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Sumiya Motenashi Cultural and Art Museum

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Sumiya Motenashi Cultural and Art Museum

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32 Nishi Shinyashiki Ageyacho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8828 Kyoto Prefecture
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This is a virtual tour using Zoom, online conference system. This unique 1h tour brings you to one of the most beautiful and historical cities in Japan, Kyoto. Two friendly hosts will make your experience more interactive. We use not only photos or videos but also handmade materials or actual goods from guides' living room, that makes you feel livelier. You can ask them anything about Japan, Kyoto and other popular tourists spots by chat or by talk session after the tour. This tour will provide helpful hints for your future trip to Japan. PLEASE NOTE the tour time is Japan standard time. Make adjustment to your time when booking.<br>We'll send you Zoom URL invitation a few hours before the tour.
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brixtontrev wrote a review Apr 2018
london1,468 contributions167 helpful votes
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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 we were also visiting two other places where only Japanese is spoken. Photos can be taken downstairs but not upstairs. The tour lasts quite a while and isn't suitable for children. The place is very well preserved and has a great history for anyone interested in such things as the Bakamutsu period (Katsu Kaishu, Saigo Takamori, Ryoma Sakamoto and the Shinsengumi used to visit the place). Tours need to be scheduled and this can be done from the Tourist Information Office at Kyoto main station of by a local guide if one is hired.Admission is charged at the front desk on arrival
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Date of experience: March 2018
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Flora L wrote a review Aug 2017
Seattle, Washington183 contributions76 helpful votes
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 tour of the house. Even though we do not speak Japanese, we took the tour to go upstairs and see the well-preserved decorations and rooms. A memorable trip back to Old Kyoto.
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Date of experience: October 2016
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Natalie C wrote a review Apr 2017
Wellington, New Zealand122 contributions23 helpful votes
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 a document with a general overview but an English tour guide would have been great. The tour is self guided , cost 1000yen per adult and would take around 20 mins .
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Date of experience: April 2017
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Jules255100 wrote a review Mar 2017
Melbourne, Australia134 contributions25 helpful votes
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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 cooking area, and delightful small gardens.
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Date of experience: November 2016
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CynthiaCanberra wrote a review Nov 2016
Australia172 contributions38 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: October 2016
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