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Shirakawa Cottage, (Cottage by the White Stream) beautifully renovated townhouse

29 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday cottage in Kyoto - Shirakawa Cottage

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath (Sleeps 2)

Shirakawa means White Stream hence ‘Cottage by the White Stream’

Shirakawa Cottage is a traditional Japanese Machiya (Townhouse)in an absolutely superb location in an 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 district. Guests can return, relax, have a rest, shower, sleep, change clothes or have a cup of tea while still remaining in the historical area. The house is small, one bedroom with a double bed, that looks through to a stunning Japanese moss garden. It has been lovingly restored in the traditional style of an old Kyoto Teahouse and furnished with antiques along with modern amenities like air-conditioning, western toilet and modern kitchen. It is fully equipped with a hairdryer, linen, iron, towels, washing machine and dryer, everything you need to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable.

Non Smoking House!

Really superb location: The cottage has a selection of DVD's and internet connection for your computer. Shirakawa is 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 upmarket restaurant area of Pontocho along the banks of the Kamagawa River is an easy stroll. This whole area is flat and an easy walk and as with all Kyoto is quiet and perfectly safe. Fifteen minutes walk are the Higashiyama mountains that have superb hiking. 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 (fifty cents). It also has a large library with daily English edition Japanese newspapers as well as weekly American, English, Australian newspapers available. There is a coffee shop and a huge notice board as well as an information center.

Owner Description/Comments: As guests at Shirakawa cottage, you can benefit not only from the great setting of the house, but also from your hosts’ extensive knowledge and experience of tourism and travel in Japan – Avi and Wendy also own and run “Windows to Japan”, a specialist tour agency which opens authentic, soul stirring windows to Japan for independent travelers. From planning to operating and guiding tours in Japan to hosting guests at Shirakawa Cottage, Avi and Wendy take great pleasure in introducing visitors to the real Japan and focusing on the individual requirements and wishes of all their guests.

More Details
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Wendy Lee (Property Manager)
Member since: 2008
Call Manager
Speaks English, French, Mandarin


based on 29 holidaymaker reviews

Shirakawa Cottage, (Cottage by the White Stream) beautifully renovated townhouse
average rating of 4.62069 based on 29 reviews

Delightful cottage - Fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

Shirakawa Cottage is a cosy two-room cottage in the heart of Kyoto. It's a wonderful base to explore Kyoto as the location is terrific. There's so much nearby, but it's still so peaceful at night. The walk down the little lane-way and past the "White Stream" is also a charming way to start the morning. You could even leave your guidebook at home as there are several excellent books and other information on-hand in the cottage.

Rory is a friendly and very considerate host. The renovation work inside the cottage is lovely and the bed is very comfortable. It's spotlessly clean, and the neighborhood is completely safe at night. We had a lovely time staying here and recommend it highly. We hope to stay longer next time.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 18, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou very much Robyn. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and yes the White Stream is very pretty. I am working hard at the moment compiling a folder of 'other information on hand' for guests. Kyoto Through Blue Eyes -.hidden places, hike trails , restaurants &cafes and so on.
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Great location

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect spot and I'm glad I chose to stay here. I could easily walk around to a lot of places and it was right near Higashiyama Station, which was useful. The cottage was cute and had everything I needed for my short stay there - I wish it was longer! Any questions that I had before my trip were answered quickly and if I needed anything during my stay, I was made to feel like I could ask anything. I'd highly recommend staying here.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Location and Cottage

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent one wonderful week at Shirakawa Cottage, and it was the perfect base for our first visit to Japan and Kyoto. Located on a quiet lane in Southern Higashiyama, we could walk to many sights, including downtown, a multitude of beautiful temples, the Geisha district, restaurants, and more. There is a subway station close by and it's a short ride to the train station. The cottage was very comfortable and the booking process very easy and efficient. I hope to stay at Shirawaka Cottage again!

  • Review Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tokyo Machiya stay - Shirakawa Cottage

  • 4 of 5

Very cosy and authentic place in a nice, quiet neighbourhood. Good location within walking distance of subway station and Gion district. Perfect for couples of all ages.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Location superb, bathroom given the measures is outstanding (wish I had the same tub!), staff very helpful, the best place to spend a few days when in Kyoto!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Location!

  • 4 of 5

This charming machiya could not be better located. Just steps from the Shirakawa River, the machiya is close to the subway, bus lines, good restaurants, and interesting and beautiful attractions. The Gion district is an easy walk. Wendy's staff is very responsive. The only reason I did not give this cottage a 5 was that storage space is a bit tight for 2 people (we were there for 3 weeks). If you need more storage space, try the same owners' Jizo-An machiya, just a few blocks away.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
Pig and Whistle
Nearest Train
100 Metres
Higashiyama subway
Nearest Restaurant
40 Metres
Many in number and variety to choose from
Car: not necessary

Kyoto, Japan, Asia (Kyoto Japan) - Shirakawa Cottage is located in the Higashiyama historical area. The area around the house has many interesting shops and is steeped in Kyoto history. The highlights of Kyoto; Heian Jinju, Kyoto Museum, Nanzenji, Kodaiji and Chion-in Temples, Maruyama Park, Philosophers Path and many more are an easy stroll from Shirakawa Cottage. There are many interesting cafes, antique shops and specialty shops.

Other Activities: Shopping


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Kyoto, Japan

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Middle Season(Summer-Fall)
17 Aug 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
High Season(Fall)
1 Nov 2016 - 19 Nov 2016
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Festival Season(Fall-Winter)
20 Nov 2016 - 5 Dec 2016
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Festival Season(*NewYears)
31 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £0

Regular season rate: 12,000JPY for 2 people


Middle season rate: 17,000JPY for 2 people


High season rate: 23,000JPY for 2 people


Festival season rate: 31,000JPY for 2 people


*every extra 1 person, add 3,000JPY per night
*Reservations under 3 nights require a 4,000JPY cleaning fee
*For Regular season only, every 7 nights get 1 night free
**Reservations over the New Year's(12.31-1/3) has a special rate, please ask us for further details.

Please also note that we accept 1 night reservations ONLY if the reservation falls within the next 2 months.

We ask for one night non-refundable deposit of one night's stay through credit card when the booking is confirmed. The rest of the balance payment can be paid by cash upon arrival(no additional fee) or by credit card (2% additional service fee) 3 weeks before arrival date.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Kyoto, Japan

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • river
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Western style double bed
  • DVD Player
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
Not Suitable for Children. Minimum Age Limit for Renters. Its great location makes up for its small size. It really is perfect for a 1 or 2 week stay in Kyoto. There is internet access available your computer. There is a selection of Japan related DVDs. Shirakawa Cottage has lots of maps and information on sights and things to do in Kyoto and we are more than happy to help guests plan their itineraries. 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. In Kyoto eating out is cheap, interesting and varied most people prefer to eat out.

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