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Comfort, privacy in the heart of eastern Kyoto

Bedrooms 2
Space 538 sq. ft.
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Two bedrooms, full bath, kitchen, living, sleeps 5 (up to 6 with children)

Sakara Shirakame Machiya is a stylish townhouse in the heart of Kyoto.

We have finished a major renovation. New amenities and improvements have made the house better than ever.

With access to Heian Jingu, Chio-in, Gion, and the amazing downtown shopping arcades only walking distance away, you couldn't be in a better position to explore Kyoto. Guests love the proximity to the subway and convenient shops within walking distance.

The Shirakame house has a full kitchen and comfortable living areas, so you don't have to eat out every meal, and you can relax while still experiencing the culture that is all around you. Ideally located for making connections for day-trips to Nara, Himeji, Osaka, Kobe, Kurama, and even Hiroshima on the bullet train!

There is a laundry machine, and no extra fees for cleaning or utilities. Please note that the laundry machine is a Japanese "all in one" machine with both washing and drying settings, but the dryer is not fast or strong. We recommend the nearby 24 hour coin laundromat for hot air-drying laundry. There is also a dry rack available.

There are two rooms on the second floor with high quality 'Serta' mattresses and beds from the Stylish Japanese furniture company Actus.

There is never a double booking so you are free to make the space your own during your stay. Free wireless internet.

What guests like most about the house and area: Visitors enjoy the amenities of the house itself, the convenience of the area, and the feeling of being 'inside the real Kyoto'. We believe if you visit this beautiful city for a week, why stay at a big hotel when you can actually live in the heart of the town? The house is cozy and comfortable, walking distance to the 'must see' places, and close to shops, public baths, restaurants, and everything else you need to make the most of your time in the old capital.

Getting there: Many guests prefer to take a taxi from Kyoto station, which is convenient, affordable, and fast. Usually a trip to or from the main station is less than 18 US$. Shirakame is also located within easy walking distance of the Higashiyama subway station. The bus lines that crisscross Kyoto are also very easy to access. There are even tourist 'jin-rickshaws' that ply their trade between Heian Shrine, down the Shirakawa canal, and into the Gion district.

Getting back after a big day or night on the town is no problem either; the main dining/eating/drinking areas are within 15-20 minutes on foot.

Seasonal events:

There are many interesting seasonal events in the area, especially the 'light-up' evenings at the nearby Chion-in temple in fall and early winter.

More Details

Property Manager
reservation manager
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, japanese
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 14, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

We enjoyed every moment of our week in Kyoto and leave wanting very much to return and experience more of this fascinating city. Your lovely house was just perfect for our family -- so well placed and so comfortable to return to after our long days out and about. The cozy quilts, super hot water and very efficient heaters were all much appreciated, as we arrived from the height of a Sydney summer to find Kyoto in the the grip of winter chill. It was wonderful to feel just a little of what it must be like to be a local -- we felt rather sorry for other visitors who had to return "home" to a hotel room at the end of their day.

We managed to cram a great deal into our short time here -- besides day trips to Himeji castle and Nara (the girls bowed to every deer in the park!) we enjoyed Arashiyama, the serene gardens, the bamboo forests, the monkey park, Yasaka, a carnival Sunday morning, and the list goes on and on.... we will certainly be back!!

Thank you so much for providing such special accommodation, and we wish you all the best,
Jan 2010
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Higashiyama Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 538 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • River
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • The toilet, a new western style one with heated seat, is just next to the living room
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • South bedroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    North bedroom - 1 queen
  • Two bedrooms on the second floor. The north bedroom has a queen bed, full length mirror, luggage table, built in closet with clothes hanger. The South bedroom has a queen bed, a single bed, chest of drawers, clothes hanger. Both bedrooms have a/c and heating control.
  • Books ...
  • Television ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing


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Comfort, privacy in the heart of eastern Kyoto
average rating of 4.787879 based on 37 reviews

Perfect house

  • 5 of 5

The house is lovely, we enjoyed so much our staying. the location is perfect (near higashiyama station, 3 min walking), near maruyama park (15 min walking), Gion (10 min walking). There are two rooms, a kitchen if you want cooking. The staff is really nice and helpfull. They help us for taqbin. I would come back again with pleasure.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: That is wonderful and we are so glad that you enjoyed the house and location. Our staff does their best to help guests with their needs, and this includes helping to arrange a takyubin luggage delivery service, which is common in Japan and not too expensive. We would love to host you again if you ever return to Kyoto, -mgmt.
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Excellent place to stay

  • 5 of 5

The house is very conveniently located, just a few minutes walk from Higashiyama subway station. A bus stop is within the same walking distance. If you are on a tight budget you can prepare your own meals at home, the kitchen has everything you need to cook. If you prefer eating out, there are restaurants nearby and the Kiyamachi Street with plenty of restaurants is just 15 mins away.

The house is spotlessly clean and feels homey, beds are comfortable and the price is very reasonable. The hosts are reachable at all times and ready to help you if you need help.

