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Bedroom 1 / Bathroom 1 / Sleeps 2 / Cottage
Bedroom: 1  Bathroom: 1  Sleeps: 2  Type: Cottage
Shirakawa Cottage: Beautiful hut Best Location
TripAdvisor property ID 3556788

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Book this 1 bedroom cottage in Kyoto today! A total of 2 people can sleep here comfortably.

Guests can enjoy a air conditioning and internet access among other amenities offered by this rental.

Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 4.5/5 thanks to an average of 24 reviews.

Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $636, depending on travel dates.

The manager responds to 75% of inquiries and last updated the property’s calendar Aug 21, 2017.

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Avi Lugasi
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21 Aug 2017
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Languages spoken: English



Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Kyoto Attractions




  • Air conditioning
  • Clothes dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Safe
  • Towels provided
  • Washing machine

Phone / Internet

  • Internet access


  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Shared garden


  • Children
  • Pets
  • Smoking allowed


Reviews (24)

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“Nice cottage for a solo traveler”

Reviewed 16 Sep 2014

I chose to stay at the cottage because I wanted something different than the standard hotel room. It was for a three-day sightseeing tour, my first visit to Kyoto. The cottage was exactly as described on the Internet. Directions to it came via email a few days before my arrival, and the directions were clear enough that I had no problem finding the apartment. Everything was clean and adequately stocked. The wifi worked well. There was even detergent for the washing machine. I loved the fact that a few steps away is the Shirakawa River, and the location is close to many restaurants. Temples to visit are within walking distance. It is not too far a walk to the main Kyoto shopping district, and buses run nearby. If you are looking for a compact cottage for the solo traveler, this one works.

“Highly Recommended”

Reviewed 25 Feb 2014

I loved my stay at Shirakawa Cottage- very comfortable, charming little garden and super ofuro (bath)! It was blissfully quiet at night and in such a convenient location, just 10 minutes walk to the centre of town. It was rather cold when I was in Kyoto, but the bedroom heated up really quickly and stayed warm. I highly recommend this machiya for solo travellers or couples!

“A Kyoto experience - tranquility”

Reviewed 20 Jan 2014

My daughter and I stayed at Shirakawa Cottage in Kyoto from January 5 to 8 in 2014 for 3 nights. It is located in a quite residential area near the white stream. The cottage is cute and with traditional Japanese decoration. The toilette seat is heated, the shower gives powerful hot water to enjoy. Bus station is 3 minutes away which takes you directly to the world famous Kiyomizudera temple and charming area of tea houses, restaurant and food and souvenir stands. It is also near the Ginza area which is about 2 bus stops away. We truly enjoy the Shirakawa Cottage of it's location, comfort and the experience of staying in a traditional Japanese style apartment.

“Perfect Location”

Reviewed 15 Nov 2013

We spent seven days in Kyoto in November and stayed at Shirakawa Cottage for that time. Its in a wonderful, quiet location right off of Shirakawa stream near the Highashiyama subway station. You need to walk 5-10 minutes for food and sightseeing, but this is a great central place to be. Checking in and out was super easy and they provided good directions for getting there. The cottage itself was comfortable and had everything we needed for eating and living in. The building can get a little damp on humid days, but never uncomfortable. If you want to experience Kyoto from outside the tourist destinations and away from the hotels, this is a great place to stay.

“Cosy, clean, excellent location”

Reviewed 9 Nov 2013

We have stayed in a range of locations in Kyoto over the past few years and this one is perfect. Combination of very quiet and pleasant district, central for exploring temples, Gion and close to a range of transport. The cottage was charming, cosy and very clean. All contact with the owners was clear, prompt and helpful. We will be back!

“Cute and comfortable cottage”

Reviewed 31 Oct 2013

I loved Shirakawa Cottage as soon as I saw the lane and the outside. Inside didn't disappoint. After staying in hotels for two weeks it was lovely to have more space and comfort and character. The tiles in the kitchen and cloakroom are all different and beautiful - there are many nice touches like this. The house was so convenient - I couldn't believe how close Higashiyama station was and I could walk to Kodaiji and many other temples. I watched Jidai Matsuri during my stay and could literally just walk out of the lane and see the procession. I had a great relaxing time.

“Little house, big comfort!”

Reviewed 25 Jul 2013

Shirakawa Cottage is ideally situated, down a quiet lane, in Kyoto. We easily walked to sights and restaurants. For trips further afield, the subway is a three minute walk away. The cottage is clean, thoughtfully decorated and well equipped. The bed is very comfortable and the nights are peacefully quiet. The kitchen is perfect for quick breakfasts. There is a shower room with traditional tub and sink and a separate room with toilet and additional sink. And finally, a beautiful moss garden with outlooks from the bedroom and shower room.

“the real kyoto”

Reviewed 7 Jul 2013

Such a beautiful location, close to subway & walking distance to all the important sites. The little river/canal area is so picturesque you could easily wittle awsy the hours just sitting painting. Felt very much at home. Although small it gives you a feel for local life, you are rarely home though because there is so much to do & see in the surrounding area. The cottage was clean & the aircond was a welcome relief for those hot kyoto days. We would definately recommend this place, good value, good location & good company to deal with. You must stsy @ shirakawa if you go to kyoto The

“A wonderful 5 days in this perfect tiny cottage”

Reviewed 27 May 2013

This was just perfect. A lovely location a couple if mins walk from the subway or v convenient bus stop, down by a canal with weeping willows in a secluded and quiet spot. The cottage is tiny but beautifully designed. Everything works well and we spent a very comfortable and happy 5 nights here. It's quirky and individual and feels more like a home than a hotel. Lovely personal touches such as local guidebooks and Dvds were much appreciated, as was the free wifi and washing machine. I would have liked a teapot and maybe a welcome basket to have made me feel really spoilt!

“Delightful and relaxing visit”

Reviewed 7 Feb 2013

This cottage is superbly located, down a very quiet lane just off the road along Shirakawa stream. It is in a traditional neighbourhood, amongst local housing. We stayed for 7 nights and enjoyed every day, even if the weather was a bit cold and wet. The owner Wendy was very prompt responding to some queries we had while staying in the cottage. The information provided in advance of arrival was entirely accurate, both the description of the house, and of the location, that enabled us to find the house very easily in the dark, at 9pm on arrival. The location is quite excellent for a short visit to Kyoto. Many of the best sites are within walking distance, and there is a subway station at 2 minutes walk for those places that are a little further afield. There are a few small restaurants nearby, but we did find ourselves going a little further afield for most meals. We did find several excellent places within 15-20 minutes walk. (Best food we had was at Kashiku Cordon Bleu near Nanzenji temple.) The best part of staying in this cottage is not staying in a hotel. This may or may not be an authentic machiya, but it certainly gives you a very good feel for life in a traditional house in Kyoto. The decor seems quite traditional, yet provides all the mod cons you might require for a short stay. In winter, heating was quite adequate even for a couple of Queenslanders coming up to Japan from a 33 degree summer at home. Certainly the house is small - but this is Japan. If you want a McMansion, go to Texas. Having been to Japan before, and stayed in private homes there, this property actually turned out to be slightly larger than I expected. On the down side - cooking facilities are fairly limited. We had no intention of cooking, so this did not bother us, but if you wanted to, there's one electric frying pan and a microwave, no stove. And just for the record: zero cockroaches - although this was the middle of winter.

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