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New! Beautifully Restored Machiya in Gion/Kiyomizu Area!

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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

We feel so fortunate to have met Mr. Sano, the landscape architect, to design our garden at Gion-Kyuraku. Mr. Sano was selected as one of the top 100 gardeners for the book called “Contemporary Japanese Gardens 100 Gardens by 100 Japanese Landscape Architects”, and the photo book was published in December 2014. We would like to express our gratitude to Mr. Sano for selecting our garden for the book.

Gion Kyuraku, nearly a century old Kyo-Machiya, that was once a tea-masters residence, located in the historical district of Kyoto, Gion/Kiyomizu. It has been restored to its original splendor, in conjunction with modern amenities, contemporary comforts, consideration of the environment, along with state-of-the-art entertainment, and communication infrastructure.

The three ‘L’s’ in rental property are “Location, Location, Location”.

Firstly, Gion Kyuraku is in the heart of Gion, where Maiko-sans, and Geiko-sans (Geisha in English) can be seen nightly.

Secondly, historical temples, shrines, and world heritage sites are within a few minutes walking distance, Kenninji Temple (2 minute walk), Kyomizu Temple (10 minute walk), Hokan-ji Temple known as Yasaka Pagoda (5 minute walk), Rokuhara Mitsuji Temple (1 minute walk), and countless other historical sites.

Thirdly, one of the most historical streets in Japan Hanamikoji Dori is only a 3 minute walk from Gion Kyuraku. Additionally, there are a number of grocery stores, one is only a minute away, the other is a 24HR supermarket, bakeries, and countless restaurants are in the neighborhood, from family run diners, pubs to Michelin rated restaurants, and famous Ryoriya (Kyoto cuisine restaurants) are our neighbors.

A Kyo-Machiya is required to have certain elements: it must be located in one of the historical districts of Kyoto, features, such as a Tsuboniwa (Japanese Garden), Tsuchikabe (earth and straw walls), Koshi Kabe (wooden lattice), and Inuyarai (low bamboo fence).

Gion Kyuraku has all of these traditional elements, combined with distinctive feature of this period, which include, Ajiro. ceiling (weaved wooden ceiling), Hari ceiling (structural wooden beams exposed), Shirakabe (white walls), antique light fixtures form the Taisho/ Showa period that have been masterfully restored, and ceramic pieces from the Shigaraki district of Japan. One, fascinating structural feature of Gion Kyuraku is one of the main wooden support beans measures 4”x15”x16 feet; this one solid Japanese cedar beam spans the entire front of the Kyo-machiya. This is a must see, we have left it exposed.

Along with these period elements, Gion Kyuraku has been completely modernized with the assistance of many traditional trades people which comprise of Kyo-daiku, (traditional carpenters), plasterers, Japanese Gardener, designers, and countless other traditional craftsmen. The result is a Kyo-Machiya that is functional for the sophisticated world traveler, the family that wants to experience a traditional machiya stay, and the traveler that does not want the usual hotel type accommodations. We invite you to experience the uniqueness of a Kyo-machiya, along with the comforts of modern living at Gion Kyuraku.



A Kyo-Machiya is required to have certain elements: it must be located in one of the historical districts of Kyoto, features, such as a Tsuboniwa (Japanese Garden), Tsuchikabe (earth and straw walls), Koshi Kabe (wooden lattice), and Inuyarai (low bamboo fence).

Gion Kyuraku has all of these traditional elements, combined with distinctive feature of this period, which include, Ajiro ceiling (weaved wooden ceiling), Hari ceiling (structural wooden beams exposed), Shirakabe (white walls), antique light fixtures form the Taisho/ Showa period that have been masterfully restored, and ceramic pieces from the Shigaraki district of Japan.

One, fascinating structural feature of Gion Kyuraku is one of the main wooden support beans measures 4”x15”x16 feet; this one solid Japanese cedar beam spans the entire front of the Kyo-machiya. This is a must see, we have left it exposed.

Along with these period elements, Gion Kyuraku has been completely modernized with the assistance of many traditional trades people which comprise of Kyo-daiku, (traditional carpenters), plasterers, Japanese Gardener, designers, and countless other traditional craftsmen.

The result is a Kyo-Machiya that is functional for the sophisticated world traveler, the family that wants to experience a traditional machiya stay, and the traveler that does not want the usual hotel type accommodations. We invite you to experience the uniqueness of a Kyo-machiya, along with the comforts of modern living at Gion Kyuraku.

