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Sumiya Motenashi Museum of Art and Culture

The Sumiya Motenashi Art Museum is the only extant ageya in Kyoto. An ageya was an elegant restaurant where banquets and dinner parties were held accompanied by the entertainment of Geiko and Taiyu [premiere geiko], who performed tea ceremonies, sang and danced. In 1952 the building was designated by the national government as an Important Cultural Property and is now used as a museum. Being able to see this ageya as was in the Edo period is a real rarity in Japan.

Address :
32 Nishishinyashikiageya-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto City
Telephone :
Business Hours :
10:00am - 4:00pm
Closed :
Jul. 19th - Sep. 14th, Dec. 16th - Mar. 14th. Every Monday during open season.
Access :
JR Line to "Tambaguchi".
Fee :
General: 1,000 yen
Elementary School Students: 500 yen
Junior/Senior High School Students: 800 yen

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