Okochi Sanso Garden

As you head west through the bamboo forest of Arashiyama, you will come to the Ogura mountain. There you will find the entrance to Okochi Sanso Garden.

Entrance to Okochi Sanso Garden

Kyoto City Official Travel Guide

Okochi Sanso Garden is a mountain villa garden located in Saga. It was painstakingly created over a 30-year period by renowned Showa-era actor Denjiro Okochi. The big garden, spread across the southern slope of Mount Ogura, offers a scenic stroll through a landscape that changes with the seasons.

Features of the Okochi Sanso Garden

A space infused with Denjiro Okochi’s passion

Denjiro Okochi was not just an actor; he was also well-versed in the arts of tea ceremony and flower arrangement. His deep knowledge and aesthetic sensibilities are evident in every corner of the garden.

Beautiful landscape in harmony with nature

The garden is home to numerous pine, cherry, and maple trees, allowing visitors to enjoy the beauty of each season, from cherry blossoms in spring to vibrant autumn foliage. The view of the Hozu River flowing below and the Kyoto cityscape is also a highlight.

Okochi Sanso Garden

Buildings showcasing the essence of sukiya architecture

Scattered throughout the garden are buildings that embody the essence of sukiya architecture, including the Daijo-kaku, a fusion of shinden-zukuri, shoin-zukuri, and sukiya-zukuri styles; the Jodo-do, a Buddhist hall; the tea ceremony room Tekisui-an in the style of a grass hut; and the Gekko-tei near the mountaintop.

Designated as a National Cultural Property

In 2014, the entire garden was designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty, while the Daijo-kaku, Jodo-do, tea ceremony room Tekisui-an, central gate, and walls were registered as National Tangible Cultural Properties.


  • Spring: Stroll through the cherry blossom tunnel and explore Okochi Sanso Garden.
  • Summer: Enjoy the cool breeze while strolling through the garden adorned with fresh greenery.
  • Autumn: Admire the breathtaking views of the garden ablaze with autumn colors.
  • Winter: The snow-covered garden transforms into a tranquil space.
  • Daijo-kaku: The Daijo-kaku, a fusion of sukiya architectural styles, is the garden’s symbolic building. The interior is open to the public, offering a glimpse into the lifestyle of the past.
  • Jodo-do: The Jodo-do houses a statue of Yakushi Nyorai, the Buddha of Healing. The serene atmosphere provides a space for quiet reflection.
  • Tea ceremony room Tekisui-an: The grass hut-style tea ceremony room Tekisui-an offers an opportunity to experience the essence of the tea ceremony.
  • Gekko-tei: The Gekko-tei, located near the mountaintop, offers panoramic views of Kyoto City. The night view is particularly stunning.
  • Denjiro Okochi Memorial Hall: The Denjiro Okochi Memorial Hall showcases rare and valuable materials. Visitors can learn about his life and achievements.

Tea house

A shop and café are located within the garden. You can take a cup of matcha and a Japanese traditional sweet.

Okochi Sanso Garden teahouse

Nearby spots

Arashiyama bamboo forest, Tenryuji Temple and Togetsukyo Bridge are very close.

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