My wife and I together with our 2 children shared this two bedroom traditional dwelling in Gion in beautiful historic Kyoto. The house is exactly as pictured tucked in among old traditional houses. Complete with tatmi mats indoor garden and sliding doors this was a well appointed Japanese home. The master bedroom was ample with large bed and a view of cemetery was was immaculate and beautiful. We had a 3 minute walk to Kennin Ji temple and Hanami Lane.
This guest house was the perfect base for exploring Kyoto. An easy walk to many restaurants, subway trains, and even a short walk to the river and downtown kyoto. Every morning my children and I would get up early and see the Japanese women in traditional attire heading to the areas temples. The kyomizu World Heritage site was a 10 minute walk to fantastic views of downtown Kyoto and the Cherry Blossom laden mountain side and valley.
My girls rented kimonos for the day at a nearby shop and were transported culturally to Japan.
Great Guest House, Great City.
From the moment we arrived at the front door, everything was perfect, key safe, entry presentation, cleanliness & attention to detail, perfect !!. The floor heating was amazing and a nice surprise to step into the shower & find the shower floor also heated. We were searching for a Japanese experience and Indigo House Lower Level certainly delivered with the traditional comfortable bed, beautiful indoor garden with all the comforts of home. Centrally located within walking distance for exploring the shrines, temples & historic sites scattered around this beautiful area. We especially enjoyed our walk to Nishiki Markets, Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace. Our bedroom had a lovely view into Kennin-ji Temple. On arrival I recommend you take a few minutes to read the information book that is provided, lots of tips on restaurants & supermarkets which you will find in the surrounding streets. The provision of a map and IPhone was a bonus. We were lucky enough to meet Curtis Hawes who took the time to introduce himself while he was on a short stay in Gion. Junko & Saki were a few minutes walk away if you require any additional information on the area, plus you can just give them a call. They organised our taxi for departure which pulled up right outside our door right on time to take us to Kyoto train station. Thank you Curtis & staff for providing us with a great stress free holiday.
Indigo House is an exquisitely restored wooden machiya house in the most charming yet vibrant area of Kyoto, the historic entertainment district of Gion. Tucked away on a quiet cul-de-sac, yet just steps from Kennin-Ji temple, the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto, this retreat offers a small but well-designed kitchen-sitting room, a large, comfortable and quiet bedroom enclosed by shoji screens, a small front room for meditation, reading or relaxing, and a state-of-the-art modern bathroom with top of the line Toto toilet, soaking furo bath, large shower area with massive rain shower head, all looking out on an ancient stone lantern covered with moss in a private atrium open to the sky. We are seriously thinking of recreating this bathroom at home! In addition, Indigo House provides a personal iPhone loaded with maps and useful apps, all for your use during your stay. Finally, the staff at Old Kyoto, especially Junko, were amazing. They booked fantastic restaurants, recommended shopping spots nearby, provided maps and guidebooks, and even booked us a taxi when we left on the Shinkansen train. Only downside: kitchen space in lower Indigo House is quite small, so we didn't cook much, but perfect for breakfast. Upside: so many great restaurants you won't want to cook! Highly recommended.
This is a review for the Upper Level of Indigo House - we loved it! We were a group of two families traveling in Japan (4 adults and 4 children); we stayed in the upper level and our friends stayed in the lower level (which is as nice as the previous reviewers have stated). The upper level has a main bedroom in the back and a tatami room in the front where a futon was laid out and the kids stayed in. Indigo House is an old Japanese house so do not be surprised by the lack of square footage, which is well used and concisely designed. The house has all the modern conveniences: small fridge, microwave, washer/dryer and fabulous shower w/ waterfall shower head. We never once felt crowded or lacked room. Love the binder that Curtis left on both level with wifi info/passwords, restaurant recommendations, mini map of the surrounding neighborhood and other information we found helpful.
The prime location of the house is convenient to Hanamikoji Dori - major street with lots of restaurants and tourist - and Shijo Dori the main east/west road leading into central Kyoto. It's also very convenient to the train as well as bus routes. I would highly recommend this property as a base for your stay in Kyoto!
Visited April 2017
This was my favorite spot we stayed in Japan. The most charming little street and a comfortable, authentic apartment with lovely finishes and the most gorgeous bathroom ever. So insanely quaint. Highly recommend this area of Kyoto with winding streets, temples and cute restaurants at every turn. The Indigo House is very thoughtfully remodeled and the staff were so so friendly and helpful. Love!
My parents, toddler and I stayed for 4 nights in November. There is nowhere better to stay in Kyoto (unless you're staying at another property owned by Curtis).
The area is both serene and atmospheric. It was also extremely convenient to get from the house to public transport, shops, supermarkets, and restaurants.
I adored the atrium within the house and the beautiful finishes on everything. It was a comfortable and relaxing haven to come back to after a day out and it was nice to stay at a property that has obviously been meticulously planned and is well maintained, with a focus on quality. Even the kitchen towels are from Williams Sonoma.
Lastly, Curtis and Junko were both excellent to correspond with. I plan on visiting Kyoto many more times in my lifetime and I can't think of a better place to stay than Indigo House or one of Curtis's other properties.
Despite it being in the centre of Gion, Indigo House was a super quiet home from home from where you could walk to nearly everything. The spacious bedroom and well fitted bathroom along with the thoughtfully designed kitchenette - complete with interior garden! - made great use of the space. Most of all though, the general design and choice of colours, furnishings etc was just really soothing. As soon as you got into the house you didn't really want to leave. Being able to wander the back streets of Gion and into Kennin-ji temple next door really added to our enjoyment of the city. Would definitely stay here or a similar kind of property again rather than a hotel if we come back. A real enhancement to our trip!