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The Gion House has opened on October 2011, and a traditional Japanese ''machiya'' is located smack in the center of Gion. The Gion House was designated Gion historic district building by Kyoto City Government. The Gion House was built in 1892, and was completely restored under the supervision of Kyoto City Government, and it was stand up for historical Gion principle. It is rented an entire house. Our quests may come and go freely, using the house as their own.
The restoration was a labor of love, requiring the participation of artisans specializing in traditional carpentry Kyoto style techniques, and using natural materials in all areas both inside and out. Great efforts were made to recreate an atmosphere, which will allow guests to experience the traditional way of living.
An added modern touch for comfort is the luxurious bathing area and bathroom...where you can soak in the bathtub of pottery while gazing at ‘’Tsubo Niwa’’ garden, after a full day of sightseeing. The bathtub is from Sigaraki ware, and made by hand of traditional craftsman, who has made Shigaraki ware in front of Emperor some while. And, as room will be separated by traditional Japanese fusuma (papered sliding doors) and shoji (Japanese paper) screens with flowers beautifully arranged in along walls, you will feel a sense of warmth. Thus, the guest can experience Japanese aesthetic feeling and mystery in objects of everyday life. The house can be accommodating total maximum 4 persons, and are provided Japanese luxury style Futon on the tatami mat floors. The tatami are using un-dyed organic straw mat and authentic first grade base of tatami.
The living area is adjacent to its own small ’’ Tsubo Niwa’’ garden. There are both floor-heating system and bath-heating system, keeping the place warmer in the winter season. There is space called’’ Hiroen’’ which is located in between living room and garden. This space will give a feeling both outside and inside when the guest are sitting, and there is also designated a World Heritage Site ‘’Yakusugi’’ dining table, which is a Japanese cedar that term 'Yakusugi' refers to trees are more than 1,000 years old. It is forbid the cutting of ‘’Yakusugi’’ now. The light are bring fun to the room, antique light, special order for hand made bamboo with paper light, and traditional wire work ’’Gaishi Biki’’ on the ceiling. Wooden floor and Table were rubbed with natural 100% perilla oil which has been used by Kyoto's Machiya house.
The Gion House are just 3 minutes' walk from Hanamikoji Street, just 2 minutes’ walk from Miyagawacho, which are called ''Hanamachi'' geisha district in Kyoto, also find geishas scurrying down the alleyways on their way to work in the evenings easily.
The oldest Zen temple ‘’Kenninji Temple ‘’is a just 1 minutes walk away. Other temples are such as Kiyomizu temple, Sanjusankando temple, Tofukuji temple, Chion-in temple, numerous restaurants, and downtown shopping district located nearby, which are possible to visit from the Gion House by walk.
You’ll enjoy the luxury and authentic Japanese atmosphere of the Gion House, and spend quality time here in ’’ Machiya’’ our Gion House.
We stayed here as a couple for 3 nights. The machiya is as described on the site. It is a beautifully constructed house both inside and out, very well-maintained with top-notch furnishings. Our favourite part of the house was the much-vaunted hot tub, perfect for a long soak after a day of hard walking. The location was perfect, within a short walk to Gion and to the main street. We cooked several meals and also did a few loads of laundry. Everything is very "self-service", as is to be expected, but the owner was easily contactable by email and responded promptly to emails both before and during our stay. The only possible downsides were first, that the staircase between the ground and second floor is narrow and steep, and open on one side. While that is fine for adults I would hesitate to bring my young kids on a trip here (though to be fair, I do note that the owner has said that a safety gate can be installed at the top of the stairs). Second, the toilet is not on the same floor as the bedroom, so a trip to the toilet in the middle of the night did necessitate my stumbling down the same narrow steep staircase in a half-awake state. Third, there is quite some noise from traffic passing along the street, even at night. I am a light sleeper and would not have been able to sleep well without earplugs. My husband, though, is a heavy sleeper, and had no problems whatsoever with the traffic noise! Having said all this, I accept that this is part and parcel of staying in a traditional property. We did enjoy our stay thoroughly and would strongly recommend it to anyone wanting to experience a stay in a machiya.
In 2010-11 we spent a year in Japan on our 75’ cruiser, and nothing can compare to living in one's “home that moves around” when you travel to a foreign country. When my husband and I arrived in Kyoto, from the moment that we entered “Gion House” we knew that we were in a very special place.
