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Description from owner

Description from owner

Bedrooms 2 / Bathroom 1 / Sleeps 4 / House
Bedrooms: 2  Bathroom: 1   Sleeps: 4  Type: House

1 Full bath

Lovely Apple House on Kyoto's Historical East Side
TripAdvisor property ID 4311657

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Book this 2 bedroom house in Kyoto today! A total of 4 people can sleep here comfortably.

Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 5/5 thanks to an average of 68 reviews.

Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $504 to as high as $932, depending on travel dates.

The owner responds to 100% of inquiries and last updated the property’s calendar Feb 24, 2018.

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About the owner

About the owner

Hiroko J.
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Calendar last updated:
24 Feb 2018
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Languages spoken: English



Check in time:16:00, Check out time:10:00
This owner does not use online booking. Please contact them and they will be able to offer you a secure way to pay for your stay. Never pay for your vacation rental by wire transfer (such as Western Union or Moneygram) as this type of payment is untraceable.

Damage deposit: $188.00
No smoking at this property
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Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Kyoto Attractions




  • Air conditioning
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washing machine

Phone / Internet

  • Internet access


  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • Satellite TV


  • Grill


  • Children
  • Pets
  • Smoking allowed


  • 1 Full bath


Reviews (68)

Excellent – based on 68 reviews Excellent
68 reviews

Very Good

“Feels like home”

Reviewed 2 Oct 2016

This was a (7th) return visit to Apple House. And it certainly feels like coming home for us now. Apple House is a small Japanese style home in Kyoto's northeast, snuggled under Heiezan. It's a great place for a sojourn in this great city - handy for many of its gems and able to offer a glimpse of the peace and serenity we all need. Apple House is managed by exceptional hosts whose warmth and generosity is legend with regulars.


Reviewed 16 May 2014

I have stayed at Apple House four times now, and it must show we love staying there. The owners are great. They pick you up from the station and they have the necessary things ready. We have got to know the neighbors and each time we have returned they have always made us feel welcome. The house is very comfortable and I love the hot bath. Actually the whole family loves the hot bath. The facilities for washing your clothes is great as there is a out door hanging or indoor should it be a rainy day. The location is just right . Not too close to the main road so you don't hear the noise but close enough to all transportation, restaurants and shopping centre. We are looking forward to return for the 5th time. I am hoping soon!

“Apple House gets better with each visit”

Reviewed 16 May 2014

Another couple of weeks in Apple House, spread over two visits in March and April with JR-Pass travel in Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu just reinforced how homelike Apple House has become for me and my family. In the last four years we've spent around four months in this delightful, comfortable, affordable and convenient home-away-from-home. Each time, we rediscover old delights and move on to new ones! This time we managed more time time on some private railways with the three day Kansai Thru Pass (Wakayama, Nara and Uji) and returned to the wonderful Mt Hiei Garden Museum, Ohara and found the Organic Tea House (chocolate was wonderful, thanks). The house is terrific - convenient for self-catering and surrounded by delightful neighbours and with local restaurants and sites that mean you can relax. But also accessible to the wider delights of Kyoto. Wonderful hosts, wonderful property. Thanks (again) to Hiroko and David.

“Perfect home away from home!”

Reviewed 6 Oct 2013

This was our second stay at apple House, and it was every bit as good as the first! The house is beautiful - as is the surrounding area - and Hiroko and David have provided everything you could need. The house is also within walking distance of the supermarket, bus stop, train station and subway station, so the location is really convenient. Hiroko is the perfect host, very friendly and thoughtful, and even picked us up from the station when we arrived and dropped us off when we left :) It was lovely to have a proper home to come back to at the end of every day! I would definitely recommend apple House to anyone visiting Kyoto!

“My second home”

Reviewed 26 Aug 2013

We have been back to apple House 3 times now. Each return feels like it is our second home. I love the house with all the comforts, and the distance from all the exciting place are so close we were very fortunate. We have seen the cherry blossoms and we were there for the autumn leaves. The owner of the house is so well organise and should there be any problem, she will be there in a flash. Not that we had any problem. We love it so much that we are already planning to stay there again!

