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WINTER SPECIAL! Sakara White Crane Machiya: Comfortable design, excellent house

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 50 sq. ft.
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Two bedrooms, full bath, kitchen, living, sleeps 6

Sakara White Crane Machiya is a Kyoto 'machiya' townhouse with the styling and amenities you expect from Sakara, walking distance from Kyoto Subway Higashiyama Station. The location is exceptional; walking distance from the famous Chion-in temple, on a peaceful alleyway, only minutes from the subway line. There are two rooms on the second floor with designer western-style bedding as well as a living space on the first floor with an 80 cm wide sofa-bed. In addition, there is a traditional courtyard garden, bath, kitchenette, Wifi, and easy access to local restaurants. There are heaters/air conditioners with temperature control in each room to ensure your comfort year-round. In keeping with our theme, we offer 'Japanese style with western comfort' -- the doors are tall, living areas spacious, art and furnishings top-class.

The Sakara Shirakawa Machiya is a private self-contained house, rented to only one group at a time. It is a strictly non-smoking and 'shoes off' Japanese style building.


Regular season: Peak Season: Mar.19 - May 6 / Oct.15th - Dec 5th

2 guests: 18,000 yen/nt 21,000 yen/nt.

3 guests: 22,500 yen/nt 24,000 yen/nt.

4 guests: 26,000 yen/nt 29,000 yen/nt.

5 guests: 27,500 yen/nt 30,500 yen/nt.

Children under 12 stay free. 10% discount for stays 7 nights or longer.

Deposit/Cancellation policy: Full refund for cancellations more than two weeks in advance. If a reservation is cancelled less than 2 weeks in advance, we must hold the deposit. We will send a request for a 20% downpayment, and you may then pay the remainder in advance or settle the bill in yen when you are here, as you like.

More Details

Property Manager
reservation manager
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, Japanese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 5, 2018


Higashiyama Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 50 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - tub , shower , Toilet and shower/bath are in separate rooms, Japanese style
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Toilet in separate room from bath/laundry/hand sink
  • Bath is Japanese style unit bath, a 'wet' room. Plush towels provided. Bathroom has shampoo, conditioner, and body soap. Changing room with laundry machine.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , One 160cm wide queen bed, one 80 cm wide single bed.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , One 160 cm wide queen bed.
  • The North bedroom upstairs has a queen bed, dresser drawers, clothes hanging rack, a/c, and luggage storage. The South bedroom has queen bed as well as a single bed. Both bedrooms have alarm clocks, power plugs and shelves next to bed for smartphones, tablets, books. Double paned windows for privacy and heat/cold, with pleated blinds to block out the sun for sleeping in. Highest quality 'Serta' mattresses, down comforters and pillows, and cherry wood beds from the designer Japanese furniture company 'Actus'.
  • Television ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat


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WINTER SPECIAL! Sakara White Crane Machiya: Comfortable design, excellent house
average rating of 4.769231 based on 13 reviews
Stockholm, Sweden

nice to experience like a local

  • 4 of 5

The location is quite good, close to the subway, and many sightseeing points.

it is a quiet area. good to have a washing machine in the summer.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Incredible place to saty

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic place to stay, this was my second visit to Whatever Crane Machiya......a real opportunity to sample Japanese living. Fabulous clean, comfortable and well a pointed accommodation . All the help we needed from staff. Great cheap and authentic eats within a couple of minutes walk and 2 mins to the subway. This place made our holiday for 2 weeks for four people affordable and incredibly enjoyable in every way. Full marks Mike and Yuko ...we will return again to beautiful japan and White crane

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our New Home Away From Home!

  • 5 of 5

This was definately the best accomodation in our recent visit to Japan. We stayed here for 6 nights, but could have stayed longer! It was nice to stay somewhere in Japan with room for all of us to move around (us and our 3 kids). It is in a great location to so many amazing places and was a trip we will never forget. The house really felt like a home, with all the creature comforts. Was great to have a washing machine and was really close to the station. Can't wait to come back next year!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location, comfortable and clean

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful stay at the Sakara White Crane Machiya Townhouse. Everything was exactly as advertised, so there were definitely no unpleasant surprises. The townhouse was clean, and neat, and amenities such as towels, soaps, shampoo, etc, were all provided.

