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Looking for a great place in the heart of Kyoto? In addition to this room in our house in Nara, we also have 2 large houses in a beautiful part of the city and only 5 minutes train ride from Kyoto station. For more information, check out our other listings in the sidebar under our profile picture!
GROUPS OF 4
We offer two private rooms in our Nara home, and also offer a discounted price for groups wishing to book both rooms. Please contact us with an inquiry, and we will get back to you as soon as possible with your special group price offer.
Seven-minute walk from the Kintetsu line Nishinokyo train station that can then get you to:
Nara in 15 mins (Todaiji temple, largest bronze Buddha, deer)
Kyoto in 35 mins (Kinkakuji temple, Kiyomizudera, Gion, and access to the bullet trains)
Osaka-Namba in 30 mins (Glico man! Shopping! Food!)
Kansai Airport (KIX) in 90 mins
ANSWER AND ADVICE ON OUR #1 FAQ:
The centers of Kyoto, Osaka, and Nara are all within 30-40 minutes train ride of each other. Don't waste time checking-in/-out and money for booking fees, staying only a few nights in each city.
You can stay at ANY good, well-reviewed Airbnb in Kansai and easily reach all the main attractions in each major city in the area.
Find a place you like, with easy access to the nearest train station, and go with it for the duration. It really is the #1 comment we most often hear from our short-term guests, "we should have just stayed in one place." Preferably ours? Certainly, but any booking at one good place is better than three rolls of the dice while traipsing all over Kansai.
WHO WE ARE
Our house was built in 2002. We purchased it in June 2012—completely renovated it to suit our western tastes—and now we would love to share it with you!
We are offering two different private rooms on our second floor, with shared full use of everything else in our home. This listing is for the temple-side room with a veranda. The other room is on the opposite side of the house and currently listed as "Comfy Room, Breakfasts and Kansai!", which is equally nice but a bit cheaper without a veranda.
WHY YOU SHOULD STAY WITH US
The biggest advantage you'll have in staying with us is that we have everything. In fact, we might be so bold as to claim that not even expensive Japanese hotels can offer every single comfort and amenity we have. In short, this is the home where we plan to spend the rest of our lives, so we have packed it with every creature comfort. See if you can find anyone else listing all these goodies, and then come back and book your stay!
—Standard Japanese 6-jo (2.5 meters wide x 3.5 meters long. About 8 feet x 11 feet)
—The bed is a "wide-double" mattress on box spring mattresses with a "True Sleeper" memory foam mattress cover. It is 1.55 meters wide (5') x 1.95 meters (6'4") long.
—Covered and tiled veranda with a view towards Yakushiji and Toshodaiji temples, with Nara city and her mountains in the back.
We LOVE sitting out here in the mornings for sunrise and breakfast, evenings for a glass of wine, or just any old time that you want to kick your feet up and take in the view.
OTHER SECOND FLOOR ITEMS
-Our office with computer, double-monitors, printer, scanner etc. Though Lily frequently uses it for her business, we can offer it to you if need be.
-There is also a toilet on the second floor.
FIRST FLOOR, GARDEN, CARPORT AREA
This is really where we are packed for amenities:
—Out of 1000+ Airbnb listings in all of Japan, less than 10% of those offer you any type of breakfast. We're different.
Not only do you get a morning meal from us, but we will be contacting you before your stay to check on what kinds of items you would like to have on the breakfast table. Cereal? Yogurt? Traditional Japanese style? Fresh coffee with your baguette and jam? Soy milk instead of regular? Yeah, we can do that!
ENTERTAINMENT AND INTERNET
—The whole house is wired/wireless for both a local connection and VPN service to America. You name it, we have it: PS3, Roku, 5.1 theater system, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, NFL Gamepass (every game, any time, only available to customers outside the US), UFC, baseball, basketball...you get the idea.
—Missing your P90X workout or want to get in a yoga session? Feel free to use our spacious training area in front of the TV, with Manduka yoga mats on top of cushiony one-inch thick foam gym pads.
—Your stay with us includes the cost of breakfast, but you can also fix your own lunches/dinners and help yourself to snacks.
Unlike most Japanese apartments and houses that are limited to only a small stove and toaster oven, we have a large IH stove, an oven, a microwave, and a BBQ out back.
There is practically nothing that can't be prepared in our home. How about a stove-top espresso made with fresh roasted beans? Or feel free to buzz down some mean-green fresh juice with our 1,000-watt juicer. In a hurry? Grab the hand-blender and make yourself a nice protein shake or grab some fruit and a bar for the road. Unbeatable quality, variety and value is what we are all about.
—Custom designed for relaxation and privacy, enjoy lounging around and taking in the fresh air. Hungry? Maybe we can grill up some ribs, a side of salmon, or stone baked pizzas on the Broil King Keg, the ONLY one in all of Japan!
—We don't drive, so we've set up our covered parking space as a private gym area. Borrow one of our four bicycles (FREE) for a short ride down to the temples, along the riverside, or out for a day in Nara. Get in a few pull-ups on the rack, or take out the day's tensions on B.O.B.(Body Opponent Bag) not the other Bob, please.
In short, we have one. She is an eleven year old softy from the RSPCA in Australia. She will most certainly bark at you for the first five minutes of your stay, then she'll shut up and try to work out the best way to get treats and belly scratches off of you for the remainder. Mostly, she minds her own business and lounges round the house.
