Indigo House Gion (Lower Level)

Kyoto, Kyôto [Kyoto], Japan 605-0811


Accommodates: 4

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1


Indigo House Gion is two level “machiya” style traditional townhouse, which was transformed from its abandoned and dilapidated condition into a architectural showplace in mid 2015 by renowned architect Geoffrey Moussas. This “machiya” was built in the early 1900s, and was formerly used as an “ochaya,” a teahouse where geisha entertained elite clientele.

It is located just a few steps from The Gion House and Amber House Gion, on a quiet cul-de-sac street in Gion, with no through traffic. The Gion neighborhood is known for its long history as Japan’s most important geisha district, where you can still find streets lined with the historic buildings for which Kyoto is known. And there is so much to see and do within walking distance. The heart of downtown is just a ten minute walk away.

Indigo House Gion Lower Level is the full lower level of the house, with its own entrance. It’s completely independent from the Upper Level. There is enough room to accommodate two to three adults, or a couple with two children.

The two bedrooms are both in traditional tatami mat style, and retain some very distinctive original design details such as “tokonoma” alcoves, woven “ajiro” wood detailing on the ceilings, and bamboo molding. The larger master bedroom has a high quality bed with extra-wide double mattress, while the smaller second bedroom has traditional-style sleeping on a soft double-sized futon.

When entering the Lower Level, you can’t helped be be overwhelmed by the interior garden, surrounded by huge walls of glass. The feeling is very modern, however, the focal point of the garden is a very old and crumbling Edo-period stone lantern.

The bath area has the luxury of space. It features an extra wide shower head, with full-sized bath tub. Of course, the toilet has those high-tech functions. And of course, there is a washer/dryer for guest use.

There is radiant floor heating to keep guests warm in the winter, and of course, air conditioning assures that the place stays cool in the warm season.

What is distinctive about Indigo House Gion? It’s bright and airy, since there are walls of glass surrounding the interior garden, which extends from the Lower Level to the Upper Level. The master bedroom has an expansive south-facing view of the inner area of Kenninji Temple, where you can see the monk’s cemetery and vegetable gardens, as well as the buildings where the monks live. There’s a lot of blue sky and green trees, and natural light. You can hear the sound of monks chanting their prayers early in the morning. You can also hear the enchanting sounds of crickets, cicadas, and nightingales, depending on the season.

Indigo House Gion has already gotten some press. In it's dilapidated pre-renovation state, this house was filmed in 2014 by CNN for a the program called "On the Road," in a segment called "Saving Kyoto's town houses." It was also filmed in September, 2015 for a program on ANA’s inflight entertainment system.


Air Conditioning

Cable TV



Kid Friendly

No Smoking



Wireless Internet

Rates and Availability

High Season: 04/21/2023 - 05/31/2023

Weeknight: ¥43000 / night

Weekend Night: ¥43000 / night

Min Stay: 5

Mid Season: 06/01/2023 - 09/30/2023

Weeknight: ¥40000 / night

Weekend Night: ¥40000 / night

Weekly: ¥36000 / week

Monthly: ¥36000 / month

Min Stay: 3

Peak Season: 10/01/2023 - 11/30/2023

Weeknight: ¥46000 / night

Weekend Night: ¥46000 / night

Min Stay: 5

Mid Season: 12/01/2023 - 12/24/2023

Weeknight: ¥40000 / night

Weekend Night: ¥40000 / night

Min Stay: 3

High Season: 12/25/2023 - 01/05/2024

Weeknight: ¥43000 / night

Weekend Night: ¥43000 / night

Min Stay: 5

Specific Rate Details:

Minimum stay is 3 nights (low/mid season) and 5 nights (high/peak season.)
Minimum age for children is 7.
Rates shown are for two persons.
3rd/4th persons can stay for additional ¥4,000 per night per person.
One-time cleaning fee is ¥10,000. Cleaning fee waived for stays of 7 nts. or more.
Kyoto accommodation tax is additional ¥200 per person per night.
Payment by Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Paypal, or international wire transfer.


¥40000 JPY

Telephone: (USA) +1 415 990-6716