Indigo House Gion (Lower Level)
Kyoto, Kyôto [Kyoto], Japan 605-0811
Indigo House Gion is two level “machiya” style traditional townhouse, which was transformed from its abandoned and dilapidated condition into a architectural showplace in mid 2015 by renowned architect Geoffrey Moussas. This “machiya” was built in the early 1900s, and was formerly used as an “ochaya,” a teahouse where geisha entertained elite clientele.
It is located just a few steps from The Gion House and Amber House Gion, on a quiet cul-de-sac street in Gion, with no through traffic. The Gion neighborhood is known for its long history as Japan’s most important geisha district, where you can still find streets lined with the historic buildings for which Kyoto is known. And there is so much to see and do within walking distance. The heart of downtown is just a ten minute walk away.
Indigo House Gion Lower Level is the full lower level of the house, with its own entrance. It’s completely independent from the Upper Level. There is enough room to accommodate two to three adults, or a couple with two children.
The two bedrooms are both in traditional tatami mat style, and retain some very distinctive original design details such as “tokonoma” alcoves, woven “ajiro” wood detailing on the ceilings, and bamboo molding. The larger master bedroom has a high quality bed with extra-wide double mattress, while the smaller second bedroom has traditional-style sleeping on a soft double-sized futon.
When entering the Lower Level, you can’t helped be be overwhelmed by the interior garden, surrounded by huge walls of glass. The feeling is very modern, however, the focal point of the garden is a very old and crumbling Edo-period stone lantern.
The bath area has the luxury of space. It features an extra wide shower head, with full-sized bath tub. Of course, the toilet has those high-tech functions. And of course, there is a washer/dryer for guest use.
There is radiant floor heating to keep guests warm in the winter, and of course, air conditioning assures that the place stays cool in the warm season.
What is distinctive about Indigo House Gion? It’s bright and airy, since there are walls of glass surrounding the interior garden, which extends from the Lower Level to the Upper Level. The master bedroom has an expansive south-facing view of the inner area of Kenninji Temple, where you can see the monk’s cemetery and vegetable gardens, as well as the buildings where the monks live. There’s a lot of blue sky and green trees, and natural light. You can hear the sound of monks chanting their prayers early in the morning. You can also hear the enchanting sounds of crickets, cicadas, and nightingales, depending on the season.
Indigo House Gion has already gotten some press. In it's dilapidated pre-renovation state, this house was filmed in 2014 by CNN for a the program called "On the Road," in a segment called "Saving Kyoto's town houses." It was also filmed in September, 2015 for a program on ANA’s inflight entertainment system.
Rates and Availability
Peak Season: 11/11/2017 - 11/30/2017
Weeknight: ¥37000 / night
Weekend Night: ¥37000 / night
Mid Season: 12/01/2017 - 12/24/2017
Weeknight: ¥33000 / night
Weekend Night: ¥33000 / night
High Season: 12/25/2017 - 01/05/2018
Weeknight: ¥35000 / night
Weekend Night: ¥35000 / night
Low Season: 01/06/2018 - 02/28/2018
Weeknight: ¥31000 / night
Weekend Night: ¥31000 / night
Mid Season: 03/01/2018 - 03/20/2018
Weeknight: ¥33000 / night
Weekend Night: ¥33000 / night
Peak Season: 03/21/2018 - 04/20/2018
Weeknight: ¥37000 / night
Weekend Night: ¥37000 / night
High Season: 04/21/2018 - 05/31/2018
Weeknight: ¥35000 / night
Weekend Night: ¥35000 / night
Mid Season: 06/01/2018 - 09/30/2018
Weeknight: ¥33000 / night
Weekend Night: ¥33000 / night
Specific Rate Details:
Please note that rate depends on the season. Rate is for two persons. 3rd/4th persons can stay for additional ¥3,000/nt./person Minimum stay 5 nights. Tax included. Payment by Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Paypal, or international wire transfer. Minimum age for children is seven years old.
