Ōkōchi Sansō is located in Arashiyama. It was once the residence of Ōkōchi Denjirō a famous film star of early Japanese cinema. It is a beautiful garden that has many unique features. Such as the Myōkō-an Hall, Ōkochi enjiro Museum, Jibutsu-dō hall, and more. I have one of the best views of Kyoto to look over the city.
It was first built in the early 1900s to last as the actor’s estate, over the actor’s life it was slowly renovated until his death. After he died he passed the estate on to his wife who would gradually open it to the public. Interestingly the estate also offers tea and snacks to all those who visit. Ōkōchi Sansō is open every day, from 9 am to 5 pm. I take around 30min by train to get to Ōkōchi Sansō from Kyoto station.
Ōkōchi Sansō website: discoverkyoto.com
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For the best tea ceremony experience in Kyoto with a historic atmosphere, please check out Maikoya Tea Ceremony.
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