We stayed at the Moon Room for a period of 1 week at the end of September / early October.
There are 2 villas in the complex, with Sean (Owner) living on the 3rd level - he is around if you have questions or recommendations for your stay - which is excellent. We stayed on the bottom floor - perfect for a couple.
The location is excellent. It is about a 30 minute walk to the main Kyoto train station - also the city centre (we got the bullet train from Tokyo), so a short cab ride from the station.
There are some excellent restaurants, bars / convenience shops in the area (easy walk) & some of the great sites are just around the corner.
Kyoto itself (built up area) is very flat, so hire a bike & you can basically ride everywhere. It is an easy ride to a lot of the places to see.
Sean has a very good webpage with an excellent guide to restaurants, places to visit & general information (bike hire, laundry etc.) - all with maps so you can mark your destination & utilise the map to make your way to where ever is required.
There is a pocket wi-fi in the villa - which obviously is excellent for making your way around town (utilising the webpage & maps provided).
Couple of minor problems;
- The villa itself is not well signed - so ensure you read the guide that will be sent from Sean before arrival. Look for the garden gnome & the yukka plant out the from!
- there seemed to be a heap of jumping spiders on our stay - but nothing to worry us - nothing a fumigate wouldn't take care of!!
- The rubbish system is reasonably complex - but this is the case through-out Japan. Having to take your own rubbish to the convenience store down the road is a slight pain - maybe this system could be better handled.
Overall an excellent stay & would return. Thanks to Sean for all the advise & help over the stay.
We stayed 7 nights in this beautiful apartment, all was perfect. Sean was very helpful from day zero till the end and made our stay enjoyable. He lives in the same bldg and that is good in case you have doubts or etc... the street is full of restaurants, and the area is 30mins walk for the station and 5 minutes subway (4 stops). I would definitely recommend that place and once again, thank you Sean and hope to see u in Florence one day...
THe Moon Room was an exceptinal find. We were a family of four and found the accomodation very comfortable. The room was as pictured and could not fault it.
Sean was amazing from booking until our stay. He wasn't table to meet us at the apartment on our arrival, however, he gave us excellent instructions from the Subway station,(5 minute walk) we found the room without problems.
The room itself was exceptionally clean and comfortable, the kitchen is on the small side, however there are so many options to eat in amazing restaurants why would you want to cook!! Sean also has a list of recommended places to eat, each and every one that we tried was amazing, including his familys Udon shop/restaurant. Make sure you follow his recommendations
It is close to the subway lines and bus stops. We found it very easy to get around Kyoto.
Sean would check in with us, he was very attentive without being over bearing.
If you are looking for a place to experience the feel of Japan, this apratment is in a great central location whilst being quiet and safe.
We absolutely loved staying here and would not hesitate to stay again when we hopefully return to the beautiful city of Kyoto.
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