“Return to Paradise”

Reviewed 26 Aug 2013

This was our third stay in apple House. This time it was scheduled to allow me to attend a conference at the Kyoto International Conference Centre, which is just a 270 yen bus ride and about ten minutes away and oh-so convenient. Because I was busy with the conference, Apple House provided a welcome haven from the summer heat and pressures of work. The local Hida Restaurant was able to host dinner for a group of colleagues with warmth and conviviality, and apple House was again the perfect jumping off point for new explorations around Kyoto. We made a return trip to view the Mt Hiei Garden Museum in the height of summer and it was fabulous! It is in every season. Our host, Hiroko, is so much more than a warm and generous host. She is an amazing source of information and assistance. For me, Apple House feels like home. A wonderful haven for thinking, and getting to know a fabulous part of an extraordinary city.

“Best Birthday Gift Ever”

Reviewed 3 Jul 2013

So I wanted to spend my 30th birthday in Japan and I had heard that Kyoto was a must. I found the apply House on Vrbo and was immediately attracted to it because it had bikes for the renters to use and all of the pictures were beautiful. Hiroko picked myself and my boyfriend up from the train station and dropped us off personally at the house. The house was clean and authentic (10x than any hotel we had stayed in). Hiroko gave us some great recommendations on where to eat, sight see, and shop. She also provided tons of maps and answered a lot of questions about the Japanese culture. I was also truly grateful for the laundry services available at the house. Over all we had a great time and can to the conclusion that when we come back to Japan we are going to spend more time in Kyoto (which means more time at the apple House). Best Birthday Trip ever.

“An unforgettable week in Kyoto”

Reviewed 7 May 2013

Me and my friends stayed in Kyoto for a week in april, during the cherry blossom season. Hiroko was extremely kind both before and during our stay, she left a lot of travel material in the house, gave us useful advice on what to see and even picked us up at the nearest subway station. Apple House is a lovely traditional japanese house with everything you may need (washing machine, wireless internet, hairdryer, etc.) and plenty of space for 4 people. Don't worry about futons, despite what westerners may think they are really very comfortable and at the end of your stay you'll get addicted to it (and to tatami as well). The neighborhood is very quiet and not central but bus N.5 is perfect for getting to Kyoto centre and JR station in around 20 minutes, so if you have a JR Pass you can visit Osaka or Miyajima and be back at apple House by the end of the day. There were also two bicycles available, we didn't get a chance to use them but next time we'll come we will surely ride them! We absolutely recommend apple House for a short or long stay, arigatou gozaimasu Hiroko!

“Could not ask for more!”

Reviewed 17 Apr 2013

Everything at this place was excellent. Hiroko was a great host, picking us up at 11pm, showing us around the place and dropping us at the train station on our last day. We loved the house, it has everything we needed for our 5 nights. Sleeping on tatami mats was very comfortable. We enjoyed staying in this quiet surburb instead of the touristy places and the neighbours were very friendly. Shops and train stations were within 10-15mins walk and we all got to know the No.5 bus well. We would definitely stay at apple House again if we ever get another chance to visit Kyoto. Thank you Hiroko!

“At home in Kyoto”

Reviewed 22 Dec 2012

We did not want to be confined by a tourist hotel in a tourist area. We wanted access to the sights of Kyoto but we want to experience life in a typical Japanese suburb, taking the bus, walking to the shops for provisions and cooking some meals for ourselves. Apple House and Hiroko provided this for us. We slept well, walked to all the sites and caught the bus back to our new home. As others have mentioned the sleep quality is great withe stream gurgling downhill. It was wonderful to have laundry facilities and all the books, tips and maps for us. A big bonus was that the Imperial Villa was just up the hill! Less than 5 minutes. One still has to get permission down at the the palace but this is easily done. Free English audio is available when you arrive. Transport was so easy, no 5 bus, the subway, a little walk but it brought you home via the supermarket and we even used the local train to take us part of the way to the wonderful Fushimi Inari shrine with its 1000 tori. Hiroko was so kind and generous with collecting us from the station and her gift of homemade bread. She was never intrusive but it was good to know she was just an email away! Great wi Fi, nothing we disliked except leaving! However we gained so much confidence for our travels up north to places less frequented by foreign tourists such as Hirazumi and Nyuto Onsen.

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