We rented the Gion House for 2 weeks in late Oct. The location is perfect, in the center of Gion, 2 blocks from Gion Corner, the Geisha district in Kyoto. We used the Lonely Planet Kyoto as our guide and were able to see everything we planned. The machiya is well equipped and we prepared several meals at night when we wanted a more western menu. The area around the Gion house is covered with historic temples and shrines. Kininji ji is a block and a half. There is a small market 2 blocks away and open 24 hrs for food for breakfast and dinner. A 7/11 is 2 blocks away for access to an ATM. All types of transportation, busses, taxi and subway, are easily reached by a short walk. Since there were 4 of us we found taxis to be as economical and more convenient than busses. The staff at Another World, Gion House's management in Kyoto, was very responsive to our requests for assistance. This trip was the best we have ever had and we would highly recommend the Gion House if you wish to visit Japan. The Japanese were always kind, patient and helpful in spite of our lack of Japanese language skills. If you want to experience a completely different culture, unlike anything in the West, but are concerned about the language barrier and unsure about where to stay, book the Gion House and go. You won't be disappointed. In fact, you'll never forget it!