We stayed at My Pavilion to Arashiyama for a week in October 2019. Our family consists of my wife and I plus two daughters, 12 and 15.
We spent a wonderful week in Kyoto and part of that was due to the great accommodation.
Communication with Shimpei, the owner, was thorough and very useful, whether it was the emails we exchanged or the vast amount of information on his website. Shimpei was also there to greet us upon our arrival and pointed out some useful things, and explained the garbage collection system. The instructions in the house, for the washer, etc, were in Japanese and English and were very clear.
The house was spacious, and we fully utilized the three large upstairs bedroom spaces so the girls had their own rooms. The kitchen was fully equipped, and we made a couple of dinners after a long day of sight-seeing. Our favorite space was the small tea-room next to the garden. We fought for the two seats in that space. The lounge area is also spacious and it was a house that we could relax in when the typhoon blew through Japan.
The location was great, and it was an easy tram ride to Arashiyama, and a couple of minutes walk to the train and various bus stops. We also used the JapanTaxi app on several occasions. The house is close enough to the city that we walked for example, to the Manga Museum. There are also lots of supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants, cafes and bars nearby. Also, the house is located in a really interesting neighbourhood, and the narrow streets are well worth exploring.
It was a wonderful place to stay and we would stay there again if we visit Kyoto, and we will highly recommend it to friends who have families.
This was one of the best places we stayed in all of Japan. Shimpei thought of everything one might need. His amenities rivaled some of the nice ryokans we stayed in! The washer/dryer was awesome and the tea room was a nice place to drink coffee in the morning. We enjoyed the area of town - outside the tourist areas but still lots to do. We recommend the Thai restaurant nearby and the Ouch & Oops bar for drinks after.
I am writing my very first review on trip advisor because I would love to share about how great of an experience me, my husband and two kids had at Shimpei's amazing airbnb. Let me start out by commenting on how impressed we were with our host. Shimpei was truly the best airbnb host we have ever had! From the moment I came across his listing on airbnb, to when we booked, up until the day we left, he always went above and beyond!! He was super patient with ALL my inquires about his listing as well as my questions about travel tips --- he always replied super promptly and gave detailed info and advice. Being our first time to kyoto we had sooo many questions and uncertainties. He always made me feel at ease to ask him questions. On the day of arrival he met us at his place and kindly took us around his neighborhood to show us around which was such a nice treat. He was just as patient in person as he was when we communicated via messages prior. He felt more like a friend to us than a host even though we just met him for the first time! As for his place -- we loved every bit of it! it was in a traditional home but decorated very stylish with lots of personal touch (including music playing in the background when we arrived). It was also super clean and had all the amenities we needed. The bed was so comfortable too (our bed at home now feels so much more uncomfortable after having experienced his airbnb bed!!!) His airbnb was also very conveniently located. We LOVED having the subway station and tram station within 5 minutes walking distance as well as two supermarkets within 2 minutes walking distance. Given the convenient location of the supermarket as well as well equipped kitchen, we even had the chance to cook a very nice wagyu beef meal dinner at the airbnb!
If I could, I would recommend all my friends who want to go to Kyoto to stay at his lovely place.. not only because of the lovely home, the convenient location, but most importantly, the warmth and kindness we experienced from Shimpei!!
A stunning cozy house! Very convenient of transport-1500JPY from Kyotostation and 4 mins walking distance from Shiin station. The house is very comfortable, 2 clean bedrooms with comfy mattresses, big wash room and open kitchen- the stove and microwave are very easy to use and Shimpei San prepared a lot of bowels and cups for use. Also the living room is very warm with heater and cozy with blankets. Very thoughtful for everything! Shimpei San welcomed us at home warmly and explained the house using instructions for us, also recommend the metro to shopping center and sightseeings. Highly recommend to those family and friends who travel to Kyoto!
On arrival, the host offered to pick us up at the station. But, since we have been to Kyoto before, we declined and met him instead at the house. He was most welcoming and explained all the amenities thoroughly. He also bought tickets to a festival we requested in advance and paid him when we got there. A risk for him so it was an act of great kindness for us. The house, aside from being very comfortable and complete, also had so many nice extras. Shimpei-san filled the refrigerator with many things that would make it possible for us to have a good breakfast the next day without having to blunder through the grocery. Basic spices, cooking oil, bath amenities, towels, and many other little things made our stay most comfortable. All switches and controls for stove, lights, bathroom, AC, etc had english labels affixed alongside the Nippongo. We also had a pocket wifi and a local cellphone to take along. Location was also very convenient. Two groceries were nearby, and two train stations and a bus station are just a quick walk away. Shimpei's house is the perfect base for exploring Kyoto. Everywhere is quick to get to, even Osaka. Chilling out is also ideal. I found myself frequently in the tea room, facing a little garden, reading a book, and enjoying a pocket of serenity. Great location, house with character, and Shimpei's attention to detail at making our touring easy and our stay comfortable make this house a perfect place to stay in in Kyoto.