A beautiful discovery and enchanted encounters....
"Arriving in Kyoto we did not know what to expect, All we wanted was to be amongst the locals and not live in a hotel. Hanamiya was just a perfect location nested amongst a small traditional street. Arriving on site we were welcome by a very welcoming Jim and Miya, totally made us feel at ease. The comfort of the location was just amazing, clean and totally adequate for us and our two boys (12 and 9). The place was nicely furnished and furbished, Japanese style. The kitchen , the washing machine, little attention to details (beer on arrival, Japanese tea etc.) made all the difference. We all felt at home. Totally sweet of Jim to make the boys take responsibility of watering the plants, total sense of belonging. And the bikes, what will we have done without the bikes, put at our disposition by our host free of charge. Enabling us to visit interesting nearby sites. We even biked to Kyoto station and back, easy and safe following the little roads. Shops and restaurant in the vicinity (follow Jim's advice). Jim was always available to help us. What can we say, it was the best accommodation in Japan for us between Tokyo, Ishigaki and Kyoto. Thank you Jim for such a wonderful discovery , totally 5 star material in term of guest house. See you again one day."
Olivier, Audrey, Luka and Arno ~ Switzerland (October 2018)