|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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.
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.
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,
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The house is nice, cleaning and feel comfortable.
Location is perfect and also in district Gion, just 10 minutes walking to the temple and just few minutes walk to the subway station.
There have a supermarket and some restaurant near the house.
We can buy some food from supermarket and cooking at house.
Its great, I will visit again if I'll come kyoto one more time.
Other Activities: historic rickshaw rides
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
When reservation is confirmed we require a 20% deposit by credit card. Remainder may be paid in yen on arrival, or by credit card (with 3.4% service charge).