About this listing
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!
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We have wonderful and convenient listings for large groups to stay in three cities in Kansai:
An apartment in Tenma for up to 6 guests.
An entire house for up 6 to 10 guests.
An entire house for 8 to 10 guests.
Two private rooms and breakfast for 2 to 4 guests.
GROUPS OF 4
This is the listing to book ONE of the two available rooms, for up to 2 guests. However, we offer two rooms in our Nara home with a discounted price for groups of 3 or 4 wishing to book both rooms together. Please contact us with an inquiry, stating the number of guests in your party, and we will get back to you as soon as possible with your special group price offer for the two rooms together.
You can also view and book both rooms by clicking on our profile picture and scrolling down to "View all listings" or copy/paste the following:
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 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.
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)
—This is a real queen-sized bed. It is 1.7 meters wide (5'8") x 2.03 meters (6'7") long.
—Covered and tiled balcony 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!
We do not accept check-ins after 22:00 (10 pm). Be sure to confirm your travel itinerary for your estimated arrival time at our home, 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 450 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 house, 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 call or email 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.
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:
-excessive drinking. We enjoy a few drinks ourselves on a regular basis, but have long given up on big benders. Loud, obnoxious drunks and late-night lost causes need not apply.
-sneaking smokes in your room or out on the veranda. We said "no smoking" right up front, and the rule applies anywhere on our property, inside or out.
-fraternizing with the locals. It's your room, your space, your privacy, but that does not extend to any unapproved guests. We will refuse admittance to any and all, "mates who missed the last train and just need a bit of space on the floor to sleep" OR "new friends" recently discovered at the local watering hole OR your "long lost relative. Seriously! I'm just as shocked as you. Please! Just for the night."
The answer will always be, "NO!" so don't bother asking.
-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 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!
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.