Our 6 night stay in Shimpei's home was absolutely fantastic. The home is located in a more suburban area of Kyoto, about 15-20mins from Kyoto station, and about 20-30mins by bus from Nishiki markets area. That was part of the appeal, as we felt very much like Kyoto locals, living outside of the typical touristy center of town. Shimpei's home is very well equipped and there are lovely extra touches all throughout. Kitchen, toilet and bathroom/shower were all very modern and very clean. We are a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids) and found we had plenty of room. Lots of breakfasts on the sizeable dining table, and evening relaxing on the couch after long days out on the town and on Shimpei's bikes which are provided free of charge. We absolutely loved our ride around Kyoto, and all along the river - thank you for allowing us to have these experiences Shimpei! Overall Shimpei was an excellent host for us, he met us at the home, explained everything, gave lots of useful tips about local attractions and restaurants. We had some challenges with our luggage and Shimpei very kindly offered to take care of it for us and organised Takkyubin pickup of our luggage for us - it was fantastic and very much appreciated. We highly recommend Shimpei's home to anyone, and would gladly stay there again on our next visit to Kyoto!
What a wonderful respite for us during our 5 day stay in Kyoto. This well appointed, cozy home was perfect for my family (2 adults + 3 kids) and everyone felt at home immediately upon arrival. Shimpei met us when we arrived and took the time to show us around, walk us through house instructions, gave us recommendations based on our kids preferences and was simply so hospitable. Shimpei has an extensive list of recommendations for pretty much anything you want to do ready to read through at the house-he has thought of pretty much everything to make your stay easy. There are 4 bikes that guests can use and this was a huge treat. Shimpei even had an infant seat for our youngest kid and helmets for the kids. The home is close to the river that runs thru Kyoto with a huge bike/jog/walk path. It was very easy to access and a major treat for us all. Shimpei's home is equipped with the latest in technology and everything worked well. He also had a lot of toys that my 3 kids were grateful for. The beds were really comfortable. The bathroom and soaking tub was great-I wish we could take the talking bathtub home with us! It was so nice to be able to do laundry and the kitchen is stocked with very cool cookware-a cross between a pot and a wok-made cooking a breeze. Wifi was lightening fast and the neighborhood is residential yet close to everything, cafes, shops, grocery stores and restaurants. Very convenient to anything and everything by bus or subway. We felt as if we lived in Kyoto for a few days which was what we were after. I recommend Shimpei's place highly and hope to visit again in the future.
It's really very nice to meet Shimpei in Kyoto.He's so thoughtful,warm.And the house is absolutely amazing,we love it a lot,specially the kitchen.The location of the house is a little bit far from JR station,but very close to 金閣寺 and 龍安寺,you can ride the bicycle which Shimpei provided to get there.Riding through the alleies with morning sunshine,breeze,and the right person around,that's the most unforgettable experience we ever have.Thank you Shimpei ,for giving us a wonderful memory in Kyoto ,hope to see u in Chengdu China.All the best!
Shimpei is a Great host who always tries to make sure everything is well covered. He is very responsive and available pretty much all the time. The Pavilion is renovated traditional house. It was a very interesting experiance to live for a week like this. Thanks Shimpei and looking forward to see you again!