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Machiya Inn - Central Kyoto - four private rooms, stylish Higashiyama Inn

Mike, reservations manager

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, Japanese
Sleeps12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Member since: 2009
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Machiya Inn - Central Kyoto - four private rooms, stylish Higashiyama Inn

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Kyoto Rental Photos and Description

Private rental units with baths, kitchens, WiFi, laundry; each unit sleeps 2-4

Sakara - the characters mean 'cherry blossom', 'aroma', and 'ease/comfort' --

Sakara has four unique and individual units with Japanese decor, private restroom, bath, laundry machine, kitchenette, and high quality western bedding.

Free wireless internet signal, TV, and local phone line standard in all rooms.

Sakara offers two suites in the back building, two couples efficiencies upstairs, and a common tatami room next to the lobby overlooking a Zen garden. The first floor tatami lounge has complimentary coffee and green tea for guests.

We want you to get the most out of your trip to Kyoto. With that in mind we have designed this accommodation especially for the foreign traveler in Kyoto.

Traditional styling is important to us, so we have incorporated the Japanese elements we love with an eye to Western comfort.

You will enjoy the feel of a classic historical machiya building; natural wood, plaster, paper, and tatami highlighted with Japanese art and furniture.

The Best of Both Worlds: : *** Sakara offers you the convenience of a hotel or Ryokan with the privacy of a house rental. There are kitchens in all rooms so you can cook as you like. You can do laundry and take a hot bath. All rooms are privately locked and soundproofed.

*** Japanese feel and decor are complimented with highest quality bedding, High ceilings and doorways, and personal touches. Art and antiques blend the modern with the traditional.

*** Sakara is walking distance from the Gion district, shops, and subway. There are many nearby cafes and restaurants.

Great for groups large and small: The entire building sleeps 12-14, so it is perfect for larger groups wanting to stay together. *** You may rent all four rooms for 60,000 yen per night.

*** The Suites are great for a family or a group of 3-5 adults.

*** Two of the upstairs rooms are designed specifically with couples in mind.

*** Please contact us directly about discounts for longer stays or more than one room.

*** Availability calendar indicates dates when all four rooms are booked***

More Details
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Mike, reservations manager (Property Manager)
Member since: 2009
Call Manager
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Speaks: english, Japanese
Calendar last updated:
April 7, 2015

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Sleeps12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Reviews

4.9
based on 41 traveler reviews

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Machiya Inn - Central Kyoto - four private rooms, stylish Higashiyama Inn
average rating of 4.9268293 based on 41 reviews
5

Beautiful stay in Gion

  • 5 of 5

Our family, 2 adults and 2 young kids have just left machiya inn. It is a lovely place to call home in a fantastic location for local walking or as a base for more extensive sightseeing. Major temples are nearby as are some of the most beautiful streets in Kyoto. The home itself is a joy to come back to after a long day. Mile and yuka were also a great help, giving out some really handy sightseeing tips, booking cabs etc. We're sad to leave. Ps try the bathhouse over the road after a long day of walking. Hope to see you again. Dan and Trine from Melbourne.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Australia
5

Comfortable Kyoto Accommodation

  • 5 of 5

We spent 13 nights at Sakara, and were very happy with the accommodation which was quiet. The queen size beds were very comfortable, and the pillows reminded us of our own which made for a good night's sleep. The bathroom had a large bath and a large area to shower, so it was perfect with great hot water. Shampoo, conditioner and shower gel were provided. The bath towels were very thin, which was disappointing, but we were given more towels when we requested them. On the whole the Bamboo Room was spotlessly clean. Clear instructions were given in English on how to operate the various electrical items, as everything was written in Japanese on the items themselves. A list of local recommended restaurants was provided by Cha in reception; she was lovely. There are two good size supermarkets just around the corner from Sakara, and a good size laundromat where you can wash and dry an 8kg load in 1 hour maximum if you can't be bothered using the washer in the apartment. The train station is within close proximity and is under cover via the arcade, from which you can go everywhere in Kyoto. The arcade that Sakara is situated in has many small shops that are interesting, and the people are lovely. Food-type stores abound in the arcade; don't be afraid to try something different. We would highly recommend Sakara.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your helpful review. We are very happy to help guests in whatever way we can to have the best time possible in Kyoto. We use the company 'comfort' for our sheets/towel services, and they service some of the largest and most popular hotels and inns in Kyoto. We are sorry that the towels weren't what you expected; that is something we can look into, and may be able to change or upgrade in the future. Again we thank you very much for your input and observations, and it would be wonderful to host you or any of your family and friends when they come to Japan. Take care and happy traveling, -mgmt.
5

