Located right in the heart of Kyoto where the city’s grid-like streets running east-to-west and north-to-south intersect. Sumiya Ryokan has been called one of Kyoto’s most famous, traditional inns. This ryokan inn has remained largely unchanged since its establishment around the 1910s, with its gate on the corner of Fuyacho-dori street and Sanjo street.
Hospitality based on the spirit of the tea ceremony
The stately building stretching upwards radiates a sense of tradition and prestige. A sign at the customarily water-sprinkled entrance proclaims “We are always ready to welcome guests. We are looking forward to your visit,” in the unique hospitality of the tea ceremony.
Looking back at the history of this inn, it originated rather unusually as a swordsmith workshop. The former owner here made a habit of inviting friends he had met through his numerous interests such as tea, pottery, and songs from Noh drama to tea ceremony gatherings. This became a place where friends traveling from afar could stay. Here, we are going to introduce the tearooms and guest rooms that capture the essence of Sumiya Ryokan, widely known as a “tea inn.”