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Sakura Terrace The Gallery

Sakura Terrace The Gallery

Kyoto, Japan

Sakura Terrace is one of just a few new hotels that you’ll find in Kyoto — building restrictions, put in place to preserve the city’s historic character, make new construction rare. With a bright white façade and decor that spotlights the playfulness of Pop Art, it’s a bracing contrast to the city’s ancient atmosphere.

This boutique-style hotel also offers a convenient location, tucked into a quieter district to the South of Kyoto station. It’s just a five-minute walk to Kyoto station and brief, 4-minute train ride to the heart of the city. No young children are allowed in order to preserve the sense of a sophisticated, peaceful retreat.

OUR RATING: Medium

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OUR OPINION:

We like this hotel for its bright, modern style, which sets it apart from the rest of the city, as well as its quiet location just a short ride to downtown Kyoto.

Rooms

The property is divided up into two buildings with contrasting styles; North and South. In the North, you’ll find rooms that feature soothing neutral tones, dark wood and clean, modern lines. Additionally, all the rooms boast a small balcony. Rooms in the South building have the same sleek lines, but feature a playful Pop Art theme, with Roy Lichtenstein-inspired splashes of red, blue and yellow. The balconies are more spacious here and Roof Rooms offers terraces with loungers.

Location

The hotel is less than a 5-minute walk from the Hachijo exit of Kyoto Station and the various shops and restaurants within. From Kyoto Station, a 4-minute journey on the Karasuma line to Karasuma Station takes you to the heart of Kyoto where the majority of nightlife and dining options are located.

Food and drink

The hotel’s restaurant serves two meals days. Breakfast is a Western-style buffet that includes soups, rice and egg dishes, pastries and smoothies. All rice is locally sourced and polished on the premises. The dinner menu features both Western and Japanese dishes, and includes a selection of meals that you can take up to your room or balcony to enjoy in privacy. During the day, the restaurant turns into a complimentary café that serves house-roasted coffee and a selection of teas.

Every evening, guests can enjoy a complimentary drink at the bar.

Families

This hotel is not suitable for families with young children — it does not accept bookings for children under the age of 12.

Facilities and activities

The on-site public baths, which are separated by gender, feature saunas. The gym is basic and offers treadmills and yoga mats. Each day, the bar area serves cocktails and from 5-9 guests can enjoy their first drink on the house. Most nights local bands play live music in the bar area.

Tour ideas in Kyoto

Our itineraries are there to spark ideas for how you could include a stay at Sakura Terrace The Gallery as part of your trip. Treat them simply as suggestions, because every aspect of the trip we create for you will be yours to define.

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    Alternative places to stay nearby

    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.

    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

    • Dinner with Maiko Performance
      A Maiko and a Geiko during the Geisha Night at the Gion Hatanaka

      Dinner with Maiko Performance

      Dinner with Maiko Performance

      Maiko are trainee Geisha (Geiko in Kyoto dialect) who train for six years before becoming fully fledged Geisha. They learn skills such as dance, singing, instrument playing as well as how to entertain guests with conversation.

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    • Geisha District Walk
      Romon Gate, Fushimi Inari, Kyoto

      Geisha District Walk

      Geisha District Walk

      Explore around the Gion district and other parts of Kyoto to help shed some light on the exclusive and mysterious world of the Geisha and other aspects of Japanese culture.

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    • Kyoto Cultural Experience
      Ikebana flower arrangement

      Kyoto Cultural Experience

      Kyoto Cultural Experience

      Take the opportunity to learn more about a traditional Japanese pastime of your choice. These courses are instigated and run by the Women's Association of Kyoto and you will visit the home of one of the members.

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