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“Peaceful mountain park with a green tea stop”

Okochi Sanso Garden
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Private Custom Tour: Kyoto in One Day
Ranked #25 of 1,119 things to do in Kyoto
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Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Japan
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Peaceful mountain park with a green tea stop”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

The place is not really popular especially for foreign visitors - if somebody gets there it is after a local person brought them or recommended. The ticket is double the average rate for temples and gardens, 1000 yen, which is maybe another reason it doesn't get many visitors. But in fact that was something I liked - really close to the very crowded bamboo grove, but in Okochisanso you hardly meet anybody and you can enjoy the place for hours. The ticket includes a cupon for free green tea in a nice green tea hall which has beautiful view to lush green trees. As long as the place is on the slope of the mountain, rainy days are not good for the place, it will be too wet and muddy. But if you're lucky with the weather, you can see wonderful green colors of big variety of vegetation, see a few nice buildings, relax. The place might be difficult for old people and very young kids, you can't go there with a wheel chair or a baby stroller. There is a small gallery with pictures of the actor whose villa it used to be - Denjirō Ōkōchi.

Visited August 2013
6 Thank Ekaterina G
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Oakland, California
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“A Highlight of My Trip”
Reviewed 4 July 2014

This beautiful villa and garden was built by a Japanese movie star in the mid-20th century, and visiting it was one of the highlights of my week in Kyoto. There is a very clearly marked footpath around the gardens, and a bonus was that hardly anyone was there when I visited. It was so serene, and some of the spots in the garden provided million-yen views. Included with the price of admission is tea (the best cold matcha I've ever had) and a sweet in their lovely tea room. In a city with a lot of (justifiably) crowded tourist spots, this place offered tranquility and silence.

Visited June 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 6 Contributor
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“Along hullabaloo bamboo trailU will come across this garden”
Reviewed 18 June 2014 via mobile

Do not miss the trail behind the house .. I was lucky enough .. Shares from another tourist .. Near the rest rooms u will find a trail that meanders up the hills ..how it was landscaped si naturally is just amazing ... I kept thinking to myself .. What a lucky guy to have found
this spot .. I wonder how the actor manage to create such a beautiful place .. There must be quite a few creative people living in these parts of kyoto .. Am glad i stayed 2 days .. Am glad to have found guesthouse Atagoya .. An extra day was needed to have seen more temples i opted for the wonderful boat rides .. U will find them to the right of the famous bridge

Visited May 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“One of the best”
Reviewed 1 June 2014 via mobile

A truly lovely garden, with winding little pathways leading you up & down from one beautiful scene to the next. We had the subtle 'green' version, with young maple leaves giving colour and shade. Completed with a cup of green tea overlooking the adjacent bamboo grove. (Note: Paths are uneven and steep in places).

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Melbourne, Australia
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“Peaceful garden”
Reviewed 25 May 2014

Located just at the end of the Bamboo grove, is this tranquil garden surrounding the home of a former Samurai actor. Entry is a bit steep at 1000Y but this deters huge crowds which results in a beautiful garden all to yourself. You get a little ticket which you can trade in for a free tea and cake at the end of your visit. There are exceptional views over Kyoto in one direction and a wonderfully lush valley the other way. Little stepping stones and paths made of shattered roof tiles lead you across a moss garden to a small shrine. In one pavilion you can watch film clips of the actor Okochi Denjiro whose house this was. He looked quite crazy with a slash over one eye.

Visited December 2013
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