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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  • August 7, 2017
    After the crowds through the Arashiyama bamboo grove, the stillness of this garden struck us. We encountered very few people during our time here. Price includes tea and a sweet (quite vile, we though...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    Combine this with a visit to Fishimi for a little quiet. free cup fo tea in lovely teahouse included.  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    Tenryu-ji Temple the temple is next to where the store went to the admission to the garden for something a little bit expensive compared to feel, but it is one that is worth! Tea House from the table of contents for a month and the month after, while crop looks really beautiful Garden Grove Hill was told that the ring just go
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  • April 18, 2017
    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!
  • February 27, 2017
    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.
  • April 12, 2017
    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
  • January 10, 2017
    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.
  • May 9, 2017
    Very beautiful garden with great panoramic views of Kyoto. The teahouse at the end was serene.

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