We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Sumiya Motenashi Cultural and Art Museum

Review Highlights
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... read more

Reviewed April 5, 2018
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
Flora L
Seattle, Washington
Read all 51 reviews
All photos (166)
All photos (166)
Full view
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good33%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Apr 5, 2018
“Stunning preserved ageya with great history”
Aug 23, 2017
“Old Kyoto architecture”
As featured in Museum Guide for Kyoto
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
32 Nishi Shinyashiki Ageyacho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8828, Kyoto Prefecture
Improve This Listing
Recommended experiences in and around Kyoto
from $13.94
More Info
from $65.04
More Info
from $55.75
More Info
Reviews (51)
Filter reviews
7 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Traveler rating
See what travelers are saying:
Selected filters
Updating list...
Reviewed April 5, 2018

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...More

Date of experience: March 2018
4  Thank brixtontrev
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

Date of experience: October 2016
3  Thank Flora L
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

Date of experience: April 2017
2  Thank G7813UUnataliec
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

Date of experience: November 2016
1  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.

Date of experience: October 2016
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.

Date of experience: April 2016
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

8  Thank singinggigi
View more reviews
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
Nearby HotelsSee all 468 nearby hotels
Kinse Inn
7 reviews
.03 miles away
Ryokan Sanki
16 reviews
.03 miles away
Kyoto Ryokan Shoei
93 reviews
.05 miles away
Takadaya Ryokan
2 reviews
.11 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 16,074 nearby restaurants
7 reviews
.04 miles away
25 reviews
.05 miles away
Yu No Yado Shoei Aji Dokoro Hanaguruma
6 reviews
.06 miles away
6 reviews
.17 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 2,851 nearby attractions
Shimabara Wachigaiya
29 reviews
.08 miles away
Kyoto Railway Museum
586 reviews
.41 miles away
Kyoto Aquarium
508 reviews
.41 miles away
Umekoji Park
115 reviews
.41 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Sumiya Motenashi Cultural and Art Museum staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines