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THE GION HOUSE 'MACHIYA' (LOWER LEVEL) IN PRIME GION LOCATION

Curtis Hawes

Advertiser since: 2006
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Speaks: english, Japanese
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay nights

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THE GION HOUSE 'MACHIYA' (LOWER LEVEL) IN PRIME GION LOCATION

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay nights

Overview

Overview

Kyoto Apartment Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms, Convertible bed(s), Sleeps 4

The Gion House is a ninety year old wooden, traditional-style ''machiya,'' located on an atmospheric side street in the awe-inspiring geisha quarters of Gion, in the heart of old Kyoto. It was fully restored by renowned Kyoto-based architect Geoffrey Moussas. It has been shown in two national architecture/interior-related magazines, and has been shown on a program on NHK (Japan's national TV station.)

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. The Lower Level was extensively renovated in March 2010, to make it suitable for vacation rental.

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 stainless steel. Upon closer observation, 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's 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, a double futon on the tatami mat floors and ceilings of washi (traditional Japanese paper.) The other is 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 small garden. 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 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.'' 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.

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.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Curtis Hawes (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2006
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Speaks: english, Japanese

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay nights
Travel with confidence
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Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 73 traveler reviews

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The Gion House 'Machiya' (Lower Level) in prime Gion location
average rating of 4.972603 based on 73 reviews
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The Gion House 'Machiya' (Lower Level) in prime Gion location
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p361801
-(415) 990-6716 (California, USA)
Kyoto Japan
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
5

Refuge in Gion, Kyoto

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I just spent five days in the lower level of the Gion house in early October, and found it to be a perfect refuge in Kyoto. We've been reflecting back on our trip, and the word that has come to mind has been "perfect" - beautiful and tasteful, in a perfect location. Although the neighborhood is busy (in the heart of the Gion historic district), the house, on a side street, was totally quiet day and night. Location is great - there are certainly 50 restaurants within a 10 minute walk, and I liked the neighboring Kennin-ji zen temple more than many of the other temples we saw (check out the dragon mural). Bath is great - rain shower was excellent as was stone bath - we spent the entire afternoon of Typhoon Vongfong tubbing and watching the rain lash the rock garden outside the window. Our only caveat would be that sleeping would be tight for four adults - this place would be great for a couple and 2 kids, or, as we did, a couple's retreat. Another good feature was that the owner's local assistant, Junko, was willing to make us reservations several weeks in advance for hard-to-get local restaurants - Kyoto is foodie heaven, and having someone else to make contact with non-English speaking restaurants was great. All in all, loved it, and will revisit as soon as we pay the bills for this trip (Kyoto is cheap; Tokyo isn't).
  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
The Gion House 'Machiya' (Lower Level) in prime Gion location
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p361801
-(415) 990-6716 (California, USA)
Kyoto Japan
Salt Lake City
5

Magical!

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I just returned from our first visit to Japan, and our five days in Kyoto at The Gion House were the highlight of our trip. The house is so beautifully thought out -- we particularly enjoyed the large soaking tub, looking out at the little garden during a VERY rainy afternoon courtesy of Typhoon Vongfong! The western style bed was cool and comfortable and we were very pleasantly surprised at how peaceful and quiet the neighborhood was, even though just a few blocks away you are right in the heart of the action in Gion. Arrival instructions were detailed and very helpful, plus Curtis' assistant Junko went above and beyond to help us make some restaurant reservations in advance - very kind. Great orientation materials to the neighborhood in a binder in the house, with fun recommendations by other clients included. This is a marvelous location for exploring Kyoto -- we can't wait to return with our adult children and rent the whole house! Thank you, Curtis, for making this delightful place available!
  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
business
The Gion House 'Machiya' (Lower Level) in prime Gion location
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p361801
-(415) 990-6716 (California, USA)
Kyoto Japan
5

Location,Locatio, Location

  • 5 of 5
Perfect location in the heart of the Gion. The description of the unit underestimates its location , beauty and charm.Could not think of a better place to stay in Kyoto. We really felt were living the Kyoto lifestyle if only for a week.
  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
The Gion House 'Machiya' (Lower Level) in prime Gion location
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p361801
-(415) 990-6716 (California, USA)
Kyoto Japan
Riverside, California, USA
5