The best choice I could have made
An incredibly thoughtful restoration, an enchanting interior, a magical location, and a generous and engaged staff in an office just a block away. This was my first trip to Japan and as I moved through the country I tried a variety of lodgings--stately hotels, a ryokan, a boutique hotel.... All paled in comparison to my days and nights in Indigo House. The other hotels were lovely, but I fell in love with this very unique place. The street was intimate with an elegant, residential vibe, but you are still within the easiest stroll to restaurants, shopping, the Kennin-ji temple. the river. Every touch of the interior of indigo house was generously full of the richest touches--the decor and garden, flowers, pages of wonderfully edited ideas and maps that made a first time visit for a non-Japanese-speaking solo woman so much richer. I hugely, hugely recommend Indigo House. There are not many places like this.
Totally recommend - location + comfort
Our friends recommended Indigo House to us, and we are so glad they did. I now will recommend it to anyone headed to Kyoto. It was perfect for our small family, and was a wonderful change from staying in hotels. We could cook breakfast, spread out a little, walk from our door to buses, trains, temples and restaurants. Our 5 night stay let us pretend that we were living in a Kyoto flat. We took day trips from there to Nara, Osaka, and surrounding temples. The iPhone loaner was great so that we could easily map our travels. The decor was beautiful, the shower awesome, and the team was super helpful. We could wash our clothes mid-trip, which made packing much lighter. We loved the little inset garden in the middle of the home. During a downpour, we could enjoy the sound of the rain. I usually don't write recommendations, but this place really deserves it.
Thank you so much Old Kyoto for letting us to stay in the Indigo house.The house itself was stunning and the staff went above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable. We truly enjoyed dinner at JoJo's and the massages were so amazing I had to get another one before we left! We will be recommending your place to friends venturing this way soon and if we are ever back we will certainly stay with you again. Thank you!
A wonderful stay
We stayed in Indigo House in January 2017 and could not recommend it more highly. We took both floors, and had a family on each floor, which worked very nicely with 2 families. The building itself was stunning, every detail was perfect from the soft bed linen to the luxurious bathroom. The location too is wonderful, tucked away in breathtakingly beautiful streets, but in stepping distance to a host of great little restaurants.Our family travelled with 2 young kids (3 and 5 years old), and yes the house is small, but it was absolutely no problem with the little ones. Thanks again Curtis and the team.
Perfect location luxury accommodation
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 great well organised stress free holiday.
Indigo House--the perfect Kyoto retreat
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.
Charming and Serene!
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!
Indigo house-lower lever
Exceptional place to stay in Kyoto. Very well furnished, very comfortable. The indoor garden is great. It rained one night when we were there and we could open the glass door and hear the rain on the garden. Very relaxing!
Indigo House was everything that we hoped for to enable us to explore the city and then have a beautiful base to come back to each day. The location made this easy with fantastic sights, restaurants and transport within minutes. The charm and authenticity of Indigo House provided a wonderful 'Japanese' experience. We loved the modern decor with the bathroom and well appointed kitchen a dream. Perfect for two families travelling together (which we did), with a lower and upper level apartment. Thank you for a memorable stay. We hope to be back!
Lovely stay in Kyoto
Our family enjoyed a lovely stay nights in the Lower Indigo House Gion. The house was very special as it was renovated beautifully with high quality finishings whilst still retaining the old structure. We especially loved the modern and luxurious bathroom. The location was also ideal as it was in the quaint and beautiful, but residential part of Gion. We have stayed in some big hotels whilst visiting Kyoto in the past, but much preferred our stay in this lovely machiya. We look foward to staying here again the next time we visit Kyoto. Thank you again Junko and Saki for all your kind help!
Perfect stay at Indigo House
My parents, toddler and I stayed at Indigo House for 4 nights in November 2016. The area is beautiful; peaceful and atmospheric while being a stone's throw from restaurants, shops, and public transport. As for the house, it's perfect and I can't imagine staying anywhere else in Kyoto. Everything is beautifully appointed and well maintained. The atrium was a delight and the bathroom was the best bathroom we have seen in all of Japan. Everything in the house has been well thought out and it's the best use of space I've ever seen. Thank you for a wonderful stay Curtis and Junko.
