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Shirakawa Cottage-Cottage by the White Stream

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath (Sleeps 2)

Accommodations: House, 1 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1 Bath (Sleeps 2), 25.1 square meters

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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.

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.

(Please note that our base rates are in Japanese Yen, and US$ rates shown are approximate conversions for reference only.)

Rates are as below.

Regular Season Rate:12,000JPY for 2 persons

Jan.4-Mar.26, May.8-Jul.13, Dec.6-Dec.30

Middle Season Rate: 17,000JPY for 2 persons.

Apr.26-Apr.29, Jul.17-Aug.12, Aug.17-Oct.31

High Season Rate: 23,000JPY for 2 persons

Apr.19-25, Jul.14-16, Nov.1-19

Festival Season Rate: 31,000JPY for 2 persons

Mar.27-Apr.18, Apr.30-May.7, Aug.13-16, Nov.20-Dec.5, Dec.31-Jan.3

*Only for regular season, every 7 nights, get 1 night fee.

*Under 3 nights stay, require a cleaning fee of 4,000JPY.

*Pl consult with us for special rate for long stay above 3 weeks.

More Details

Wendy Lee
Member since: 2008
Speaks english, french, mandarin
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2017

About Wendy Lee

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.

Wendy Lee purchased this cottage in 2010


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Higashiyama, Japan

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Double Beds (1) Western Style Double bed
  • DVD Player
  • Video Library ...
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
Check-in 3PM Check-out 11AM


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(29 traveller reviews)

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Shirakawa Cottage-Cottage by the White Stream
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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Santa Monica

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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London, UK

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 Point of Interest
Koke-an Moss Garden Cottage
Nearest Point of Interest
Iho-an Cottage of Lingering Fragance
Nearest Point of Interest
Gallery/Cafe Coeur
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Higashiyama, Japan

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High season (fall - early win)
1 Oct 2017 - 19 Nov 2017
1 night minimum stay
Festival season (fall)
20 Nov 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
1 night minimum stay
Festival season (New Year)
31 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
Changeover Day: Sunday
3 night minimum stay
Middle season (spring)
21 Mar 2018 - 26 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
Festival season (springsakura)
27 Mar 2018 - 18 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
High season (spring)
19 Apr 2018 - 29 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
Festival season (spring)
30 Apr 2018 - 7 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
High season (late spring)
8 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
High season (summer)
13 Jul 2018 - 24 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
Middle season (summer)
25 Jul 2018 - 12 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
Festival season (summer)
13 Aug 2018 - 16 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee A$57.12
Refundable Damage Deposit A$126.93

To confirm the reservation, we ask for one night NON refundable deposit of a 1 night rate through credit card upon booking.
As for the rest balance, we ask for a payment by credit card (2% additional service fee) to be completed 3 weeks before your arrival. *Pl note we can accept only VISA, MASTERCARD, AMEX, JCB and Diner club.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.