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The Gion House (Upper Level) Prime Gion Location

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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Excellent
36 reviews
Livingroom
Exterior
Western style bedroom with double bed
Japanese style bedroom with double futon on tatami
Kitchen area
Entrance to bath / shower area
Original hand-woven wood detailing on ceiling of livingroom
Roof deck with view of Kenninji Temple
Being filmed by HGTV. Curtis (owner) on left with cameraman
Hanamamikoji Street, 3 minutes walk away
Our little street, with geishas (a common sight)
Kyoto's main commercial district, Shijo-Kawaramachi, a 15 minute walk away
Kenninji Temple, Kyoto's oldest Zen Temple, right next door!
The owner, Curtis, at Kenninji Temple, next door
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Overview
Rental Home -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki
The Gion House is an 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.

The house was recently shown on American TV channel HGTV's series "You Live in What?," as well as on CNN International's "On The Road." The house has been shown in three architecture/interior-related magazines, and on several TV programs in Japan. The Gion House was selected by Lonely Planet Japan's author Chris Rowthorn as the 'Best Vacation Rental in Kyoto.'

Offered is the entire second floor, which has private entrance. The place has features such as all antique sliding doors, antique light fixtures, and traditional design details, combin...
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About the Owner, Curtis H
Languages spoken: Japanese, English
Response Rate: 95 %
Response Time: Within a few hours
Calendar Updated: 3 days ago
Listed since : Aug 2010
Overall rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Based on 62 reviews and 3 properties
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Listing #FKN3471960
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seadev73
Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago for a stay in January 2017

Stayed here for 6 nights - booked directly thru owner Curtis (via e~mail) who was so easy to communicate with. Location is really good - 2 mn walk to Hanamikoji Dori- one of the most beautiful streets in Kyoto (especially at dusk) - kitchen in apartment is easy to use - if you want to make breakfast yourself or have some dinner (if you're too tired after a day of sightseeing). Shower and huge bath...

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Nancyinfo...
Vancouver, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017 for a stay in November 2016

We loved our stay at the Gion House, upper level. It was in a perfect location and we were able to walk and taxi to amazing places everyday. There were loads of local restaurants to choose from too with the help of Junko, all reservations were made effortlessly. Curtis, Junko and Saki were are lovely to deal with. We had no issues with anything! We would highly recommend this as a place to stay in...

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AnnaH115
Adelaide, Australia
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016 for a stay in October 2016
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person found this review helpful

We travelled as a family of 4 to Kyoto in October. We loved our stay at the Gion House, upper level. It was in a perfect location and we were able to walk to beautiful temples and other amazing places everyday. There were loads of local restaurants to choose from too. Curtis, Junko and Saki were super helpful and prompt in their communication with us before our arrival and instructions were clear and helpful. We...

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SFbySail
San Francisco, California
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95 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016 for a stay in November 2016
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person found this review helpful

Gion House offers great comfort and is in the best location in Kyoto. The residence has everything one could possibly need, and it all functions perfectly. I would have preferred an on-site briefing on arrival, but everything is well labeled with instructions in English. The management office is just a few doors away, and the staff is totally responsive to any questions or requests. Love the heated floors. We often stay in vacation rentals, and...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

Gion House is beautiful. We travelled as a family and the children were respectful and well behaved, because this house has original features, shrines that must not be entered or touched, glass doors and paper walls. We found this house to be excellent, comfy and the team provide amazing little things like washing machine liquid, maps and movies. Beds are very comfy. The kids loved the onsen style bathroom. The location is excellent, with access...

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Amenities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Books
  • Deck
  • Dining Seats (4)
  • Double Beds:(2)
  • Dryer
  • DVD Player
  • Freezer
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Microwave
  • Paper Towels Provided
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Soap/Shampoo Provided
  • Stove
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • Washer
  • Wi-Fi
House rules
    Ask about kids
    Pets not allowed
    Smoking not allowed
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Mar 20, 2017
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Apr 20, 2017
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