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Kyoto Lakeside Getaway Hira-Ya


House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • Pets welcome

Explore Lake Biwa! Stunning lakeside rural area where you can enjoy swimming, cycling , excellent hiking and many more activities all on our doorstep. And yet, is convenienlty situated only 40 minutes by local train from Kyoto City station.

With it's mature garden setting and quaint features, and located between the beautiful lake Biwa and lovely mountain range of Hira, we offers our guests a truly unique rural retreat. The house can comfortably fit 6 people. There are two bedrooms but there is an additional room which can easily be used for sleeping extra guests if needed.

The house is set in a large secluded garden with abundant wildlife.

Available to guests is a canoe and 4 life vests, snorkeling gear, and bikes to explore nearby beaches, go to the local shops, or cycle to one of the many hiking trails in the area.

The house is set in a in a beachfront property and for those who enjoy outdoor sports, there is Biwako Valley ski resort just 20 minutes away by local bus and in summer, the cable car provides a great day out on the summit of Mt Hira.

A local beach club also offers many marine sports and activities in the summer months. Also, a short bus ride away there is an onsen resort (Hira Eutopea) and as mentioned, very good hiking trails.

In the small village there is also a popular Hawaiian-style lakeside restaurant, small local general store, and a number of small local places to eat out at. We give guests a map and details of these and other attractions in the area on arrival.

There is also a 24-hour convenience store about 10 minutes bike ride away

The JR train station (Hira, Kosei line) is only 5 minutes walk away and local buses from the train station also go to the popular hiking spots, the local onsen resort, and the nearby ski resort of Biwako Valley.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Hira beach 100 m
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 500 m
Nearest travel links Nearest railway: Hira station - JR Kosei line 500 m
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, Boat available
General Air conditioning, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 2
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, Bicycles available, Swing set
Access Parking

The Honshu region

We are located in the heart of Shiga prefecture. Although only 40 minutes from the city of Kyoto, we are surrounded by lovely mountains and situated on the shore of Lake Biwa, Japan's largest lake. Known as "mother lake" it is a place no visitor to the Kyoto or Shiga area should miss. The train systems in Japan are second to none so although situated in Japan's beautiful coutryside you are by no means cut off from civilisation. In 40 minutes you can be in the centre of Kyoto, another 40 minutes directly through, the centre of Osaka, and from there a short way away from Kobe, Universal studios, and other attractions in the Kansai region - all within an easy day trip from our guesthouse.


In August there are a number of firework festivals along the lakeside, local hot baths, a ropeway up to a ski resort which in summer is open to anyone from hikers to families going for picnics on the mountain top. Also on the lakeside, there is a wonderful freshwater aqarium you can visit, a number of adventure playgrounds for kids, and a number of places offering watersports on the lake.

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Calendar last updated:24 Jul 2014

Based in Japan

Languages spoken
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