Perfect Place in Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family of five adults and one toddler rented the Hinoki and Bamboo suites for seven nights. Sakara was perfect for us. We had plenty of room to hang out as a family between the two suites and the tea room (we enjoyed the free tea and reading all the travel books!). The laundry/dryer in each suite was an added bonus. We also enjoyed talking to the friendly hotel staff member who checked us in and it was very easy to book our room and communicate with the owner. The location of Sakara is perfect. We loved walking through the arcade every morning and looking at the small shops. The hotel is also within walking distance to several sights, is right next to a subway stop, taxis are easy to flag down, and there are great little restaurants nearby. We grabbed coffee at McDonald's before we headed out most mornings and ate incredibly delicious pancakes at the little cafe directly across the street from the arcade (I can't remember the name, but it's on the same side of the road as McDonald's). The only things that could make this place better are (1) provide larger, more plush bath towels or change the towels more than once a week and (2) provide thinner pillows. Obviously, these are very minor issues and based on personal preferences, but I couldn't use the pillows by the second night (they were extremely fluffy). We would definitely stay at Sakara again and will be sure to tell our friends about it.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

perfect stay in great area of Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

We had 5 people and rented 3 of the 4 units: Bamboo Suite, Sakara Room and Ninja Room. They were clean, very well equipped and comfortable. The Inn is on an authentic shopping arcade with little shops selling fish, groceries, clothes and you name it. Very cool. Its within walkable distance to Gion, Marayuma Park, Heian Shrine, the beautiful Shimbashi and Shirakawa streets, as well as Pontocho. The beds were firm, the bathrooms compact but modern. The washer/dryer combos were great, sure they take a while (like 3-4 hours) but you can put in laundry in the morning when you leave and done when you come home, or put laundry in while you go to dinner or overnight. It was a huge plus to have that. They have kitchen areas but we didn't use much. The Bamboo Suite is spacious with two big beds and storage for luggage under the beds. The Sakara Room was good for couple or couple with kids as there is loft bed. The Ninja Room will require a ladder to bed, but if you can do that, it is a great room (plus I think you get honorary Ninja status for climbing a ladder into bed).

Also, the lounge area has guidebooks and other guides, including the very helpful bus navi guide. Bus stops 1 block away and you can get just about everywhere on city buses, including Arashiyama, Silver Temple, Philosopher's Path, Kyoto Station and downtown. The young woman who helped check us in also marked down some places on large city map that was great and also pointed out some local cafes. Bamboo Izakaya just up the street was great for dinner.

We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Sakara for groups or couples. Perfect location, clean, great amenities and authentic neighborhood.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your informative and thorough review of Sakara. Our inn was designed from the ground up to specifically cater to guests like yourselves. We love to share our quaint neighbourhood with visitors, it is something that you can't get from a large hotel. It is also the perfect place for larger groups to stay together, while keeping the privacy of individual units. As you mentioned there are so many benefits to the Higashiyama area, and we have even drawn up a customised list of our favourite local restaurants and shops. The direct and convenient access to a main bus hub as well as the subway is a plus, and there are restaurants of all types within minutes. One of the best features of the area is that between Heian Jingu, Gion, Chion-in, and the downtown area just ten minutes walk to the west, there is literally always something interesting going on no matter which season you visit Kyoto. As you pointed out, the tatami lounge area on the first floor, open to all guests, has a relaxing Japanese atmosphere with a view of the zen garden, and plenty of books and information in several languages. It is also a great place to get some quiet time on your computer using the wifi network, while other members of your group are in the room. Again, thank you so much for sharing some of your experience so that future guests can get the most out of their stay at Sakara. We would love to welcome you or your friends and family back any time! -mgmt.
4

Great place

  • 4 of 5

Good location, very quiet

Small ut kude room.

