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

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Last updated: 07/26/2016
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Property description

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.'

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

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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

Entertainment

  • Satellite / Cable

Dining

  • Dining Area

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mid Season
Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2016
5 night min stay
$300

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest

High Season
Oct 1 - Nov 10, 2016
5 night min stay
$318

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest

Peak Season
Nov 11 - Nov 30, 2016
5 night min stay
$335

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest

Mid Season
Dec 1 - Dec 24, 2016
5 night min stay
$300

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest

High Season
Dec 25 - Jan 5, 2017
5 night min stay
$318

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest

Low Season
Jan 6 - Feb 28, 2017
5 night min stay
$280

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest

Mid Season
Mar 1 - Mar 20, 2017
5 night min stay
$300

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest

Peak Season
Mar 21 - Apr 20, 2017
5 night min stay
$335

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest

High Season
Apr 21 - May 31, 2017
5 night min stay
$318

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest

Mid Season
Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2017
5 night min stay
$300

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest

High Season
Oct 1 - Nov 10, 2017
5 night min stay
$318

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest

Peak Season
Nov 11 - Nov 30, 2017
5 night min stay
$335

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest

Mid Season
Dec 1 - Dec 24, 2017
5 night min stay
$300

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest

High Season
Dec 25 - Jan 5, 2018
5 night min stay
$318

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
$335

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest


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Notes:

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Minimum stay 5 nights.

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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 Higashiyama (Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan):
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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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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