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Batangas City, Philippines
Reviewed 22 May 2015

My family and I stayed at the Bamboo Suite in Sakara for four nights. We had no high expectations as we knew that Sakara was not a full service type hotel. With this in mind we were not disappointed. The Bamboo Suite where we stayed at was at the ground floor. There were 2 queen beds, a dining table, small...

1Thank RRGT
Reviewed 14 April 2015

The Sakara in Kyoto certainly is a solid backpacker-spot. Thus all those positive reviews in the past. As Travelers with some expectations on cleanliness and comfort, the Sakara Inn was a disappointment. The whole room and especially the sheets had this rotten smell wich wouldn’t get out of our clothes during the whole trip in japan. We did not feel...

1Thank twirlch
sakarakyoto, Manager at Sakara, responded to this review

We always appreciate when guests write a review with comments about their stay, or constructive criticisms, but in this case we were rather hurt and surprised by this review. In messages that you wrote during your stay you expressed thanks but did not voice any concerns. We did not know that you were “not comfortable at all.” We did not...

Hobart, Australia
Reviewed 9 April 2015

We stayed in two rooms here - first the Sakura room and then the Ninja room. Both rooms were great but I would only recommend the Ninja room for those who don't mind climbing ladders - probably not the best room if you worry about falling or are planning to do a lot of drinking (though there is a daybed...

1Thank mudskippa
sakarakyoto, Manager at Sakara, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about Sakara and post a review. A clarification about the stairs -- I believe you meant to say that the Sakura room would be preferable to those who do not want to use a staircase. The Ninja room has the main sleeping area above the living space, with an open...

Novosibirsk, Russia
Reviewed 29 March 2015

Great apartements in a small market street of Kyoto. Modern and Japanese style accomodation, very clean and just a few steps away from the underground station. Very friendly staff. We would highly recommend it.

1Thank U W
sakarakyoto, Manager at Sakara, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your positive review. We always do our best to help travellers get the most out of their stay in Kyoto, and it was a pleasure to host you. -mgmt.

Vail, Colorado
Reviewed 9 February 2015

Sakara was a great find. Cute little place in the bustle of Kyoto, the owners were so nice and accommodating. We had the Bamboo room which was clean, cute, and we loved the bath. So nice after a cold day of sightseeing in Kyoto. Be aware that its only warm in the bedroom in the winter, which is typical in...

2Thank jennypn
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 January 2015

We stayed at the ninja room last December. The location is perfect. Finding our way there was easy and getting to places from there was also easy. We stayed in the ninja room which has a double bed and a single bed. A very handy mod con kitchen complete with utensils. We were there during one of the coldest time...

Thank Bibi S
sakarakyoto, Manager at Sakara, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Sakara. We enjoy helping guests to have the best experience possible in Kyoto, and do everything we can to help. The title of your review "creepy mask in Ninja room", could have been different if you mentioned it to us -- that decoration is something that could easily be removed if it...

Modesto, California
Reviewed 20 January 2015

This property was clean and an ideal location close to transportation systems and conviniece shopping. The room had all the amenities we needed for our stay. We did have an issue with the heater which the management handled quickly. We would stay there again!

1Thank Deanna v
sakarakyoto, Manager at Sakara, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Sakara. We enjoy helping guests to have the best experience possible in Kyoto, and do everything we can to help. The title of your review "creepy mask in Ninja room", could have been different if you mentioned it to us -- that decoration is something that could easily be removed if it...

Reviewed 14 January 2015 via mobile

We stayed at Sakara for 2 nights in the Hinoki suite (parents + 3 teenagers). It was easy to find (thanks to tripadvisor map of Kyoto) and is located in a little shopping alleyway which added to charm of the area. The room is small but built like a small treehouse with a double bed in the upper level. Overall...

Thank Angus H
Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 13 October 2014

We stayed in Sakara Gion for a week in early September. The machiya felt very spacious, especially compared to our other lodgings in Japan. We had three adults and two kids in two bedrooms, with a baby crib set up in the hall between the bedrooms. There is also a common space downstairs that has a futon, so there is...

Thank Kelly M
Seoul, South Korea
Reviewed 17 September 2014

This charming 2 storey guesthouse of 5 rooms is located in a local shopping arcade just a couple of minutes walk from Higashiyama metro station. They also have a another property nearby to house larger families/groups. We stayed for 7 days on the Sukura room, which I think is the smallest, but it was all that was available for the...

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City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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Address: 541-2 Furukawacho Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0026, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > City Center
Number of rooms: 4
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“Hinoki suite great for families with older children.”
 of 5 bubbles 438nikkic, 5 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Bamboo Suite is nice for a family with a baby or elderly. Ninja room is nice for young adults.”
 of 5 bubbles homeschoolmom27, 13 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Bamboo Room is ground floor. other rooms do have loft beds as well.”
 of 5 bubbles lindley2016, 26 May 2016 | Read review
“Great for families and for walking to the Kyoto action sites.”
 of 5 bubbles janelH2042WA, 20 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Bamboo room good for families with younger children.”
 of 5 bubbles kta09, 31 Jan 2016 | Read review
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