We did have a little trouble getting the taxi driver to understand the location, at first. I had forgotten to print out the Japanese directions provided in the access instructions. However, the property manager was able to give directions over the phone, and got us there. One of the staff members met us at the property, and gave us all the additional information we needed.

Because one of our party was elderly, we didn't use public transportation much, however, both the subway station and bus stop are quite close, as are several affordable restaurants serving delicious food.

We would recommend this property, and hope to stay there again on our next trip to Kyoto!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review, and we are very happy that you made the most of your time in Kyoto. For future guests, a note about addresses in Kyoto. Addresses refer to areas known as 'ku' and 'cho', but not numerically ordered street locations. This is part of the charm of an ancient city, but it can be confusing for taxi drivers and deliveries! Because houses in Kyoto are not numbered locations along named streets, it is important to print and verify the access information so that you can easily find the house. We would love to host you again if you get a chance to come to Kyoto. Safe travels!
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Character and comfortable

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here for 3 nights in February/March. The townhouse was very comfortable and well equipped for small groups. The beds were very comfortable and the bedrooms were a good size. The photos on the website are accurate and give a good indication of the reality. It snowed on the last night we were there which was just lovely. The position was central with a picturesque stream at the end of the lane. When we stayed there construction works were going on next door. The owner Mike let us know this before we arrived. He gave us the option of staying at Sakara instead if the noise disturbed us which we appreciated and consider to be good service. It didn't bother us because we were out during the day when the building was going on. We did have a bit of a problem with the towels, we were three people but only two towels. We let Mike know about the problem but only had two towels for the first 24 hours so my husband and I had to share a towel! I'm sure were were just unlucky with the towels but it did detract from our overall experience having to contact Mike twice before the extra towel was supplied. For those who like to stay connected the Wi-Fi is not great. It was incredibly slow to the point where it isn't worth the effort of logging on. This was not apparent to us until we arrived. Whilst we don't expect that everywhere will have a great connection to the World Wide Web we do expect forewarning that it may not be optimal.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Our cleaning staff is usually very reliable and I am tremendously sorry for their miscommunication and delay in getting your group an extra towel, they were unaware of the size of your group. I was out of town that day and had to rely on the cleaners to go there as soon as they could. I believe that the construction work in the building next door was the cause of the disruption in internet service, as we use the strongest 'NTT' Wifi signal available in Japan, and have not had problems with the internet in the past, besides having to re-set the router about once a year. Knowing how important it is for travelers to stay connected, we place a high priority on having wireless internet available for guests. Again, thank you for the review and we would love the opportunity to serve you or your family and friends another time if you come to Kyoto again.
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Great place and great value

  • 4 of 5

This place is great. Top three things about it: 1-Location (close to several trains and buses and easy for taxis to find), 2- very well appointed (e.g., there were enough clean towels for 5 of us) and 3- very clean (this was most appreciated (e.g, air conditioner didn't blow dust out when it was switched on). The owners are helpful, responsive and speak great English.

The one note I have about this property (not in a bad way, just as an FYI) is that the steps to the top floor are somewhat steep so be attentive if you have small children or adults with mobility issues. It's too good of a place/too good of a value to strike it from your list but I would recommend being mindful of the stairs.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

**** Posted rates are APPROXIMATE equivalents in US dollars. Sakara is a Japanese rental and charges rates in Japanese yen, as follows: ****
Regular season: Peak Season: Mar.19 - May 6 / Oct.15th - Dec 5th
2 guests: 18,000 yen/nt 21,000 yen/nt.
3 guests: 22,500 yen/nt 25,000 yen/nt.
4 guests: 26,000 yen/nt 29,000 yen/nt.
5 guests: 27,500 yen/nt 30,500 yen/nt.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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