About the Homestay
To me, there are no strangers; only friends I am going to meet.
In Japan, there is a saying "一期一会（Ichigo ichie)" meaning "Treasure every meeting, for it will never recur."
I have been living in Kyoto over 7 years now. I just love it, and would like to help others enjoy its beauty and variety too. So far I have hosted more than two hundreds groups of international guests in my little sweet home.
I was born and raised up in Shanghai,China; and has lived aboard most of my adult life, 7 years in United States and 1 year in India, and now in Japan. The experience has helped me become a warm-hearted and open-minded person.
As a foreinger, I understand well how confused and stressed it can be at the beginning when one dip oneself into a completely new environment. I would like to be a helper for my unmet friends to enjoy Kyoto and Japan in a local way. By that, I mean to meet local, to chat with local, to know about their lives, and to join their events, and so on so forth.
I speak English, Chinese, and Japanese fluently.
Look forwards to seeing you soon.
High speed wifi access available
- Bikes for use
- Internet Access
- Air Conditioning
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
We are in the North-East part of Kyoto city, a quiet residential area, at the same time super convenient. There are all kinds of stores, restaurants, and two big shopping centers around.
For transportation and sightseeing:
5 mins walk to Eizan Railway station. Take you to Kurama, Kibune, Hieizan; meanwhile Eizan Railway connects to Keihan Railway which takes you to Fushimi Inari and downtown Osaka.
10 mins walk to Kyoto City Bus #206 station. Take you not only to Kyoto station directly but also to Chion-in Temple, Yasaka Shrine, Gion, Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto National Museum, Sanjusangendo, Nishi Honganji, Nijo Castle.
10 mins walk to Kyoto City Bus #204 station. Takes you to Kinkakuji, Daitokuji Temple.
10 mins walk to Kyoto City Bus #5 station. Take you to Ginkakuji, Philosopher’s Path, Nanzen-ji Temple, Heian Shrine, the National Museum of Modern Art.
The area I live is very famous for Ramen. There are plenty of high standard ramen shops recommended by Kyoto’s ramen experts .
Suggested walking tour from my place
Sekizan Zenin Temple
Last but not least Shugakuin Imperial Villa-
Reservation is required. Please check the details on the internet.
Want to go around by bicycle?
I have two bikes for my guests. Free!
Interested to buy nice Japanese antiques or branded goods at a great price?
I will introduce you the local secondhand stores nearby.
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- Sports arena
- Health club
- Bus Stop
- Train station
Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals will incur an additional cost. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.
Included in the stay
- Complimentary Light Breakfast
- Use of Kitchen
Available on request at an extra cost
- Full Breakfast
- Half Board
Smoking is not allowed.
Arlene is very kind and open-minded. She is willing to go above and beyond for her guests. She has far above average experience speaking with foreigners and is great at making them feel at home. At the time of the stay, I felt the place was located in a perfect medium between the city and the more rural part of Kyoto. Arlene is also knowledgeable in Kyoto's less crowded places of interest.
Arlene was the best ! Such a nice woman very easy to talk to and very caring. Willing to help you out at any time and she is easy going. Her cats are funny and good company, her son is also very kind. The house is very easy to find and gives you an insite into how they live in Japan and it was fantastic to have free use of the bicycle aswell. My only one complaint is that the house isnt particularly close to the station but that didnt bother me too much. Overall I highly reccomend, an experiance I will never forget. Thanks again Arlene !
Arlène nous a acceuillie très gentillement.
Toujours de bon conseil pour profiter de Kyoto sans perdre de temps et découvrir des lieux méconnus. Elle nous a même aidé pour l’organisation de la suite de notre séjour !
I had a great time staying at Arlene's place. She was a very kind host, and made an extra effort to make my stay more pleasant. I enjoyed talking with her and even if she wasn't around, her son was there to help me out. Would definitely recommend.
We spent 12 nights with Arlene and her son.
It was an unforgettable moment.
Arlène is a very welcoming, warm host, always ready to give advice or a recommendation on a place to visit or a good restaurant.
We had an excellent stay.
Arlene is a really nice person and a perfect host.
She provides you with all the information needed about Kyoto + she has really good insider tips.
She lives in a local area so you can get to know more local restaurants, bars and attractions. Though, you reach the center of Kyoto easily by bus in a few minutes.
We had a great time staying with Arlene and liked the neighborhood a lot. You will find a lot of nice restaurants, cafés, bookstores & much more and experience a more local (not touristic) Kyoto. Arlene is very kind and helpful and we enjoyed spending some time with her. Very recommended!
Arlene is thoughtful, curious, and works very hard to take care of her son! Living with her family was insightful and showed me a side of Japan I hadn't experienced before. She is smart and makes insightful observations on different cultures. She always kept me really well fed (food at her home is delicious), and she was kind enough to notice when I was skipping meals and made sure I was eating well!! She look me out to dinner and karaoke when I was accepted to my dream medical school, which was so heartwarming. Her son is very sweet too- it was fun playing video games with him and helping him out with his homework! Overall, a very laidback homestay!
You can't find the home address or Takano bus station by typing them directly into google maps, so make sure you have Arlene's coordinates handy if you're trying to navigate back home. The location is convenient (close to bus station/train station), but keep in mind that it is ~40 minutes away from Kyoto station by bus if you're trying to make more trips out of Kyoto- it'll add to your commute.
Arlene and her son Bliss were great hosts! They were very welcoming and fun to spend time with.
Whenever we needed suggestions or help, Arlene was super helpful. I know our trip wouldn't have been nearly as memorable without her help.
Arlene's place is a short walk from a train station, as well as a bus stop. If you're tired though, it may feel like a long walk. haha The place is a little bit on the small side, but it's still very comfortable. I would love to stay again next time we find ourselves in Tokyo.
P.S. They have two cats who are very curious. They're fun to place with, but may upset your allergies if you're not cat people like we are.
I visited Arlene in Kyoto with my husband during New Years Eve. Her house was comfortable and quiet and she has two sweet cats. Her house was in a very dear little neighborhood out of the way of the crowded center of town but easy to take the bus or train to. We also really enjoyed eating in the little cafes near by!
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