—Still want more? We offer a standard price for the bed and breakfast, but we also have premium services at a discounted price for our guests.
Premium services include detailed maps and directions to your chosen daily destinations; telephone, email, and accompanied translation assistance 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.
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 in Japan like a local. Seriously, what else do you need? We have got you covered.
See you soon!
Bob and Lily went way and above any expectations of great hosts! Nothing was too much trouble and they were available 24/7 well nearly! Our only regret is that we did not have a longer stay inorder to explore more nearer to their locality,and a rest from the hustle and bustle of Kyoto. Would highly recommend.
Bob and Lily are one of the best hosts anybody could ask for. My mum and I stayed with them at their home for almost a week in March and they were very welcoming from the moment we arrived.
Our room was very clean and comfortable. Despite the cold winter weather, both the room and the bed were very warm, which was EXACTLY what I needed to come home to at night after two very cold weeks in Tokyo. On some days, i just really felt like staying home to snuggle in bed all day. I also looked forward to breakfasts in the kitchen, where Kunnya, their very smart and beautiful dog always hung out with us.
Bob and Lily always provided me with directions and suggestions on where to visit and it was a big help. They also provided a tablet with wifi which had detailed maps and allowed me to keep in touch with them all day via LINE.
My mum and I had great conversations with both Bob and Lily. I literally felt at home during my stay. I would definitely recommend anyone who wants to visit Kyoto/Osaka/Nara to stay with them.
My spouse and I just spent three wonderful nights at Bob and Lily's home in Nara. From the time of our booking, until we walked out the door to depart for the train station to go back to Tokyo, Bob and Lily did everything in their power to make our time with them fun and stress free. From the instructions they provided before we even landed, to their useful tips when we were on the ground, Bob and Lily made our time in Nara a breeze. There's nothing I can add that hasn't been said already in previous reviews, but all the good things you've read below are true. The home is cozy and has everything you need to feel at home, and Bob and Lily are truly gracious and friendly hosts. I cannot overstate that previous sentence; Bob and Lily truly go out of their way to ensure that your experience will be excellent. We loved staying at their place (and spending time with their wonderful canine Kunya!) and would love to do so again.
Bob and Lily are unbelievably helpful and kind hosts. By the end of our 6-night stay we felt like we were part of the family. I still miss coming home to Kunya (their dog), waking up to yummy breakfast, biking through beautiful Nara, and swapping funny deer stories. It's also a really great location, outside of the city buzz, but we could still take the train to Kyoto almost everyday and it was very convenient. It was an absolutely amazing experience! I can not recommend this place enough!
Bob and Lily were fantastic hosts. Their home is a little off the beaten path, but their communication was fantastic and they provided photo directions to make it easy to find. Bob and Lily have been in the area for a long time so they know how to get around and what to explore and are great about sharing that knowledge with their guests. Their home is very clean and very well stocked with both food and technology. If you're new to Japan I recommend staying with them for their expertise. If you're a seasoned traveler I recommend staying with them for their hospitality. Either way you can't go wrong.
We have been to Japan twice before. They were each memorable. But with Bob and Lily, it was like having a family and a travel guide. They care about your stay, your daily excursions and any questions you had about Nara, Kyoto or any other cities. They would make suggestions that made it easier to do things such as catching trains to multiple locations and wasting minimal time. We met two wonderful couples, while we were there, with whom we shared our daily adventures. Going out with Bob and Lily to a Sushi Bar in Japan was also great.
This was our first airbnb experience and it couldn't be better. Lily and Bob are fantastic hosts and very kind persons. Even though we booked at very short notice, we felt warm welcome and looked after. We were glad they explained us everything and spended time with us. The room was comfortable and very clean. The place is run very professionally. They know much about the territory and gave us excellent tips! We had a great and fun time, also with the other guets. We can highly recommend this place!
We had an absolutely fabulous time staying with Bob and Lily (and their sweet dog Kunya). They are very welcoming, very communicative and will go the extra mile to make your stay memorable. We immediately felt right at home, as if visiting good friends living in a distant country.
It is Bob and Lily's mission to show their visitors the true Japan, free from the list of odd customs that is listed in guidebooks. As one of the highlights, Bob and Lily took us to the local Izakaya's, introducing us to the local customs and helping us out with ordering food. This was an unforgettable experience, and really helped us in getting that extra bit more immersion in Japanese culture.
We got tremendous help form Bob and Lily in getting around: they provided us with directions, printed maps for us, told us what train passes to get, and they provided us with portable Wifi devices.
We thoroughly enjoyed the connection we had on the level of good food. Together, we made some delicious pear-caramel-ginger ice-cream (a recipe invented on-the-fly).
In summary, our visit to Bob and Lily turned out to be so much better than we could have hoped for. They provided us with a very enriching experience and an unforgettable holiday.
Sylvie and Alex
Perfect place to stay for 1st time visitors to Japan! Bob and Lily and their dog Kuunya are great hosts. They are there when you need them but let you have your own space as well. Every morning after telling them where we wanted to go. Bob printed out detailed maps for our itinerary with suggested routes and trains. The portable wi-fi they supplied was excellent since they were always a e-mail away in case we needed them. Their home is very comforable and a great location for exploring the Kansai area. They were ready for us even before we arrived with very detailed instructions for how to find them and how to navigate the Japanese train system. Bob prepared us a delicious breakfast every morning and was great in answering all our questions. We enjoyed our stay and they made our transition into Japanese culture very smooth.
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.