GUESTHOUSE HANAMIYA "A beautiful discovery and enchanted encounters..." "Arriving in Kyoto we did not know what to expect, All we wanted was to be amongst the locals and not live in a hotel. Hanamiya was just a perfect location nested amongst a small traditional street. Arriving on site we were welcome by a very welcoming Jim and Miya, totally made us feel at ease. The comfort of the location was just amazing, clean and totally adequate for us and our two boys (12 and 9). The place was nicely furnished and furbished, Japanese style. The kitchen , the washing machine, little attention to details (beer on arrival, Japanese tea etc.) made all the difference. We all felt at home. Totally sweet of Jim to make the boys take responsibility of watering the plants, total sense of belonging. And the bikes, what will we have done without the bikes, put at our disposition by our host free of charge. Enabling us to visit interesting nearby sites. We even biked to Kyoto station and back, easy and safe following the little roads. Shops and restaurant in the vicinity (follow Jim's advice). Jim was always available to help us. What can we say, it was the best accommodation in Japan for us between Tokyo, Ishigaki and Kyoto. Thank you Jim for such a wonderful discovery , totally 5 star material in term of guest house. See you again one day." Olivier, Audrey, Luka and Arno ~ Switzerland (October 2018)
GUESTHOUSE CHAYAMA "A great house, great neighborhood, very convenient amenities and access to transportation..."
"The Guesthouse feels new, clean, and smells of cut wood. The craftsmanship in the house is exceptional. Blond hard wood floors, shoji screens mark off a cozy family space with comfortable couch, TV and coffee table. The kitchen is well equipped with tabletop stove, large sink and counter, refrigerator, espresso machine, and drawers and cabinets filled with cooking and dining ware, spices and other stables. The two bedrooms are finished with tatami mat floors and shoji screens and slept on futon beds. Laundry washing facilities and outdoor drying lines are also provided. Bicycles are available which encouraged us to explore and travel the neighborhood surrounds, like the Ginkakuji and Honen Temples and part of the Philosophers Path. We loved this comfortable, safe neighborhood of friendly reserved folks. They helped us locate the train station and post office, and taught us how to operate the automated train ticket machine. Just around the block from the Guest House is a 7/11 where we mostly go for food. The train station is in the next block and it took us about 15 minutes to get to the Sanjo station in downtown Kyoto. Our hosts were incredible, almost like long lost friends. Fiona, picked us up at the JR station on arrival, Jim dropped off some fantastic Mochi during the week and the whole family saw us off as we were leaving, Jim and daughter Miya to clean and prep the house for their next guest, and Fiona who graciously drove us to the JR Station. They were respectful and accommodating of our travel objectives, our schedule and our in-between needs. They provided city map with some suggestions, a ton of local travel material, pocket wifi and made it clear that they were available any time we needed (and they were). They were extremely astute in understanding how much guidance and how much “space” we needed, and we thank them for enabling us to have an incredible living/vacation experience in Kyoto." Joey and Dave ~ USA (October 2018)