5 wonderful days at The Gion House
Submitted: April 5, 2013
Stayed: March 2013
We stayed for 5 nights in the upper level of the Gion House and had a wonderful time there. It surpassed our expectations, and Curtis and his local contact Junko were great people to work with. After experiencing a ryokan in Kanazawa, it was wonderful to have the western bedroom as well as the tatami bedroom at the Gion House, so the two of us were able to have the best of both worlds. The kitchen and appliances are all up to date, and it was great to have a washer/dryer after spending a week in other lodgings. We loved the cascading shower in the bathroom, as well as the deep tub for soaking. After walking around Kyoto for a substantial time, the shower and bath were much appreciated! The information on local places including restaurants and stores was very helpful, and Curtis recommended their favorite restaurant - Mamecha -- which we went to on our first night and enjoyed it so much we went a second time. It's open until 11:30 PM, so that makes it convenient when a lot of the other restaurants have closed. We also enjoyed JoJo which is around the corner, and run by a wonderful young couple that have owned the restaurant for 3 years. Since it's small, you need to make a reservation, and we sat at the counter so we could chat with the chef and see everything he was doing. We had a very pleasant time in Kyoto at the Gion House, and would return there as often as we could. Curtis and Junko are excellent hosts, and I hope that others will have the opportunity to enjoy this house when they're in Kyoto.
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