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Scenic Mountain Home

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Scenic Mountain Home

4 guests
2 bedrooms
4 beds
1.5 private baths
4 guests
2 bedrooms
4 beds
1.5 private baths
John is a Superhost
Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
Great check-in experience
100% of recent guests gave this home’s check-in process a 5-star rating.
Free parking on premises
This is one of few homes in this area that has this feature.

With great views of Lake Biwa east, and 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 raise ducks and keep gardens. 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 (12) and 2 friendly toy poodles.


Free parking on premises
Wireless Internet
Cable TV

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
3 floor mattresses
Bedroom 2
1 floor mattress

House Rules

No smoking, parties, or events
Check-in time is 4PM - 10PM and check out out by 10AM


36 Reviews

Lily Gloria User Profile
Lily Gloria
November 2018
John and Rika are lovely hosts. They picked me up and dropped me off at Horai station every day, at a less than an hour’s notice, even though my hours were often either very early or very late. They are very accommodating and a great family to stay with.
Jay User Profile
November 2018
Rides to and from the train station, a clean and modern accommodation, a light breakfast, sociable hosts, and a great view of the lake in the countryside..
Bridget User Profile
November 2018
We had a total blast at John’s place. The location is gorgeous, the house is really cool, and the company was exceptional. If you’re even thinking about it, just book it!
Abbie User Profile
October 2018
This was my second time staying with John and his family. They are such welcoming and friendly hosts and their place is very comfortable and in a beautiful setting. Hope to visit again someday.
Annie User Profile
October 2018
John and Riko were outstanding hosts and very generous. We thoroughly enjoyed their company and their willingness to drive us to the station and pick us up. They invited us for an evening meal and gave helpful suggestions for the great sites in the area. We are from Australia s…
Danielle User Profile
October 2018
This is a great place. John and his family is super friendly. The view from their house is amazing. It is great for nature lovers! John actually picked me up and took me to the train station near his house. He quickly responds to any questions or concerns. If you are looking…
Abbie User Profile
September 2018
John and Rika are so friendly and welcoming, and I felt so comfortable at their place. I hope to visit again someday!

Hosted by John

Gifu, JapanJoined in August 2014
John User Profile
44 Reviews
John is a SuperhostSuperhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
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) …
Languages: English, 日本語
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