Amber House Gion

Kyoto, Kyôto [Kyoto], Japan


Accommodates: 4

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1


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.

This old Kyoto neighborhood has a tranquil charm, and many restaurants, shops, and tourist sites are within walking distance. Our properties The Gion House and Indigo House Gion, as well as our office, are all within 50 meters distance. Our English-speaking staff is close at hand to help you with any needs during your stay.


Air Conditioning


No Smoking


Wireless Internet

Rates and Availability

Mid Season: 06/01/2020 - 09/30/2020

Weeknight: ¥41000 / night

Weekend Night: ¥41000 / night

Peak Season: 10/01/2020 - 11/30/2020

Weeknight: ¥46000 / night

Weekend Night: ¥46000 / night

Mid Season: 12/01/2020 - 12/24/2020

Weeknight: ¥41000 / night

Weekend Night: ¥41000 / night

High Season: 12/25/2020 - 01/05/2021

Weeknight: ¥43000 / night

Weekend Night: ¥43000 / night

Specific Rate Details:

Minimum stay is 5 nights.
Minimum age for children is 7.
Please note that rate depends on the season.
Rates shown are for two persons.
3rd/4th persons can stay for additional ¥4,000 per night per person.
Kyoto accommodation tax ¥200 per person per night applies to reservations starting October 1st, 2018.
Consumption tax is included.
Payment by Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Paypal, or international wire transfer.


Per Night

¥41000 JPY