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“A perfect stay for family in Kyoto”
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Sakara
Ranked #31 of 300 Speciality lodging in Kyoto
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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34 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“A perfect stay for family in Kyoto”
Reviewed 30 November 2013

Our family of 3 adults 2 kids stayed in Sakara Hinoki suite for 3 nights. The room is perfect for five of us. There is a queen size bed and single bed downstairs, and a double bed in the loft. The room is clean, and has a fully equipped kitchen - microwave oven, hob, fridge, toaster, plates, cutlery, pots, cups, washer and dryer ....The free WIFI was great too.
We came from Kyoto station, used subway to reach Sakara. Take the Karasuma subway line to Karasuma-Oike station, then change to Tozai subway line get off at Higashiyama station. The Arcade - Furukawa-cho is just next to the station, and with a few minutes walk can reach Sakara.
We didn't get to meet the Mike and Yuko during our stay, just spoken to Yuko over the phone and she helped us to book the taxi for us to Kyoto station after check out. Thanks for he help! :)
We feel like at home when we stay in Sakara, very quiet and convenient. It's walking distance to many places, and right next to the subway station. I loved the small river at the end of the arcade, the scenery is beautiful.
Just two small comments : 1) For the single bed downstair, the mattress was a bit too soft... 2) The heater didn't work quite well, the upstairs loft area will be too warm where downstairs area still feel cold...
Overall, we love our stay in Sakara, strongly recommend for family and groups...

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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sakarakyoto, Manager at Sakara, responded to this review, 8 December 2013
Thank you for staying with us, and for your comments. To better serve our guests in the summer and winter months we are going to have ceiling fans installed in both the Hinoki Suite and Ninja room. This should help air circulation and ensure that the living and sleeping areas stay comfortable all year round.
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 349 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2013

We did a fair bit of research before booking our 10-day stay in the Bamboo Suite at Sakara. We were looking for a reasonably priced single level, self catering apartment, with washing machine and wi-fi, which was also convenient to groceries, restaurants and transport. The Bamboo Suite delivered on all those criteria.

On arrival we were checked in by a friendly girl whose English, while far better than our Japanese, left us with a few questions unanswered. Mike came good the next day with great hand drawn maps of the immediate area, including the locations of ATMs, grocery stores (the Super Masco about 10 mins walk north is by far the biggest and best) and a couple of recommended eating places.

Once we had worked out the somewhat quirky single induction hotplate we were fine, although its not a kitchen where you'll be cooking a dinner party. (Thanks to Mike for providing the instructions we needed, a recovery pack when we got a bit frustrated and frazzled the first night, and for Yuko for coming over to help us when we couldn't get the hotplate to stay on).

Other good things:

- while we didn't get to meet Mike, he responded to all our queries promptly
- there's a great bath for soaking weary leg muscles
- the internet is fast and rock solid
- there's a top sheet, rare in Japanese apartments in our experience
- linen and towels were changed and the cleaner came midway through our stay
- the location is very quiet (see below).

Not so good things

- the hotplate (until we worked it out)
- floors in traditional houses don't have much sound attenuation. Unfortunately for most of the days we were there the people who had the apartment above us were coming in late and also up well before 6am, and unless you're a solid sleeper or use earplugs (as we did) you are likely to be woken by footsteps or plumbing noises from above if your fellow tenants are early risers.

Overall, we'd highly recommend the Bamboo Suite.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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sakarakyoto, Manager at Sakara, responded to this review, 27 November 2013
Thank you for the informative and positive review of your experience with Sakara. It is helpful to us and to future guests when guests give us feedback that helps us to improve our services. We have been in the process of improving and updating the "how-to" information and guides that we give to guests, so that things can be as user-friendly as possible. It is not always easy, with appliances and instructions that are different from what our clientele is used to in their home countries.

Your comments were useful, and gave us some good ideas for ways to make Sakara even more of a home-away-from-home for people like you, who want a comfortable home base for your extended stay in Kyoto. Thanks again.
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Reviewed 6 November 2013 via mobile