A historic property and a memorable stay

  • 5 of 5
The fact that I'm writing a review for this property makes me sad because it means we're no longer in Kyoto enjoying this lovely machiya. We were first-time travelers to Japan...my husband, myself and my sister...visiting our brother and his wife and we had the best time! The machiya was extremely comfortable for three adults. We like to travel light so the fact that there was a washer/dryer was a plus. The bed and futon were very comfortable and, although we didn't make dinner, the kitchen and dining area allowed us to enjoy breakfast each morning before heading out for our next adventure. There is only one bathroom but this wasn't a problem for us at all as everything is separate and private so we were able to get ready at the same time. The machiya is centrally located in Gion on a quiet street and we were able to see many temples and shrines on foot: Kiyomizu-Dera Temple; Kenninji Temple; and Yasaka Jinja Shrine. The machiya also allowed us to feel a part of the local culture...even running into Curtis at the local grocery store! We will return to Japan one day and when we come to Kyoto, we hope Curtis is still sharing this wonderful place with visitors, allowing them to experience a piece of local, Kyoto history.
  • Submitted: May 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
business
The Gion House 'Machiya' (Lower Level) in prime Gion location
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p361801
-(415) 990-6716 (California, USA)
Kyoto Japan
Wales, UK
5

April 2014 - stay in Gion House, Lower Level

  • 5 of 5
Having lived in Kyoto in the early 1990s, I can testify that Gion House is a real find in terms of its excellent location and wonderful conversion of a traditional Japanese House.
We arrived in April and were delighted to experience the daily buzz of the Miyako Odori (the annual Maiko san traditional show) in the street around the corner. Gion was full of people in dressed in kimonos and we saw the Maiko san a number times managing to get some great photos.
The location is the real draw for this property allowing visitors easy access to the traditional sightseeing attractions of Kyoto. World Heritage Site, Kiyomizu-dera, is just a short walk away with marvellous views over Kyoto city. Also, a short walk westwards over the Kamo river, is downtown Kyoto and access to trains and buses to visit key sites across the city and access to Osaka (40 minutes by train). Orientation was made easy by the key information left in the house and Curtis was a great help in attending to all our needs during our stay.
We loved the traditional Japanese bath with its view out onto a small Japanese garden, as well as the power shower. The kitchen was well stocked and the children loved the experience of sleeping on comfortable futons on traditional tatami mats.
We certainly hope to come back one day. Gion House was great value for money and the fantastic location means that we saved a lot of unnecessary transport costs by walking everywhere. Book early to avoid disappointment.
  • Submitted: May 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
business
The Gion House 'Machiya' (Lower Level) in prime Gion location
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p361801
-(415) 990-6716 (California, USA)
Kyoto Japan
Australia
5

A fantastic location in Kyoto

  • 5 of 5
We stayed here for five nights in April - a family of four with two boys aged 12 and 10.

The location was fantastic for just wandering around Kyoto and soaking in the atmosphere, we loved walking up to the train station through the heart of Gion. The house itself was just as advertised. My favourite part was the lovely deep japanese bath, with the separate hand shower and the cedar hand basin for added authenticity, which was much nicer than in the minshuku we stayed in in rural Japan.

When we got there the boys were a little dubious, as the second bedroom is a double futon, and they hate sharing a bed, but Curtis and Junko kindly provided a second doona so they didn't argue too much.

The local pottery plates was also a very nice touch.

The kitchen is not enormous, but more than adequate for cooking a basic dinner. If you do want to eat in, the lovely authentic dinner table is really set up for three (although there are chairs for four, the fourth is sitting slightly awkwardly). But there are restaurants nearby for any price range, with lots of good info in the guide left by Curtis and Junko. We particularly loved the local pancake teppanyaki place just around the corner, which was great for our boys.

We found the place very easy to find with the instructions provided, which were very clear, and didn't feel the need to catch taxis at all during our stay.

I would definitely recommend this place to a friend going to Kyoto, it was such an authentic and welcoming experience.
  • Submitted: May 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

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Rates & Availability

Rates & Availability

Kyoto Apartment Rental Rates

Notes

  • From ¥23,000/nt Japanese Yen
  • ¥23,000/nt. low season (January, February, July, August);
    ¥26,000/nt. high season (other months);
    Rate is for two persons. 3rd/4th persons can stay for additional ¥2,000/nt./person;
    **Minimum stay 5 nights;
    Payment by Visa, MasterCard, Amex, PayPal, or International Wire Transfer.;
  • Dates Available: Year Round
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Amenities

Amenities

Kyoto Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Theme:
  • Historic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Luxurious custom-built bath area, features a huge stone and tile deep bathtub which can accommodate two persons with ease. Other bath area features include under-floor heating, and wide 'rain' shower head.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Western style double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , double futon on tatami mats
  • Sofa in living room also pulls out into a double sofa bed...more sturdy and comfortable than your typical sofa bed.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking

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