The Space--The space--
The town we live in is called Keihoku. It's only 1 hour North from central Kyoto and you can enjoy stunningly majestic mountain and river scenery, fresh air, and meet heart-warming people. We also offer some unique nature tours! Guest Access--Guest access--
The beautiful thatched roof house that you will stay in is private, and we live in a separate house next door. During your stay you are welcome to use the entire house, including the living room, kitchen, shower/wash room and toilet. As for the linen, clean sheets, pillowcases, blankets and bath/hand towels are provided. The use of the hair dryer and refrigerator is also free. For guests who stay more than 2 nights, we also offer the use of laundry machine and dryer.
As for internet, we provide free internet (Wi-Fi). Plus, during your stay, you can use our router and bring it wherever you go for free so that you are always connected to the internet. It's very useful, especially to check your location in new places. Interaction with Guests--Interaction with guests--
Basically, I will be with you and help you during your stay in the property. I and my wife Yukako also offer some optional (paid) extras during your stay, such as cooking, trekking, or yoga training (in the attic space). I speak English, thanks to my travel experience around the world.
My hobbies are motorcycle riding, playing with dogs, reading books to compare different cultures and history, sea fishing and making pickles with home-grown vegetables.
We like to get to know our guests and would love to learn about your culture and your life. We love meeting new people and sharing the history of Keihoku with our guests. We are friendly and like to chat. :) The Neighborhood--The neighborhood--
Here in Keihoku, you can put yourself in majestic nature - enjoy trekking riverside, travel to the waterfall and giant cedar forest, or visit and pray in peaceful temples and shrines. Getting Around--Access--
To get to the Keihoku area, take a JR bus on the Takao/Keihoku Line from Kyoto Station (terminal number 3) via Enmachi and Nijo station. Shuzan (Syuzan) terminal is a final stop and it takes around 1 hour 20 mins from Kyoto station. It costs 1180 yen, or you can use the Japan Rail Pass.
You will get on the bus from a rear door and get off from the front door after you put your fare in the box next to a driver or show JR pass. We can pick you up at Shuzan terminal.
The bus timetable from Kyoto station to Shuzan final terminal runs at these times:
Depart: 14:00 Arrive: 15:20
Depart: 15:30 Arrive: 16:50
Depart: 16:30 Arrive: 17:50
Depart: 17:30 Arrive: 18:50
Please let us know in advance which bus you will be catching so we can greet you at the station.
The bus looks like a local city bus at the start of the trip, but we assure you, you will enjoy the scenery from the window when you come into the mountain lane (after about 40mins or so).
We look forward to meeting you and having you stay with us in our thatched roof house in Keihoku. Experiencing beautiful Japan outside of the city with locals is an amazing experience. We know you will love it here. See you soon! Other Things to Note--Getting around--
Since Keihoku is quite a large area, it is difficult to visit places just on foot (most destinations are about 5-10km away).
To get around this area, you can also rent 4 bikes for free - the supermarket and bus terminal are around only 30mins away by bike.
We can take you on tours (with English guidance and transportation) for an additional fee. We organize a tour schedule with you based on what’s most suitable for you, the weather and the season. You can choose your itinerary from the following options:
・Giant cedars trekking
・Visiting the shrine & temple
・Visiting the sake brewery
・Visiting the historical thatched roof house village
・Night fireflies viewing (from mid-June to mid-July only)
One day tour (10:00~16:00) is 6,000 yen per person, but if you are interested in going to the Onsen (hot springs) along the sea of Japan and visiting the fresh seafood market, the rate is 8000 yen since the place is 70km away (1.5hour).
Central Kyoto tour : 8,000 yen per person(excluding parking fee,admission fee and meal)
If you choose to do a tour with us, you can pay by credit card (VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, DINERS, DISCOVER). Depending on how long you stay with us, we can do multiple tours - it’s up to you.
---Other things we offer---
We want to make your stay comfortable and entertaining, so we offer some added extras at our place for you to enjoy, including:
・A BBQ set - having an outdoor barbeque with guests is our favorite way of dining
・10 yoga mats so you can enjoy practicing yoga any time you want
・Piano and acoustic guitar - we are music lovers!
・Japanese toys for children, so there is no boring time for the kids
・Two dogs - our Golden Retriever puppy Azuki is very cute and she loves meeting new people and making friends
・I sometimes go sea fishing, and you can eat what he catches!
・A small farm full of seasonable vegetables, which you can harvest and eat for free
※We are working on setting up a cafe that serves light meals. When it’s ready we hope our guests will enjoy eating there. :)