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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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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 cafe 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.

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.

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