We were met by Nobu-san who was very helpful pointing out all the details of the house and providing maps of the Kyoto area. The house is ideal for a family of four. Thanks again Nobu-san.
Firstly - the pictures don't do it justice!!!!
Secondly - Neneko house is a charming, warm, wonderful, and authentic place to stay when in Kyoto. The beds and sheets are soft and the rooms clean and comfortable. The best part was the kotatsu with a heater underneath - perfect for winter.
Lastly - Nobu San is the most amazing host. He took the time to sit down with us and explain the neighbourhood and how to get around the city. Without the bus map that he gave us we would probably still be stranded in Kyoto.
We love Nobu San and Neneko house !!
We stayed there for 3 nights in October. We were 4 friends and this traditional house was a good base for our trips. Even the first day, after arrival, we were able to walk to Philosopher's path and visit Ginkaku ji temple (Silver pavillion) and Gion at night. So the position is very good. We were definitely more comfortable than in a hotel and it was fine to have some privacy too. Futons were great, as well as Japanese toilet. We didn't use the kitchen at all, just for making some tea in the morning.
We booked one of the 3 "Lovely Machiya Townhouses" after a lot of TripAdviser research. We wanted a place to accommodate my wife and I, plus friends - a Chinese couple and their young child. We wanted something a little more Japanese, but with reasonable home comforts and a convenient location. We wanted value for money and were not looking for expensive frills or service, we are very experienced independent travelers.
The result was that we all thoroughly enjoyed out stay. We did little cooking as there are so many interesting places to eat out. The futon beds were among the most comfortable we have ever experienced. The place would be difficult to find unless you do your research carefully and this is easy with Mr Nobuya responding promptly to emails
Nobu San was the perfect host and the guesthouse is a lovely and very convenient place to stay in Kyoto.
We arrived outside the Kyoto Handicraft Center in pouring rain after a shuttle from Kansai airport. Nobu was there to meet us with umbrellas and after a short walk we entered the house.
- Nobu gave us full details on living in the house and left good information on using close by bus transport, which is the ideal way to get around Kyoto. Tip, get the 500y daily bus pass.
- The house is fully equiped, washing machine (with powder etc) only issue the kitchen was very cramped, bit like a "boat galley" Low ceilings in part are a trap for taller visitors.
- Futons may not be perfect for non Japanese but I bought a Thermarest mattress and was pleased I had done so.
- We did a full days walk without transport from the house to a number of the major attractions.
We stayed at Lovely Machiya townhouse, Neneko in July with 2 teenage girls for 6 days. It had plenty of space for 4 of us to stay. July in Kyoto was 90 fahrenheit with 90% humidity, and we were sweating as soon as we went outside. The washing machine was really handy for washing our sweaty clothes! Since we stayed for 6 days, Nobu came to clean the house on the 3rd day. We ate out for lunch, stayed in for dinner. The small supermarket just a block away was convenient for our meals. We visited most of the major attractions in Kyoto, and I must say that Neneko's location was very good. Thank you Nobu for your hospitality.