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Sumiya Motenashi Cultural and Art Museum

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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 5 April 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 23 August 2017
Flora L
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32 Nishi Shinyashiki Ageyacho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8828, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-351-0024
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Reviewed 5 April 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

2  Thank brixtontrev
Reviewed 23 August 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

3  Thank Flora L
Reviewed 12 April 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

1  Thank Natalie C
Reviewed 30 March 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

1  Thank Jules255100
Reviewed 14 November 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.

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Reviewed 13 April 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.

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Reviewed 20 April 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
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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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