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    tatami room at the Sakura Ryokan

How to Book

We don’t believe in off-the-shelf packages - we tailor-make holidays.

  • Tell us what you want to do. Whether you have detailed plans or just a vague idea, get in contact – we have knowledge, ideas and expertise.
  • We build a tailored itinerary. Once you’ve received it, we can answer any further questions and refine it until you are completely happy.
  • Book it. When you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit, at which point we start confirming everything.

Different Snow is a fully bonded tour operator, which means we automatically take responsibility for your whole holiday, offering you 100% financial security.

Sukura offers a great value alternative to some of the more up-market ryokans. We like the quiet location opposite Nishihongan-ji temple, and if you don’t fancy the 20 minute walk, Japan’s faithful bus and metro services will never let you down.

The rooms at Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura are spread over three floors - they are a little small but they are perfectly functional and are all finished to a high standard. It’s worth upgrading to one of the larger Tea Ceremony Room or even a Sukiya Room, which have more space and lovely private gardens. Bathrooms are also small but functional, and the sleeping arrangements are either Western or Japanese, with roll-away tatami mats and futons.

There’s no restaurant at Sakura, so we recommend heading to the area around Kyoto Station 10 minutes away for plenty of choice.

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It is a 10 minute walk from the Central Exit (Kyoto Tower) of Kyoto station - there is a convenient bus we can provide you with clear directions on how to catch this. The location is convenient, near Nishi Hongan-ji (temple).

Indicative costs for a night at Sakura would be circa ¥12,000 (£70) for a Western or Japanese Room, going up to about ¥17,000 (£100) for a Sukiya style Room with private garden. No meals are included.

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  • Front Desk
  • Television

It is a 10 minute walk from the Central Exit (Kyoto Tower) of Kyoto station - there is a convenient bus we can provide you with clear directions on how to catch this. The location is convenient, near Nishi Hongan-ji (temple).

Indicative costs for a night at Sakura would be circa ¥12,000 (£70) for a Western or Japanese Room, going up to about ¥17,000 (£100) for a Sukiya style Room with private garden. No meals are included.

How to Book

We don’t believe in off-the-shelf packages - we tailor-make holidays.

  • Tell us what you want to do. Whether you have detailed plans or just a vague idea, get in contact – we have knowledge, ideas and expertise.
  • We build a tailored itinerary. Once you’ve received it, we can answer any further questions and refine it until you are completely happy.
  • Book it. When you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit, at which point we start confirming everything.

Different Snow is a fully bonded tour operator, which means we automatically take responsibility for your whole holiday, offering you 100% financial security.