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Okochi Sanso Garden Arashiyama Kyoto

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28 Feb 2024 | Wed

Day 09 of 17

  • Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple Arashiyama Kyoto
  • Walk to Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple
  • Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple and Bamboo Forest Arashiyama Kyoto
  • Walk to Jōjakkōji Temple Arashiyama Kyoto
  • Jōjakkōji Temple Arashiyama Kyoto
  • Walk to Okochi Sanso Garden Arashiyama Kyoto
  • Okochi Sanso Garden Arashiyama Kyoto
  • Arashiyama Bamboo Forest Kyoto
  • Walk to Nonomiya Shrine
  • Nonomiya Shrine Arashiyama Kyoto
  • Walk Nagatsuji-dori Street at Arashiyama Village Kyoto
  • Togetsukyo Bridge Arashiyama Kyoto
  • Train Back to Hotel

Okochi Sanso Garden Arashiyama Kyoto

After a delightful visit to the serene Jōjakkōji Temple, we continued our walking journey in Arashiyama. Our next stop was the enchanting Okochi Sanso Garden, which is conveniently located next to the famous Arashiyama Bamboo Forest.

Okochi Sanso Garden, once the home of the Japanese period film actor, Denjiro Okochi, is a stunning example of traditional Japanese gardens. The garden spans over a vast 20,000 square meters, filled with beautiful gardens and impressive architecture. It was specifically designed to showcase the beauty of every season, so no matter when you visit, there’s always something beautiful to admire.

The Daijōkaku Villa at Okochi Sanso Garden

The garden is dotted with several structures, including the villa’s Japanese house, a few tearooms, and a couple of Shinto shrines. Wandering through the garden, you’ll find twisting paths and tiny cobblestone steps leading you up and around the multi-level garden.

Ōkōchi Sansō (大河内山荘, Ōkōchi Sansō, literally “Okochi Mountain Villa”) is the former home and garden of the Japanese jidaigeki (period film) actor Denjirō Ōkōchi in Arashiyama, Kyoto. The villa is open to the public for an admission fee and is known for its gardens and views of the Kyoto area. Several of the buildings are recorded as cultural properties by the national government.

Ōkōchi Sansō is on the slopes of Mt. Ogura behind Tenryūji Temple and next to Arashiyama Park and the Sagano bamboo grove in Ukyō-ku, Kyoto.

The grounds of the villa encompass approximately 2 hectares and feature multiple buildings, including a Japanese-style home, tea houses, and shrines, amidst carefully maintained Japanese gardens. They were built up over a period of 30 years by Ōkōchi to function as one of his residences. They were opened to the public after his death in 1962. The main structures were built in the 1930s and 1940s except for the Jibutsudō, which is a Meiji Era building that was moved to this site.

The gardens were designed to show off each of the four seasons. Since the villa is on top of a hill, the city of Kyoto, Mt. Hiei, and the Hozu River gorge are well visible from points on the grounds.

– Okochi Sanso Garden > Wikipedia

Okochi Sanso Garden Teahouse

One of the highlights of the visit is the main teahouse, where you can enjoy a free cup of traditional hot matcha tea with a sweet (included in admission price), all while taking in the stunning views of either the Japanese house and garden or the bamboo trees below.

Entrance to Teahouse at Okochi Sanso Garden
Matcha Tea with Sweets at Okochi Sanso Garden

Beautiful Daijōkaku Villa and Gardens

Beautiful Daijōkaku Villa at Okochi Sanso Garden

Denjirō Ōkōchi Memorial Hall

Open-Air Denjirō Ōkōchi Memorial Hall

Map | Okochi Sanso Garden Arashiyama Kyoto

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