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Property Type

  • Townhome
  • 754 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

Entertainment

  • Satellite / Cable

Theme

  • Family
  • Historic

Attractions

  • Cinemas
  • Live Theater
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Beautiful Japanese Stayle renovated in 2015. 10 x 10 feet in size....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Mr. Sano, the landscape architect of Gion-Kyuraku was selected as one of the top 100 gardeners for the book “Contemporary Japanese Gardens 100 Gardens by 100 Japanese Landscape Architects”...moreless

 

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Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2015
3 night min stay
$290

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  • Tax Rate 8%

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Please note that the rates are for the entire property, not p/p

Minimum Stay is 3 nights

1 - 2 guest(s): 32,000 yen

3 guests: 36,000 yen

4 guests: 40,000 yen

5 guests: 44,000 yen

6 guests: 48,000 yen

Payment in Yen only. The above rate would be fluctuated depending on the exchange rate.

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Location

Many historical sites such as Kiyomizu Temple, Kenninji Temple, etc.. are located within a short walking distance.

The following information on Higashiyama where Gion-Kyuraku is located is quoted from "japan-guide.com"

The Higashiyama District along the lower slopes of Kyoto's eastern mountains is one of the city's best preserved historic districts. It is a great place to experience traditional old Kyoto, especially between Kiyomizudera and Yasaka Shrine, where the narrow lanes, wooden buildings and traditional merchant shops invoke a feeling of the old capital city. Recent renovations to remove telephone poles and repave the streets have further improved the traditional feel of the district.

The streets in Higashiyama are lined by small shops, cafes and restaurants which have been catering to tourists and pilgrims for centuries. These businesses retain their traditional design, although many have been renovated through the years, and they continue to serve customers today, selling local specialties such as Kiyomizu-yaki pottery, sweets, pickles, crafts and other souvenirs.

 

Owner info

About the owner: I am from Toronto, Canada. Ten years ago I moved to Kyoto, Japan with my family. Having Japanese heritage but growing up very Canadian! I wanted to find out more about my Japanese culture and also expose our kids to it. Currently, I am teaching English to a diverse group of Japanese students. This allows me to see Japan though their eyes and also teach them about Canada and its culture. When I do get some free time, I like to walk along the Kamo River with my wife and kids. We as a family enjoy traveling around Japan and North America to teach our kids about other cultures. Kyoto is a wonder place to live, visit and raise kids. We would like many travelers to experience “Kyoto-Living”.


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Photos

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Beautiful Garden at Gion-Kyuraku (Designed by T. Sano, Photo by K. Masuda)

    Beautiful Garden at Gion-Kyuraku (Designed by T. Sano, Photo by K. Masuda)

  • Front Entrance

    Front Entrance

  • Living Room looking into the garden

    Living Room looking into the garden

  • Balcony

    Balcony

  • 2nd Bedroom - 2nd floor

    2nd Bedroom - 2nd floor

  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • Working desk in the den - 1st floor

    Working desk in the den - 1st floor

  • Bathroom facing tsuboniwa garden

    Bathroom facing tsuboniwa garden

  • Enjoy the beautiful illuminated garden at Gion-Kyuraku every night!

    Enjoy the beautiful illuminated garden at Gion-Kyuraku every night!

  • Antique shoe-box

    Antique shoe-box

  • Antique light-fixture in living room

    Antique light-fixture in living room

  • Welcoming Entrance Way to Gion-Kyuraku

    Welcoming Entrance Way to Gion-Kyuraku

  • Living room looking from the garden

    Living room looking from the garden

  • Main Bedroom - 2nd floor

    Main Bedroom - 2nd floor

  • 2nd floor hallway

    2nd floor hallway

  • Kitchen - 1st floor

    Kitchen - 1st floor

  • Den - 1st floor

    Den - 1st floor

  • Den on the 1st floor can be turned into the 3rd bedroom with its own toilet

    Den on the 1st floor can be turned into the 3rd bedroom with its own toilet

  • Handmade Shigaraki Ware Sink

    Handmade Shigaraki Ware Sink

  • Hi-Tech ECO-friendly toilet

    Hi-Tech ECO-friendly toilet

  • Designed by Tomoatsu Sano, Garden Designer

    Designed by Tomoatsu Sano, Garden Designer

  • Kiyomizu Temple - 10 minute walk

    Kiyomizu Temple - 10 minute walk

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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