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Autumn Special Opening at the Old Mitsui Family Shimogamo Villa (Mainly the second floor & third floor lookout)

Separate Home to the Wealthy Mitsui Merchant Family: A Famous Piece of Architecture in Modern Kyoto

The wealthy Mitsui merchant family's old villa stands to the south of Shimogamo-jinja Shrine. The villa is one of Kyoto's most outstanding pieces of architecture, at which visitors can get a sense of the Edo (1603-1868), Meiji (1868-1912), and Taisho (1912-1926) periods. This autumn, in addition to the entryway, first floor of the main room, and garden, which are typically open to the public, the second floor and third floor lookout, usually closed off to visitors, will be specially opened. From the 360 degree window on the third floor lookout, visitors can look out on the brilliant autumn colors of the garden under a clear autumn sky, as well as the colorful mountains of Higashiyama beyond. This is the first autumn of the Reiwa era (beginning in 2019). Visitors are invited to join this special experience touching upon the lives of the people that lived through each era.

Date & Time

November 14 (Thu) - December 3 (Tue), 2019
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Reception closes at 4:30 p.m.)
*The villa will have no closing days during the special opening period. It usually closes on Wednesdays.


・From Kyoto Station or Hankyu Kawaramachi Station, take City Bus 205 to "Aoibashi Nishizume" bus stop and walk 5 minutes, or take City Bus 4 or 17 to "Demachiyanagi Station" bus stop and walk 5 minutes
・From Kyoto Station take the JR Nara Line to Tokufukuji Station, and change trains to Keihan Railway and walk 5 minutes from Demachiyanagi Station
・From Keihan Demachiyanagi Station, walk 5 minutes


General 900 yen, Middle & High School Students 650 yen, Elementary School Students 450 yen, Free for young children
*Includes regular entry fee


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