The Gion House (Upper Level)

Kyoto, Kyôto [Kyoto], Japan


Accommodates: 4

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1


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. Until the 1960s, it was in use as an “ochaya,” or exclusive place of entertainment by geisha. It was fully restored by renowned Kyoto-based architect Geoffrey Moussas. The lower level and upper level have separate entrances, and are completely independent.

The Gion House Upper Level is the entire second floor of the house. Its features include elegant antique sliding doors, antique light fixtures, and traditional design details, combined with luxurious, modern features like radiant heating under the wooden floors, a large Western style bathtub, and wireless high-speed Internet. The bath and kitchen are entirely new and modern and fully equipped. There is a washer and dryer.

This spacious unit has a tatami mat bedroom with double futon, a Western-style bedroom with double bed and desk, and a large tatami mat living room with leather sofa and 32 inch flat-screen cable TV, with access to many international channels. Also there is a wooden roof deck with chairs and table, a perfect place to sip your morning coffee while enjoying the views of surrounding hills, as well as a view of the maple trees of neighboring Kenninji temple, which is the oldest Zen temple in Japan, and is just a stone’s throw away. Special to this unit is a small collection of rare antique books about Japan, Kyoto, and Japanese art and design.

There is enough room for up to four to sleep... two in the tatami bedroom on a futon, and two in the double bed in the Western-style room.

Or rent both the upper and lower levels to accommodate up to eight persons.

Our guests absolutely love the location…tucked away on a quiet side street in the Gion district. This old Kyoto neighborhood has a tranquil charm, and many restaurants, shops, and tourist sites are within walking distance. Our properties Amber House Gion and Indigo House Gion, as well as our office, are all within 50 meters distance.

The house was been the subject of attention by international media. It was 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 FT (Financial Times), 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.'

*Please note that minimum age for children is seven years old.


Air Conditioning

Cable TV


No Smoking



Wireless Internet

Rates and Availability

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

Weeknight: ¥37000 / night

Weekend Night: ¥37000 / night

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

Weeknight: ¥42000 / night

Weekend Night: ¥42000 / night

Mid Season: 12/01/2020 - 01/05/2021

Weeknight: ¥39000 / night

Weekend Night: ¥39000 / 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

¥37000 JPY