$418 / night
Total guests, Nights

Amber House Gion in Prime Gion Location – Home 6272810 House

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 4 sleeps
  • 5 nights min stay

Amber House Gion in Prime Gion Location – Home 6272810

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

Key Info

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

Description from manager


*Please also have a look at our other Flipkey listings for The Gion House (Upper Level), Indigo House Gion (Lower Level), and The Gion Apartments. Amber House Gion is located in the same charming neighborhood as The Gion House... just 20 meters away. Location couldn't be better!!

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.

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Bed & bathroom

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


  • Wireless Internet
  • Air conditioning
  • Private garden
  • Internet access
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Telephone
  • 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:
22 Apr 2020
Years listed:
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Languages spoken: English





30 reviews

Very Good

“Smuk og autentisk bolig”

Reviewed 16 Oct 2018

Vi kan på alle måder anbefale dette smukke og autentiske hus. Fantastisk beliggenhed i roligt område. Huset var fint og rent, og ejeren var super sød og interesseret i at alt … More

“Genuine Japanese refinement in both accommodations and service.”

Reviewed 22 Apr 2018

This lovely home is in the heart of the geisha district. You can sense the history as soon as you enter. Every detail has been carefully chosen; from the fresh flower arrangements to the comfortable b… More

“Fabulous accomodation in Gion.”

Reviewed 16 Apr 2018

I was advised by a family member to stay in the Gion district in Kyoto on our recent trip to Japan and I'm so glad we did !! However what made our stay in that quaint and atmospheric district so … More

“Amazing House and wonderful staff”

Reviewed 14 Apr 2018

If you're up in the air on whether to stay in a hotel or rent a house let me help you decide , this house rental is the way to go! We wanted to experience Japan and feel like we were immersed in … More

“Awesome stay in the heart of Kyoto!”

Reviewed 26 Mar 2018

From start to end, our 4-night stay at the Amber House was nothing but first-class, and the highlight of our recent visit to Asia. During the early planning stage, owner Curtis was very responsive an… More

“Excellent Machiya experience”

Reviewed 18 Feb 2018

We stayed 5 days at Amber House in Gion and it was an incredible experience. They had a cell phone that we could use in case we needed anything and they also had a list of places to go in the neighbor… More

“The Perfect Choice”

Reviewed 10 Jan 2018

This traditional house was one of the best vacation rentals we have found. It is located in a quiet but very convenient part of Gion. It is well equipped and clean and full of local charm. I felt l… More

“I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Kyoto!”

Reviewed 29 Oct 2017

I came across Amber House by reading blogs and articles on where to stay in Kyoto, and I'm so glad it was available for my dates. The location is exceptional, in the heart of Gion yet in a quiet… More

“The highlight of our Japan trip”

Reviewed 20 Oct 2017

We stayed in Amber House for six days and it was indeed the highlight of our Japan trip. The house is absolutely stunning, beautiful, serene, and full of character – there’s a lovely scent… More

“A very special way to experience Tokyo”

Reviewed 8 Jul 2017

If you are lucky enough to find Amber House Gion with open availability during your stay in Kyoto, you most definitely should take advantage of it. It is beautiful, comfortable and well-appointed. A t… More

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Send the property manager an email through the contact form on this page. Alternatively, if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

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Send an email through the contact form on this page. Or if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your booking to view the property manager's contact details or send them a message.

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You can also request a quote from the property manager through the contact form. The owner will email you the total cost for your dates and a link to book and pay online.

How do I know if my booking request has been accepted?

You’ll receive an email within 24 hours to let you know. Or you can check in Manage your booking. No money will leave your account unless it’s accepted.

How do I pay for my vacation?

Use the Ready to book? form to pay provisionally online. You can pay by credit/debit card or PayPal. the property manager will have 24 hours to accept the booking and no money will leave your account before then.

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?

You can exchange contact details with the property owner/manager once your booking is confirmed and you’ve paid in full. Paying and communicating only through our platform allows us to ensure that your booking is covered by our Payment Protection policy.

If you have any questions before booking, you can send the property owner/manager a message via the contact form on their listing. Once you’ve booked, you can discuss the rental and make arrangements for your trip by logging into Manage your booking.

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.

How can I view and manage my booking?

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How do I pay the balance of my booking?

You can pay the remaining balance of your booking at any point. Simply go to Manage your booking and click Pay now.

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.

How can I withdraw my booking request?

You’ll need to contact the property manager to do this. Send them a message in Manage your booking or through the contact form on this page.

How do I cancel my booking?

Go to Manage your booking to cancel your booking. Here you can view your cancellation policy to see if you’ll be refunded.

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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