Hugely Enhanced Our Kyoto Visit
Indigo House looks just like it does in the pictures - it has a great, calming feel to it as soon as you walk in, and the tiny backstreets within which it sits are lovely to wander. The house is quiet despite being so central and just has a really lovely feel to it which makes you feel you are really "in Kyoto" rather than in an anonymous hotel. Would love to stay here again
Beautifully restored Machiya (tea house)
We booked both the lower and upper levels of Indigo house for ourselves and friends (2 couples) and we were in the lower house. We absolutely loved the restoration work done (looks exactly if not better than the photos on the website) - beautifully Japanese (I even noticed the very Japanese styled blinds) but with modern comforts (a small but very functional kitchenette, good bathroom and a very comfortable bed). Both the lower and upper levels (each set up "apartment style") come with an extra tatami style bed room. The main and "extra" tatami rooms are located on either side of each "apartment" so there is sufficient privacy if you want to share with another couple or have kids. The upper level's extra (tatami) room is a tad larger. If you have young kids/toddlers, you may prefer the lower level as it comes without a staircase. There is air-conditioning as well as heating (including the floors). The location is perfect for sight seeing in Kyoto and close to some very famous sights and temples. While Kyoto is touristy for most part of the year, Indigo house is located in a very quiet side street, just off the main tourist attractions in the heart of Gion (itself a must-see). It is very walkable to some of the more famous sights in Kyoto and across the river to Pontocho. I think what sets the Old Kyoto houses apart from other "self serviced" rentals is that the booking office doubles up as a concierge service and offers very personal service. Junko and Saki were most helpful from making restaurant reservations to routing out our journey to our next stop which was Awaji island. We also met Curtis briefly, the man behind Old Kyoto (and who was very hands on with our reservation). We can't wait to come back! Tip - make sure you print out the map the booking office sends you, so the taxi can locate it. Unlike The taxis in Kyoto mainly don't have GPS, so they really need the map (which comes with detailed instructions in Japanese).
Staying in the beautifully renovated and charming Indigo House (lower level) was perfect for our week in Kyoto. Everything we could need was provided, the coffee maker was particularly useful. We also liked having breakfast and looking at the internal garden, It was the perfect location for walking into the heart of Gion and yet such a peaceful street to stay on. The information and maps provided helped our week and we were glad to take the advice about restaurant recommendations, as Jojo was delicious. Staying in this lovely wooden house felt it was our home for the week in Kyoto. We highly recommend staying there if you want stay in traditional style accommodation with the convenience of modern facilities.
A tranquil gem in ideal location
We recently enjoyed a stay at Indigo House and would recommend it without hesitation to anyone visiting Kyoto. Curtis and his colleagues Junko and Saki provided excellent advice about airport transfers, local transportation, phone service, etc. in the lead-up to our trip, and went above and beyond in helping us make local restaurant reservations. The house itself, while snug, is thoughtfully designed and outfitted with every convenience a traveler could ask for (custom local guide with recommendations, maps, comfortable bed, local iPhone, smart little kitchen, washer/dryer, A/C, umbrellas, etc.). The location is ideal (close to many sights, cafes, restaurants, grocery store, ATM, transportation, etc.), yet on a quiet, charming street. We loved it, and if we ever return to Kyoto, we would definitely stay here again.
Privacy, peace and perfection
Following a short but very full itinerary we chose Indigo House for our final few days in Japan - a moment to unwind, relax and absorb everything that the amazing and beautiful Kyoto is, before we regretfully had to fly home. We couldn't have chosen better. This beautifully renovated machiya, hidden away in a peaceful lane in the centre of Gion (Kyoto's famous geisha district) is just moments from Hanami-koji, perhaps Gion's most famous street, with its traditional wooden merchant houses, shops, restaurants and ochaya, the exclusive teahouses where guests are entertained by maiko and geiko. The design and decor of Indigo House is a carefully considered, beautifully executed contemporary take on the original machiya, providing all the modern conveniences and facilities you could possibly need in a clever blend of the old and new. There was literally nothing more we could have wished for. Put simply, Indigo House was the highlight of anywhere we stayed during our visit to Japan. We shall return.
