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.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Sumiya Motenashi Cultural and Art Museum

Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 32 Nishi Shinyashiki Ageyacho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8828, Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
Phone Number:
+81 75-351-0024

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 30 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 3
  • 0
    Very good
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
A trip back in time

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 November 2016
Add Photo Write a Review

30 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 3: English reviews
Level Contributor
76 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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
Alexandria, Virginia
Level Contributor
29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank PvcM
San Mateo, California
Level Contributor
426 reviews
186 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 304 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 called hanamachi. It was popular with the affluent and elite in the 1600s-1700s. With the... More 

3 Thank singinggigi

Travellers who viewed Sumiya Motenashi Cultural and Art Museum also viewed


Been to Sumiya Motenashi Cultural and Art Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Sumiya Motenashi Cultural and Art Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Shimogyo-ku

Neighbourhood Profile
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 with Kyoto Station itself being a modern mega-complex and an architectural marvel, this neighborhood is one of the most contemporary and energetic areas that the city has to offer. Buildings here look futuristic, and huge department stores, shopping arcades, and public meeting spaces provide every possible convenience. It is also nearly the only place in Kyoto where rooftop dining and socializing is available, completing its modern tone.
Explore this neighbourhood