$401 / night
Total guests, Nights

The Gion House (Upper Level) Prime Gion Location – Home 3471960 House

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 4 sleeps
  • 5 nights min stay

The Gion House (Upper Level) Prime Gion Location – Home 3471960

  • House
  • 2 bedrooms
  • sleeps 4
  • 5 nights min stay

Key Info

  • Not suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed

Description from manager


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 featured 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.

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, 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 modern and fully equipped. There is a washer / dryer.

This spacious house 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. Also there is a wood 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.

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 8 persons.

According to neighborhood sources, before it was converted into a residence, the Gion House was an "ochaya," or a traditional establishment where the patrons of Gion have been entertained by geiko and geisha in a very exclusive setting. The house is over 100 years old.

The Gion House is just five minutes' walk from Hanamikoji Street, one of the most traditional and preserved sections of Kyoto, where you can find old "machiya" style wooden houses in abundance. You can also find geishas scurrying down the alleyways on their way to work in the evenings.

You'll enjoy the luxury and ambiance of the Gion House, and the location can't be beat for a memorable Kyoto experience in the very special part of town called Gion.

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Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Full bed
    Bedroom 2: Full bed
  • 1 Full bath


  • Wireless Internet
  • Air conditioning
  • Deck
  • Internet access
  • Stove
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

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.

Interaction with guest

Our 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.


Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 11:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through FlipKey using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 8 weeks before check-in.

8 weeks before

25% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

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.


About the manager

Curtis Hawes

Tourist License

Calendar last updated:
14 May 2021
Years listed:
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Languages spoken: English





57 reviews

Very Good

“A little oasis in a quite lane in the middle of Gion”

Reviewed 23 Dec 2018

Everything is amazing about Gion House. We were 3 adults and one child and staid for one week. Its a great location for sightseeing. Lots of restaurants within walking distance. The House has a list o… More

“Very Comfortable apartment in great location”

Reviewed 26 Nov 2018

We really enjoyed staying in the apartment or Machiya It was very comfortable in a great location We found some of the advice very helpful ,particularly the local restaurant called Mamech… More

“Authentic experience in beautiful Gion”

Reviewed 18 Nov 2018

Conveniently located in beautiful Gion, where we walked to buses, the station, shops, temples and restaurants. We felt we were living like the locals and loved hearing the chanting of the monks in the… More

“Wonderful apartment in an amazing location”

Reviewed 18 Nov 2018

The tatami mats, the woodwork, the tokonoma, the fully equipped kitchen, the bathroom, it all made for a wonderful stay in Kyoto. We only wish we could have stayed longer.

“Awesome place”

Reviewed 22 Aug 2018

Just an amazing place to stay. It has all you need and set in a beautiful Edo style japanese house. It is very close to all attractions in Gion. There are several bar/restaurants nearby. A convenience… More

“An enchanting home away from home!”

Reviewed 28 May 2018

We immersed ourselves in the heart of old Kyoto for two weeks. The Gion House was the perfect location for exploring the sites of Kyoto and the surrounding countryside. We were in walking distance fro… More

“Comfortable, quiet and prime Gion location”

Reviewed 19 Apr 2018

My wife and I had very comfortable stay for 5 nights starting March 28, 2018 in the upper level of The Gion House. We specially liked the location of the unit which is on a quiet street in the heart o… More

“Stayed for two weeks, should have stayed for three”

Reviewed 16 Apr 2018

The Gion House upper level, Kyoto It was a privileged experience to stay in this ryokan in such a central and atmospheric area of the Gion. The ryokan retained its authentic charm but with the welcome… More

“Superb service pre arrival”

Reviewed 8 Apr 2018

My wife and I will be staying at Gion House Upper level next week. We have had several communications with Curtis and Junko prior to our stay and their responses have been terrific, both regarding the… More

“Peaceful place to stay in great location!”

Reviewed 21 Feb 2018

Wonderful place to stay in Gion! Quiet and relaxing, and easy walking distance to Kiyomizu-dera, transportation, restaurants, and downtown shopping. Everyone was friendly and super helpful. Wish we co… More

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If you’ve been sent a quote, simply accept it and pay online through the email we sent you. You can also do this in Manage your booking.

Only bookings paid for through our site are covered by our trusted Payment Protection.

Why can't I call the property manager before booking?

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How do damage deposits work?

In most cases, you don’t pay a damage deposit up front. Instead, we save your payment details securely and you’re only charged in the event of damage to the property.

Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

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We’ll automatically charge the balance payment to the same payment method 10 days before it’s due. Go to Manage your booking to see when the payment will be taken.

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How do I make changes to my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your booking page. To change your dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send the property manager a message.

If the property manager agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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