Kyoto Shimabara Historical Spots & More

Kyoto Shimabara Historical Spots

The historical ageya building (restaurant where Geisha and Tayu performed) was once a popular meeting point where poets, reformers and other famous people met and discussed all kinds of topics. Today the Sumiya is a museum and open to the public.

Open from March 15th 〜July 18th and September 15th 〜December 12th every year.

The current building was rebuilt in 1857 and still operates as a tea house. It can only be visited during special openings or through private invitation.

The former eastern entrance was once the gateway to entertainment district of Kyoto Shimabara. Built at the end of the Edo Period the structure resembles the gate of Shimabara-jo. 

Cafe & Bar

This wonderful cafe on the 1st floor of Kinse Ryokan with impressive stained glass
makes you feel as if you have traveled back into the Taisho Era.

15:00 – 22:00 (Weekdays)
10:00 – 22:00  (Weekends)
Irregular Holidays

A wonderfully renovated Kyomachiya with a great sense of design and amazing coffee to relax and feel hygge. 

8:00 – 10:30 (breakfast)
11:30 – 17:00 (cafe)
18:00 – 22:30 (Weekends bar)
Closed on Thursdays + 3rd Wednesdays 


Great bar in a renovated vintage Kyomachiya building with some amazing tunes taste to relax to. 

17:00 – 00:00
Closed on Wednesdays

A 100 year old Kyomachiya building that was turned into a cool coffee stand. Great spot if you are looking for a snack, too.

10:00 – 18:00 
Irregular Holidays


Kyoto Shimabara Historical Spots

The friendly owners operating this small restaurant serve delicious wagyu hambagu (hamburger steaks) and 
can tell you some nice stories about Kyoto and the neighbourhood. 

11:30 – 14:30 
17:00 – 20:30
Closed on Tuesdays

This Japanese restaurant has been operating as a caterer in the entertainment district for more than 90 years. The Kaiseki lunch is a must.

11:00 – 15:00 (LO 13:30)
17:00 – 22:00 (LO 19:30)
Closed on Wednesdays + 3rd Thursdays

This fish restaurant serves fresh fish directly from fishery companies and is a famous lunch spot in the neighbourhood. Don’t miss it.

 10:30 – 14:00 (LO 13:30)
17:00 – 23:00 (LO 22:00)
Closed on Sundays + National Holidays


This teishoku (Japanese set meal) restaurant is popular by locals and serves many different kinds of dishes.   

9:00 – 21:00
Closed on Tuesdays

Great yakitori restaurant for chicken skewers and drinks .

17:00 – 0:00 (LO 23:30)
Closed on Tuesdays

Popular small oden (one-pot dish) restaurant operating since 1992. 

  16:30 – 22:00
Closed on Sundays + National Holidays

A small okonomiyaki and teppanyaki restaruant in the neighbourhood.

17:30 – 23:00 
Closed on Mon, Wed & Thu

A kaiseki restaurant utilizing seasonal Kyoto ingredients offering Kyoto cuisine.

12:00 – 14:00 
17:00 – 22:00
Closed on Mondays

Authentic Kyoto cuisine at a reasonable price. The mini kaiseki is very popular.

11:30 – 14:00 (LO 13:30)
17:00 – 22:00 (LO 21:00)
Closed on Tuesdays


This nice restaurant is inside a ryokan  and serve obento and nabe. 

11:30 – 15:00 (LO 14:00)
17:00 – 22:00(LO 21:00)
No closing dates

A lively takoyaki (octopus balls) bar where many locals gather for drinks.

18:00 – 23:00
Irregular closing dates

Loved by regular visitors this is izakaya is a great spot for drinks in the evening.

17:30 – 23:00  
Irregular closing dates

A relaxed Italian dining bar offering a big variety of drinks and dishes. 

18:00 – 2:00
Closed on Wednesdays


Kyoto Shimabara Historical Spots

This renovated Kyomachiya gallery displays unique works and serves tea.

A gallery operated under the concept of “place”.

A Kyomachiya operates as an inn but also holds events occasionally.

Wagashi Shops

Traditional Kyoto confectionery shop that has been in business for over 80 years.

10:00 – 18:00 
Closed on Wednesdays

A long established Japanese confectionery shop founded in 1891.

9:00 – 19:00
Irregular closing dates

Family run Japanese confectionery shop  famous for Daifuku and Tayusaichu.

8:00 – 19:00
Closed on Mondays


Six different shops and a cafe in a 100 year old renovated Kyomachiya building. 

10:00 – 19:00 
Irregular closing dates

A shop specialised on Kyoto’s famous dish yuba (tofu skin). 

8:30 – 17:30 
Closed on Sundays + National Holidays