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Amber House Gion in Prime Gion Location

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Last updated: 12/07/2016
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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

*Please also have a look at our other listings for The Gion House Lower Level, listing 294674, and The Gion House Upper Level, listing 105505. Amber House Gion is located in the same charming neighborhood, just 20 meters away from The Gion House. Location couldn't be better!!

Amber House Gion is a spacious two-storey machiya house, tucked away on a residential cul-de-sac off a side street in the center of old Gion. The back side of the house has windows that face directly into the gardens of Kenninji, the oldest Zen temple in Japan. There is no through car traffic, affording visitors a truly tranquil setting. The main sounds to be heard are the gongs and chimes from inside the temple, the nightingales in the Spring, the cicadas in the Summer, the crickets in the Fall,

The house was built in the Meiji Period, over 100 years ago, by a local architect, whose distinctive style sets this house apart. “Ochaya” tea houses such as this were originally designed as exclusive places where geishas would entertain the elite members of society, in a very high-end, private setting. Amber House Gion is now set up with a living room, two spacious bedrooms, kitchen, and bath. There is a small inner garden, framed by large plates of glass for private enjoyment. Radiant heating provides warmth in the Winter, and ample air conditioning assures coolness in the Summer. There is abundant natural light, since the house faces South.


Amber House Gion was renovated by renowned Kyoto architect, Geoffrey Moussas, who has achieved high acclaim for his machiya restorations in Kyoto. The house has been meticulously decorated with a high-end combination of antique and stylish modern elements, and was designed with the comfort of Western visitors in mind. Whenever possible, natural and locally sourced materials have been used, and synthetic materials avoided. Many elements have been made by hand in Kyoto by local artisans.

The house can accommodate two to four persons. Two spacious tatami mat bedrooms offer sleeping on either an extra-wide double bed, or a double futon. There is plenty of storage space. The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you might need if you were to cook at home every day. There is free wifi, however, there is no TV.

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Owner

Member since: 2003

Speaks: english, Japanese
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 12/07/2016

Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    High quality double futon with feather comforter / pillows...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double

    Extra-wide double bed with down comforter and pillows...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower

    Bathroom has under-floor heating...moreless

  • Modern high-tech toilet.

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Library of books on all aspects of Japan, as well as antique books on Japan. Travel guidebooks etc. ...moreless

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
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Downtown:

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

Dining

  • Dining:

    Large dining table with cushioned dining chairs...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

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

    Under-floor heating, combined with electric heating units. ...moreless

  • Internet:

    High speed wireless internet. Pocket wifi router can be used outside as well! ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Plush leather sofa, with glass coffee table. Private inner garden. ...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Iphone with unlimited domestic calling. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Brand new washer/dryer combination. ...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped kitchen, with brand new refrigerator, microwave/oven, IH range, pots and pans, etc. ...moreless

  • Microwave
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mid Season
Dec 1 - Dec 24, 2016
5 night min stay
$310

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

High Season
Dec 25 - Jan 5, 2017
5 night min stay
$330

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

Low Season
Jan 6 - Feb 28, 2017
5 night min stay
$290

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

Mid Season
Mar 1 - Mar 20, 2017
5 night min stay
$310

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

Peak Season
Mar 21 - Apr 20, 2017
5 night min stay
$360

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

High Season
Apr 21 - May 31, 2017
5 night min stay
$330

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

Mid Season
Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2017
5 night min stay
$310

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

High Season
Oct 1 - Nov 10, 2017
5 night min stay
$330

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

Peak Season
Nov 11 - Nov 30, 2017
5 night min stay
$360

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

Mid Season
Dec 1 - Dec 24, 2017
5 night min stay
$310

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

High Season
Dec 25 - Jan 5, 2018
5 night min stay
$330

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


Additional information about rental rates

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Notes:

Rates are in Japanese Yen. US $ rates are for reference only.

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Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking


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Last updated: 12/07/2016
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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

Bordering Kenninji Temple, with its expansive grounds, gardens, and sub-temples. Kenninji is the oldest Zen temple in Japan.

 

Owner info

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. He is obsessed with old Kyoto.


Contact us

Speaks: english, Japanese
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 12/07/2016

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Photos

  • Exterior

    Exterior

  • Living room with sofa, table, and floor cushions

    Living room with sofa, table, and floor cushions

  • Living room tokonoma (alcove) - a special architectural feature

    Living room tokonoma (alcove) - a special architectural feature

  • Kitchen table

    Kitchen table

  • #1 bedroom tokonoma - special architectural feature

    #1 bedroom tokonoma - special architectural feature

  • Sudare (bamboo blinds)

    Sudare (bamboo blinds)

  • The view of Kenninji, taken from the upstairs window!

    The view of Kenninji, taken from the upstairs window!

  • High capacity washer/dryer

    High capacity washer/dryer

  • Our quiet street, which has no through traffic. Amber House Gion is on the right

    Our quiet street, which has no through traffic. Amber House Gion is on the right

  • Miyagawa-cho, another geisha district 10 minutes walk away.

    Miyagawa-cho, another geisha district 10 minutes walk away.

  • Maruyama Park, 15 minutes walk away.

    Maruyama Park, 15 minutes walk away.

  • Hanamikoji Street, 5 minutes walk away. The heart of Gion.

    Hanamikoji Street, 5 minutes walk away. The heart of Gion.

  • Living room, with interior garden

    Living room, with interior garden

  • An antique hibachi from early Showa period, which we turned into a coffee table

    An antique hibachi from early Showa period, which we turned into a coffee table

  • Fully outfitted kitchen, with dining table

    Fully outfitted kitchen, with dining table

  • Bedroom #1, double futon on tatami mats.

    Bedroom #1, double futon on tatami mats.

  • Antique globe light (one of many antique light fixtures)

    Antique globe light (one of many antique light fixtures)

  • Bedroom #2, with double bed

    Bedroom #2, with double bed

  • Entrance to bathroom (shower with full bath tub)

    Entrance to bathroom (shower with full bath tub)

  • High-tech toilet

    High-tech toilet

  • Kenninji, the Zen temple immediately neighboring us

    Kenninji, the Zen temple immediately neighboring us

  • Near Kiyomizu Temple, 15 minutes walk away.

    Near Kiyomizu Temple, 15 minutes walk away.

  • The heart of downtown, 15 minutes walk away.

    The heart of downtown, 15 minutes walk away.

  • Kiyomizu Temple, 20 minutes walk away

    Kiyomizu Temple, 20 minutes walk away

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Wednesday, December 07, 2016

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