The SpaceThis two-storey house was built on a triangular spit of land, and so some rooms are oddly-shaped. The house is about 50 years old, and the interior is dated; but that fits my taste for old and retro stuff. There are windows everywhere, and so the place is bright. I have a tiny garden and a bigger veranda. When it isn't humid, it's great to sit outside.
The guest-room has an air-conditioner for the hot months of summer, and can accommodate one to four people, with the third and fourth on futon. There is a surcharge for every person over two. Guest AccessGuests can use: dining room, shower, upstairs toilet, garage, garden and verandah, second-floor verandah, washing machine.
Sorry, no cooking in the kitchen. But I can offer you a big, continental breakfast in the morning. (On the days I am working, please unload delicious breakfast from the fridge yourselves. Thank you!) Interaction with GuestsI work weekdays and some weekends. However, I will be around during your stay, and I would be happy to answer your questions, or offer suggestions if you need recommendations. And I have a large collection of leaflets, maps, etc. to help you enjoy your days out. The NeighborhoodMy neighborhood is leafy, quiet, residential.
You would need to train one stop east or west for a variety of restaurant choices in the evening, but there are one or two gourmet spots near me, and another is quite renowned throughout Kansai.
Walkers and mountain-hikers might like this area for access to Maya-san and Rokko-san.
Ride a Hankyu train one stop, then take a bus, and climb Maya Mountain. Or, take the ropeway and cable car to the top. It is is a great trip. (If you walk, you pass through the grounds of an old shrine.) Coming back, you could ropeway and cable car; or take the bus going the long, winding, mountain road back to Rokko. Very picturesque. And in the hot months, it is cool, quiet, and refreshing up there.
There is no cable car running in winter months. And in warmer months, the hike is for fit individuals, so be warned!
The Hanshin Mikage Station area — 30 minutes walk from me — is a local hub for restaurants. And Hanshin railway is good for a trip to Nara. Getting AroundI am a 10-minute walk away from Mikage Station, on the Hankyu line. This is a 'local' stop, which means that if you are going to Osaka or Kyoto, for example, you would go one stop east (to Okamoto Station), disembark, and wait for the express.
However, if you are headed for attractions in Kobe, or further west, Mikage is four stops away from Sannomiya, central Kobe, a 10-minute ride.
Sannomiya in Kobe is a hub for Hankyu, JR, Hanshin, and Subway railway lines. The Shinkansen (Shin-Kobe Stn.) is a bus ride or one-stop subway ride away from the Hankyu/JR Sannomiya Station complex.
I have a private, secure garage for people with their own car, motorcycles, or bicycles. Other Things to NoteThe two cats are great. But they are indoor cats and so there is a cat litter. And best place for that is the bathroom. It is scrupulously clean when I am home, but I ask for your understanding when I am not....
I have a lady who comes to help me clean on Tuesdays and Fridays, and I don't want to lose her! She has agreed to come between 9 o'clock and 9:30 a.m. on those days for her two hours.