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Amber House Gion in Prime Gion Location

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Living room, with interior garden
Living room with sofa, table, and floor cushions
An antique hibachi from early Showa period, which we turned into a coffee table

Overview
2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
4 guests
5 nights minimum 
Rental Home
*Please also have a look at our other Flipkey listings for The Gion House (Upper Level), Indigo House Gion (Lower Level), and The Gion Apartments. Amber House Gion is located in the same charming neighborhood as The Gion House... just 20 meters away. Location couldn't be better!! Amber House Gion is a spacious two-storey machiya house, tucked away on a residential cul-de-sac off a side street in the center of old Gion. The back side of the house has windows that face directly into the gardens of Kenninji, the oldest Zen temple in Japan. There is no through car traffic, affording visitors a truly tranquil setting. The main sounds to be heard are the gongs and chimes from inside the temple, the nightingales in the Spring, the cicadas in the Summer, the crickets in the Fall, The house was...*Please also have a look at our other Flipkey listings for The Gion House (Upper Level), Indigo House Gion (Lower Level), and The Gion Apartments. Amber House Gion is located in the same charming neighborhood as The Gion House... just 20 meters away. Location couldn't be better!! Amber House Gion is a spacious two-storey machiya house, tucked away on a residential cul-de-sac off a side street in the center of old Gion. The back side of the house has windows that face directly into the gardens of Kenninji, the oldest Zen temple in Japan. There is no through car traffic, affording visitors a truly tranquil setting. The main sounds to be heard are the gongs and chimes from inside the temple, the nightingales in the Spring, the cicadas in the Summer, the crickets in the Fall, The house was built in the Meiji Period, over 100 years ago, by a local architect, whose distinctive style sets this house apart. “Ochaya” tea houses such as this were originally designed as exclusive places where geishas would entertain the elite members of society, in a very high-end, private setting. Amber House Gion is now set up with a living room, two spacious bedrooms, kitchen, and bath. There is a small inner garden, framed by large plates of glass for private enjoyment. Radiant heating provides warmth in the Winter, and ample air conditioning assures coolness in the Summer. There is abundant natural light, since the house faces South. Amber House Gion was renovated by renowned Kyoto architect, Geoffrey Moussas, who has achieved high acclaim for his machiya restorations in Kyoto. The house has been meticulously decorated with a high-end combination of antique and stylish modern elements, and was designed with the comfort of Western visitors in mind. Whenever possible, natural and locally sourced materials have been used, and synthetic materials avoided. Many elements have been made by hand in Kyoto by local artisans. The house can accommodate two to four persons. Two spacious tatami mat bedrooms offer sleeping on either an extra-wide double bed, or a double futon. There is plenty of storage space. The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you might need if you were to cook at home every day. There is free wifi, however, there is no TV. Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: FULLYLICENSED
House Rules
Pets not allowedNot suitable for kidsNo smoking
Minimum age for children is 7 years. No smoking inside or within 10 meters of the house. Shoes must be removed before entering. Guests are to respect the quiet of the neighborhood. No loud noise, especially after 9 PM. No parties.
Bedrooms
2 Fulls
Bathrooms
1 Full bath

Meet the host
Curtis Hawes
Hosting since August 2010
Languages spoken: English, Japanese
Response Rate: 71%
Response Time: Within a few hours
Interaction with guestsOur office is just 50 meters away, and open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM (except Sundays and holidays). Our English-speaking staff is available to offer assistance to guests.

