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The Gion House (Lower Level) in Prime Gion Location

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Exterior View (entrance to the lower level is the one on the left)

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Last updated: 07/20/2014
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Kyoto apartment description

*Please also have a look at our listing for The Gion House Upper Level, listing 105505.

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.'

The Gion House Lower Level is the entire ground floor, which has it's own entrance, and is completely independent from the Gion House Upper Level. The Lower Level was extensively renovated in March 2010, to make it suitable for vacation rental.

This unit has a large, traditional 'genkan' with stone step, which is typical of Japanese machiya. After removing your shoes, you step up, into a warm and cozy environment, with many architectural features that are particular to a traditional Japanese house. Whenever possible, natural materials are used...wood, paper, tatami, glass, and stainless steel. Upon closer observation, one can see that modern elements have been integrated with the old ones...there is radiant heating under the floors, to keep the place warmer in the Winter than your typical heating system. There is a fully equipped kitchen with high quality utensils and ceramic dishware made in Kyoto.

There are two bedrooms. One is Japanese style, a double futon on the tatami mat floors and ceilings of washi (traditional Japanese paper.) The other is bedroom has wood flooring, with a very solid and comfortable double bed. Both bedrooms have ample closet space.

The living area is adjacent to its own small garden. There is a sofa, and there is also a dining table placed over a traditional Japanese 'horikatsu,' an open space in the floor, which allows for comfortable seating.

Throughout are antique lighting fixtures and sliding doors, in addition to antique tansu chests and intricately handcrafted woodwork, which is also antique.

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.

Our property borders the expansive grounds of the Kenninji Temple, Kyoto's oldest Zen temple.

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

      • Apartment

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Children Welcome
              • Non Smoking Only

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

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Refrigerator
              • Microwave
              • Kitchen

              Amenities

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

              Entertainment

                  • Satellite / Cable

                  Communications

                  • Telephone
                  • Wireless Internet
                   

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                  Rental basis: Per property
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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


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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 middle of the city, 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 Apartment:
                  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 (entrance to the lower level is the one on the left)

                    Exterior View (entrance to the lower level is the one on the left)

                  • Tatami mat bedroom, with double futon.

                    Tatami mat bedroom, with double futon.

                  • Tatami living room with horikatsu and table, adjacent to garden.

                    Tatami living room with horikatsu and table, adjacent to garden.

                  • Kitchen.

                    Kitchen.

                  • Luxurious spa-like bath and shower area with view to garden.

                    Luxurious spa-like bath and shower area with view to garden.

                  • High-tech toilet, with view to garden.

                    High-tech toilet, with view to garden.

                  • The gardens of Kenninji, just next door!  The oldest Zen temple in Kyoto.

                    The gardens of Kenninji, just next door! The oldest Zen temple in Kyoto.

                  • The Kamo River overlooking downtown, as seen from the Gion side. 8 minutes walk.

                    The Kamo River overlooking downtown, as seen from the Gion side. 8 minutes walk.

                  • Genkan, as seen from the front door

                    Genkan, as seen from the front door

                  • Second bedroom, with double bed.

                    Second bedroom, with double bed.

                  • Living area with sofa.

                    Living area with sofa.

                  • Entrance to bath/shower area (sink on right, laundry room on left.)

                    Entrance to bath/shower area (sink on right, laundry room on left.)

                  • Shower, with oversized showerhead from ceiling.

                    Shower, with oversized showerhead from ceiling.

                  • American TV channel HGTV filming the house for their program 'You Live in What?'

                    American TV channel HGTV filming the house for their program 'You Live in What?'

                  • Nearby Hanamikoji Street.  Just 3 minutes' walk away.  A very special place.

                    Nearby Hanamikoji Street. Just 3 minutes' walk away. A very special place.

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