The Saka Hotel is a great new hotel located in the Southern Higashiyama sightseeing district. It’s a Japanese-style hotel that feels almost like a ryokan. The rooms are spacious and the baths are fantastic, some on private verandas.
The Saka Hotel is a great addition to the Kyoto accommodation scene. It’s a small(ish) boutique hotel that is filled with traditional Kyoto décor and design, so much so that it really feels like a large ryokan.
As you would expect in a good ryokan, the baths are superb here. Some are semi-outdoor and soaking in them after a day of sightseeing might well be the high point of your day.
The food here is wonderful and, as you’d expect, it’s traditionally Japanese. The service is also warm and attentive.
Surprisingly, the prices here are significantly lower than most good ryokans and hotels in town. Therefore, it’s a brilliant value. Highly recommended!
Name in English:
Saka Hotel Kyoto
Name in Japanese:
4-200 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku
Internet: free wifi access
Non-smoking rooms: Yes
5min walk from Gojozaka bus stop, 100 or 206 Kyoto City Bus, from Kyoto Station
Official site: (English)
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Saka Hotel Kyoto is located in Kyoto’s Southern Higashiyama district. See our complete list of things to do in Southern Higashiyama, including places to eat, nightlife and places to stay.
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