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Gion Kyuraku - Traditional Luxury in located Machiya in Gion | Kiyomizu, Kyoto!

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3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
6 guests
Minimum stay varies
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Gion Kyuraku was originally Tea Master's House which was fully renovated and turned into a vacation rental. We feel so fortunate to have met Mr. Sano, the landscape architect, to design our garden at Gion-Kyuraku. Mr. Sano was selected as one of the top 100 gardeners for the book called “Contemporary Japanese Gardens 100 Gardens by 100 Japanese Landscape Architects”, and the photo book was published in December 2014. We would like to express our gratitude to Mr. Sano for selecting our garden for the book. Gion Kyuraku, nearly a century old Kyo-Machiya, that was once a tea-masters residence, located in the historical district of Kyoto, Gion/Kiyomizu. It has been restored to its original splendor, in conjunction with modern amenities, contemporary comforts, consideration of the environ...Gion Kyuraku was originally Tea Master's House which was fully renovated and turned into a vacation rental. We feel so fortunate to have met Mr. Sano, the landscape architect, to design our garden at Gion-Kyuraku. Mr. Sano was selected as one of the top 100 gardeners for the book called “Contemporary Japanese Gardens 100 Gardens by 100 Japanese Landscape Architects”, and the photo book was published in December 2014. We would like to express our gratitude to Mr. Sano for selecting our garden for the book. Gion Kyuraku, nearly a century old Kyo-Machiya, that was once a tea-masters residence, located in the historical district of Kyoto, Gion/Kiyomizu. It has been restored to its original splendor, in conjunction with modern amenities, contemporary comforts, consideration of the environment, along with state-of-the-art entertainment, and communication infrastructure. The three 'L's' in rental property are “Location, Location, Location”. Firstly, Gion Kyuraku is in the heart of Gion, where Maiko-sans, and Geiko-sans (Geisha in English) can be seen nightly. Secondly, historical temples, shrines, and world heritage sites are within a few minutes walking distance, Kenninji Temple (2 minute walk), Kyomizu Temple (10 minute walk), Hokan-ji Temple known as Yasaka Pagoda (5 minute walk), Rokuhara Mitsuji Temple (1 minute walk), and countless other historical sites. Thirdly, one of the most historical streets in Japan Hanamikoji Dori is only a 3 minute walk from Gion Kyuraku. Additionally, there are a number of grocery stores, one is only a minute away, the other is a 24HR supermarket, bakeries, and countless restaurants are in the neighborhood, from family run diners, pubs to Michelin rated restaurants, and famous Ryoriya (Kyoto cuisine restaurants) are our neighbors. A Kyo-Machiya is required to have certain elements: it must be located in one of the historical districts of Kyoto, features, such as a Tsuboniwa (Japanese Garden), Tsuchikabe (earth and straw walls), Koshi Kabe (wooden lattice), and Inuyarai (low bamboo fence). Gion Kyuraku has all of these traditional elements, combined with distinctive feature of this period, which include, Ajiro ceiling (weaved wooden ceiling), Hari ceiling (structural wooden beams exposed), Shirakabe (white walls), antique light fixtures form the Taisho/ Showa period that have been masterfully restored, and ceramic pieces from the Shigaraki district of Japan. One, fascinating structural feature of Gion Kyuraku is one of the main wooden support beans measures 4”x15”x16 feet; this one solid Japanese cedar beam spans the entire front of the Kyo-machiya. This is a must see, we have left it exposed. Along with these period elements, Gion Kyuraku has been completely modernized with the assistance of many traditional trades people which comprise of Kyo-daiku, (traditional carpenters), plasterers, Japanese Gardener, designers, and countless other traditional craftsmen. The result is a Kyo-Machiya that is functional for the sophisticated world traveler, the family that wants to experience a traditional machiya stay, and the traveler that does not want the usual hotel type accommodations. We invite you to experience the uniqueness of a Kyo-machiya, along with the comforts of modern living at Gion Kyuraku. *** Kyoto Accommodation Tax (200 yen per night per guest) is not included in the price. We will send the details to the guests once we receive their booking request. Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: 京都市指令保保生第82号More
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About the Owner
Thomas N
Languages spoken:Japanese, English
Response Rate:92%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:March 2011
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Upon request, we can offer some advice about Kyoto e.g. restaurants, sightseeing etc..
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Reviewed 3 November 2019

A former tea merchant's place superbly renovated in a traditional style situated in a quiet street on the old-town side of Kyoto. Easy walking distance to many local food options and a local supermarket only two minutes from the front door. Enough space for a...More

Date of stay: October 2018
Thank Graeme L
Reviewed 8 May 2018

Reiko and Tom's Machiya was simply delightful. It is spotless and beautifully decorated in traditional style, with tatami mats, futon bedding and a Japanese o-furu (bath). However, it has all the modern conveniences such as efficient WiFi, washing machine, and a beautifully equipped kitchen. It...More

Date of stay: April 2018
1  Thank Gail-NY
Management response:Responded 11 May 2018

Thank you very much for your beautiful and useful comments regarding your stay at Gion Kyuraku. Hope to see you all again in the future.

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Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

We stayed here twice already (once with my parents and once with my wife's parents) everyone loved the experience. Apart from the beautiful house itself (as you can see in all the pictures), we also loved the great location it is in: it is in...More

Date of stay: October 2017
1  Thank hirokoanan
Management response:Responded 6 October 2017

Thank you for the perfect and beautiful review of Gion Kyuraku. Repeat and regular guests show how great the location and how beautiful the house really is. What the pictures can't tell you is trueness of the scent and sound of a traditional Kyo-machiya that...More

Reviewed 18 June 2017

When we arrived the building was easy to find via Google maps. The bus stop is just steps away. It was beautiful, clean, and traditional. We only stayed one night but it was awesome. The tub and heated floors were a great touch. I also...More

Date of stay: April 2017
1  Thank 562virginiah
Reviewed 22 May 2017

We loved our stay in this beautiful and very central machiya. We were a short walk from many of the major sights, and Gion itself is beautiful for a walk day or night. We enjoyed relaxing in the living room and ebing able to prepare...More

Date of stay: March 2017
1  Thank Go640423
Management response:Responded 23 May 2017

Thank you for the perfect 5-star review. It is all about location, and Gion Kyuraku has one of the best locations in Kyoto; the Gion district. Where Kyoto's historical sights meet modern day conveniences like Kyomizu temple and local grocery stores. Kyuraku does have some...More

Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
Cooker
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Local Guides/Maps
Refrigerator
Washer
Dryer
Towels Provided
Air Conditioning
Freezer
Private Garden
Cable/satellite TV
Books
Soap/Shampoo Provided
TV
Microwave
Shared Garden
Balcony
City Getaway
Linens Provided
Wi-Fi
Internet Access
Kettle
Terrace
Toaster
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About the neighbourhood
Gion-Kyuraku is located in historic area of Kyoto: Visiting beautiful historic sites in Kyoto is very easy from the house. Kiyomizu Temple, Kanninji Temple, Kodaiji Temple, Rokuhara Mitsuji Temple, Yasaka Shrine etc.. are all within a short walking distance. The closest supermarket is only 20 meters away, and 24HR supermarket, convenience stores are all located closeby. There are numerous restaurants, shops in the area as well.
Getting around
Many beautiful historic sites are within a short walking distance. The closest bus stop is only 3 minute walk away. Kyoto station is about 10 minute taxi ride from Gion Kyuraku.
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