This home stay was an incredibly wonderful experience. I chose Gaby and Junko's place because I had heard Arashiyama was a great location; and also because of the reviews of Gaby and Junko as hosts. I was thus disappointed initially when Junko told me that they'd be away and her father would be hosting me, BUT Makoto is such an incredible person and a wonderful host that i had a marvelous week (5 nights) at their house. I will treasure our evening conversations - he speaks great English, is intelligent, interesting, good humored and very helpful! Everything one could want in a host and then some! Arashiyama is a really nice area with lots of tourist sites in walking distance: bamboo forest, monkey park, temples/shrines, etc etc. The dinner spots open past 6:30pm and grocery stores in walking distance are limited, so good to plan your meals accordingly - for instance, by eating early or, as will often happen, eating wherever else you go to sightsee. You can also use the kitchen, but i tended to eat out. The room (actually 2) is big and comfortable. If you're there in the winter, be prepared with warm clothes, as it's cold inside - they use space heaters. Also, one bonus is that you're very very close to an onsen (spa) so you can go there for the baths and a local experience that's reasonably priced, get a massage if you want, and I even used the baths and showers there when i went because it was warmer! but let me be clear: this home stay was worth a million hotel stays and ranked at the top of airbnb stays because of the hospitality and human connection. It's also nice to be outside of the city center, get to know the public transportation and see how locals live. I will always treasure my experience at the Hokis' house. If you book and Makoto ends up as your host, consider yourself lucky; and if Gaby and Junko are there, sounds like they are wonderful hosts, too, so it must run in the family! It's a win-win situation for guests. I am so grateful!