Shirakawa Cottage, (Cottage by the White Stream)

Sleeping 2 (Perfect for a couple)

The 1957 classic 'Sayonara' with Marlon Brandon was filmed by Shirakawa Stream adjacent to Shirakawa Cottage, great views of the area in the 1950's.

Shirakawa Cottage is a traditional Japanese Machiya (Townhouse) in an absolutely superb location. A little hideaway in a deep alleyway off the Shirakawa Stream, one of the loveliest areas in Kyoto This ensures that that the house is completely quiet yet allowing immediate access to the middle of Kyoto’s historical Higashiyama (Eastern Mountains) district.

Shirakawa is located 2 mins from the main historical Nene's Path. The traditional Geisha district of Gion is 4 min walk along the edge of the Shirakawa Stream. Also the up market restaurant area of Pontocho along the banks of the Kamagawa River is an easy stroll away. This entire area is flat and an easy walk and as with all Kyoto is quiet and perfectly safe. Fifteen minutes walk east are the Higashiyama Mountains that apart from popular tourist spots such as temples also offer a superb range of hiking options.

This means that you can drop in, have a rest, a sleep, shower, change clothes or have a cup of tea and still be in the middle of the historical area.

The house is small, one bedroom, that looks through to a stunning Japanese moss garden. It has been lovingly restored in the traditional style of an old Kyoto Teahouse.

The cottage really is as lovely as the photos show.

Shirakawa is furnished with antiques along with modern amenities like air-conditioning, western toilet and modern kitchen. It is fully equipped with a hairdryer,linen,iron, ironing board, towels, washing machine and dryer, everything you need to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable.
The kitchen is simple and very clean; kettle, toaster, microwave coffee maker, refrigerator ideal for making breakfast or simple meals. Lunch and dinner is best eaten at the many nearby cafes and restaurants, with Kyoto food so cheap, interesting and varied most people prefer to eat out.
Its great location makes up for its small size. It really is perfect for a one or two week stay in Kyoto.

There is free WIFI in the house.

Shirakawa Cottage is NON-SMOKING. No daily cleaning is offered.





Regular Season Rate:10,000JPY for 2 persons
Jan.4-Mar.26, May.6-Jul.13, Dec.6-Dec.30

Middle Season Rate: 13,000JPY for 2 persons.
Apr.26-Apr.30, Jul.17-Aug.12, Aug.17-Oct.31

High Season Rate: 15,000JPY for 2 persons
Apr.19-25, May.1-5, Jul.14-16, Nov.1-19

Festival Season Rate: 20,000JPY for 2 persons
Mar.27-Apr.18, Aug.13-16, Nov.20-Dec.5

*Every 7 nights, get 1 night fee. Pl note this policy is not applicable for festival season.
*Under 3 nights stay, require a cleaning fee of 4,000JPY.
*Pl consult with us for special rate for long stay above 3 weeks.


Floor plan


The area around the house has many charming spots and is steeped in Kyoto’s history. Nearby you will find secluded cafes, antique shops and other specialty shops.
The highlights of Kyoto; Heian Jinju, Kyoto Museum, Nanzenji, Kodaiji and Chion-in Temples, Maruyama Park, Philosophers Path and many more are within walking distance from Shirakawa Cottage.

The nearby International Community House (INCH) (9.00am-9.00pm) has internet, a huge TV with CNN, daily Japanese language classes and weekly calligraphy, ink painting, origami etc classes in English for ¥50. It also has a large library with
daily English edition Japanese newspapers as well as weekly American, English and Australian newspapers available. Also in the area there is a coffee shop and a large notice board as well as an information centre.

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Street address Umemiya-Cho, Higashiyama-ku
Capacity 2guests
Floor plan  square meters,  stories.
air-conditioning washing machine
Clothes Dryer Linens Provided
Double : Western Style Double  
Video Library : A selection Japan related movies DVD
Full Kitchen Refrigerator
Wireless Broadband  
Pets Not Allowed Non Smoking Only
Children Not Allowed  Minimum Age Limit For Renters
Shopping Sight Seeing
Hiking Antiquing
Museums Cinemas
Zoo Restaurants