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Dive deep into the history of the Mitsui clan, with a tour of the Family Mitsui House Museum. Take part in a quintessential Japanese experience with a Matcha green tea tasting session and follow it up with a blissful walk in the museum’s surrounding garden.


  • Discover the story of the affluent Mitsui family and explore their personal history on a tour of the Family Mitsui House Museum.

  • Experience one of the hallmarks of Japanese culture by sitting on tatami mats and sipping a glass of matcha green tea.

  • Lose track of time surrounded by the natural scenery of the garden and appreciate the local flowers and plants found there.

  • Admire the museum’s unique architecture that was influenced by the Meiji and Taisho periods along with the shoin-zukuri style design aesthetics.

  • Did you know that the museum building was designated as an ‘Important Cultural Property’ only in 2011 even though it has been around since 1925?


  • Admission ticket to the Family Mitsui House Museum

  • Matcha green tea tasting


  • Entry to the 2F and 3F tea rooms

  • Food and beverages

  • Tour guide

  • Audio guide

  • Gratuities

  • Hotel transfers

cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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Learn What’s Special About The Museum

The Family Mitsui House Museum located south of the famous Shimogamo Jinja Shrine is a largely hidden gem in Kyoto. The villa is touted as the birthplace of the powerful Mitsui family since the founder of the esteemed Mitsui conglomerate, Takatoshi Mitsui was born here in 1622.

The structure is a fine example of a Classical Japanese style residential building, thus making it a worthwhile tourist attraction. Furthermore, the museum’s architecture combines the exceptional style of the late 19th-century Meiji period and the subsequent Taisho period of the mid-1920s. One of the first things to catch your eye as you enter the building is the shoin-zukuri style design adorning its grand entrance.

Continue Your Tour with Matcha Green Tea Tasting and Garden Experience

Next, comes the part of the tour that all tourists look forward to the most: the Matcha green tea tasting. Just like the locals, get to sit down on authentic tatami mats and relish the taste of matcha green tea while the exceptional garden views keep you company. Once done, head over to the garden and bask in the colorful seasonal plants and flowers that add to its beauty. The impeccable scenery of the stone lanterns, stepping stones, large rocks, artificial hills, and a nearby flowing river can be best described as tranquility personified. You can spend as much time as you like here before bringing your tour to an end.

know before you go

Important Information

  • This experience is not suitable for wheelchair users.

  • Bringing along service animals is allowed on this tour.


  • Thu to Tue: 9am to 5pm

my tickets

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the attraction.

Ticket Redemption Point

  • Show your ticket at Old Mitsui Family Shimogamo Villa.

  • Address: Japan, 〒606-0801 Kyoto, Sakyo Ward, Shimogamo Miyakawacho, 64 58番地2.

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Getting There

By Bus

  • The closest bus stop is Demachiyanagi Eki mae. It is a quick 4-minute walk to the attraction.

  • Board buses Itami-Airport Limousine Bus, Kansai-Airport Limousine and more to get you there.

By Train

  • The closest train station is Demachiyanagi Station. It is a quick 3-minute walk to the attraction.

  • Board trains Eizan Main Line, Keihan Main Line to get you there.

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