Special Opening during the Gion Festival (Saki-matsuri/Ato-matsuri) “The Atmosphere of a Merchant’s House”

When you visit the 150-year-old traditional large-scale Kyomachiya (townhouse) during the Gion Festival period in July, you will experience up close the summer lifestyle and wisdom of our ancestors.

The teahouse offers original amazake, rice gelato, and other sweet treats that are exclusive to this location.

*Due to expected crowding on July 14, 15, and 16, priority admission will be given to those with reservations, and the teahouse will be closed on these days.

During the Saki-matsuri Period (July 5 – 7 and July 14 – 16): “Exhibition of Literati Arts: Kinkishoga (qín qí shū huà)”


  • Folding Screen Roganzu (Reeds and Wild Geese) painted by Shuko Kumashiro
  • Fan Painting by Tessai Tomioka
  • Chinese Writing Cabinet
  • Hanging Scroll Sansuizu (Landscape) painted by Kyou Hoashi
  • and more

A special exhibition will be held from July 14 to 16, featuring an eight-panel folding screen Autumn Grasses painted by Sotatsu Tawaraya and a fan painting Gion-ezu by Mitsuzane Tosa (said to have belonged to Emperor Goyozei).

*Priority Admission by Reservation: Please send an inquiry using the contact form on our website.

During the Ato-matsuri Period (July 21 – 23): “Arrangement to Enjoy Ato-matsuri”


  • Six-panel Folding Screen Jidai Kikuzu (Chrysanthemums)
  • Folding Screen Jidai Renchizu (Lotus Pond)
  • Bedside Screen Autumn Grasses painted by Sosetsu Kitagawa
  • Hanging Scroll Musha-no-zu (Warrior’s Figure) painted by Soseki Murase
  • Framed Picture Gaisenfunaboko-no-zu (Triumphant Boat Float) painted by Gyokuden Murase
  • Gyokuden Murase’s Sketchbook of the Gion Festival
  • and more

*Please note that some of the exhibits are subject to change without notice.

Open DaysSaki-matsuri Period
– Friday, July 5 to Sunday, July 7
– Sunday, July 14 to Tuesday, July 16

Ato-matsuri Period
Sunday, July 21 to Tuesday, July 23
Open TimeFriday, July 5 to Sunday, July 7
10:00 – 17:00 (Entrance desk closes at 16:15)

Sunday, July 14
17:00 – 20:00 (Entrance desk closes at 19:15)

Monday, July 15 and Tuesday, July 16
10:00 – 20:00 (Entrance desk closes at 19:15)

Sunday, July 21 to Tuesday, July 23
10:00 – 17:00 (Entrance desk closes at 16:15)
Admission Fee1,500 yen (High school students and younger 800 yen)
ReservationsReservations are required for July 14, 15, and 16 only (other dates do not require reservations). *Please send an inquiry using the contact form on our website
* We are fully booked from July 14 to 16 and cannot accept any more reservations for those dates.
Contact*For English inquiries, please use the contact form on our website.
(Please note that it may take some time for us to reply.

*Upon entering the residence, visitors are required to wear socks to protect the important cultural properties. (Stockings for women are not acceptable.)

*Though photography is allowed using smartphones, we kindly ask visitors to understand that taking photos of exhibits and commercial use of photographs is not permitted.

*Please note that there is no guidance in English. The following YouTube video may be helpful for your understanding of the Sugimoto Residence.