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Former Mitsui Family Shimogamo Villa

An elegant mansion in Shimogamo, where the people of distinguished families rested [Former Mitsui Family Shimogamo Villa]

Standing south of Shimogamo Shrine is the former villa of the Mitsui family, a wealthy merchant who made a fortune selling kimono during the Edo period. The main building from the Meiji era that was relocated from Kiyamachi Sanjo, the entrance building that was added in the Taisho era, and the tea room that remains from the Edo era. Due to its high value as a modern Japanese-style building, it was designated as an Important Cultural Property in 2011 and opened to the public in the fall of 2016.
Normally, you can see the entrance building, the first floor of the three-story main building, and the garden.

Former Mitsui Family Shimogamo Villa

The garden in front of the mansion is covered with green moss that further enhances the beauty of Japanese style.
For a limited time only, the 2nd floor of the main building and the 3rd floor watchtower will be open to the public. You can overlook the beautiful garden from the second floor of the main building, which is usually closed to the public, and you can also see Higashiyama from the third-floor watchtower with glass windows on all sides.

Former Mitsui Family Shimogamo Villa

Autumn leaves season information

  • Best time to visit: Late November to mid-December
    Autumn Special Viewing of the Former Shimogamo Villa of the MII Family (2nd floor of the main building and the 3rd floor watchtower)
    Special Public Days / November 16, 2023 (Thursday) - December 5, 2023 (Tuesday) *Closed on Wednesdays
    Special opening hours/9:00-16:15 (last admission)
    Admission: Adults 1100 yen, Junior and senior high school students 800 yen, Elementary school students 600 yen
    *Includes fees for the regular public areas (1st floor and garden)

Former Mitsui Family Shimogamo Villa

  • Kumitsui Ikeshimo Betei
  • 58-2 Shimogamomiyagawacho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 5-minute walk from the bus stops "Aoibashi Nishizume" and "Demachiyanagi Ekimae"
    5 minutes walk from Keihan Eiden "Demachiyanagi Station"
  • Tel.075-366-4321
  • No parking

  • [Normal release]
    Admission time: 9:00-17:00 (reception closes at 16:30)
    Admission fee: Weekdays Adults ¥500, Junior high and high school students ¥300, Elementary school students ¥200
    Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays, Holidays Adults ¥600, Junior high and high school students ¥300, Elementary school students ¥200
    *Additional charge for special exhibition
    Closed/Wednesdays (if Wednesday is a national holiday, closed the following day), December 29-31
*Please note that the information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
*Since this site uses automatic translation, the translation may differ from the original Japanese content.


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