Okochi Sanso

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placeJapan, 〒616ー8394 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Ukyō-ku, Sagaogurayama Tabuchiyamachō, 右京区嵯峨小倉山田淵山町4


Scott Paul

So quiet day we came and really beautiful even in winter. $10 to get in but worth it.

Ali Low

The former home of Japanese film director Okochi Sanso. A very pleasant garden to walk round, especially in Autumn. Admission includes Japanese team and sweet.

Curtis M

Beautiful gardens. Peaceful location, away from downtown Kyoto or central Arashiyama. Entrance fee includes okashi and matcha at the tea house

Owen L

This is a quiet walk in a movie star`s villa, which he spent his time building since he became a star at 26. After you pass the crowds from the bamboo groves, you will see it at an intersection. There is a tea house and a small private building. At the top of the hill, you can sit at a small hut overlooking the city below. There is also a temple with colorful flags on the other side of the valley. The actor put colorful plants from all four seasons so you will always see some color. The 1000 yen fee includes a small red bean snack with the villa's imprint on it and a bowl of matcha, so the entrance is more like 500 yen. It is well kept and not crowded at all like the other temples and shrines nearby.

Manny Santiago

On humid summer days when the crowds are at a maximum and every corner of the shaded bamboo path are fraught with screams, follow the call of the cicada up the wide path into the deeper shade. It looks private on purpose, to drive away the tourist hordes. There always seems to be a work truck parked out front and the confusing entrance (located around a bend) is not altogether inviting. The 1000 cost of admission is high enough to keep the kids out and allows for the expanse of Mt. Ogura to open up and swallow you whole. Just behind Tenryūji Temple and Sagano Chikurin Komichi bamboo groves in Ukyō-ku, Kyoto, wandering through the ornate gardens will provide snatches of Mt. Hiei and the Hozu River gorge. Taking a moment out at the Okochi Sanso Villa Observation Platform overlooking the hustle of downtown Kyoto gives one perspective on the tranquility of the scene. Taking your time and strolling without desire increases the profound sense of benevolence that shrouds you in. Relaxing in the lower garden with the matcha and a sweet snack, done properly, will perhaps provide a memory of meditating monks from the collective unconscious to arise and permeate the day.

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