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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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Just amazing

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

Reviewed 13 April 2017
Natalie C
,
Wellington, New Zealand
via mobile
Hidden gem, a peek at the past

Sumiya cultural museum is a former "entertainment house", in the original geisha district of Kyoto... read more

Reviewed 31 March 2017
Jules255100
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Melbourne, Australia
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12 Apr 2017
“Just amazing”
30 Mar 2017
“Hidden gem, a peek at the past”
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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 13 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

Thank Natalie C
Reviewed 31 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

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.

Thank CynthiaCanberra
Reviewed 14 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.

Thank PvcM
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

5  Thank singinggigi
Nearby
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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