Indigo House- lower level
I stayed for one week in October 2015 in the lower level of Indigo House. It was a truely wonder place in which to stay, and my only regret was that I could only be there for a week. The house is beautifully and elegantly restored, keeping the flavour of an old Kyoto house while having all the modern conveniences. The main bedroon in the back looks out onto the old Kennin-ji cemetry, not at all depressing, and early in the morning, if you are an insomniac, you can hear the distant bells and chanting of the monks in the Temple. Facing onto the bedroom is a small indoor garden courtyard that can be lit up giving a lovely atmosphere to the apartment. The living room/ kitchen has all all the necessary appliances if you want to cook, although there are wonderful restaurants nearby and also three supermarkets in close walking distance that have convenient take-away food. There is a washing machine/dryer and the bathroom has very deep luxurious bathtub and a seperate shower with, of course, a Japanese style sitting toilet. There is also a smaller bedroom facing onto to small charming dead-end lane, so there is no traffic noise. Indigo House is in walking distance to Gion and also to the main 'downtown' area of Kyoto. Near the supermarkets are the bus stops. Curtis and his English speaking staff have their office just around the corner from Indogo House and are very helpful with any queries and will even book a restaurant reservation. There is so much to see just in walking distance to Indigo House. I loved living in the house and very much look forward to my next stay there.
An October to Remember
This is way overdue but I owe the principal of this lodging in Gion a review. It was an existential experience to savor the sights of Kyoto And that experience was matched by our stay in the Indigo House. Serenity and zen like ambiance combined with modern comforts. I have since recommended this organization to 2 of my friends and they had a spectacular stay as well. We hope to return to this Indigo House (lower unit) with our daughter and her spouse in the very near future.
Perfect Kyoto Stay
Indigo House Gion (lower) is perfect for anyone wanting a really well designed balance between a traditional setting with comfortable, modern conveniences. This renovated machiya is truly a delight with a perfectly functional kitchen, fabulous bathroom- best shower ever- comfortable bed and importantly a table and chairs to spread out the next day's plans. Curtis Hawes and his staff are warm and friendly , going out of their way to advise and help with reservations. The location is fabulous , an easy walk to temples, beautiful gardens and shops. I can't recommend this apartment highly enough. I'm already planning our next trip.
Raining in a house?
I had never thought about staying at an old Kyoto style house until this spring. When my family decided to visit Kyoto I found a hotel in the city and I was pretty happy about it. Then, when my son found the Indigo House online, we thought " wow, could we stay there?" That's how we ended up canceling the hotel I booked earlier and staying at the old Geisha house. The place was super clean and had everything we needed (fresh cut flowers were bonus!). Kitchen was small but that was okay because we didn't really use it except making coffee and washing cups/dishes. I liked the washer/dryer machine - started the laundry in the morning and it was all done (and dry) when we came back to the house at the end of tiring day! Weather was perfect in May but it rained a day or so. I loved it when it rained at night because it rained in the little garden that was in the center of the house! It was so calming to my ears (strangely). We enjoyed the stay, and Curtis and his staff were nice to deal with. Thanks!
Our family of 4 (2 adults and 2 girls age 4 & 6) stayed at the Indigo house while visiting Kyoto. It is perfectly located in a small side street in the heart of the historical and beautiful area of Gion. We stayed at the lower level, which is perfect for a family of 4. The beds were very comfy, the bathroom lovely (we loved the bathtub) and the guide book was full of useful and relevant info, and the iphone available for internet and calls even outside of the house is a nice touch. Our local contact Junko was so sweet and serviceminded. We definitely will recommend staying here, for some destinations part of how you stay means a lot for the full experience - Kyoto is such a place.
My husband, myself and our 2 children aged 4 and 5 years recently stayed at the Indigo House Gion Lower Level and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Beautifully renovated and perfect for a family, our children shared the front room futon whilst my husband and I were comfortable in our own room. A compact but everything we needed, kitchen/living room enabled us to eat breakfast before heading out for the day. Walking distance to many sights, train stations and supermarket. Located in a quiet residential area so very relaxing. I am already planning my next visit in October, I loved the Indigo House.