I highly recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review. I am happy that you found the house to be clean and comfortable; it is very important to us that guests feel safe and secure in our rental accommodation. High quality bedding is a must, as well as a small kitchen for making breakfast or other meals. We are available by phone 24 hours a day for emergency contact, yet still give guests the privacy of being in their own house. Best of both worlds. Take care and good luck in your travels. -mgmt.
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Wonderful family stay in Kyoto!

  • 5 of 5

Recently back from a 3 night stay at Sakara Kyoto. The cute, traditional Japanese house was just remodeled and had all that we needed for a family of 4 with two children, 10 and 12. It's in a great location, only several blocks from a subway stop with good directions to the house. It's located in a lovely neighborhood, along a scenic canal with many local shops and restaurants, a covered market and a 24 hour supermarket all nearby. It's also an easy 20 minute walk to Pontocho Dori, a lively street with many restaurants covering all varieties of Japanese food.

After being in a hotel in Tokyo with overpriced breakfasts, it was nice to have breakfast at home before setting out for busy days of touring. Also, having a washer/dryer in the house saved us from having to send out our laundry midway through our 2 week trip.

To top it off, at the end of our last day of touring, we realized that our son left one of our cameras a one of the last temples we visited. It contained many photos from our first week, so we really wanted to get it back. We called Mike, the owner of the house, and he couldn't have been nicer. He was able to track the camera down the next morning, and then mailed it to our hotel in Tokyo. It was waiting for us a few days later when we made it back to Tokyo after stops in Takayama and Kanazawa. If you're looking for a cozy and clean house in a perfect location with great service, I highly recommend Sakara Kyoto!

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous family accommodation

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Machiya townhouse. The location is perfect, close to the subway, shops, temples, Gion district and had a beautiful setting with the canal right outside the alley. The owner gave us great directions and we had no difficulty finding the townhouse. We were also pleasantly surprised when we were greeted by a staff person in the townhouse who explained how to use things in the house. This was fantastic after a long trip to be provided with a welcome, an overview of the house and directions to stores and restaurants. The townhouse was very clean and was exactly as it appeared in the pictures. It felt cozy and safe. Even with thin walls, there was very little noise from traffic or neighbours. We would highly recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Could not wish for better place in Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Kyoto for 8 nights in Machiya townhouse and could not wish for a better place. First of all, we received very clear directions to the house and the directions on Japanese for the taxi driver were just what was needed. The house itself is located on very quiet street just off the beautiful canal. It is very close to the metro station, the Modern Art museum, the Philosopher path, and several beautiful temples. The district is full of nice restaurants and convenience stores.

It feels definitely Japanese but very comfortable and includes all modern amenities: : from fully equipped kitchen to washing machine and heater. Mike and Yuko provided us with valued advice on what to see, where to eat and we ready to help if any problem arise. We will definitely stay in Machiya again when we come to Kyoto.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your thoughtful and helpful comments. We designed the house and paid attention to the amenities specifically for travellers like yourselves. We are so happy when people enjoy their time in Kyoto, and our team is dedicated to providing you with a comfortable place to stay. -mgmt.
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Character, convenience, great for our family of 5

  • 5 of 5

This was a great choice for our 5 night stay in Kyoto. Families of 5 have a challenge finding accommodation that is reasonable and this suited us perfectly. The photos Mike has put on genuinely reflect the place, and there was enough space for us to spend evenings reflecting on what we had done each day. Our 3 kids (15,14 and 10) slept on the futons in one bedroom, and ourselves in the comfy double bed in the other. The Japanese style bath/shower was great, plenty hot water and obligatory heated toilet seat!

The location was great as easy walking distance to the subway, or 10-15 mins walk to the bigger train stations via really attractive canals, especially during Sakura season. Our kids always get frustrated with us making them walk distances but they never once complained about the walks from the machiya to public transport, as they really weren't far. It was also easy to get to most of the Eastern Kyoto hotspots. There were several local options for quick food options.

It was quite wet and cool when we were there, and you could see that a Machiya is not a naturally warm place, but the aircon/heating unit worked well when needed.

Mike's communication from enquiry to us finally leaving was fantastic with very clear directions and advice - thank you.

Kyoto is a fantastic city to visit, more like a big town than a city. Easy to get around, friendly people and lots to see and do. Hiring bikes and touring around is easy and definitely worthwhile too.

I would have no qualms at all in recommending this place to anyone I know.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, we really appreciate the kind comments and the helpful advice to future guests! It would be lovely to meet you or your family and friends again any time. -M
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Osaka, Maizuru
Nearest Train
50 Metres
Higashiyama subway station,
Car: not necessary

Other Activities: historic rickshaw rides


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $30 per person per night

Above rates are *approximate* USD rates based on **two guests** at the current exchange rate. Payment in JPY required - we DO NOT accept payment in foreign currencies.

Contact us for more information on pricing in Japanese Yen
Weekly rate indicates seven nights.

No Extra Fees for Cleaning or Utilities. For stays of seven nights or more a housekeeping visit is included in the middle of the stay. Additional housekeeping or towel service is available at extra charge.

Regular rates / Peak season
2 guests: 18,000 / 21,000
3 guests: 22,500 / 24,000
4 guests: 26,000 / 29,000
5 guests: 27,500 / 30,500

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.