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Tour of Our Japanese Apartment -Affordable/Cheap Kyoto Airbnb + Where to Stay/Accommodations in Gion

What’s going on YouTube? It’s Jim from My Tiny Atlas. In this video we’ll be touring our Kyoto Airbnb but be sure to
watch all the way to the end to catch all of our travel tips and hacks and
even a way to get $45 off your first Airbnb booking so let’s go fam! Just a minute. Oh hey guys. Come on right in. Me and Lesli wanted to show you what a typical Airbnb looks like in Japan. But first take off
your shoes. So typically you’re gonna take off your
shoes before you come in the house. Now as you can see there’s not much room
to walk in here. If I have even a little bit of a wider shoulders, I don’t think I’d
be able to fit in the door. “You are fake news” So the first stop here
is we have is our trusty hot water making machine. It’s a boiler obviously and
this thing is amazing, a little bit of hot water goes a long way.
Me and Leslie we can take showers all day and not run out of hot water. Right
here is a standard kitchen. It’s small but it gets the job done. So you got your
heating range right here and the sink and a lot of times it will come with little
utensils and cooking tools and that’s pretty amazing because a lot of people
have dietary conditions where they can’t eat certain things like we may be vegan
or they may be gluten allergy or they may need Halal or kosher food so they can’t
eat a lot of stuff here in Japan. So to have the option to cook is an amazing
thing in an Airbnb. Not every Airbnb comes with it but this one did. If you
follow me to the bedroom. This is where the magic happens or uhmm yeah …
this is where we just come here to sleep but anyways this is a pretty standard
bedroom in Japan. You can see that it’s quite small. It’s a studio apartment
pretty much. There’s two beds and barely any room to work with. If you book an
Airbnb in Japan. You’ll find that a lot of places only allow for two people and
that’s not because they’re trying to maximize the profit or anything like
that it’s just that look at the space. You’re not gonna have any chance to move
around if you have more than two people in here. I can’t even imagine what
the shower situation in the area is gonna be like if you have five or six people. I don’t even
know how you guys would even figure that out. But yeah so we got the beds here. To
be honest we’ve been here for a few days now and it didn’t look like this five
minutes ago me and Lesli had to run around clean everything because it was
an absolute disaster and you know how girls are with their makeup. But props to this Airbnb because their pillow and the mattress is amazing, we slept
like angels. It’s got this memory foam mattress on top and I don’t know what
in these blankets but cause I want to take them home because they’re damn warm. Me
especially coming from Canada, I want to feel like home.
So I blast the AC which in turn has me sleeping in the blankets to warm up. We’ve
had a really comfortable time staying here. Kudos to the Airbnb hosts, for
sure. If you follow me up out here, so a lot of times they don’t come with a balcony and this one did but it looks like this is specifically for you to be
able to dry your clothes. Not that you’re gonna be able to any of
that right now cause it’s been raining for the last couple of days. This is a pretty
standard like you have little coffee tables. I don’t know if you want to drink
coffee in the morning here but I love the Japanese coffee so I’m always out
the door. Essential thing is is a power bar. This is key. This is such a
lifesaver because most of the times you have devices and especially if you’re
trying to charge your camera, your cell phone, your external batteries and the
pocket Wi-Fi. You’re gonna run out a room pretty quick. And if you take a look at our
closet here. It looks kind of sad I pressed these two shirts when I got here and I
didn’t want to get wrinkles so they’re not in the bag. But it looks. There’s nothing
even in here so it’s pretty standard. If you look over here,
they got the kettle pot, microwave and a mini-fridge. That’s pretty standard as
well. Kettle pot if you want to grab a bowl of cup noodle and you want a midnight
snack or something like that you can definitely go ahead and do that.
Microwave – microwave some food and if you got any leftovers from your favorite
restaurant that you visited earlier you can put them in here. Most of times they
are not going to get any bigger than this so don’t be expecting to bring on
three bags of groceries or anything like that because I mean just look at the space
there’s barely anything any room to put anything in. So if you have a
fridge like this and it’s running all night you’re not gonna be able to sleep through the night.Oh yeah so come on here. I’ll show you the bathroom, this is pretty
cool. We like this. If you look inside this is what a
standard Japanese bathroom would look like. You’ll notice that there’s no
shower curtains, there’s water all over the floor because I just showered. Japanese people shower and let the water
drip on the floor. They don’t care about anything like that because there’s a drain right
there, that’s super handy so if you follow me to the bathroom. I mean the
toilet. This is handy because we like that this is separated from this because
I could be doing my business over here and Leslie could do whatever she’s doing
over here. One cool thing about this toilet is that if you’ll notice that
it’s got a sink on the top of the toilet. I never realized what it was for to till
about my last day on my last trip in Japan and what this is for is when you
flush. You’ll notice that the water comes out
right there. There you got the towel right? So if you have to go do a midnight
tinkle, you don’t want to be going and turning on the water here or out here
and waking up everybody you can just do a light rinse and then wipe up, turn off
the lights and you’re good to go. Oh and I forgot to mention this one
one little asset that’s in our Airbnb. It”s a washing machine. This is super
convenient for guys that are traveling for long periods of time because you’re
not going to want to stuff your old sweaty smelly clothes into your baggage
and have everything smelling like your stinky underwear right. So put that in there
and do the wash, dry it out there and that’s good to go.
Our Airbnb is a typical room that you’d get for about $50 Canadian. Any higher
than that you can you actually get maybe three or four beds and maybe
an actual living room where you can hang out and rest. But yeah this is pretty
standard and for an Airbnb. A lot of the times we found that they’re generally
pretty clean. This one especially because we read the reviews right. We did our
research, we read the reviews, cleanliness for me and Leslie is a huge factor because
for us to stay in some place and sleep at night and shower and know that it’s
not going to be clean we’re not going to feel comfortable at all and it’s just gonna
make the rest of the travel not that great. Another factor that we wanted to
discuss was the location. “And I’m here to talk to you about the l-word. location,
location, location, location” Location was key in how we decided the
Airbnb this time because we learn from last time when we stayed in Kyoto, we
were half an hour out of the central town and we just did not have a good
time. Especially the public transportation might not be up to par in
Kyoto there’s only mostly buses which took a really long time and you can
hardly find a seat and subway system was very limited on destination that they’ll
go to. Being in the heart of Gion district where we are right now.
We had the most amazing time, walking around, we can walk down the river, we can
walk for ten minutes and find the most amazing traditional food that was a
great factor for us. You know when you travel, you don’t want to be working too
hard to get to places that you want to. You want to make it easy, you want to
make it convenient, you want to make it comfortable. And honestly, I want to thank
the Airbnb hosts at this place for having such an amazing location because
really we’ve stayed at Airbnbs where it was not up to par where it was absolutely
disgusting, it’s so far away and we pretty much nearly hated the Airbnb
part of it. As a tip, there’s a referral code and whenever you sign up for an Airbnb
account and you can send that to your friends and you can go ahead and send it
to your mom, send it to your dad, uncle, aunt and whoever. And if they do end up using it
then you get $50 discount voucher towards your account. And me Leslie has been
taking advantage of that quite a bit. Especially if you’re staying in some place
like this, that’s equivalent to having one night free and who doesn’t like free
stuff. But definitely we highly recommend Airbnb in general. Especially
in Kyoto we did find that the hotels were ridiculously expensive and you’ll
find that that’s the case in a lot of parts of Japan as well and for us to be
able to it spend only about a third of what we’re
gonna spend at a hotel and stay at some place where you know realistically we’re
only here to sleep so we’re not gonna need anything fancy. Yeah we don’t
have valet service, we don’t have bellboys and all that stuff but we can
manage on our own and I think that’s a great thing with Airbnb in general and
highly recommended. So thanks for joining us on our Airbnb tour. I hope you guys
like what you guys saw and gives you guys a pretty good understanding of what
an Airbnb is like in Japan. We’re sharing our knowledge with you guys,
hopefully you guys don’t make the same mistakes and you guys can take the tips
that we put in this video. If you guys want to check out the Airbnb that we
stayed up, we’ll put the link down below and yeah join us for the next video guys!


