Sumiya is located in Shimabara, a former red-light district that flourished in the old days. In 1589, the first ageya was built. In 1641, ageya was relocated to its present location. Ageya is a surviving masterpiece of Edo architectural style, which is why it was designated an Important Cultural Property in 1952. The actual building is believed to have been erected in the end of the 17th century.
Ageya were elegant restaurants where Geisha and Tayu performed and lived. They were also used as banquet halls. Most rooms used by clients are located on the second floor and each room has a name. Decorations vary in each room, which is why each room has a high cultural value. Since many people visited this place in the Edo period, it has a considerable collection of art objects.
7 minutes from JR Tambaguchi Station. Please be advised that there is a closing period in summer and winter, so check the website in advance.
Image Gallery: Sumiya Motenashi Art Museum
Description: Sumiya Motenashi Art Museum
|Sights||Sumiya Motenashi Art Museum (角屋もてなしの文化美術館)|
32 Shikiageya-cho, Nishishinya, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 075-351-0024 / Fax: 075-343-9102|
|Closed dates||Monday NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY Summer season Winter season|
|Admission Fee||Pay admission: 1,000yen|
Spring (March - May)Autumn (September - November)
|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|