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The Gion House (Upper Level) Prime Gion Location

57 reviews
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Overview
2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
4 guests
3 nights minimum
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The Gion House is an old wooden, traditional-style 'machiya,' located on an atmospheric side street in the awe-inspiring geisha quarters of Gion, in the heart of old Kyoto. It was fully restored by renowned Kyoto-based architect Geoffrey Moussas. The house was featured on American TV channel HGTV's series 'You Live in What?,' as well as on CNN International's 'On The Road.' The house has been shown in three architecture/interior-related magazines, and on several TV programs in Japan. Offered is the entire second floor, which has private entrance. The place has features such as all antique sliding doors, antique light fixtures, and traditional design details, combined with luxurious, modern features like radiant heating under the wooden floors, a large Western style bathtub, and wirel...The Gion House is an old wooden, traditional-style 'machiya,' located on an atmospheric side street in the awe-inspiring geisha quarters of Gion, in the heart of old Kyoto. It was fully restored by renowned Kyoto-based architect Geoffrey Moussas. The house was featured on American TV channel HGTV's series 'You Live in What?,' as well as on CNN International's 'On The Road.' The house has been shown in three architecture/interior-related magazines, and on several TV programs in Japan. Offered is the entire second floor, which has private entrance. The place has features such as all antique sliding doors, antique light fixtures, and traditional design details, combined with luxurious, modern features like radiant heating under the wooden floors, a large Western style bathtub, and wireless high-speed Internet. The bath and kitchen are modern and fully equipped. There is a washer / dryer. This spacious house has a tatami mat bedroom with double futon, a Western-style bedroom with double bed and desk, and a large tatami mat living room with leather sofa and 32 inch flat-screen cable TV. Also there is a wood roof deck with chairs and table, a perfect place to sip your morning coffee while enjoying the views of surrounding hills, as well as a view of the maple trees of neighboring Kenninji temple, which is the oldest Zen temple in Japan, and is just a stone's throw away. There is enough room for up to four to sleep... two in the tatami bedroom on a futon, and two in the double bed in the Western-style room. Or rent both the upper and lower levels to accommodate up to 8 persons. According to neighborhood sources, before it was converted into a residence, the Gion House was an 'ochaya,' or a traditional establishment where the patrons of Gion have been entertained by geiko and geisha in a very exclusive setting. The house is over 100 years old. The Gion House is just five minutes' walk from Hanamikoji Street, one of the most traditional and preserved sections of Kyoto, where you can find old 'machiya' style wooden houses in abundance. You can also find geishas scurrying down the alleyways on their way to work in the evenings. You'll enjoy the luxury and ambiance of the Gion House, and the location can't be beat for a memorable Kyoto experience in the very special part of town called Gion. Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: Fully licensedMore
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About the Manager
Curtis Hawes
Languages spoken:Japanese, English
Response Rate:95%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:August 2010
Interaction with guests
Our office is just 50 meters away, and open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM (except Sundays and holidays). Our English-speaking staff is available to offer assistance to guests.
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Reviewed 23 December 2018

Everything is amazing about Gion House. We were 3 adults and one child and staid for one week. Its a great location for sightseeing. Lots of restaurants within walking distance. The House has a list of recommendations. We tried lots of them and were never...More

Date of stay: December 2018
Thank Christine W
Reviewed 26 November 2018

We really enjoyed staying in the apartment or Machiya It was very comfortable in a great location We found some of the advice very helpful ,particularly the local restaurant called Mamecha which we went to twice! We would definitely stay there again

Date of stay: September 2018
Thank cantbehelped
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Reviewed 18 November 2018

Conveniently located in beautiful Gion, where we walked to buses, the station, shops, temples and restaurants. We felt we were living like the locals and loved hearing the chanting of the monks in the nearby temple. Also great to be able to do some washing...More

Date of stay: September 2018
Thank 255100Cathy
Reviewed 18 November 2018

The tatami mats, the woodwork, the tokonoma, the fully equipped kitchen, the bathroom, it all made for a wonderful stay in Kyoto. We only wish we could have stayed longer.

Date of stay: October 2018
Thank ArendMulligan
Reviewed 22 August 2018

Just an amazing place to stay. It has all you need and set in a beautiful Edo style japanese house. It is very close to all attractions in Gion. There are several bar/restaurants nearby. A convenience store 5 mun walk away and main shopping street...More

Date of stay: August 2018
Thank gcn8
Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
Cooker
DVD Player
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Local Guides/Maps
Refrigerator
Alarm Clock
Washer
Dryer
Air Conditioning
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Freezer
Paper Towels Provided
Cable/satellite TV
Books
Soap/Shampoo Provided
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Linens Provided
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About the neighbourhood
The location is superb in terms of being central and being steeped in atmosphere. This property is actually located within the very heart of what is considered to be 'Gion.' The location is completely quiet, since it is tucked on a side street with almost no through car traffic. There are numerous temples, restaurants, and shops located nearby, with walking access to major tourist sights such as Kiyomizu Temple, Chion-in, and Maruyama Park. The downtown shopping district and Kamo River are also just a ten minute walk away. Nearby is easy access to public transportation and taxis.
Getting around
There are numerous temples, restaurants, and shops located nearby, with walking access to major tourist sights such as Kiyomizu Temple, Chion-in, and Maruyama Park. The downtown shopping district and Kamo River are also just a ten minute walk away. Nearby is easy access to public transportation and taxis.
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