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Mike

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, Japanese

Sakara-Gion: Stylish house with the comfort and amenities you expect.

15 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Higashiyama Townhome Rental Photos and Description

Self contained house in great location, sleeps up to six

Sakara Gion is a Kyoto 'machiya' townhouse with the styling and amenities you expect, on the outskirts of the bustling Gion district. The location is exceptional; walking distance from the famous Gion district on a peaceful street, 1 minute from City bus and ~5 minutes from the subway. It's our best holiday rental yet, incorporating everything travelers tell us they want. There are two rooms and a bathroom on the second floor with designer western-style bedding as well as a tatami room on the first floor with futon sets. In addition there is a traditional courtyard garden, spacious granite bath, open kitchen, Wifi, digital TV, and easy access to local restaurants. There is even a public bathhouse and sake shop across the street. In keeping with our theme, we offer 'Japanese style with western comfort' -- the doors are tall, living areas spacious, art and furnishings top-class.

Suitability:
  • Groups
  • non smoking only
Mike (Property Manager)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, Japanese

Why Mike chose Kyoto

The Higashiyama area is nationally famous for a good reason - the real Kyoto is jumping out from around every corner. Rickshaws go past the front door, Kimono clad entertainers come and go from the Gion district, and it's beautiful year round. There is a public bathhouse just across the street and within five minutes you can be on Shijo Street in the epicenter of the action! Festival season is especially vibrant in this neighborhood.

Reviews

5
based on 15 traveler reviews

Sakara-Gion: Stylish house with the comfort and amenities you expect.
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews
5

Preciosa y espaciosa habitación de dos plantas

  • 5 of 5

Una preciosa habitación, muy bien decorada y pensada. Ideal para familia con dos niños. Bien situada y muy conectada con bus y metro, que está a un minuto. Próxima al tradicional barrio de Gion. Muy recomendable con una excelente relación calidad-precio.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect for families!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at a Sakara townhouse -- we also stayed previously at the Sakara White Crane home. We very much enjoyed both experiences. The houses are in a great location for site seeing and are perfect for groups and kids. The manager and staff were very helpful and accommodating both times. I recommend these properties to my friends all of the time. We have two small children, so we very much like staying in places where we can put them to sleep in a separate room and then hang out for a while in a separate room. At a hotel in Kyoto, a suite that would offer the same convenience would be crazy expensive. This is why we prefer to stay in houses like this. It feels more like an authentic Kyoto experience as well. The beds are very comfortable too. Everything was clean, nice and well-stocked.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, we were incredibly pleased to host you again, and it makes us very happy anytime someone appreciates the high-quality bedding. We understand that a comfortable night's sleep is important to travelers, so we buy the best mattresses available. As family travelers ourselves, we make it a priority to pass on the kind of information that we think is helpful to groups that visit. Again, thank you so much for your review and we would love to host you or your friends and family again any time. -mgmt.
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5

Amazing place - wish we could have stayed longer!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time at Sakara-Gion. We were a group of 4 adults, a baby and a toddler and it worked perfectly! We loved having the extra space, access to a washing machine, and made use of the liquor store across the road and also the close by convenience stores and restaurants. Our taxi driver found the pace easily and the owners also kindly ordered us taxi's the day we left (we were on a 6:30am train so it was a very early start!). The only down side to our stay was that we weren't there for longer!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Feelings of old Japan

  • 5 of 5

Due to our latest Kyoto trip being a family affair, we had the opportunity to stay at three of the Sakara properties. Each has their own unique styles, but all were top notch in terms of materials, amenities, comfort and attentive landlords. Kyoto is a very special city that still has many of the old wooden style homes, and Sakara's properties really do give the chance to experience this special side of living in the city in the "old style". The properties we enjoyed had somewhat different styles, so if you are particular about anything, the Sakara staff are very attentive. Staying here really made the holiday even more special and we definitely plan to return.

Lastly, the Sakara staff really went the extra mile for us. We ended up leaving a wedding ring in the taxi that took us to the airport. Sakara staff helped track it down (in 20 min!), get it collected and shipped it back to our home address safely. Happy conclusion to a otherwise stressful situation.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Justin; we really enjoyed hosting you and it was a pleasure to meet you and your extended family. Our goal with the accommodation choices of Sakara is to offer something for whatever family or group situation our travellers need. You were luck to come here with three generations in a large happy group! Recently it is seems that many people want to experience Kyoto from the comfort of a place they can call "home", and families with children appreciate the flexibility of cooking meals and having a living area to spread out in. Another point that you make is our unique ability to communicate with guests in English (or Japanese, Vietnamese, a little French, or Spanish, etc...) and this is something that a lot of people really like. As long-term residents of Kyoto, our staff knows the town, the shopping, the restaurants, and much of the insider information that people need. So we were happy to help you all with the balance of privacy and service, and of course we are really happy that you were able to get your ring back! Safe travels and good luck in the future. -mgmt.
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5

