The SpaceA rooftop terrace with almost a 360 degree view, something that is VERY unusual in Japan. Located next to 600 year old trees, it is a serene and beautiful place to relax. The apartment is like nothing else you will find in Osaka. Come and share it. The garden will look different depending on the season. Winter is especially hard and I usually have to restart the garden in spring. In the summer I am hoping to offer yoga on the roof for a small sum. But it will be from 6:15 in the morning until seven, before I go to work.
I have a rather unique apartment for a big city in Japan. I have roof space, where people can chill out, watch the sunset and actually see a view. There is decent white wine in the local supermarket - so an evening drink after a long day is a nice way to unwind. We are located right next to a shrine, with 600 year old trees giving a peaceful - not right in the middle of the city feel. I am located 12 minutes on an express train from downtown Osaka or 35 minutes on an express train from downtown Kyoto. I have high speed internet access here, and guests are welcome to treat the whole space as their own home. Guests must be cat lovers, as I have two cats and they own me and the apartment. The apartment is airy however - so there is no problem with cat hair. We are twenty minutes walk from the train station but bicycles can be borrowed. There is a supermarket five minutes walk away from the apartment.
There is a fridge available and free tea and coffee, milk and sugar. Depending on how long you stay, there may be a couple of meals thrown in and lots of advice. If you are partial to vegetarian Thai curry I make a lot of those - and couscous salads and rice salads. My kitchen is a good size for Japan, so cooking is easy. Everything is there that you need. If you want to make lunch to take with you on your outings - there are loads of tupperware containers, and this is sometimes a good way to save you a little bit of money when you are out.
The bathroom is nice and airy with some plants in there to make you feel a little closer to nature! The shower is amazing! Great water pressure and it is hot! Hot! Hot! It is a Japanese style bathroom, so you can splash around as much as you want in there. The bath is deep - though not so long. You can soak up to your neck if you choose to come and stay in winter! The best thing though, is the local onsen *hot spring. Seriously - awesome. There is a stone spa there as well and it is definitely a place that you can actually spend a whole day!
There are not many restaurants nearby - though there are a few near the station. There is a good yakiniku restaurant on the way to Kayashima station, and a fabulous old yakitori place in Owada which is also biking distance. I go to a great yoga studio in Owada which is often followed by some delicious food on sticks! If you would like to go to yoga I can get you three classes at a thousand yen each - or just one if that is not really your thing. About twenty minutes away by bike is a beautiful onsen that is 700 yen entrance and has very yummy and inexpensive food if you are into dinner afterwards. The onsen has both indoor and outdoor baths and it really is a slice of traditional Japan in the middle of Osaka city! Alteratively - five minutes bike ride away is a traditional bathhouse that is truly a Japanese experience. If you wish to go there, I can take you - or direct you!
Our station is on an express stop (Neyagawashi station) or Kayashima on the sub express. You can also get on a local - so train access is great and it is quick to get wherever you want to go.
Transport - 20 minutes walk to either of the two stations (we are in the middle of the two stations) Bike distance is an easy five to eight minutes, and taxi is only 800 yen.
The Keihan line is a very convenient line between Kyoto and Osaka. The station is about a fifteen to twenty minute walk away.
There is a great yoga studio 10 minutes bike ride away. There is a sento that is truly a Japanese bath experience. This is five minutes ride away. There is also a beautiful onsen about 12 minutes ride. I go once a week and if you are here when I go, I would love to take you. Guest AccessUse of the entire apartment and two push bikes if you need them to ride to the station. The apartment has a fast wifi connection. I also have a pretty neat bath that is great in winter!I love that the neighbourhood is quiet and retains a local feel to it. Being right next to the shrine is really special. There is a great feeling to the apartment that comes from being next to such a serene and beautiful place. I think guests should experience both the busy city side of life - but also see what it is like in an authentic Japanese neighbourhood, where people are just living their lives. You can meet some really interesting people and locally it is pretty cool to pop into the local places. Everyone around here is really friendly and people are genuinely interested in meeting people who are not from around here. Interaction with GuestsI interact with guests on a varying basis. If you wish to join me for yoga or have dinner together, I would love to. If you want to chat about your day over a glass of wine - I would love to. If you are tired and want to be left alone - that is ok too. I work five days a week and some nights so I will not be around so much. I tend to be an early to bed person, but I am also a pretty heavy sleeper, so just because I go to bed early certainly does not mean that you have to! The NeighborhoodI love that the neighbourhood is quiet and retains a fairly local feel to it. Being right next to the shrine is really special. There is a great feeling to the apartment that comes from being next to such a serene and beautiful place. I think guests should experience both the busy city side of life - but also see what it is like in an authentic Japanese neighbourhood, where people are just living their lives. You can meet some really interesting people and locally it is pretty cool to pop into the local places. Everyone around here is really friendly and people are genuinely interested in meeting people who are not from around here. Getting AroundThe Keihan line is a very convenient line between Kyoto and Osaka. The station is about a fifteen to twenty minute walk away - which some may find a bit much. I do however offer bikes that can be ridden to the station. Alternatively - a taxi is between 700 and 800 yen. And if you decide to walk - it is a nice walk through back streets to Kayashima station or along a river to Neyagawashi - the station closer to Kyoto. Directions to mine will be mailed to you after you book. Access from the airport is pretty straighforward. The easiest way is by bus. Other Things to NoteA brilliant yoga studio ten minutes bike ride away. I can get you a lesson for 1000 yen each lesson. A fabulous onsen twelve minutes bike ride away. Sometimes we are able to go there by car with a friend of mine. I cannot stress how great this onsen is. It has a stone spa too, which is very affordable. ff you want to spend a bit more, they have a massage area. There is a restaurant there too. A couple of guests who stayed recently spent 8 hours there! A very authentic neighbourhood to be in. A gorgeous shrine RIGHT NEXT DOOR. The trees are fabulous. I am ok with kids but please note - there are stairs and a roof. I now also have a kids bike seat for one child - so it is possible for you to transport a younger child. If you are worried about the stairs and the roof for a child then please do not bring kids.