My Tiny Atlas

Nov 11, 2017, 2:05 am Reply

Whats up fam! I hope you guys enjoy our tour of a Japanese apartment. The space is small but has everything that you'd need.

Also, make sure to check out our Osaka Airbnb VLOG: https://youtu.be/desWd3DMw5s

Adrianna N

Nov 11, 2017, 2:44 am Reply

Its nice to see a video of the actual airbnb before signing up for it. Just so we know exactly what we are getting ourselves into. This was very informative, going to japan in the new year and I am considering booking this place.


Nov 11, 2017, 4:21 am Reply

Hello MTV and welcome to my crib, I can just live here lol. Awesome tour!

Sara Lockwood

Nov 11, 2017, 5:38 am Reply

Thanks! I got lots out of your video. Time to start researching

Sherryl Buchler

Nov 11, 2017, 5:40 am Reply

Great vlog, I havent been to Japan in years, this makes me want to go again
+1 like and a Sub from me 🙂

Travel Pockets

Nov 11, 2017, 12:29 pm Reply

Never used Airbnb in Japan so it's interesting to see what kind of apartments they offer. You're right about tiny apartments and only being able to fit 2 people! And I love Japanese coffee!!

Jordan Banh

Nov 11, 2017, 3:06 pm Reply

Good job guys!


Nov 11, 2017, 9:52 pm Reply

Oh wow, Definitely a good deal. I love when I get a washer machine in unit. ???

TAC reviews

Nov 11, 2017, 7:25 am Reply

Lol. Take off your shoes!………… and slippers come off. Lol. Fake news!

Realest Steven

Nov 11, 2017, 2:53 pm Reply

Awesome tour guys! I can't get over how genius that toilet sink is ??

Chipa Mwenya

Nov 11, 2017, 4:16 pm Reply

First of all, your bf has bulked ey?! omedeto! Did y`all manage to fit it the Japanese tiny baths ? I always find them hard to fit in. Thanks for the informative vlog!


Nov 11, 2017, 7:33 pm Reply

Wow! Did not expect an Airbnb to have a washing machine or sep toilet!!! When Ben and I went to Japan we didn’t even think to book Airbnb haha I’m also the same with cleanliness and I can’t stand it if the sheets ain’t white ? LOL I’m so picky!!!
Jim did such an amazing job at explaining and giving info about the Airbnb! Makes me want to travel ASAP haha


Nov 11, 2017, 5:13 pm Reply

Very nice video
Great price

Austin W Studios

Dec 12, 2017, 6:46 am Reply

Air bnb's are awesome – loved this vlog man i need to go to japan!


Jan 1, 2018, 11:16 pm Reply

Hello this is michael! Michelle and I just watched this and thought it was hilarious and informative! Great editing! Just subscribed and liked 😀

anderson di moura

Mar 3, 2018, 11:50 am Reply

Oi tudo bem gostei muito do vídeo

anderson di moura

Mar 3, 2018, 11:50 am Reply

Oi tudo bem gostei muito do vídeo

Annie Phan

Apr 4, 2018, 6:33 am Reply

Thanks for the informative video! Really considering this airbnb based on price and as you said it was in a convenient location. Can I just ask if it's also at a lively or happening location too?

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