We would definitely come back again!!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely home (a little hard to find for first timers) but definitely worth it. We were all quite satisfied with the amenities especially the shower room. It was quiet and in such great location for sightseeing and nightlife. We were quite satisfied and would definitely stay here again if we're lucky enough to be able to return some day. We just loved Kyoto and this home made it all the more special. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review, and we are very happy that you enjoyed your stay. We provide a PDF file with very specific directions for people to access the Gion Machiya townhouse, but occasionally taxi drivers get lost or guests are not able to print the directions. It is recommended that guests print and follow the directions carefully, as addresses in Kyoto do not work the same way as addresses in other countries. For example an address does not always indicate an ordered numerical location on a named street; often they describe the location and the area that it is in. The Gion machiya is on "old gate street". For this reason we include a google map placemark in the directions as well as a map, pictures, and contact numbers for our staff. A great feature of this rental for most visitors is its proximity to the main street of Shijo with shops and restaurants, and even a Starbucks. There are many temples and local highlights as well. We would love to host you again if you ever have a chance to come back to Kyoto, and we can highly recommend the fall season, our favourite time of year is October-November. -M
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The highlight of our trip!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at Sakara-Gion with our 4 younger boys. Had a great time. The property is well-maintained and the owners quickly accommodated all of our requests/needs.

As many of the reviews have stated, the location is very close to the hustle and bustle of the Gion district without being right in the middle of things. For us, this was a major plus. The Gion district is a famous night-life area, and, if you're unfamiliar with Japan, the night life can go until all hours of the evening (including weekdays). This property is in a very quiet area and short (literally 5 minute at most) walk to the Gion district. So it was perfect for us.

Accommodations were spacious for our family of 6--I believe 6 adults could also fit comfortably. Even after coming back to the states (we're from Orange County, CA), staying at Sakara Gion was our boys' favorite and most memorable part of the trip.

Access to other sites around Kyoto is convenient. The walk to the Subway or bus stops takes about 7 minutes and then you can get around the city from there.

The local bath house (right across the street) is not to be missed and patrons there were very helpful as are various english, bathhouse etiquette signs. Grocery store(s) are convenient as well.

One final note, the property has been updated to accommodate larger foreigners including higher door thresholds. I'm 6' 3"+ and found this property to be very comfortable.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. Firstly, it was wonderful to meet you and talk to you and your family, your boys are fine young men and very well behaved. Secondly, I thank you for taking the time to provide our future guests with some information that may be helpful to them. One of the main reasons that we chose to make the Sakara Gion machiya in that area is the location. The bath house across the street is a wonderful experience and very relaxing. Also, while there are cars that go along Furumonzen St., but the area is quiet considering that it is so close to the activity of Gion. Having Shijo St. so close with a Starbucks, shops, and a wide variety of restaurants is so convenient. The design of the building definitely took into account groups like yours: there are three separate sleeping areas (the downstairs Japanese room closes from the living space with paper shoji doors), and there are tall doorways throughout. This is a very important feature for taller visitors who may find it annoying to hit their heads on standard low Japanese doorways. The standard sliding door clearance in homes is 176 cm tall, which is unacceptable for visitors who are 6'3" (190 cm tall) like yourself! Again, we are delighted that your sons thought of their time at Sakara Gion as the highlight of your trip, and we would love to meet you or your family and friends again any time. -Mike
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Higashiyama Townhome Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
$210
 

Additional information about rental rates

Regular season: Peak Season (3/19--5/6) (10/15--12/5)
2 guests: 21,000 yen/nt 24,000 yen/nt
3 guests: 26,400 yen/nt 28,200 yen/nt
4 guests: 30,000 yen/nt 32,000 yen/nt
5 guests: 34,500 yen/nt 36,500 yen/nt
6 guests: 38,400 yen/nt 40,200 yen/nt

Dollar rates quoted are estimates only, and all transactions are processed in Japanese Yen

A credit card deposit of 20% will be requested when confirming a reservation, and must be paid within the week. The remainder may be paid in advance by credit card or upon arrival in Japanese yen.

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Amenities

Higashiyama Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
Theme:
  • Historic
General:
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - 1F toilet/bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , 2F toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , tatami room
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Television
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • Groups
  • non smoking only

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