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Indigo House Gion Lower Level

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2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
3 guests
3 nights minimum
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Indigo House Gion is two level “machiya” style traditional townhouse, which was transformed from its abandoned and dilapidated condition into a architectural showplace in mid 2015 by renowned architect Geoffrey Moussas. This “machiya” was built in the early 1900s, and was formerly used as an “ochaya,” a teahouse where geisha entertained elite clientele. It is located just a few steps from The Gion House and Amber House Gion, on a quiet cul-de-sac street in Gion, with no through traffic. The Gion neighborhood is known for its long history as Japan’s most important geisha district, where you can still find streets lined with the historic buildings for which Kyoto is known. And there is so much to see and do within walking distance. The heart of downtown is just a ten minute walk away. In...Indigo House Gion is two level “machiya” style traditional townhouse, which was transformed from its abandoned and dilapidated condition into a architectural showplace in mid 2015 by renowned architect Geoffrey Moussas. This “machiya” was built in the early 1900s, and was formerly used as an “ochaya,” a teahouse where geisha entertained elite clientele. It is located just a few steps from The Gion House and Amber House Gion, on a quiet cul-de-sac street in Gion, with no through traffic. The Gion neighborhood is known for its long history as Japan’s most important geisha district, where you can still find streets lined with the historic buildings for which Kyoto is known. And there is so much to see and do within walking distance. The heart of downtown is just a ten minute walk away. Indigo House Gion Lower Level is the full lower level of the house, with its own entrance. It’s completely independent from the Upper Level. There is enough room to accommodate two to three adults, or a couple with a child. The two bedrooms are both in traditional tatami mat style, and retain some very distinctive original design details such as “tokonoma” alcoves, woven “ajiro” wood detailing on the ceilings, and bamboo molding. The larger master bedroom has a high quality bed with extra-wide double mattress, while the smaller second bedroom has traditional-style sleeping on a soft single futon. Please note that the second bedroom is very compact. When entering the Lower Level, you can’t helped be be overwhelmed by the interior garden, surrounded by huge walls of glass. The feeling is very modern, however, the focal point of the garden is a very old and crumbling Edo-period stone lantern. The bath area has the luxury of space. It features an extra wide shower head, with full-sized bath tub. Of course, the toilet has those high-tech functions. And of course, there is a washer/dryer for guest use. There is radiant floor heating to keep guests warm in the winter, and of course, air conditioning assures that the place stays cool in the warm season. What is distinctive about Indigo House Gion? It’s bright and airy, since there are walls of glass surrounding the interior garden, which extends from the Lower Level to the Upper Level. The master bedroom has an expansive south-facing view of the inner area of Kenninji Temple, where you can see the monk’s cemetery and vegetable gardens, as well as the buildings where the monks live. There’s a lot of blue sky and green trees, and natural light. You can hear the sound of monks chanting their prayers early in the morning. You can also hear the enchanting sounds of crickets, cicadas, and nightingales, depending on the season. Indigo House Gion has already gotten some press. In it's dilapidated pre-renovation state, this house was filmed by CNN for a the program called 'On the Road,' in a segment called 'Saving Kyoto's town houses.' It was also filmed for a program on ANA’s inflight entertainment system. Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: Fully licensedMore
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About the Manager
Curtis Hawes
Languages spoken:Japanese, English
Response Rate:95%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:August 2010
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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.
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Reviewed 27 October 2018

After recommendations from family who stayed here and thoroughly enjoyed it, we booked 5 nights for the three of us in June/ July 2018 and it was perfect. The location is second to none in a quiet street with no through traffic. It is an...More

Date of stay: July 2018
Thank Ossitraveller
Reviewed 27 May 2018

Lovely small house, immaculately clean, great location in a beautiful neighborhood. Close to religious sites, restaurants and shopping. You will love it! Happy traveling.

Date of stay: April 2018
1  Thank noehrenart
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Reviewed 16 April 2018

Our family of spent five nights at this wonderful Machya in the Gion district of Kyoto. We arrived in time for the cherry blossom season which made Kyoto very lovely AND crowded. We were able to come back to this wonderful apartment and reset (radiant...More

Date of stay: April 2018
Thank Elizabeth N
Reviewed 15 April 2018

Small, cozy location, perfect for a Kyoto getaway. Located in the traditional Gion district with great food and sightseeing options nearby. Very friendly and helpful staff.

Date of stay: February 2018
Thank cecil629
Reviewed 16 February 2018

We spent 7 nights at the Indigo House and had an excellent stay. The location was perfect---near excellent restaurants and on a quiet street in the Gion area. It was conveniently located to shopping, food and transport. The place itself was nicely kept, quiet and...More

Date of stay: December 2017
Thank chsu52
Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
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About the neighbourhood
Indigo House Gion is located just a few steps from The Gion House and Amber House Gion, on a quiet cul-de-sac street in Gion, with no through traffic. The Gion neighborhood is known for its long history as Japan’s most important geisha district, where you can still find streets lined with the historic buildings for which Kyoto is known. And there is so much to see and do within walking distance. The heart of downtown is just a ten minute walk away.
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.
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