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

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2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
6 guests
3 nights minimum
Holiday Rental House
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 environ...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. Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: 京都市指令保保生第82号More
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Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
Cooker
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Local Guides/Maps
Refrigerator
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Air Conditioning
Towels Provided
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Private Garden
Cable/satellite TV
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

We stayed six nights in this machiya and it is truly beautiful. Everything is so authentically period Japanese - tatami mat floors, gentle lighting in the alcoves to enhance the artwork, gorgeous deep bath, lovely peaceful garden - yet at the same time it has...More

Date of stay: December 2013
5  Thank MaryandHelena
Management response:Responded 16 December 2013

Thank you for your genuine review. We at Gion Kyuraku are delighted that your party of 6 found the machiya had enough space, and the modern conveniences like the high...More

Lis, Scott & Kids
Australia
Reviewed 29 November 2013

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Date of stay: November 2013
Management response:Responded 29 November 2013

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Reviewed 24 November 2013

This place is a centrally located to many places of interest. It is located along a back alley and maybe challenging to locate in the dark. Love the home. It is beautiful and very well maintained. Highly recommended for those who like to avoid commercial...More

Date of stay: November 2013
1  Thank Awesome-Spice
Management response:Responded 24 November 2013

Thank you for an interesting review. We at Gion Kyuraku are delighted that you “Loved the Home [Machiya]”, and enjoyed the Japanese culture. Just to clarify a few points for...More

Anna
Australia
Reviewed 15 November 2013

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Date of stay: September 2013
Management response:Responded 15 November 2013

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Reviewed 25 August 2013

Just back from our family vacation in Kyoto and we are so glad we found this beautiful machiya. My husband and I stayed here with our two young children and my parents-in-law and everyone was exceptionally pleased. I wanted them to have the experience of...More

Date of stay: August 2013
4  Thank MiokLee
Management response:Responded 25 August 2013

Thank you for a lovely review. We are so happy that your family, along with your in-laws were able to experience true Kyoto living at Gion Kyuraku. As mentioned, a...More

About the Owner
Thomas N
Languages spoken:Japanese, English
Response Rate:92%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:March 2011
Interaction with guests
Upon request, we can offer some advice about Kyoto e.g. restaurants, sightseeing etc..
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Gion-Kyuraku is located in historic area of Kyoto: Visiting beautiful historic sites in Kyoto is very easy from the house. Kiyomizu Temple, Kanninji Temple, Kodaiji Temple, Rokuhara Mitsuji Temple, Yasaka Shrine etc.. are all within a short walking distance. The closest supermarket is only 20 meters away, and 24HR supermarket, convenience stores are all located closeby. There are numerous restaurants, shops in the area as well.
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.
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