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“Wonderful Way to Feel Connected to a Neighborhood”
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Exterior view
Living room, with interior garden
Living room with sofa, table, and floor cushions
An antique hibachi from early Showa period, which we turned into a coffee table
Living room tokonoma (alcove) - a special architectural feature
Fully outfitted kitchen, with dining table
Kitchen table
Bedroom #1, double futon on tatami mats.
Bedroom #1 tokonoma - special architectural feature
Antique globe light (one of many antique light fixtures)
Sudare (bamboo blinds)
Bedroom #2, with double bed
The view of Kenninji, taken from the upstairs window!
Entrance to bathroom (shower with full bath tub)
High capacity washer/dryer
High-tech toilet
Our quiet street, which has no through traffic. Amber House Gion is on the right
Kenninji, the Zen temple immediately neighboring us
Miyagawa-cho, another geisha district 10 minutes walk away.
Near Kiyomizu Temple, 15 minutes walk away.
Maruyama Park, 15 minutes walk away.
The heart of downtown, 15 minutes walk away.
Hanamikoji Street, 5 minutes walk away. The heart of Gion.
Kiyomizu Temple, 20 minutes walk away
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

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acbobl
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“Wonderful Way to Feel Connected to a Neighborhood”
Reviewed November 30, 2015 for a stay in November 2015

Now that jet lag has receded I feel ready to sing the praises of Amber House. While in Kyoto during our November trip to Japan my wife and I wanted to experience a little bit of the ambiance of a neighborhood and traditional house. Amber House proved to be exactly the thing we were seeking. The house is traditional and modern at the same time. It's very simply but comfortably furnished with delightful "Zen" appointments. Modern appliances are plentiful with labels in English decrypting the Japanese characters. We were only two people but the house would be very comfortable for four. One of the traditional elements is the door height. I'm about 6'-1" and had to learn to be humble and bow to the door gods.
The house is on a short dead end street and the neighborhood is very quiet. It feels very safe at night as, indeed, did everywhere we went in Kyoto after dark. The oldest Zen Temple in Kyoto (Kennin-ji Temple) is adjacent behind the house and the temple provides a gentle wake up ceremony every morning at 6:00 a.m. It was quite charming to be nudged out of slumber by a subtle drum and gong. For all you late sleepers, don't be alarmed. Its just a reminder that eventually you will want to get out of the comfortable bed or futon and see a little of the wonder that is Kyoto.
Being in the Gion area of Kyoto, Amber House is within easy walking distance of many of the well known temples, the Geisha District, many restaurants and shops. The Central downtown area and fabulous covered market across the river is also easily reachable on foot.
If we ever return to Kyoto (which is likely) we will certainly want to stay here again.

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Liked best: The location and beautiful design
Liked least: Can't think of anything I didn't like.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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San Francisco, California
Reviewed July 3, 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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Liked best: History and Convenience
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Reviewed June 23, 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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Travelling group: Extended Family
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Helsinki, Finland
Reviewed April 5, 2015 for a stay in March 2015
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Liked best: Attention to detail in everything.
Liked least: It got a bit cold during the night (compared to Finnish standards).
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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Reviewed October 16, 2018 for a stay in July 2018
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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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Reviewed November 18, 2016 for a stay in August 2016
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Treviso, Italy
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Reviewed January 5, 2016 for a stay in June 2015
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