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The Gion House (Upper Level) in Prime Gion Location

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Last updated: 08/21/2014
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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
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Kyoto house description

*Please also have a look at our other listing for the Gion House Lower Level, listing 294674.

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 recently filmed by American TV channel HGTV for their series called 'You Live in What?' This will be premiered nationwide in the US in mid 2014. The house has been shown in three architecture/interior-related magazines, and has been shown on several TV programs in Japan, including one on NHK (Japan's national TV station.) Selected by Lonely Planet Japan's author Chris Rowthorn as the 'Best Vacation Rental in Kyoto.'

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 entirely new and modern and fully equipped. There is a washer and dryer.

This spacious house has a tatami mat bedroom, 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 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.

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.




Keywords: Japanese House

Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
              • Non Smoking Only

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

              • Bedroom 1

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              • Bedroom 2

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              • Double Beds (1) Option of sleeping on double bed or a double futon.

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Refrigerator
              • Cooking Utensils
              • Kitchen

              Amenities

              • Linens Provided
              • Clothes Dryer
              • Washing Machine
              • Air Conditioning

              Entertainment

              • DVD Player
              • Satellite / Cable

              Communications

              • Wireless Internet
              • Telephone

              Outdoor Features

                  • Deck / Patio

                  Activities

                  • Restaurants
                  • Shopping
                  • Sight Seeing
                   

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                  Low Season
                  Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2014
                  5 night min stay
                  $240

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

                  High Season
                  Sep 1 - Dec 31, 2014
                  5 night min stay
                  $265

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest


                  Additional information about rental rates

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                  Notes:

                  Payment in Japanese Yen only. US$ rates for reference only.

                  ¥25,000/nt. low season (January, February, July, August)

                  ¥28,000/nt. high season (other months)

                  Tax is included.

                  Rate is for 2 persons. 3rd/4th persons can stay for additional ¥2,000/nt./person

                  Minimum stay 5 nights

                  Payment by Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Paypal, or wire transfer.

                  Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.


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                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2006

                  About the owner: The owner, Curtis Hawes, divides his time between Kyoto and San Francisco. He has a deep affinity for both places. Bridging the rest of the world with Kyoto is one of his missions in life, and the Gion House is one small way to offer visitors a peaceful respite in a very Japanese setting, right in the heart of old Kyoto, in Gion.

                  Why the Owner Chose Kyoto:
                  I bought this house because of it's location, inside one of the neighborhoods that still retains more than a a bit of the flavor of 'old Kyoto.'

                  The Unique Benefits at this House:
                  Some things that are unique about this property: -The touch of the architect, who re-worked this old, traditional-style house, to make it perfectly modern and luxurious, without sacrificing the original charm of the house. -The sounds that emanate from the neighboring Kenninji Temple grounds next door early in the morning....gongs and bells. -The tranquility of the neighborhood, which is a rare luxury in the center of Kyoto.


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                  Photos

                  • Exterior view at dusk

                    Exterior view at dusk

                  • Tatami Bedroom

                    Tatami Bedroom

                  • Kitchen

                    Kitchen

                  • Original woodwork details throughout

                    Original woodwork details throughout

                  • Roof Deck with View of Kenninji Temple Grounds

                    Roof Deck with View of Kenninji Temple Grounds

                  • Kenninji Temple, our immediate neighbor, with expansive grounds and gardens

                    Kenninji Temple, our immediate neighbor, with expansive grounds and gardens

                  • The Kamo River.  The heart of downtown as seen from the Gion side (10 min. walk)

                    The Kamo River. The heart of downtown as seen from the Gion side (10 min. walk)

                  • The garden inside Kenninji.  A quiet place to reflect.  Just next door!!

                    The garden inside Kenninji. A quiet place to reflect. Just next door!!

                  • Living Room

                    Living Room

                  • Western Style Bedroom

                    Western Style Bedroom

                  • Entrance to Bath and Shower Area

                    Entrance to Bath and Shower Area

                  • American TV Channel HGTV filming the house for their show 'You Live in What?'

                    American TV Channel HGTV filming the house for their show 'You Live in What?'

                  • Hanamikoji Street in the heart of Gion...just a three minute walk away

                    Hanamikoji Street in the heart of Gion...just a three minute walk away

                  • The view up the street, from our front door

                    The view up the street, from our front door

                  • Miyagawa-cho, an 8 minute walk away.  Great for a night-time stroll.

                    Miyagawa-cho, an 8 minute walk away. Great for a night-time stroll.

                  VRBO #105505

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                  This listing was first published here in 2006.

                  Date last modified - Wednesday, July 09, 2014

                  $240 - $265 per night (USD)
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                  2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
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