Clean and confortable

Nice welcome from host.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for posting a review and we are happy that you enjoyed your stay in Kyoto.
Chesterton, IN
5

So much to see, so little time

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 4 adults and 1 teen had plenty of room staying in the bamboo and hinoshi suites. The location was fantastic, lots of restaurants and bars a short walk away. Bus and train stop very close. I recommend getting the bus map from the tourist office that is just a few blocks away, it was a real help getting to all of the great temples and shrines that the city has to offer. The rooms were very clean and comfortable. Having laundry in the rooms was a real plus but plan on air drying your clothes when possible. Being located down the shopping arcade added to the ambiance of our stay, even the raw fish smell that was always present. If in Kyoto again, I would not even consider staying elsewhere. Sakara is an incredible value.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Osaka Airport
Nearest Train
50 Metres
Higashiyama Subway stop
Car: not necessary

Sakara-Kyoto is located in East Central Kyoto city, just off the subway line:

Only 55 meters from Higashiyama subway exit -- Located in an atmospheric covered pedestrian shopping street --

Easy access to all the famous sightseeing spots; Heian Shrine, Maruyama Koen, Gion, etc. -- A wide variety of nearby restaurants -- Walking distance to the bustling downtown area -- Many shops, post office, banks, and grocery stores in the area.

PLEASE NOTE ABOUT THE BOOKING CALENDAR: Blocked dates refer to days when ALL FOUR ROOMS are booked or unavailable. PLEASE CONTACT THE MANAGER FOR AVAILABILITY AND ROOM INFORMATION.

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Rates & Availability

From $125 Per night

Kyoto Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Peak Season
Mar 25 2015 - May 5 2015
2 night minimum stay
$140
$882
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $19 per night, per additional guest
 
Regular season
May 6 2015 - Oct 14 2015
2 night minimum stay
$125
$788
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $19 per night, per additional guest
 
Peak Season
Oct 15 2015 - Dec 5 2015
2 night minimum stay
$140
$882
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $19 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$125
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes Rates for the couple's rooms start from 11,000 - 13,000 yen/nt : the base regular-season rate for 2 guests in the Ninja or Sakura room. US dollar rate is approximate, based on current exchange rate. Please contact us to get more specific rate information.

Rates per room depend on the number of guests, number of rooms, and season. All four rooms are available for 64,000 yen/nt. in the regular season, 72,000 yen/nt. in the peak season
Contact us for specific rate information. Guests will be asked to make a 20% deposit after confirming a reservation.

There is no extra transaction fee for the 20% deposit. The remainder of the charge may be settled in Japanese Yen on arrival or by credit card (advance or on arrival). Credit card payments require 3.4% transaction fee.
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Amenities

Kyoto Accommodation and Amenities

Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Ninja room - toilet , combination tub/shower , laundry
    Sakura room - toilet , combination tub/shower , laundry
    Bamboo Suite - toilet , tub , shower , laundy
    Hinoki Suite - toilet , tub , shower , laundry
  • The Ninja and Sakura rooms have a stylish unit bath produced by 'spiritual mode' -- see room photos. The Bamboo Suite has a spacious natural wood shower and bath area accented by a traditional antique barrel tub. Toilet and laundry areas are in a separate space. The bathroom in the Hinoki Suite is comfortable and modern, with separate toilet and laundry space.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Ninja room - 1 queen
    Sakura room - 1 queen
    Bamboo Suite - 2 queen
    Hinoki Suite - 2 queen , 1 child bed , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Four unique and individually locking private units, each with independent kitchen, bath, laundry. Ninja - Bed on second level. Sakura - Two side-by side twins (split queen), plus futon loft/storage space (great for kids 6-12) Bamboo - two side-by-side queens, hotel style. Hinoki - two queens on different levels, sofa bed, and extra futon. Common space in the lobby and tatami tearoom for relaxing in the evenings to meet other guests or study our wide selection of maps and tourist information.
Entertainment:
  • Television
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
Notes:
• Access to upstairs rooms via stairs, staff can help with luggage. Families with small children may consider the first floor 'Bamboo Suite' for convenience. • Sakara is a strictly non-smoking establishment. • Bilingual English/Japanese staff available for assistance during business hours. • We used the highest quality all natural and non-toxic plaster, stains, paint, washi paper, bamboo, stone, and other finishing products to ensure a healthy environment. Sakara is a wood building with the spirit and resonance of natural materials.

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