My boyfriend and I went to Kyoto on a vacation from our jobs teaching English in Korea over New Years '10-'11. We originally booked this place because everything else was already booked since it was New Years, but I feel like it was destiny that this was the case. This place just gave me the best feeling and when I think back to my vacation, I think of the sight and smell of this place and just get so nostalgic. There is something very special about it. It is really cozy and smells like wood. Everything is immaculately clean. It was winter when we were there so I thought that I would be too cold using the outdoor shower but taking a steaming hot shower outside in the cold was the most refreshing shower I've ever had. The area is really peaceful and it gives you a good idea of what life is like in Japan outside of the touristy, urbanized areas. There are tons of places to eat around there and the train station is close. There are also a few grocery stores around. I didn't think that the location was inconvenient at all and the noise from the train wasn't loud at all - it didn't bother my boyfriend and I one bit - actually we found it soothing. The owner is extremely kind and helpful and will give you a ton of maps and information. Kyoto is a beautiful place and is now one of my if not my favorite city. If it weren't for the maps and info he gave us, I wouldn't have had any idea of where to go or what to see. The low price is unbelievable, too. This is the cheapest and best accommodation in Kyoto.
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