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Scenic Mountain Home

SuperhostOtsu-shi, Shiga, Japan
Private room in house hosted by John
5 guests2 bedrooms0 beds1.5 shared baths
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With gorgeous views of Lake Biwa east, forests & mountains west & south, we are surrounded by nature. Biwako Valley ski and scenic resort is nearby; Kyoto just 30 minutes away by local train. Lake Biwa beaches and hiking trails are nearby too. We can pick you up at Horai station and bring you 1 km to our home. Guests share the house (built in 2016) with myself, wife, son and 2 friendly toy poodles. See our ducks & garden! Due to regulations, we cannot serve dinner but can recommend restaurants.

The space
Enjoy nature at our home! We are just minutes from the ropeway leading up to Biwako Valley ski slope and scenic location. We have woods out the back (west) windows, and lovely (sometimes gorgeous) lake views out the east. The hiking trail to the top of Mt. Horai–which connects to other mountains–begins as soon as you step outside our house. Great bicycling too. Take a day trip ride around Lake Biwa (two large frame bikes available with carry bags, etc.). Or go down to the lake for a swim in the lake or a pleasant stroll along the shore. Finally, our house was just built June 2016 by traditional Japanese carpentry techniques. We have a large deck and friendly family which includes myself (from New York), wife (from Takayama, Gifu), sons (born 2003 and 2006), two toy poodles and a mid-size mixed breed dog that stays outside all day. From July 2017, we have been keeping pet ducks and have lush vegetable gardens and fruit trees. We will warmly welcome you.

Guest access
In addition to a private room, guests have access to the living/dining area, deck, both toilets, shower, bedroom and spare rooms. Basically, the entire house.

Other things to note
We welcome children. No charge for infants. In principle, dinner is not included. Food is available for breakfast (per regulations in Japan we cannot officially offer meals but we provide morning basics!)

Biwako Valley ropeway, recreation and ski slope are just ten minutes away. Bags may be checked in near the gondola entrance or in a locker in a lodge at the skiing area. Great way to spend a day any season.

Since there are woods behind the house there no curtains on the window above the bath. We find it relaxing to be able to view trees from the bathtub and are extremely confident no one can see us showering or bathing. Anyway, shortly after entering the bathroom the window is too steamed to be able see into. We appreciate your understanding.

We can recommend a tour with Tour du Lac Biwa. Guests who have joined a tour have loved it. See the link below for details. (URL HIDDEN)

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M250005033
With gorgeous views of Lake Biwa east, forests & mountains west & south, we are surrounded by nature. Biwako Valley ski and scenic resort is nearby; Kyoto just 30 minutes away by local train. Lake Biwa beaches and hiking trails are nearby too. We can pick you up at Horai station and bring you 1 km to our home. Guests share the house (built in 2016) with myself, wife, son and 2 friendly toy poodles. See our ducks & ga… read more

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
4 floor mattresses
Bedroom 2
1 floor mattress

Amenities

Free parking on premises
Breakfast
Wi-Fi
Pay TV
Kitchen
Indoor fireplace
Iron
TV
Hair dryer
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Otsu-shi, Shiga, Japan

This is a quiet residential neighborhood surrounded by nature.

Hosted by John

Joined in August 2014
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My family and I moved to Shiga Prefecture in June 2016. I love working outside our house, chopping wood for our wood stove, tending to ducks and chickens, and keeping gardens and fruit trees (we have 7 fig trees alone!). My family includes Vince (born in 2003), Andre (born 2006) and Rika. I'm happy my family and I can all meet and spend time with travelers. We look forward to meeting some of you in the near future.
My family and I moved to Shiga Prefecture in June 2016. I love working outside our house, chopping wood for our wood stove, tending to ducks and chickens, and keeping gardens and f…
During your stay
Our home is bilingual. It's an authentic Japanese home experience, with speakers of both English and Japanese. There will be plenty of chances to interact if guests choose to do so.
John is a Superhost
Superhosts are experienced, highly-rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
  • Policy number: M250005033
  • Languages: English, 日本語
  • Response rate: 100%
  • Response time: within an hour
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House rules
Check-in: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Checkout: 10:00 am
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed
Health & safety
Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
Carbon monoxide alarm not reported Learn more
Smoke alarm

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