We rented this little house because from the description in VBRO it was so obvious that the owner felt a great deal of “pride” (in the very best sense of the word) in what he had been so instrumental in creating. We had the good fortune of meeting the owner, and discussing with him the process of restoring this traditional “Machiya”. Having been home builders in “a previous life”, we were very interested to learn that an elderly Japanese craftsman had restored the interior space using traditional methods of construction, while supervised down to the most minute details by the owner, from the ancient cedar table in the main living space, to the pottery soaking tub, the charming light fixtures and small traditional Kyoto style garden. We appreciated its traditional qualities, yet at the same time this house felt as if it was also uniquely “modern”, and EVERYTHING in this little house was of the highest quality and maintained to perfection. The description in VRBO says that this house was opened in October 2011, but it might just as well have been in March 2015.
We timed our visit to Kyoto so that we arrived as the cherry blossoms were just beginning to bud. We saw them open to full flower and then watched the delicate petals drop like snowflakes to the ground. We expected to enjoy the beauty of the Sakura, but were transported as well by the beauty and comfort of Gion House.
We walked into the Gion House and it embraced us immediately. Traveling from L.A. through Taipei, to Kyoto - this turned out to be the perfect spot for our week to slow down and rest. The space is perfect for two. The renovations that have been done to this property are exquisite in every regard. The winter weather was not a problem at all, as there is plenty of heating both ambient, and floor heating that kept us snug (We are from southern California so anything that drops below 65 degrees F, is "cold" for us!). The Host, Tanaka-san was also exactly what we would have wished for in a Machiya host: highly accessible at any time by text, very responsive to every inquiry, and yet unseen throughout the week's stay. We are independent travelers so our mode is to settle in and make every new place our home. We were able to do that here, very easily. The space is well designed so that every aspect of short-term living is taken care of - from needs one may have for cooking at home, to having access to laundry facilities, to being situated in a spot that gives visitors a real feel for local neighborhoods. Market for food shopping is close, plenty of restaurants, plenty of places for tea/coffee, and lots of temples and shrines in easy walking distance. Train station is about ten minutes by taxi and runs about 1000 yen. There are also buses within easy walking distance. The best for us: Kenninji Temple - just a half block away, around the corner sits the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto. In all, a fantastic place to stay while in Kyoto. Our plan is to visit again, very soon and we will send friends and family as well!
We stayed for six nights at Gion House and had an excellent time. The owner was very responsive to our initial note regarding availability and to every other communication after that. It was fun to experience a traditional house (one that is very clean and includes many modern amenities, such as a small kitchen, washer-dryer, and very nice bathroom). Gion House was the perfect base for our first visit to Kyoto.
I stayed at the Gion House for 5 days with my husband and 2 children (2 and 7 years old) and we were so impressed. The house itself is absolutely beautiful and all the materials used in construction (remodeling) are of the very best quality. The high-tech bathtub system, toilet, W/D is so impressive. But the Japanese detail and design is the best feature of this michiya. I spent so much time just taking pictures of this fantastic property. So happy I stayed here and not in a traditional hotel- I really felt like I was coming home each night after a long day of sightseeing. We ate all our breakfasts here at the house and a couple dinners. The kitchen is small but surprisingly fully functional - it even includes a rice maker! We did several loads of laundry (necessary with my messy kids) and we just love the W/D - wow! And the futons were so comfortable and the pillows are amazing. We loved the pillows so much that we were thinking about buying some to take home. We priced them out at the local Dept store in Kyoto and they cost $150 each!! Too rich for my blood but wow, I will never forget sleeping on those plastic pillows, they're amazing!! The windows are amazing! We were just stunned at the high quality windows and appliances. Also the bathroom was great - I never skipped a bath or soak in that amazing tub! Again, it's a small tight bathroom but everything is so neat and perfectly designed - it works very well. I was a little concerned about the steep stairway and my kids but we kept them downstairs and it wasn't an issue. All I can say is that you will not be disappointed if you stay at this property - it's amazing in every way
Many of the reviews cover everything that can be said - great location, modern facilities meets traditional design, comfortable beds with high thread count sheets. We wanted to add more information about staying here with small children. We have a 9 month old baby and 3.5 year old boy. We all enjoyed the house but we could never quite relax as there are many places for the baby to fall off (the steep stairs and the entrance in the main living space). The child's futon was very thin and had no pillow. We purchased an extra bean pillow at the local supermarket for our son because the ones on the adult beds were so comfortable. It has a very small kitchen with little storage, so a bit difficult to prepare everything away from the kids. This is not a criticism of the house because we did manage okay and enjoyed our stay, but I wanted to make other guests aware when staying with young kids. It would be fine for anybody with children older than toddlers.
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My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
Payment in Japanese Yen only. US$ rates for reference only.
¥20,000/nt.(January & February)
¥22,000/nt.(March, May to October, December)
¥24,000/nt. (April. November,Gion Festival and X'mas - New Year Holiday)
Rate is for two persons.
3rd persons ¥3,000/nt/, 4th persons ¥2,000/nt/ can stay for additional
Rates include tax. Minimum stay 5 nights
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