$344 / night
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Gion Kyuraku - Traditional Luxury in located Machiya in Gion | Kiyomizu, Kyoto! – Home 3814731 House

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 6 sleeps
  • 2 nights min stay

Gion Kyuraku - Traditional Luxury in located Machiya in Gion | Kiyomizu, Kyoto! – Home 3814731

  • House
  • 3 bedrooms
  • sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min stay

Key Info

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

Description from owner


Gion Kyuraku was originally Tea Master's House which was fully renovated and turned into a vacation rental.

We feel so fortunate to have met Mr. Sano, the landscape architect, to design our garden at Gion-Kyuraku. Mr. Sano was selected as one of the top 100 gardeners for the book called “Contemporary Japanese Gardens 100 Gardens by 100 Japanese Landscape Architects”, and the photo book was published in December 2014. We would like to express our gratitude to Mr. Sano for selecting our garden for the book.

Gion Kyuraku, nearly a century old Kyo-Machiya, that was once a tea-masters residence, located in the historical district of Kyoto, Gion/Kiyomizu. It has been restored to its original splendor, in conjunction with modern amenities, contemporary comforts, consideration of the environment, along with state-of-the-art entertainment, and communication infrastructure.

The three 'L's' in rental property are “Location, Location, Location”.

Firstly, Gion Kyuraku is in the heart of Gion, where Maiko-sans, and Geiko-sans (Geisha in English) can be seen nightly.

Secondly, historical temples, shrines, and world heritage sites are within a few minutes walking distance, Kenninji Temple (2 minute walk), Kyomizu Temple (10 minute walk), Hokan-ji Temple known as Yasaka Pagoda (5 minute walk), Rokuhara Mitsuji Temple (1 minute walk), and countless other historical sites.

Thirdly, one of the most historical streets in Japan Hanamikoji Dori is only a 3 minute walk from Gion Kyuraku. Additionally, there are a number of grocery stores, one is only a minute away, the other is a 24HR supermarket, bakeries, and countless restaurants are in the neighborhood, from family run diners, pubs to Michelin rated restaurants, and famous Ryoriya (Kyoto cuisine restaurants) are our neighbors.

A Kyo-Machiya is required to have certain elements: it must be located in one of the historical districts of Kyoto, features, such as a Tsuboniwa (Japanese Garden), Tsuchikabe (earth and straw walls), Koshi Kabe (wooden lattice), and Inuyarai (low bamboo fence).

Gion Kyuraku has all of these traditional elements, combined with distinctive feature of this period, which include, Ajiro ceiling (weaved wooden ceiling), Hari ceiling (structural wooden beams exposed), Shirakabe (white walls), antique light fixtures form the Taisho/ Showa period that have been masterfully restored, and ceramic pieces from the Shigaraki district of Japan.

One, fascinating structural feature of Gion Kyuraku is one of the main wooden support beans measures 4”x15”x16 feet; this one solid Japanese cedar beam spans the entire front of the Kyo-machiya. This is a must see, we have left it exposed.

Along with these period elements, Gion Kyuraku has been completely modernized with the assistance of many traditional trades people which comprise of Kyo-daiku, (traditional carpenters), plasterers, Japanese Gardener, designers, and countless other traditional craftsmen.

The result is a Kyo-Machiya that is functional for the sophisticated world traveler, the family that wants to experience a traditional machiya stay, and the traveler that does not want the usual hotel type accommodations. We invite you to experience the uniqueness of a Kyo-machiya, along with the comforts of modern living at Gion Kyuraku.

*** Kyoto Accommodation Tax (200 yen per night per guest) is not included in the price. We will send the details to the guests once we receive their booking request.

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Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: 3 Twin beds
    Bedroom 2: Twin bed
    Bedroom 3: 2 Twin beds
  • 1 Full bath, 1 Half bath


  • Wireless Internet
  • Air conditioning
  • Shared garden
  • Private garden
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Stove
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • Telephone
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

Many beautiful historic sites are within a short walking distance. The closest bus stop is only 3 minute walk away. Kyoto station is about 10 minute taxi ride from Gion Kyuraku.

Interaction with guest

Upon request, we can offer some advice about Kyoto e.g. restaurants, sightseeing etc..


Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 10:00
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 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

No smoking


About the owner

Thomas N.

Tourist License

Calendar last updated:
02 Apr 2021
Years listed:
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English





23 reviews

Very Good

“Fabulous traditional stay in Kyoto old-town”

Reviewed 2 Nov 2019

A former tea merchant's place superbly renovated in a traditional style situated in a quiet street on the old-town side of Kyoto. Easy walking distance to many local food options and a local supe… More

“Beautiful and Authentic Accommodation in the Heart of Kyoto”

Reviewed 8 May 2018

Reiko and Tom's Machiya was simply delightful. It is spotless and beautifully decorated in traditional style, with tatami mats, futon bedding and a Japanese o-furu (bath). However, it has all t… More

Response from the owner Thank you very much for your beautiful and useful comments regarding your stay at Gion Kyuraku. Hope to see you all again in the future.

