About the Homestay

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Homestay & Language School in one package available!
The school is located 10 min by train from our traditional japanese home!
Our house is located in Otsu city, 10 min by train from Kyoto station.

We can offer you to take Japanese lessons while staying with us.

The plan with lessons includes:
2 hours of Japanese language lessons 10.00 - 12.00
in the morning, every day from Monday to Friday.
The rest of the day you can spend freely (of course!).
Saturdays & Sundays the school is closed,
so you will have the whole weekend to your leisure.

We only accept monthly stays and the fees are to be paid in 1 month increments. (During the mid-summer and mid-winter we charge 10,000 yen extra per month for electricity.)
The payment for lessons will be made separately, to the school. The price for lessons is 100,000 yen per month.

(Note. We are not in the position of giving you a VISA, so without a VISA your stay will be limited to 3 months.
If you are planning on going to a bigger language school, you may also come to our school first to prepare yourself, and discontinue the lessons from the point you start going to the other school.)


2 Dogs

House Facilities
  • Laundry
  • TV
  • Non Smoking
  • Allow Smoking
  • Air Conditioning

Bedrooms available for booking

Minimum stay is for 30 nights

Maximum stay is for 365 nights

Available for given dates

Long stay? If you have a reoccuring schedule where days in the week do not require accommodation, you can unselect those days below. This will inform the host and reduce the price of your stay.

Room 1
From ¥2,491 per night
Single Room
Sleeps 1

Bathroom shared (with family / other guests)
1 Single Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates
 1 guest
Monthly price
Room 2
From ¥2,491 per night
Single Room
Sleeps 1

Bathroom shared (with family / other guests)
1 Single Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates
 1 guest
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About the Area

The house is located 10-15 min on foot from Otsu-kyo station (JR, Kosei Line), or 5 min on foot from Minamishiga station (Keihan Line).

The school is located 10 min on foot from Otsu station (JR, Biwako Line), or 3 min on foot from Shimanoseki station (Keihan Line). It is a 3 min walk from Biwa lake.

Local Area Facilities
  • Park
  • Shopping Centre
  • Train station
  • Hospital


Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals, including a full breakfast, might incur an additional cost, if offered. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.

Included in the stay
  • Complimentary Light Breakfast
  • Use of Kitchen

House Rules

1. Contact us if you are not coming home for the day OR if you are coming home late.
2. If you want to use our telephone we need you to pay for the calls you make.
3. Keep your room tidy and clean.
4. You may use the kitchen and dishes etc, but we need you to wash your own dishes and keep the kitchen clean.

Smoking is allowed outdoors only.

2 Reviews

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    Age 65 - 74

    4 hearts
    December 2019

    Actually it is not Tomoyo San house but her parents.I have chosen this home because I was interested by the Japanese language lessons provided by Tomoyo San, in her small school, 15 mn by train from her parents house
    Sorako San, Tomoyo San mother is fabulous, very energetic, very warm person
    She speaks english
    Both Tomoyo San and Sorako San are very helpful
    The family dog, saizo, is a singing dog. Cute!

    The house is 4 train stations from Kyoto, quite convenient location

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Tomoyo in ,

    Thank you for a review Monette!
    It was great meeting you and we really enjoyed your company.
    We look forward to seeing you again!!

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    United States
    Age 35 - 44

    5 hearts
    October 2019

    Very nice place! Otsu-shi is a beautiful city on the coast of Biwako, rich in history and culture, and a short train ride to neighboring cities such as Kyoto and Osaka. I stayed with this family for one month and attended the Japanese-English language school that they run. They are very kind and cool people, generous and accommodating, and also very active. It's a short, direct walk to the nearest train station (approximately five minutes), and about three minutes to the nearest kombini, which is en route to the station.

    Every morning oka-san (the mother) prepared a delicious breakfast - which I felt slightly guilty about, since I'm used to cooking for myself, but she's extremely gracious about it :P She has a strong functional knowledge of English, and the daughter, whom runs the language school, is by far one of the most proficient English speakers that I met in Japan.

    I highly recommend this home, and Otsu in general, as a great alternative to staying in one of Kansai's more densely-populated, tourist-packed areas (such as Kyoto), with convenient access to wonderful natural and cultural sites, and very nice people!

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When do I pay?

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