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.
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Jonathan T | Dec 16, 2017
Great relief from the hordes of tourists in the bamboo forest. For only 1000 yen you get to have a lovely walk through this garden, which is quiet and meditative. Gives you the feel of a much simpler, contemplative life. The garden access also grants you a free cup of matcha and a Japanese sweet that feels very at home with the garden. Only wish that the "introduction" to the garden (which was a small outdoor gallery) was in English. Definitely worth a visit.
Chee Meng Chan | Jan 1, 2018
Wonderful place with good lookout views. Well maintained garden. A good place to get away from the hordes of tourist that frequent the bamboo gardens. Feels more zen here. Well worth the 1000 yen per person. Includes matcha tea and a small bite dessert.
Dhananjay Singh | Feb 12, 2018
Gorgeous place. And a must visit. The 1,000 yen fee may seem much, but there is free macha green tea and sweets at the end (would cost ~400-500 yen)
Ruben Waran | Feb 14, 2018
Amazing japanese gardens. Very tranquil. Makes for a lovely walk especially in spring. Lots of nooks and cranies to explore and get lost in. At thecend there is a tea house where you get to have hot green tea and a japanese sweet. The entrance fee to the garden is Y1000 which includes the tea. Try to get to arashiyama early in the morning as it can get busy with tourists by around 930am.
AL AL | Feb 3, 2018
One of the pricier entry tix 1000JPY but it's quieter, lesser visitors. It's an actor (v rich??) villa that's Zen designed. Nice routes and sights. Some spots great for just chilling, staring out n stoning :) zen indeed. Remb to claim your free green tea + mini dessert with your entrance ticket. Decent hot matcha that's frothed up. Sipping it in e cold weather = 👍👍 Like this review if you found it useful! 👍😁
Rothin Borde | Mar 13, 2018
Great little add on to the Bamboo forest which is next to it. 1000 yen and you get some green tea but the views are amazing. The garden itself is beautifully kept. Amongst all the famous temples which are over crowded I can say that this place is great for some quiet time. We went early in the morning midweek and it wasn't very busy. Well worth the money.
Danette St. Onge | Apr 8, 2018
What a tourist trap! After visiting, we really couldn't understand all the rave reviews we'd read -- had people been paid to write them?? The garden was unremarkable and the trails through it crowded with other rubes (sorry, tourists) wandering around looking bemused (this was in low season, so I can't imagine it's less crowded in high season). The matcha tea that's included in the entry price was fine, but the atmosphere in the "tea room" was a bit depressing compared to others we visited, and the sweet we were given with the tea had expired 5 years ago. Overall, it seemed like a vanity project by a film actor most people have never heard of. There is not much to see or do here -- I'd recommend a pass and spending more time in the gardens of the nearby temple instead.
Mustafa Husain | Apr 24, 2018
Nice garden. Very peaceful and quiet. Lots of nooks and crannies to explore. Great for kids as well.
Fabian Mohr | May 6, 2018
A must see if beautiful, tranquil gardens are your thing. Well worth the trip from Kyoto centre, especially when combined with a walk to nearby temples and the Katsura river valley.
Daniel Stancombe | Mar 16, 2018
Loved it here. Not many other tourists were here when we visited and it was lovely and peaceful and the main house is gorgeous. You get a matcha tea and sweet with your entry ticket to have in the lovely tea house. Well worth a visit
Nicolas Fortier | Jun 10, 2018
Magnificient garden. Great complement to the bamboo grove. The 1000 ¥ fee is definitely worth it!
Jude almario | May 24, 2018
Great place to get away from the busy Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. Beautiful scenery, overlooks the mountain and also the city. Theres a tea house where you can relax and have a cup of tea and sweets. Well worth the ¥1,000 in my opinion.
Jesús Mondragón Ortíz | Jun 17, 2018
Beautiful... Peaceful... Inspiring... One of the mist beautiful parls just because of its sight and forrest-like gardens, and traditional houses. Absolutely beautiful. And definetivly worth it.
Rose Wang | Jul 7, 2018
Absolutely beautiful garden at the end of the walk through Arashiyama bamboo forest. The $10 admissions fee includes a small dessert and tea, which serves as a nice break after wandering through the garden. There's signs indicating the suggested route through the garden, which takes you to a couple breathtaking views of the mountains. I went on a rainy day, so the path was a little slippery (especially on stones), so I would recommend wearing comfortable non slip shoes. If you have time this is a great use of it.
James Tan | Jul 11, 2018
Located in the complex of arashiyama bamboo forest complex, this place once used to be a residence of a famous actor in the past. To enter this area you need to pay for 1000yen. The garden is very beautiful and well taken care off. Those who like photography will find this place is a beautiful object photo. Esp when it is on fall season where every leaves turn red. Inside the area you will also get a cup of green tea and a very very delicious snack. So in the end the 1000 yen will be so paid off.
jerome santamaria | Jul 15, 2018
Worth the effort at the end of the trail. It takes a bit of finding, but you get green tea and a snack with your ticket. We found the crowds far fewer and do it was very relaxing. It is a beautiful garden with some stunning vistas. Highly recommended.
Cassie Schornack | Jul 4, 2018
If your only going to see one gardern while in Kyoto make it this one. It was definitely worth the money. With your entrance fee you also get some green tea and a snack. After about a 10 minute walk through some beautiful well maintained gardens you arrive at this spot over looking the valley. This spot alone was worth visiting.
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