Okochi Sanso Garden, Kyoto

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Find a place of restfulness and cultural intrigue during a trip to Okochi Sanso Garden, the mountainside estate of period film actor Okochi Denjiro (1898-1962). The sprawling and well-maintained gardens show off each of the four seasons, and a number of water features and ornamental flourishes complement their botanical richness. Across the site lie a number of structures built during the 1930s and 40s, including the main Japanese-style home, teahouses, and shrines. Our Kyoto online travel planner makes visiting Okochi Sanso Garden and other Kyoto attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • At the end of the bamboo road, Okouchi Sansou garden is a quiet and peaceful setting apart from the throngs of people just outside. The 1000 ¥ admission is well worth it, and the gardens and vistas ar...  more »
  • A very pleasant stroll along a one way trail for 20-30 minutes. There is a rest area with tea and cake available. Well maintained. Beautifully laid out. If this review is helpful then please indicate ...  more »
  • We paid the 5 dollar entrance fee and got away from the crowds of the bamboo forest. It was lovely with beautiful views of Kyoto. The most amazing thing was that we had left a very busy area and enter...  more »
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  • Great little add on to the Bamboo forest which is next to it. 1000 yen and you get some green tea but the views are amazing. The garden itself is beautifully kept. Amongst all the famous temples which are over crowded I can say that this place is great for some quiet time. We went early in the morning midweek and it wasn't very busy. Well worth the money.
  • What a tourist trap! After visiting, we really couldn't understand all the rave reviews we'd read -- had people been paid to write them?? The garden was unremarkable and the trails through it crowded with other rubes (sorry, tourists) wandering around looking bemused (this was in low season, so I can't imagine it's less crowded in high season). The matcha tea that's included in the entry price was fine, but the atmosphere in the "tea room" was a bit depressing compared to others we visited, and the sweet we were given with the tea had expired 5 years ago. Overall, it seemed like a vanity project by a film actor most people have never heard of. There is not much to see or do here -- I'd recommend a pass and spending more time in the gardens of the nearby temple instead.
  • Nice garden. Very peaceful and quiet. Lots of nooks and crannies to explore. Great for kids as well.
  • Loved it here. Not many other tourists were here when we visited and it was lovely and peaceful and the main house is gorgeous. You get a matcha tea and sweet with your entry ticket to have in the lovely tea house. Well worth a visit
  • Great relief from the hordes of tourists in the bamboo forest. For only 1000 yen you get to have a lovely walk through this garden, which is quiet and meditative. Gives you the feel of a much simpler, contemplative life. The garden access also grants you a free cup of matcha and a Japanese sweet that feels very at home with the garden. Only wish that the "introduction" to the garden (which was a small outdoor gallery) was in English. Definitely worth a visit.
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