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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. Okochi Sanso Garden is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Kyoto Edition.
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  • I'm so glad we decided to visit this garden. This garden used to be the residence of a famous Japanese actor. Although there's a $10 USD entrance fee, it was really nice being able to get out of the c...  more »
  • During our vacation in Japan, we decided to go and visit Arashiyama, so we had to take the Japan Rail SAN-IN line and stop in ARASHIYAMA (specifically got off in the SAGA ARASHIYAMA station). Among the things that we visited there is the House of Okochi Sanso, who was a famous actor in the country. As the gardens liked was one very big in this area, which is the main part of the tour. The entrance cost us 1000Y / €9 per person. The good thing is that the entry will included a tea matcha (of truth, bitter), and a very rich sweet filling (wafer with bean paste filling). We were fortunate to see several girls in kimono, drinking tea on our side. The gardens were beautiful, but the visit was quick because it started to rain and never stopped. Finally we sat in the living room to drink the tea, which was covered.
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  • There are many great landscaped gardens. During relaxed spending time elegant also. So say to the mountain, climbing up and down there is pretty is not foot staff with disabilities.
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  • I thought 1000 yen was quite expensive for entrance fee but after going in I can see why. They maintain the garden exceptionally well. It's super clean and so beautiful! It was probably one of my favourite spot in Japan. They also give you legit Matcha tea and a small yummy treat when you first enter. I wish it was bigger but still worthwhile for photos!
  • Beautiful little gem of a garden. Well worth the high entrance fee. The garden consists of a round trip path expertly embedded in the beautiful landscape offering stunning views of the surroundings and beautiful landscape garden scenes around every corner.
  • A really beautiful garden. The ticket is quite expensive at 1000 yen, however this includes (real) green tea and a traditional wafer sweet. Just a tad small for the price
  • This was definitely one of the best gardens l visited in Japan. Constructed by a famous silent actor as the setting for his home and shrine, the garden feels immensely private as you weave through high bordered paths. There are lovely views and this is a great example of borrowed scenery. Enjoying a free cup of macha in the garden was a wonderful experience.
  • Very beautiful garden with great panoramic views of Kyoto. The teahouse at the end was serene.

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