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Shirakawa Cottage-Cottage by the White Stream

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Last updated: 05/21/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-3 nights
  • Sleeps:2
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

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

【We have 14 properties all centrally located.Please check our other listing, or inquire for details.】

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.
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Member since: 2008

Speaks: english, french, mandarin
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/21/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 2
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

  • Bedroom 1


  • Double Beds (1) Western Style Double bed

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Check-in 3PM Check-out 11AM


  • DVD Player
  • Video Library:

    A selection Japan related movies...moreless


  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Hiking


  • Dining Area


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi


  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


from 29 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High season (late spring)
May 8 - May 31, 2017
3 night min stay
High season (summer)
Jul 13 - Jul 24, 2017
3 night min stay
Middle season (summer)
Jul 25 - Aug 12, 2017
3 night min stay
Festival season (summer)
Aug 13 - Aug 16, 2017
3 night min stay
Middle season (late sum-fall)
Aug 17 - Sep 30, 2017
3 night min stay
High season (fall - early win)
Oct 1 - Nov 19, 2017
3 night min stay
Festival season (fall)
Nov 20 - Nov 30, 2017
3 night min stay
Festival season (New Year)
Dec 30 - Jan 3, 2018
3 night min stay
Middle season (spring)
Mar 21 - Mar 26, 2018
3 night min stay
Festival season (springsakura)
Mar 27 - Apr 18, 2018
3 night min stay
High season (spring)
Apr 19 - Apr 29, 2018
3 night min stay
Festival season (spring)
Apr 30 - May 7, 2018
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $100
  • cleaning fee $44
  • Taxes Not included


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 for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/21/2017
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2010

About the owner: 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.

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Speaks: english, french, mandarin
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/21/2017

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Sunday, May 21, 2017

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