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Okochi Sanso – Kyoto, