Left on 04/11/2012 for a stay in April 2012 | aptravelerReviewed Apr 11, 2012Stayed Apr 2012
My husband, son (18 months), and I stated at this apartment for 5 nights and it was fabulous. Hiro (the manager) and Toshi (the owner) were very responsive to our needs. The apartment is large and comfortably fit us and would comfortably fit a larger group. Since we had a small child with us we weren't able to take advantage of the bikes provided. To get around Kyoto we would walk (about 10 min) to the Kami-Katsura station and take the train to wherever we needed to go. This is a small station so we usually had to transfer at least once. This was a little bit of an inconvenience, but wasn't too bad.
It was nice to have a kitchen and be able to make breakfast before leaving each morning. My husband and I also enjoyed take-out food from the nearby restaurants several nights when our son went to bed early. Overall the Kyoto West Condo was a great home base for us while we were in Kyoto and I'd highly recommend it.
Thank you for your comments! It was a pleasure meeting you and your family. I’m really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and were able to navigate your way using the train. The kitchen and spaciousness of the condo is something we take great pride in so I’m glad to hear you made use of the kitchen. I hope you get a chance to come to Kyoto again. We look forward to seeing you all and to seeing how big you son will have grown by then! Warm regards.
Bob & Deanna Kohlburn
“Great opportunity to truly experience Japan!”
Left on 01/20/2011 for a stay in December 2010 | Bob & Deanna KohlburnReviewed Jan 20, 2011Stayed Dec 2010
Our family had a great time in Japan while using this well-kept, spacious condo as our home base! We were picked up at Kami-Katsura (western suburb of Kyoto) train station by the condo's friendly owner in a cool restored 1960's VW van. The owner and his nephew graciously answered questions and spent time helping us map out areas of interest. The condo was fairly modern, but we especially liked the one traditional Japanese style room.
Our family experienced a total immersion into the Japanese culture, shopping at the local groceries and bakeries, and enjoyed many local restaurants, shops, and sights.
We were a bit surprised that most Japanese homes do not have central heating, but use space heaters in each room. Be sure and dress in warm layers if you visit in the winter. The condo has a washer, but no dryer. We learned that it is traditional to hang clothing outside to dry.
A Japanese cell phone was provided as part of our stay, this was a nice perk since our american cell phones did not work at all in Japan. The complimentary internet listed on the website is not in the condo, but the owner said that we were welcome to walk to his nearby home to use the internet if needed. Very nice folks.
The condo owners took us on a special tour of their family's private registered cultural property. It was fascinating to get a glimpse into the historic property.
We had the use of 4 bikes during our visit, but we also did a lot of walking, and traveled often by train or subway. The condo owner also took us back to the train station on our last day. This condo was a very good alternative to having to rent two very small hotel rooms each night to accomodate our family. We had an amazing stay!
We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We had just opened the condo so the Internet connection was not running at that time. I do apologize for that. We now offer Wi-Fi to better accommodate our guests. We hope that you will come stay with us again so we can show you another side of Kyoto. Warm wishes and happy future travels.
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