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Amber House Gion in Prime Gion Location

31 reviews
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Overview
2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
4 guests
3 nights minimum
Holiday Rental House
*Please also have a look at our other Flipkey listings for The Gion House (Upper Level), Indigo House Gion (Lower Level), and The Gion Apartments. Amber House Gion is located in the same charming neighborhood as The Gion House... just 20 meters away. Location couldn't be better!! Amber House Gion is a spacious two-storey machiya house, tucked away on a residential cul-de-sac off a side street in the center of old Gion. The back side of the house has windows that face directly into the gardens of Kenninji, the oldest Zen temple in Japan. There is no through car traffic, affording visitors a truly tranquil setting. The main sounds to be heard are the gongs and chimes from inside the temple, the nightingales in the Spring, the cicadas in the Summer, the crickets in the Fall, The house was...*Please also have a look at our other Flipkey listings for The Gion House (Upper Level), Indigo House Gion (Lower Level), and The Gion Apartments. Amber House Gion is located in the same charming neighborhood as The Gion House... just 20 meters away. Location couldn't be better!! Amber House Gion is a spacious two-storey machiya house, tucked away on a residential cul-de-sac off a side street in the center of old Gion. The back side of the house has windows that face directly into the gardens of Kenninji, the oldest Zen temple in Japan. There is no through car traffic, affording visitors a truly tranquil setting. The main sounds to be heard are the gongs and chimes from inside the temple, the nightingales in the Spring, the cicadas in the Summer, the crickets in the Fall, The house was built in the Meiji Period, over 100 years ago, by a local architect, whose distinctive style sets this house apart. “Ochaya” tea houses such as this were originally designed as exclusive places where geishas would entertain the elite members of society, in a very high-end, private setting. Amber House Gion is now set up with a living room, two spacious bedrooms, kitchen, and bath. There is a small inner garden, framed by large plates of glass for private enjoyment. Radiant heating provides warmth in the Winter, and ample air conditioning assures coolness in the Summer. There is abundant natural light, since the house faces South. Amber House Gion was renovated by renowned Kyoto architect, Geoffrey Moussas, who has achieved high acclaim for his machiya restorations in Kyoto. The house has been meticulously decorated with a high-end combination of antique and stylish modern elements, and was designed with the comfort of Western visitors in mind. Whenever possible, natural and locally sourced materials have been used, and synthetic materials avoided. Many elements have been made by hand in Kyoto by local artisans. The house can accommodate two to four persons. Two spacious tatami mat bedrooms offer sleeping on either an extra-wide double bed, or a double futon. There is plenty of storage space. The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you might need if you were to cook at home every day. There is free wifi, however, there is no TV. 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 April 2018

This lovely home is in the heart of the geisha district. You can sense the history as soon as you enter. Every detail has been carefully chosen; from the fresh flower arrangements to the comfortable bed and even they way the dishes and drink ware...More

Date of stay: April 2018
1  Thank lwu6
Reviewed 17 April 2018

I was advised by a family member to stay in the Gion district in Kyoto on our recent trip to Japan and I'm so glad we did !! However what made our stay in that quaint and atmospheric district so memorable, was our accommodation at...More

Date of stay: March 2018
1  Thank Roberta H
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Reviewed 14 April 2018

If you're up in the air on whether to stay in a hotel or rent a house let me help you decide , this house rental is the way to go! We wanted to experience Japan and feel like we were immersed in the culture....More

Date of stay: April 2018
Thank Happiness278531
Reviewed 27 March 2018

From start to end, our 4-night stay at the Amber House was nothing but first-class, and the highlight of our recent visit to Asia. During the early planning stage, owner Curtis was very responsive and prompt with the reservation process and answering all questions that...More

Date of stay: February 2018
Thank Ed W
Reviewed 19 February 2018

We stayed 5 days at Amber House in Gion and it was an incredible experience. They had a cell phone that we could use in case we needed anything and they also had a list of places to go in the neighborhood that they liked....More

Date of stay: November 2017
Thank oregonmegan
Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Refrigerator
Alarm Clock
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Towels Provided
Air Conditioning
Private Garden
Microwave
Linens Provided
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About the neighbourhood
The location is on a quiet side-street in the heart of the famous Gion district, in the center of the city.
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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