--I was traveling with a friend for the summer in Japan. We were mostly in Tokyo for our trip because we had old classmates and family there, but we decided on a side trip to Kyoto as well. I'm not a huge fan of big city life, so I absolutely loves that Nashinoki was set away from most of the major city (it's more in a suburb with plenty of little shops, the old castle, and several train stations nearby).
--My friend and I got a little lost finding our way to the hotel once we got off the train at the last stop because the directions we had misspelled the street name we should have turned on (we got the directions from their website too). However, after asking someone, we got ourselves in the right direction and found that it was not far at all from the station - maybe 10 minutes with our luggage.
--We arrived in the early afternoon and it seemed they weren't expecting us so soon (though we had stated in our reservations we would be early and got the okay on that). It wasn't an issue however, as our room was prepared, we just caught them off guard!
--You take your shoes off at the entrance and there are slippers available to wear inside for you, however, we were told they were not mandatory, so we were typically in our socks instead.
--Upon arrival, we were greeted by one woman (I cannot recall her name), she seemed middle aged, she was very kind and spoke English very well (which was a very pleasant surprise and we were grateful for). She took us straight up to our already prepared room and gave us a moment to settle in. When she returned, she had cold green tea and these tasty ice cream buns for us which were perfect for the hot day.
--We got settled in, storing our bags in the closet with the extra futons.
--The futons were laid our when we arrived and remained out until our departure two days later. If you wanted them folded up and out of the way, you need to do it yourself. However, because it was just two of us, we had plenty of space. +The room has a table with cushions (and backings) for you to sit at. +Water and cups were provided on the table (and refilled everyday). +There was a TV in our room, but it did not work. +The lighting was perfect (it had 3 settings) and we had the AC (plus it's controller) in our room so we could adjust it as needed. +The building is very old and the walls are thin, so you will find that the floors creak when people walk on them and unless you are whispering, other people can probably hear you in your room. +The doors do not have locks on them. They are sliding doors. However, we were never worried about someone coming into our room and/or taking our belongings (and this never happened). +Towels and a towel rack are provided in your room. The towels are a little older, so they were thin and very rough, but they worked. +The furniture in the place is older and maybe a little outdated and we did have some dust in our room, but it wasn't the end of the world and everything was still comfortable.
--When we would leave for the day, the middle aged woman let us use two of the many bikes they have for free (they're available to guests, no charge always). She also loaned us a guide book and map so we could have an easier time finding things to do and she was always happy to recommend things to us.
--The second night we were there, when we returned we were given melon flavor yogurt and cold green tea to help us relax and cool off by a much older woman, she did not speak English from what we could tell.
--Each evening, we would receive a polite knock on our door and either the middle aged woman or a younger girl (in her early teens, she also spoke some English) would inform us the bath was ready for us.
--The bath had a sign on it that you can flip over to say occupied or vacant(the bath is also in a separate room from the toilets). We never had an issue with someone else coming into the bath while we were in there because of the sign, everyone would politely wait, however, there are two showers and the tub is large enough for two people. There is a dressing room just before the bath where you can leave your clothing in baskets. Shampoo, soap, and conditioner were all provided next to the showers if you did not bring your own.
My only complaint about the baths is that the window in the bathroom, which was open as it was summer, is street level (it's a thin, long window) and people would pass by at night. Though I never saw anyone looking in, I always felt awkward about it.
--We also chose to have a Japanese breakfast each morning too. It would be prepared and served to us by 8 AM. We would get a knock on the door and chain of what seemed like the whole family would bring in an assortment of plates, bowls, pots, ETC filled with food for us. The middle aged woman would always explain to us what everything was and described some of the flavors before she would leave to let us eat. The food was very good and it was fun to try new things (it was also very convenient for us). The dishes would later be cleaned up for us, so we did not need to worry about them.
--There are toilets located both downstairs and up. We never used the downstairs one so I can't speak about them, but I do know they are both co-ed. In the upstairs bathroom there were two stalls and a urinal. The urinal is beside the stall to the Japanese style toilet and across from the western style toilet. There is a large sink with an assortment of hand and face soaps in there too. Yes, you can see the urinal from the sink and the door as it is not enclosed in anyway. However, in the three days we stayed there, never was there anyone else in the bathroom with us at the same time.
--When it came time for us to check out, we were surprised they'd already split the bill for us so we each had our own separate one, knowing we were splitting it in half without us having to ask. That was very nice. We were also given a really cute light up pen (which writes very well, I might add) as a thank you gift before we left.
Overall, everyone was very friendly and we felt very welcomed the entire time we were there. We sometimes worried we were making them go out of their way to make sure we had a pleasant stay and we were grateful for all their efforts. It was also nice to discover that English was spoken very well there. We weren't expecting that at all, so it was a nice treat (not that we minded either way, it was just cool). The inn is in a quiet area too, so we slept well, and other than other guests being obnoxious our last night, it was a very wonderful and pleasant place to stay. I highly recommend it.
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