Fabulous base in beautiful Kyoto
We stayed at Indigo House (Lwr Level) in January 2016 with our 13 year old son, during a 2 week visit to Japan. It is a beautifully presented, ideally located and cosy accommodation, which provided an ideal base for our visit to Kyoto. Everything you need is within walking distance (groceries, restaurants/cafes, many tourist sites) and its location in the Maiko/Geisha district of Kyoto is just lovely. We were lucky enough to see a number of Maikos coming and going from restaurants and establishments within the area during our stay. The office/property manager is only a 2 min walk from Indigo House and was very helpful with any of our queries/questions. Curtis, the owner, was also very professional and prompt during the booking process. The second bedroom is quite small and the bed took up most of the space in the room, but our son was comfortable and it was fine as just being used to sleep in. Indigo House was like a mini 'home away from home' for our family and we were very pleased we made the choice to stay there. Thankyou for helping make our visit to Kyoto a memorable one!
Hidden gem in Gion
We greatly enjoyed our recent stay in the Indigo House Lower Level. This beautifully restored and tastefully appointed property is located in the heart of the Gion neighborhood and is literally almost next door to the Kennin-ji temple, which turned out to be one of the most beautiful and interesting destinations we visited in Kyoto. There is also an interesting neighborhood full of upscale shopping just up the hill past Kodai-ji. I was traveling with two female co-workers who shared the larger bedroom, while I took the smaller second bedroom. That worked just fine for our needs and we were quite comfortable. It would also be great for a family with two small kids. Washer/dryer in the unit was a plus (with buttons conveniently marked in English), and it was a great benefit to have English-speaking contacts at the office right around the corner. Highly recommended.
Indigo in early autumn
We had the pleasure of being the first to stay at the Indigo House and enjoyed it immensely. The description is accurate: it is beautiful, light, airy and quiet. The indoor garden is not only beautiful; the glass doors slide open to let in fresh air. I can imagine how pleasant it will be in the warm months. The windows in the main bedroom also open to allow an through breeze, and a view into the open spaces. The bathroom is the best I have seen in Japan. There is plenty of storage space for unpacked clothes, and for getting luggage out of sight. The kitchen is compact but well designed, and all the equipment—cooking utensils and tableware—is of good quality; a pleasant extra, but one in keeping with the design of the apartment as a whole. While plumbing, air conditioning etc are all state of the art, the refurbishment includes antique special finds. Look at the doors and admire the ingenuity in adapting them to size. best of all must nevertheless be the location. The house is in a quiet lane right in the heart of the Gion. Walking to the supermarket, or in my case, to the subway for a commute, was itself a great Kyoto experience. The proximity of other apartments owned by Curtis was useful for us: a friend took the house across the street. There are great restaurants around and Junko and Saki are both excellent guides and facilitators. As the website says, it is suitable for two or 3 adults, or a couple with children. The second bedroom is fine but small. The upper level does however have two good sized bedrooms, as does Amber House across the lane. We stayed there too and loved it.
What a lovely oasis in the heart of Kyoto! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Indigo House. After hours of magnificent temple hopping we loved coming home and relaxing in our own little home away from home. Whether soaking in the deep tub in the lovely bathroom with indoor garden, relaxing in the gorgeous spacious bedroom, or sitting in the kitchen for coffee and planning our next foray into this amazing city; the Indigo House met all of our needs. Beautiful touches like fresh flowers, the latest local guidebooks and even an iPhone for our personal use, made us feel quite at home. They have achieved a lovely modern restoration while still capturing the historic essence and flavor of the original house. On a pretty quiet side street but only minutes away from shopping, dining and wonderful people watching in the fascinating Gion district - the location was ideal. Bring your walking shoes - there is so much to see all within walking distance. Junko and Saki at Another World properties were just up the road and a phone call away to answer any questions we had about the house and the area. They were so accommodating and it was an added bonus to have such nice English speaking contacts nearby. We agreed that staying at this property really made our stay in Kyoto a very unique and special experience indeed!
Very beaufifuly japanese style designed and atmospere - a true place of japanes pureness
The house is located in a very beautiful and quiet street in short walking distance from great places to visit (shrines, neighborhoods, restaurants, shopping). Just step out of the door and you experience the japanese way of life and their true kindness. A place of harmony, peace and quiet. And yet, Gion with all it's nightlife is just a 5minute walk away. We appreciated a lot the beautiful and carefuly designed interior with all the japanese flair, the interioer garden reflecting the weather and lots of daylight, the big bathroom, the traditional sleeping romms with very comfortable beds and the small but very sufficient kitchen - and the fresh flowers in the appartement on our day of arrival!