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Okochi Sanso Garden

#33 of 1,010 things to do in Kyoto
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Western Kyoto
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Address: 8-3 Sagaogurayama Tabuchiyamacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8394, Kyoto Prefecture
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AMazing garden, great place to avoid the crowds ( even though relatively expensive)

The Garden is well kept and gives you amazing fall colors without the crowds. It cost 1000 yen ( Nov 16) but it lacked the masses outside the gates. For the price you actually... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 November 2016
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

The Garden is well kept and gives you amazing fall colors without the crowds. It cost 1000 yen ( Nov 16) but it lacked the masses outside the gates. For the price you actually get green tea and Japanese sweet. Arashiyama in the fall is really crowded and this si a quiet relaxing sanctuary.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Another vote for these gardens. They are truly spectacular. And an easy walk from Tenryu-ji temple, via the bamboo grove. Definitely worth a visit when you are in arashiyama. If you are travelling with young children and stroller - you can park the stroller at their tea room.

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Hexham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

This large garden was developed over a 30 year period by Japanese silent-film star Okochi Denjiro (1898-1962) surrounding his villa. It is a pathway through a series of garden areas giving views and vistas at every turn. There are many beautiful small details as well as a number of 'borrowed' hillside and panoramic vistas. Whilst the entrance fee (1000 Yen)... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

This garden in Arashiyama was constructed by a Japanese movie star in the foothills of the mountains and you can see his interest and his investment in it! It's full of unusual plantings and narrow winding paths, little streams and so forth. There are surprising views around every corner. It's the best garden we visited on our Japanese trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Last night's rain made the gardens a brilliant jewel to behold. As one of the first visitors of the day, I had the luxury of almost feeling as if the place was mine. Gorgeous greenery, good views of the city and mountains. There's a place to stop, sit and contemplate and/or write one's thoughts or poetry. Included green tea and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

I really enjoyed getting away from the crowds in the bamboo walk to explore the old samurai house. You don't get to go inside the house but explore the gardens. It's well kept, views of Kyoto and the local river. It's a small admission fee but it includes matcha ( tea) and a sweet at the end. It's not a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

We were recommended to visit the Okochi Sanso villa by a guide book while visiting Arashiyama, and it was well worth it. The views and landscaping of the villa is enough of a reason to visit Arashiyama. While the 1,000 Yen entry fee is considered high, the view and beauty of this villa is well worth the money. You also... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Saying this house and its gardens are wonderful, is still an understatement. Temple gardens are certainly nice, but this one is so peaceful. Even with many visitors coming to the bamboo forest nearby, few take the opportunity to visit this calm place. It will be all your to admire. Beautiful trees and bushes, the small wooden shrine, all the stone... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

After spending a couple days visiting Fushimi Imari Temple, the Gion District and the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto, this garden was such a welcome change of pace. There were only a visitors while we were there; nothing like the crowds we had been encountering. The grounds were spectacular. At each turn there was yet another stunning view; so well planned... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

$28 USD gets two people entrance plus green tea and a biscuit. The whole place takes about an hour to see. Basically you're following signs on a garden walk through the villa. The grounds are beautifully manicured, so it's worth a visit.

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