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The Gion House (Upper Level) in Prime Gion Location

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Last updated: 05/01/2015
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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
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*NEWS! OUR NEW PROPERTY, AMBER HOUSE GION, IS AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE OCCUPANCY STARTING MARCH 1. CHECK IT OUT AT: www.vrbo.com/678723

*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 shown 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. The Gion House was 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.




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Property Type

  • House
  • 800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Non Smoking Only

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double

    extra-wide double Western-style bed...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    tatami-matted floor with double futon...moreless

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

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1

    ...moreless

  • Western-style bath tub, rain shower head in shower

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Wide variety of Japan-related books, as well as an unusual collection of antique books about Japan...moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Theme

  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    The Shijo Kawaramachi downtown commercial district is just 12 minutes' walk away. ...moreless

Dining

  • Dining Area

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Radiant / floor heating...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator

Outside

  • Deck / Patio
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
Apr 1 - May 31, 2015
5 night min stay
$265

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $18 per night, per additional guest

Mid Season
Jun 1 - Jun 30, 2015
5 night min stay
$250

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $18 per night, per additional guest

Low Season
Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2015
5 night min stay
$235

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $18 per night, per additional guest

Mid Season
Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2015
5 night min stay
$250

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $18 per night, per additional guest

High Season
Oct 1 - Nov 30, 2015
5 night min stay
$265

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $18 per night, per additional guest

Mid Season
Dec 1 - Dec 31, 2015
5 night min stay
$250

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $18 per night, per additional guest

Low Season
Jan 1 - Feb 29, 2016
5 night min stay
$235

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $18 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Taxes Included

Notes:

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

¥28,000/nt. low season (January, February, July, August) ¥30,000/nt. mid season (March, June, September, December) ¥32,000/nt. high season (April, May, October, November) Rate is for two persons. 3rd/4th persons can stay for additional ¥2,000/nt./person

Minimum stay 5 nights.

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Last updated: 05/01/2015
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Location

48 Miles
Nearest Airport
Osaka Kansai (KIX)
0.25 Miles
Nearest Train
Keihan line Gion Shijo Station

Car: Not Necessary

 

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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Speaks: english, Japanese

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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.

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