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Carpe Diem
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Reviewed 6 May 2016 via mobile

We stayed 3 nights en route from Tokyo to Kyoto. We had a traditional room with futons, it was large & opened onto their wonderful garden. After the hustle of Tokyo we enjoyed the tranquility of Carpe Diem . Our hosts & staff were very helpful & welcoming. Breakfast is pretty basic but adequate & the room facilities are what we'd expect for a traditional experience. Great to have a fridge & kettle. Yes, it's a 10-15 min walk from the station but it's flat & easy to find thanks to the map provided. We had good weather & a great stay. Very special place, unique.

Stayed: May 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank aberfoyle26
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Reviewed 3 April 2016

we tried 2 different rooms during our stay to enjoy the Japanese traditional ryokan experience. The big room is also meant for official tea ceremonies.
The little garden is superb.
The owners are very nice, English/French speaking.
The access is not so easy and requires a walk from the subway station. Use GPS and online map and it's pretty easy to find it among the lanes.
Breakfast a bit disappointing.

Room Tip: During spring it can be too cold in the big ryokan. You may prefer the room upstairs.
  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank sektao
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Reviewed 31 March 2016

I went to this place after reading the reviews here but was quite disappointed. The garden itself was pretty but a beautiful garden does not assist in providing a comfortable staying environment. The room I stayed was quite old and outdated. It looked like one of those cheap old apartments. There was no dressing table or chair in the room. No amenities provided so bring your own tooth brush and tooth paste.No place to hang your clothes. old mattress and a pillow so small that it looked more like a rolled up hand towel. In all, it's not well equipped for a comfortable stay. I mean comfortable not wonderful so my requirement isn't high. For the price they charge and the location it is (a bit far from the station and if you want to visit the city center where everything is, you need to change trains), one would expect more. One recent review mentioned a choice of Japanese breakfast. Unfortunately, it wasn't offered when I stayed there. The breakfast available was toast and a small yogurt everyday. The money you spent on transportation to get home or to get to places need to be taken into consideration when you book this accommodation. It makes your stay more expensive and with the same amount of money, it might be better to stay in a nicer hotel in a centrally located area so you don't have to worry about going home early and walking home in the dark. The distance between the place and the nearest station is long enough for you to suffer if you have luggage or shopping to carry home. I suspect this place is highly rated because it is different from ordinary hotels. But for some, convenience, comfort and a good night's sleep may be more important than the "outside look" of the hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Mintysweety J
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Reviewed 17 March 2016

We stayed in the loft room for 4 nights, and it was absolutely lovely.

Frank met us about 10pm upon our arrival, and graciously informed us of a late-night udon place (Peko Peko) that we might visit since we were hungry. That, combined with a long relaxing soak in the ceramic in-suite tub, instantly relieved us from the 15 hour flight(s).

Morning breakfast was another treat. We were informed of either a western option, or a traditional Japanese option. We were pleasantly surprised with the Japanese breakfast, which was all made from scratch. It always came with a bowl of rice and miso soup, combined with a daily variety of small dishes, all delicious and fresh.

The garden of course, was the main attraction. After breakfast we would take our time and stroll around the garden, and then sit in our suite appreciating the view. We came a tad early - otherwise the Sakura tree outside the suite would be in full blossom, and we probably wouldn't leave the suite at all!

The location is not too far off from subway stations neither - a 7 minute walk to either Midoribashi or Morinomiya stations.

All in all, a fantastic stay. Thank you again to Frank, Misa, Kana-chan and Alex! We will definitely visit again.

Room Tip: Loft room is fantastic, but does have a steep stair-climb to the upper floor bedroom.
  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank psychicpotato
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Reviewed 9 February 2016 via mobile

It's listed as B&B so not as obvious when I first looked for a place to stay but what a discovery!!

It's located a bit east to the osaka castle and reachable via subway or loop train. The latter is a bit closer.
The house and garden are magazine like pretty and there is a sakura tree too.

We stayed in the tea house and the rooms are big and pretty. We could just forget about other things in the city and just enjoy some green tea and stare at the beautiful garden for the whole afternoon.

The host was very nice and English is no issue. Her son also gave us a lift to the train station when we left so thanks again. Breakfast was simple but felt like home.

There was just nothing to fault hence my 5 star rating. You will not be disappointed.

Stayed: March 2015, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Kibiibss
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