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Sumiya Motenashi Cultural and Art Museum (角屋もてなしの文化美術館)


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One often hears of geisha quarter “Shimabara” in Kyoto period dramas. Now it is Nishishinyashiki Ageya-cho, and what remains of that time is the Sumiya Motenashi Museum of Art and Culture. Sumiya was a high-class pleasure house built at the beginning of the establishment of Shimabara in 1641. The wide garden facing the tatami room has a tea house, and the place was used not only for parties but tea ceremonies and gathering of haiku poets too. In 1952 it was designated an Important Cultural Property of Japan as a place retaining the culture of feasts and hospitality.


Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Nishishinyashikiageyachou 32 (Kawaramachi / ShijokarasumaArea)

phone 0753510024

[3/15-7/18, 9/15-12/15]10:00-16:00

Review of Sumiya Motenashi Cultural and Art Museum

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2018/04/05 Stunning preserved ageya with great history
This place is a real find and usually off the beaten tourist track for non Japanese. To get the best its advisable to have the benefit of an interpreter. We hired a Japanese tour guide for the day as...
Reviewed:2017/08/24 Old Kyoto architecture
This was one of the best things we saw in Kyoto. The house was in the entertainment district of Old Kyoto. The architecture is unique and dates back 300 years. Little details like the sword cuts made...
Reviewed:2017/04/13 Just amazing
This property has been owned by the same family for many generations and was built in the 1700s , the family has preserved it well and run it as a walk through museum. Unfortunately there is limited...

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Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Nishishinyashikiageyachou 32 [map]
Kawaramachi / ShijokarasumaArea
[3/15-7/18, 9/15-12/15]10:00-16:00
Monday(The day following if it falls on a public holiday)
[Admission fee]
[General] 1,000yen
[Junior High School Students/High School Students] 800yen
[Elementary School Students] 500yen
* Excluding the special opening fee Friday on the 2nd floor
Parking Lot
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Temporary suspension of business:Closed until September 14, 2020 (Information as of August 3, 2020)
*Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
Temporary suspension of business:Closed until September 14, 2020 (according to August 31, 2020)
*The information may have changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Yes (only transfer to our wheelchair is possible)
Infant friendly
Yes (accompanied by a guardian)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.