About this listing
A great retreat house surrounded by the nature of Kyoto. Enjoy a lovely nature walk through the forest to famous Daimonji mountain that overlooks the city of Kyoto. Take a 15 mins bus ride to Philosopher's walk in Ginkakuji temple area.
A house set in the wild mountains, yet just 10 minutes to Kyoto's Philosopher's Walk around Ginkakuji temple area.
Now the internet connection available following the requests of the guests!
Our kitchen has an oven, a dishwasher and a toaster and a washing machine / drier. The bathroom has a yellow bathtub and lovely strong shower and towels. Great kitchen and bathroom.
We have three bedrooms. One bedroom has a king size bed and another one has a double size bed. And the last one has a double bank bed.
Hope you will have a wonderful stay in my house and explore beautiful city of Kyoto.
There are some lovely local restaurants you would want to visit. The ones I love are Ethnic food restaurant Mary and Korean barbecue restaurant Nanzan. The quality of food are of high standard. Their lunch services are awesome and reasonable!
Convenience store is close by; you can buy essential supplies and breakfast food, snacks or send fax and letters. It's a small town. I highly recommend that you walk around the area and explore.
Hot Spring (Kitashirakawa Onsen)
Kitashirakawa Onsen is only 10 mins by bus /car from my house going down the hill toward Kyoto. You can enjoy hot spring at a reasonable price on its own. But they also offer great lunch/ dinner services and accommodation. If you have a great love for the Japanese cuisine, you might want to try their excellent cuisine prepared by highly qualified chef. Information about this hot spring will be provided once you book the place.
Interaction with Guests
I am currently living in Australia. My excellent house keeper is looking after the house with great care. I won't meet you directly, but I will meet you online. I am always online either working or studying. I am ready to answer your questions anytime.
They are friendly and respectful.
The bus stop is just 5 mins walk from our house. Taking bus, you can get to Kyoto and Otsu city by 15 mins. It will be 35 mins to the central Kyoto. The bus time table is shown on the instruction sheet on the kitchen counter. The instruction will be also sent to you.
There is a car park to the house.
To get to the house from Kansai (Osaka) airport, take Haruka train to Kyoto station (1 hour and 15 mins ride) and then catch a taxi (35 mins ride) to the house.
Other Things to Note
Got tired of hustle & bustle of city life? Try out a lovely nature walk in the area!
Our area is surrounded by the forest. You can enjoy a nature walk from my house to famous Daimonji mountain, where you can overlook Kyoto city. This will give you another way of viewing Kyoto city and its culture for sure. It is a popular walk and a great way for exercising and enjoying the fresh forest air. The map for this nature walk will be provided.
No pets, no smoking in the house, please. Take off your shoes when you enter the house. (This is a Japanese house. )
We had a wonderful time ! Jaldhara did more than expected for us to have a good time and help us even on personal things. The house is in a beautiful place on the mountains, it takes you 30 minutes to go to Kyoto and 1 hour for the train station but we like to take things easy so it was no problem for us. The house is clean and well equipped, the AC downstairs works very good but up stairs there is no AC, so the rooms could be warm on hot days. The convenience store near by has every thing you need so it was very good. We recommend very much the stay in this house !
Grande maison, très bien équipée, à environ 10 min de Kyoto en voiture. Nous étions deux adultes et trois enfants et nous nous sommes sentis très à l'aise. Nous avons beaucoup apprécié le restaurant coréen à proximité, ainsi que la balade en forêt jusqu'au sommet du Mont Daimonji. Jaldhara vit en Australie, mais elle est très attentive et réactive.
My husband, his sister's family and myself stayed here for 4 nights. It was so wonderful. The neighborhood was lovely. It was a nice location for us since we had our own car. We did not try the bus but the bus stop was not far. There was a convenience store at the entrance to the neighborhood that was useful. All of the appliances, hot water, air conditioning worked well. The rooms were very nice including a childrens room that was wonderful for my nephew. The only thing I would say the house needed was a little extra attention to cleaning. My nephew dropped some food on the table cloth and we took it off the table to wash it. It was evident the table cloth had not been removed in some time. Other than that the home was wonderful, beautiful, the area was amazing and Jaldhara even stopped by. She was visiting from Australia to see her family and stopped by to say hello. She was so lovely and concerned about our comfort. It was really nice to meet her. I hope any of you looking to stay in the Kyoto area pick this house. I would come back if ever I'm in Japan again. Thanks Jaldhara!
The house was a nice retreat from the busy city life we had experienced in Tokyo. Easy to find, clean and very spacious. Hostess made us feel like we should relax and enjoy her house.
Ate a wonderful Japanese meal at a local restaurant. Took the local bus to town. Loved having the circle K store close by... Thank you for all of the helpful maps too.
It’s a beautiful and clean house in the peaceful and quiet neighborhood.
It’s a spacious and lovely place, way much comfortable than tiny hotel rooms.
There’s a private parking space and 30- minute bus ride to downtown Kyoto.
You can enjoy all the amenities , such as toiletry items, clean dry towels and a hair dryer.
Jaldhara is very helpful and provides detailed maps/instructions/bus timetable in English format.
Only 10 minutes walking distance there is a 24 hours convenience store where you can get almost everything, (website hidden)/bread/salad/ham/underwear, you want in reasonable price.
We stayed here for 4 nights and went to Lake Biwako/Chikubu Island/Kyoto/Nara/Universal Studio, really enjoyed this family trip.
Jaldhara is great. She answered all my questions very fast. Her house is very cozy and has a lot of space. My children really like the bunk bed :) The neighborhood is quiet and nice. A walk around the neighborhood in the morning is relaxing. You can really experience the old town feeling. The bus stop is about 5 mins walk from her house. So, it is very convenient. Its last stop drops you off at Sanjo Keihan, a major subway hub. You can walk from this station to Gion area. I definitely recommend Jaldhara's house to everyone, especially if you go in a big group. Thank you for letting us stay at your house, Jaldhara. We had a great time.
It was a pleasure staying in a small town up in the mountains. It's very peaceful, relaxed and yet still close to Kyoto. Also, it's a great spot if you have a rental car as there is parking right at the house, and you can easily drive down to Otsu where the shops and restaurants are a lot easier to access with a car.
There's plenty of space inside the house for a large family to stay and many conveniences to make it easy to focus on your travel/sightseeing or other tasks.
Best of all, the host is excellent to email with as she is fast to respond and very kind.
About the Host, Jaldhara
I am a Japanese woman with two children now sending them to a Steiner school in Australia. I am also a student studying Early childhood education at Swinburne University in Australia. This was our family home for 12 years, so it is a well-equioped, cosy environment. I have lots of friends in the neighbourhood happy to help out if you need it.