My wife and I had a wonderful five-day stay at the Sakara for the cherry blossoms. Sakaka is very conveniently situated for exploring the Higashiyama area where a great number of temples and landmarks are located. It is excellent for the cherry-blossom viewing too. We were lucky to have caught the peak of the cherry blossoms. We walked to Heian Jinku, Philosophers’ Walk, Gion, Maruyama Park and several other well known sites for cherry blossom viewing. For farther away exploration, the subway station is literally right at the door step of Sakara.
Overall we had a comfortable and memorable stay at Sakara. We definitely plan to stay at Sakara again when we go back to Kyoto.
1. We emailed and asked to drop off our backpacks early in the morning and check in early. We got a positive response promptly and Yuko was there to help and take our luggage. This allowed us to have the full day sight-seeing without having to worry about checking in later. Previously, we have arranged to have our big luggage shipped to Sakara to arrive in the afternoon. We found them already moved into our room when we came back to Sakara later in the day. Excellent service.
2. Requested blanket and got them promptly and towels too. Thanks.
3. Yuko arranged taxi for us to the train station and met us at the entrance to the Furukawa shopping Arcade to see us off.
4. We split our stay among Ninja and Bamboo. Ninja is compact, stylish and modern. The stairs to the loft bedroom is steep and without a handrail, thus most suited for the young and agile. Bamboo is spacious, comfortable and convenient on the first floor with the view of a small private Japanese garden. We enjoyed both. We packed our bags and left them in the Ninja room and went out for sightseeing. Mike/Yuko had our luggage transferred to the Bamboo suite during the day, so we could spent the whole day sightseeing. Very nice.
5. The entrance to Sakara is located inside the Fukugawa pedestrian shopping arcade off Sanjo. Fukugawa turned out to be a hidden gem and rare opportunity for us to get a feel of the traditional Japanese market. It is much smaller compared to the famous Nishiki but mostly devoid of tourists. We got our daily supplies of fresh fruits, a few take-home dinners assembled from several stores and some toiletry items there. It is always a welcoming sight after an exhausting day of sightseeing, shopping and walking. The arcade closes down around 7ish in the evening and is quiet afterwards until next morning when the shops start to open around 7 or 8 . It also acts as a good buffer and distance to the busy Sanjo street and provide a quiet homey environment during our stay.
Note: Sakara is not a hotel. It is more like a home with multiple dwelling units. You do not get daily maid service. This however gives us more privacy than the typical hotels. The front desk is not always staffed and it takes a little planning ahead. Yuko and Mike are always a phone call or email away. And they response promptly to our questions and needs through email and phone calls.
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