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Reviews (29)
Andrew I N
Andrew I N
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Comfortable Stay in a Traditional Home in Gion
We (two couples) really loved our stay at Amber House. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac, the house is beautifully updated and maintained. It was always nice to come back after a day of sightseeing and recharge in the comfort and charm of the house. We took full advantage of the washer/dryer, coffee maker, and hot water pot and enjoyed our morning breakfasts (supplied by local konbini and bakeries) and a dinner with our purchases from Nishiki Market in the eat-in kitchen. Within easy walking distance of public transport (bus and subway) and major tourist sites (Gion, Ninenzaka/Sannenzaka, Yasaka Shrine, Kiyomizu-dera, etc.). Junko at the Old Kyoto/Another World office was super helpful with all of our questions and requests including helping us ship our luggage ahead to our next destination. I was also very appreciative of Junko and Mina for allowing us to ship our luggage ahead to their office while we were on the Nakasendo Highway for three days. I highly recommend a stay at Amber House!
Visited November 2023
Written November 15, 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Tim C
Tim C
Great Malvern, United Kingdom5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful traditional house
Four of us stayed here for four nights at the height of the rainy season. Amber house is a tradition wooden town house in a quiet alley on the edge of the Gion district. Curtis has carefully blended the traditional with modern features that American/European visitors might expect. In addition to tatami mats and paper doors, the house has a well appointed kitchen, efficient washer-drier, wifi and air conditioning throughout. The location is magical - wandering the narrow, rain washed local streets at night felt like being in a movie. Many of the best temples and shrines in Kyoto are within a few minutes walk. Do not miss the outstanding artwork and gardens at Kennin-ji. Amber house made an excellent base to explore Kyoto from and a relaxing haven at the end of a busy day. My only complaint is that I regularly cracked my head on the low doorways - maybe tall visitors should consider bringing a bobble hat?
Visited June 2023
Written July 10, 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

DayTrip257117
DayTrip257117
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Smuk og autentisk bolig
Vi kan på alle måder anbefale dette smukke og autentiske hus. Fantastisk beliggenhed i roligt område. Huset var fint og rent, og ejeren var super sød og interesseret i at alt var tilfredsstillende. Vi overnattede 7 døgn, 4 personer, og havde en meget fin tid i smukke Kyoto.
Visited July 2018
Written October 16, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

lwu6
lwu6
Portland, OR5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Genuine Japanese refinement in both accommodations and service.
This lovely home is in the heart of the geisha district. You can sense the history as soon as you enter. Every detail has been carefully chosen; from the fresh flower arrangements to the comfortable bed and even they way the dishes and drink ware is artfully displayed. Junko is such a gracious hostess. Her recommendations and communication with local businesses were a big help. Thank you Curtis for curating such a wonderful place for travelers to experience Old Kyoto.
Visited April 2018
Written April 22, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Roberta H
Roberta H
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fabulous accomodation in Gion.
I was advised by a family member to stay in the Gion district in Kyoto on our recent trip to Japan and I'm so glad we did !! However what made our stay in that quaint and atmospheric district so memorable, was our accommodation at Amber House. Everything about it was perfect - the location in a quiet no through street, the outstanding amenities, and the gorgeous ambience. It was spotlessly clean, stocked with basics for our short stay, a really comfortable bed for us and a futon in the second bedroom for our daughter who travelled with us. Curtis and his staff gave us great advice about local restaurants and nothing was too much trouble for them. I really didn't want to go home. We will be back .
Visited March 2018
Written April 16, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Happiness278531
Happiness278531
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Amazing House and wonderful staff
If you're up in the air on whether to stay in a hotel or rent a house let me help you decide , this house rental is the way to go! We wanted to experience Japan and feel like we were immersed in the culture. Staying at the house felt like we took a step back in time yet has the modern amenities to make our stay comfortable. The architecture of the home was amazing and the staff support was phenomenal ! Junko would get back to us right away with any questions we had and would help us if we wanted to make reservations anywhere. The cell phone they provided us with was a life saver! I can't say enough positive things about "Old Kyoto" rentals. This was our 1st trip to Japan and they made everything run seamlessly and our experience memorable. Thanks so much Curtis for an extraordinary stay!
Visited April 2018
Written April 14, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Ed W
Ed W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Awesome stay in the heart of Kyoto!
From start to end, our 4-night stay at the Amber House was nothing but first-class, and the highlight of our recent visit to Asia. During the early planning stage, owner Curtis was very responsive and prompt with the reservation process and answering all questions that we had. Then we had bombarded his assistants Junko and Saki with multiple restaurant reservation requests, and they were eager, prompt, and diligent in getting us all the reservations that we had wanted... how awesome is that! Needless to say, when we arrived in Kyoto, the access to the Amber House was smooth and glitch-free. The property itself is simply amazing... clean, elegant and minimalistic, a perfect spot of serenity in the heart of the Gion district (we did not ever hear the gongs going off at the adjacent temple as one of the reviewers claimed). The kitchen was a real bonus... we made breakfast each morning and it was a real treat to be able to cook with local ingredients! We couldn't have asked for anything more!
Visited February 2018
Written March 26, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Megan F
Megan F
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Excellent Machiya experience
We stayed 5 days at Amber House in Gion and it was an incredible experience. They had a cell phone that we could use in case we needed anything and they also had a list of places to go in the neighborhood that they liked. The place was clean and was a great home for a few days. The location was superb in that you're right in the middle of Gion but tucked into a little corner so its quiet and feels safe. We highly recommend this as a place to stay.
Visited November 2017
Written February 18, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Marlene T
Marlene T
Honolulu, HI127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Perfect Choice
This traditional house was one of the best vacation rentals we have found. It is located in a quiet but very convenient part of Gion. It is well equipped and clean and full of local charm. I felt like we were in "Memoirs of a Geisha" although Geiko is the Kyoto term. Curtis was easy to deal with and his team is available at all times. We most definitely return and highly recommend this property.
Visited November 2017
Written January 10, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

