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Perfect Location - Best place in Eastern Kyoto - comfortable family accomodation

Higashiyama, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Townhome279 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

Private rental unit with bath, kitchenette, WiFi, queen beds

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

Sakara is unique and original with Japanese decor, private restroom, bath, laundry machine, kitchenette, and high quality western queen sized beds.

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

Sakara has 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. The kitchen allows you to cook as you like. You can do laundry and take a hot bath.

*** 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.

Sakara is great for families. If you have a larger group please contact us for information about other options as well.

*** The Bamboo Suite is ideal for a family or group of four guests.

*** Please contact us directly about discounts for longer stays or options for larger groups.

Property Manager

Mike, reservations manager

Member Since 2009
Response rate:
Response time:
within two days
english, Japanese
Calendar last updated:
Apr 18, 2018


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bamboo Suite
        2 queen
      • Bamboo Suite - two side-by-side queens, hotel style. Common space in the lobby and tatami tearoom for relaxing in the evenings to unwind or study our wide selection of maps and tourist information.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bamboo Suite
        toilet, tub, shower, laundy
      • 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.

      Location Type

        • Downtown


            • Family
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      There is a 24 hour laundromat nearby that has air-dryers. The 'all in one' Japanese laundry machine has a dry setting but it takes a long time and does not dry clothes completely with heat.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Laundry Soap
                    • Linens Provided
                      For stays of a week or longer we arrange a full housekeeping service, otherwise linens are not changed daily.
                    • Local Maps
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Parking
                      Nearby parking is available for 2,500 yen/day
                    • Safe
                    • Security System
                    • Shampoo
                    • Telephone
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                      For stays of a week or longer we arrange a full housekeeping service, otherwise towels are not changed daily.
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wireless Internet


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Freezer
                        • Kitchen
                        • Kitchenette
                        • Microwave
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                          single burner electic IH cooker, safe and efficient
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Books
                                  Tourist information and books in the tatami lounge
                                • Television
                                  Local channels


                                    • Low Allergen Environment
                                    • wheelchair inaccessible

                                      Onsite Services

                                        • Concierge


                                            • 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


                                                            • • 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.

                                                              49 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              It was great!

                                                              Laura Kho

                                                              I enjoyed the spacious room

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you, Laura, and we are happy that you enjoyed your stay at Sakara. We appreciate the four star review, but wonder what we could do to make it a five star experience for you. We and our staff do everything that we can to make sure our guests are comfortable and have all of the information that they need to make the most of their time in Kyoto.

                                                              Good luck with your travels and I hope that we have a chance to host you or your friends and family another time.

                                                              Superb location, well priced accommodation for a family of four

                                                              Rebecca M.

                                                              We loved our stay at Sakara Kyoto. The Bamboo suite had everything a family needed. It was reasonably priced. The staff were friendly and helpful. Sakara Kyoto is in an excellent location; a great base to explore the wonderful city of Kyoto.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you so much for your positive review, Rebecca. We are very happy to help groups like yours explore and enjoy Kyoto. The great point of Sakara is the location as well as the comfort of the accommodation. Please come back again, or send family and friends when they come to visit our beautiful city.

                                                              ;) Mike, reservations

                                                              STAY HERE!!!

                                                              Cynthia L.Atascadero

                                                              Must husband and I with our 21 year old daughter stayed here for 6 nights in the Bamboo Suite (two full/maybe queen beds, kitchenette, table for four, toilet, washer/dryer, and the greatest shower we have ever experienced). Everything about Sakara is perfect!!!! From the first contact, the service I received was exceptional. Hahn and I emailed back and forth many times and she was so helpful with all of my questions. Staying at Sakara is more like renting an apartment than staying at a hotel. There was not a full-time front desk person, but help was easily reached by phone or email. The location was not right in the heart of the action, but was an easy walk to wherever you wanted to go. Also, access to all transportation was super close. The room was perfect in every way and I kept thinking it could be my apartment if I lived in Kyoto!!!!!! We ate breakfast in the room each morning, as it was easy to shop for supplies just around the corner at Fresco market. There was also a Family Mart and Lawsons nearby. In addition, there is a McDonalds super close if you want a "fries fix". There are also some restaurants and pastry shops close too. Some things I would mention is that we were able to easily find places to put our three suitcases, but if we had more, it would be tough. The cool tree/pole in the center of the room has knobs sticking out that you will bump into when you first arrive to the room. We hung coats on these and were okay after that. The washer/dryer was a great thing, but does take a long time to dry things. Just know this and plan accordingly. I hung a bunch of stuff up to dry and this worked great too. You only get enough towels for each person and you are expected to wash them. Again, no big deal, just plan accordingly. And yes, you will experience the greatest shower ever!!!! Stay here!!!!

                                                              lovely home to discover Kyoto

                                                              Ariane G.

                                                              We spent 4 days in Summer 2017 in Kyoto and had rented the Bamboo Suite. It looks exactly as on the pictures and has everything one needs (from dishes/kitchen items to a good washing machine with wash pulver), a nice bathroom, good beds etc.

                                                              It´s amazingly quiet for a big town such as Kyoto. Many shops/restaurants as well as Sighseeing places are very close.

                                                              Contact with the proprietor was perfect, quick response to any request.

                                                              Warmly recommended to any one wanting to discover Kyoto.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you very much for your kind feedback.

                                                              We are so happy that you enjoyed your time in Kyoto and our rental accommodation. If you come again sometime we hope you'll find that Sakara keeps improving.

                                                              All the best from Sakara Kyoto Team...



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                                                              Beautiful accommodation in great location

                                                              Dan R.

                                                              We stayed at Sakara Kyoto in the Hinoki Suite and it was fantastic. The hotel room was really well equipped, very clean and there was lots of room for all of us (2 adults and 3 kids). The staff were super friendly and helpful. The location is superb, right next to Higashiyama train station and bus stops so really easy to get to the main attractions in Kyoto. It is also really quiet and only a short walk into central Kyoto. We really recommend staying at Sakara and will definitely be staying here next time we are back in Kyoto!

                                                              Thanks so much!


                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you so much for your positive review, Dan. The Hinoki Suite was specifically designed for family travelers like you, and the unique location is ideal for guests who are always on the move. I'm also really happy that we could be helpful with some useful information when you were coming and going in the mornings and evenings. Take care and please come back to Kyoto again, we would love to host you on another trip.


                                                              Excelente y precioso apartamento en Kyoto

                                                              Vicente P.

                                                              Apartamento muy agradable, bien situado en un tranquilo barrio de Kyoto, cerca de Gion y muy bien comunicado por autobús y metro. Muy bonito, con espacio y bien decorado. Buena relación calidad-precio.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Muchas gracias, y espero que puedas venir a nuestra ciudad de nuevo algún día. Tenga cuidado y viajes seguros.



                                                              Higashiyama, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan

                                                              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.


                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              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 and season.

                                                              49 Reviews
                                                              Wonderful 4.9/5
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