they refunded us the money. Nothing more to say. We will let the mountain of wonderful words from the hundreds of great guests we've had, speak for us; just like your reviews say all that needs to be said to future hosts to know what kind of guests you are. Good day.

    April 2014
  • We spent 5 nights in the Big House, sharing with my brother and partner. It is a very welcoming place to stay, with big rooms, comfortable beds, and even Netflix. Heating and cooling are excellent, and a washing machine with a sheltered drying area is a bonus.
    Just 5 minutes walk from JR Yamashina (itself just 5 minutes from Kyoto station), the location in a quiet neighbourhood is perfect. Plenty of shops and restaurants are nearby.
    The Big House can accommodate more than four people easily though, as there are 5 bedrooms. It makes a pleasant change from small Japanese hotel rooms - being able to spread out and enjoy the space is priceless. It would be best suited to groups of 4 to 6, or families.Note that there is one bathroom and separate toilet.
    The kitchen is supplied with all the necessary gear, and even an array of condiments.
    Our hosts, Lily and Bob were helpful and accommodating from the time we booked until we checked out. They provided excellent instructions on how to get to the house, and gave great notes with information about where to go, and how to get there in Kyoto. We were welcomed on arrival by Lily, who had been able to get the house ready early as we'd arrived before the 2pm check-in time, planning to drop our bags - unexpected, but much appreciated.
    The Big House in Kyoto just can't be beat.

    April 2014
  • Wonderfull stay in the "Big House"! The house is so nice and confortable with all the amenuities to cook while the kids Watch a movie on Netflix! We found the bed especially confortable for a good night sleep after exploring the city! You can find a grocery store near and easy access to the train and subway. We were met by Lily and she was really welcoming, she went through the house with us, explaining how to get to some major sites in Kyoto. Communication was easy before and during our stay and Lily and Bob are really well organized providing you with very specific info on how to get to the appartment. If we ever have the chance to visit beautiful Kyoto again, we would quickly come back here for our stay!

    April 2014
  • We loved staying at the Big House in the Heart of Kyoto! The location of the house was amazing! It is so close to the JR train station and local subway. Yamashina Ward, Kyoto was great because we felt like we got to live like the locals for a few days. We could walk to the grocery store and we also walked to a great locals spot for dinner one night! Lily and Bob could not have been more informative and welcoming! They proved us with a mobile wifi device, which was so helpful! They also gave us great detailed maps and recommendations of places in the area, all of which were printed out for our convenience. Definitely a high light of our trip. Thank you!

    April 2014
  • We really enjoyed our stay at the big house in the Heart of Kyoto.
    Bob and Lily gave us great directions to their house and they were both there to welcome us and explain the features of the house. We found everything in the house excellent for a family of 5 adults and 2 children.
    Kyoto was easily accessible after a short walk to the station.

    April 2014
  • The Big House is perfectly located to be your base in Kyoto. It was ideal for us, travelling with three kids. Each had some private space, but we could also prepare meals on 'early' days when they just needed to rest. As we are on a long holiday, it was great to be able to make use of all the washing and drying facilities. Bob & Lily were there to greet us and provide a run down on the house and location. I wish we could have taken advantage of their local cuisine knowledge. Thanks for the home and all it came with.

    April 2014
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Kansai Fixer / Osaka University
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.
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