“Perfectly located, beautifully renovated traditional house”

Reviewed 5 Oct 2017

We stayed here twice already (once with my parents and once with my wife's parents) everyone loved the experience. Apart from the beautiful house itself (as you can see in all the pictures), we a… More

Response from the owner Thank you for the perfect and beautiful review of Gion Kyuraku. Repeat and regular guests show how great the location and how beautiful the house really is. What the pictures can't tell you is trueness of the scent and sound of a traditional Kyo-machiya that is located in one of the oldest parts of Kyoto city where maiko walk freely on a daily bases. Rieko's concierge service is second to none. Another reason for many regular and repeat visitors to Gion Kyuraku. Thank you once again for your personal and insightful review.

“Beautiful and very good location!”

Reviewed 18 Jun 2017

When we arrived the building was easy to find via Google maps. The bus stop is just steps away. It was beautiful, clean, and traditional. We only stayed one night but it was awesome. The tub and h… More

“Beautiful, comfortable and central”

Reviewed 22 May 2017

We loved our stay in this beautiful and very central machiya. We were a short walk from many of the major sights, and Gion itself is beautiful for a walk day or night. We enjoyed relaxing in the livin… More

Response from the owner Thank you for the perfect 5-star review. It is all about location, and Gion Kyuraku has one of the best locations in Kyoto; the Gion district. Where Kyoto's historical sights meet modern day conveniences like Kyomizu temple and local grocery stores. Kyuraku does have some of the most comfortable futons (Japanese bedding) our guest tell us. Thank you once again for your insightful and informative review.

“The Machiya for a family dream vacation”

Reviewed 26 May 2016

This machiya is absolutely the best place to stay. It's very close to a supermart, restaurants, temples and you can experience old Japan with all the modern amnenities in a small but fully equip… More

Response from the owner Thank you for an absolutely amazing review of Gion Kyuraku. We like to think of Gion Kyuraku as a Japanese sized machiya which is large enough for six adults to live comfortably by Japanese standard. In addition to the long list of amnesties already mentioned. These is a Japanese deck on the second floor with outdoor patio furniture to enjoy your morning coffee and a Japanese garden (tsuboniwa) which is designed and maintained by one of Kyoto’s leading gardening families. Thank you for your recommendation.

“Great Machiya and wonderful host.”

Reviewed 21 Sep 2015

We stayed for 4 nights with my wife and 2 young children aged 7 and 9 years. The place was exactly as specified. It was a lovely Machiya in Gion. Very comfortable and beautiful. Firstly the biggest … More

Response from the owner Thank you for your wonderful comments and complements of Rieko?s concierge skills. It is our hope that we can customize each visitors stay at Gion Kyuraku. It is the little things that make ones stay truly memorable. As you may have hear though main stream media Kyoto City, Japan is having a record breaking numbers of foreign tourist which has caused a shortage of skilled labor in the tourist industry in every corner including taxi drivers that deeply knowledgeable about this historic city roads. Again, thank you for your comments and insight.

“Family of 5 - very comfortable and wonderful location”

Reviewed 2 Sep 2015

We stayed in this beautiful machine for several nights with our extended family group of 5. We were very comfortable and had all the comforts of home. The property is in Gion with lot's of near… More

Response from the owner Thank you for your wonderful recommendation. As stated, Gion Kyuraku is in a convenient location in Gion, Kyoto, within walking distance of several world heritage sites, like Kiyomizu Temple, Kodaiji Temple etc... As for the stairs, please keep in mind that Gion Kyuraku is a century old licenced kyo-machiya; however, the stairs are not steep for its age. During the restoration, the decision was made to add a full modern bath with shower along with two western toilets which is a significant upgrade compared to what existed before the restoration. In addition, there is a high speed Internet connection with Wi-Fi, along with several CAT5 outlets, and a Mac Air notebook computer for our guests use. The Wi-Fi is dependent on what devices are attached to it, along with the devices ability to hook up to 802.11ac or 802.11n on a 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz band. Most modern devices with licensed software and apps will connect without difficulty. Lastly, the designers have blended the modern amenities that our world class travelers demand, for example air-conditioning and heating throughout along with the traditional elements of a kyo-machiya, like the tsuboniwa (private Japanese garden). Once again, thank you for your recommendation, and hope to see you again.

“Great Machiya in handy location.”

Reviewed 2 Aug 2014

Our family of five adults rented the Machiya during the Gion Matsuri. We were able to walk to the festival and to various temples. The house was very clean and comfortable and is in a quiet street wit… More

Response from the owner Thank you for your great comments regarding your stay at Gion Kyuraku. We are delighted that you were able to enjoy the Gion Festival, and that Gion Kyuraku was comfortable for your family of five adults. Lastly, thank you once again for a wonderful review and recommending Gion Kyuraku to your friends.

“5 stars in every sense”

Reviewed 19 Apr 2014

Myself, My husband, sister and brother-in-law stayed in this machiya for four nights at the end of March. We absolutely loved everything about the machiya..... its location, authenticity, cleanlines… More

Response from the owner Gion-Kyuraku gets another great review! Thank you for your authentic review of your stay at Gion-Kyuraku. One important fact about Gion-Kyuraku is that it is licenced by the City of Kyoto; not all machiya rentals are able to claim this. Being licenced requires certain elements to be present, for example the layout of the machiya itself, two toilets, and passing all the safety regulations etc.. which Gion-Kyuraku has. Thank-you again for a wonderful authentic review.

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