This unassuming, from the outside, place is located on a small covered shopping mall in the Higashiyama area. Our family of three (9 yr old son) stayed for three nights in October in the Sakura room. My sister and her husband stayed in the Ninja room. Our room was a bit small by American standards, but wonderfully and efficiently laid out so that we had everything we needed. Very clean and well equipped. My son slept on a futon in the loft and enjoyed his lofty view of our room. There isn't a lot of room to lay out luggage in the bedroom, but we traveled fairly light with carry-on bags, so we managed just fine. The built-in washer/dryer and kitchenette was very handy as we did some washing and heating up food. The dryer was slow, but we hung our clothes up to dry. We found a shop down the street that sold oden and we enjoyed warming it up and having it for breakfast and dinner! You can find fresh meat, vegetables, fish, and fruit in the arcade if you want to cook your own. Shops also sold beer, wine, and sake, and one sold snacks and candy. There's even a bakery (not open for retail) that drove us crazy with delicious aromas until we discovered that their retail shop is just down the block on Higashi-oji-dori. The huge Teramachi shopping area is a few blocks away across the river. Buses run on the main Higashi-oji-dori street a half block away and one delivered us very close by from Kyoto train station. The subway station is less than a block away. Chion-In temple and several other temples are a short walk away. There are great places to eat all over the place. What a fantastic location. Yuko was very helpful in calling us a taxi for our early morning departure for the train station. We even used the tea room for a tour conference. We'd happily stay there again.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights in the Ninja room, which has a nice modern touch. The room was better than I anticipated. Very clean and comfortable. We were ~20 minutes walking distance from all the action (bars and restaurants) but the walk was always very enjoyable. The hotel is located very close to the subway station and within a covered-roof market. It was a little tricky to locate at first but the kind little old shop owner lady next door guided us in the right direction. I highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Germaine L
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sakarakyoto, Manager at Sakara, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Thank you Germaine -

Everyone who stays in the Ninja room comments about the size and layout - even though it is compact, there is everything that you need, and the arrangement even provides space for couples to spend some relaxing time upstairs, downstairs, at the cafe-style table or on the sofa chaise lounge with 80cm wide mattress.

Happy that you enjoyed your stay,

-mgmt.
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Pozuelo de Alarcon, Spain
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

My family and I stayed for a few days at Hinoki suite in August. We came from Spain and having no knowledge of Japanese, both staff, Yuko and Mike did speak English with us and were outstandingly helpful.

The room was perfect for the four of us, nicely decorated and everything worked perfectly (including wifi internet). They also helped us to manage the luggage reception from a takyubin company.

Perfectly located in Higashiyama area (just in the middle of Northern and Southern parts). We started every day having breakfast at a small cafe just crossing Sanjo-dori. Charming place too!

We also enjoyed very much shopping in the arcade. You feel like at home when buying at the small shops.

Definetely we strongly recommend it.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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1 Thank LUIS S
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sakarakyoto, Manager at Sakara, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Thank you Luis, we are always happy to help visitors figure out how to make the most of their time in Kyoto.

Takyubin luggage delivery services are very cost-effective and a good way to deal with transfers within Japan. If you have things delivered to us, we can receive baggage the day before or the day of your arrival, and if you want luggage sent ahead, they can pick it up directly from the front desk. There is a one-day transfer day between hotels, so if you plan a day trip, for example a short stay in Hiroshima or Nara, your baggage will meet you at your next destination for only ~1,500 yen per suitcase.

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Yokohama, Japan
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

I went with my parents who were visiting Japan. The place is clean, conveniently located with bus & trains. Owners are friendly. Excellent value for your money.

It was slightly tricky for the taxi driver to find though. Ask for specific information before you leave home and you'll be all set!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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sakarakyoto, Manager at Sakara, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Thank you Armelle.

Yes, with taxi drivers it is important to print out the access information that we send with your confirmation, but even then unfortunately it is true that from time to time a guest will encounter a taxi driver who is determined to get lost! Some taxi drivers refuse to believe the directions, but we have updated our information to make it as specific as possible.

An interesting point about addresses in Kyoto; they are not numbered locations in a sequential order along named streets. In fact, many streets do not even have names. The *areas* are named, and the addresses refer to smaller divisions of the areas called *cho*, with arbitrary numbers within the 'cho'. This makes deliveries a very complicated business indeed. Sakara is located directly south of the Higashiyama subway station, on the pedestrian shopping street, so cars can not pull up directly in front of the building.

Luckily these days all of the taxi drivers have telephones, and if you have any trouble you can simply give them the phone number which is on the access information that we send prior to your visit.

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Australia
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12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for a week with our 2 year old son in the Bamboo Suite during September. The (walking) proximity to shrines, playgrounds, Gion Corner, the canal (for afternoon paddles) plus the close subway and buses made it a great base from which we explored Kyoto. The team were really helpful recommending areas we wouldn't previously have explored too. For the price we paid vs what we would of paid in a hotel the value for money was outstanding. Highly recommended!

Stayed September 2013
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sakarakyoto, Manager at Sakara, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Thank you very much, the bamboo suite is perfect for a Small family, and we are vey happy that you had a good experience,

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Property: Sakara
Address: 541-2 Furukawacho Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0026, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #31 of 300 Speciality lodging in Kyoto
Number of rooms: 4

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