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Sumiya Motenashi Cultural and Art Museum

32 Nishi Shinyashiki Ageyacho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8828, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-351-0024
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Old Kyoto architecture

This was one of the best things we saw in Kyoto. The house was in the entertainment district of Old... read more

Reviewed August 23, 2017
FlorafromHawaii
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Seattle, Washington
Just amazing

This property has been owned by the same family for many generations and was built in the 1700s... read more

Reviewed April 12, 2017
Natalie C
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Wellington, New Zealand
via mobile
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Aug 23, 2017
“Old Kyoto architecture”
Apr 12, 2017
“Just amazing”
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32 Nishi Shinyashiki Ageyacho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8828, Kyoto Prefecture
Shimogyo-ku
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+81 75-351-0024
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Reviewed August 23, 2017

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 by brawling samurai lend authenticity to the docent...More

Thank FlorafromHawaii
Reviewed April 12, 2017 via mobile

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 information available in English , they give you...More

Thank Natalie C
Reviewed March 30, 2017

Sumiya cultural museum is a former "entertainment house", in the original geisha district of Kyoto. It has a walled exterior, and once entering the property, you step into a rich cultural past. You can walk through the rooms for entertaining, with beautiful artworks; the large...More

Thank Jules255100
Reviewed November 13, 2016

This is a fascinating historical building over 300 years old. It was a geisha house. It is interiors are stunning with beautiful art work and screens. The enclosed gardens are exquisite. A wonderful insight into life then.

Thank CynthiaCanberra
Reviewed April 13, 2016 via mobile

The is an excellent house museum that few foreigners know about (notice the Japanese only reviews). Well worth a visit to see how the 1% entertained themselves in samurai days. Great gardens and indoor rooms.

Thank PvcM
Reviewed April 20, 2015 via mobile

I was introduced to this area by a local friend. I was looking for off-the-beaten path areas to explore. Sure enough Sumiya fits the bill. Sumiya is situated in the Shimabara area on the west side of Kyoto. This area was an entertainment/ geisha district...More

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Shimogyo-ku
Shimogyo-ku is centered around the busy train hub,
Kyoto Station. A nexus for commerce, shopping, dining,
and hotels, the Shimogyo-ku area is infused with
tourists and local business travelers, making it a
competitive location for ever-new commercial
structures. The shops and cafes here are chic and
trendy, as a result, with many recognizable chains.
Commuters flood the Shimogyo-ku area twice a day, and
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