caroline293
caroline293
London, United Kingdom7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Kyoto!
I came across Amber House by reading blogs and articles on where to stay in Kyoto, and I'm so glad it was available for my dates. The location is exceptional, in the heart of Gion yet in a quiet cul de sac, and it made our stay in Kyoto memorable. I was travelling with a friend so it was nice to have a room each and to be able to eat in after a week of dining out. Saying that, it has plenty of restaurants just round the corner (Hanamichi was our favourite, the owner is the smiliest person on Earth!). The booking process was very easy, Curtis was very quick at getting back to me, and the local team (Junko and Saki) were wonderful and so helpful. I can't recommend it enough, a true gem for a very special stay in Kyoto!
Visited September 2017
Written October 29, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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What this rental offers
Wi-fi and internet
  • Wi-fi
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  • Private yard
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  • Dryer
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washer
Kitchen and dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
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  • Air conditioning
  • Internet access

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Map
Getting there
Itami Airport
24.2 mi

Kobe Airport
40.3 mi
Restaurants
Premium Pound Gion
4 min

TEPPAN TAVERN TENAMONYA
5 min

wakana
5 min

Kobe Beef Steak Moriya Gion
5 min
Attractions
Geisha and Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya
5 minGame & Entertainment Centers

Kennin-ji Temple
2 minReligious Sites

Gion
5 minNeighborhoods

Ishibe Alley
6 minHistoric Sites
About the neighborhood
The location is on a quiet side-street in the heart of the famous Gion district, in the center of the city.
Getting around
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.
Access
Car not needed
How to get there
From Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX), we recommend the door-to-door shuttle van services of Yasaka KIX Shuttle. From Kyoto Station or other points in Kyoto, we recommend arriving by taxi the first time, to avoid the frustration of getting lost. Guests will be provided with maps and necessary instructions before arrival.

Things to know
Check in / out timings
Check in after 4 PM Check out by 11 AM
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 8 weeks before check-in
  • 25% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed

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Frequently Asked Questions about Amber House Gion in Prime Gion Location

Amber House Gion in Prime Gion Location is able to accommodate up to 4 guests. See all property details.

Amber House Gion in Prime Gion Location has one bathroom available. See all property details.

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