The Gion House (Lower Level)

Kyoto, Kyôto [Kyoto], Japan


Accommodates: 4

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1


NOTE: June 7, 2023

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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. 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 steel. 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, with a double futon on the tatami mat floors and ceilings of washi (traditional Japanese paper.) The other 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 interior garden, which is private. 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. The exceptional design feature of this unit is the high-end, custom-built bath and shower area, which is made of stone. The oversized bath tub large enough for three persons. There is a private view of the interior garden from the bath tub. 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. Our properties Amber House Gion and Indigo House Gion, as well as our office, are all within 50 meters distance. Our English-speaking staff is nearby to help with any needs you may have during your stay. The house was been the subject of attention by international media. It was 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 FT (Financial Times), 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.' 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.


Air Conditioning


Kid Friendly

No Smoking


Wireless Internet

Rates and Availability

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

Weeknight: ¥45000 / night

Weekend Night: ¥45000 / night

Min Stay: 5

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

Weeknight: ¥42000 / night

Weekend Night: ¥42000 / night

Min Stay: 3

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

Weeknight: ¥48000 / night

Weekend Night: ¥48000 / night

Min Stay: 5

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

Weeknight: ¥42000 / night

Weekend Night: ¥42000 / night

Min Stay: 3

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

Weeknight: ¥45000 / night

Weekend Night: ¥45000 / 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.


Per Night

¥42000 JPY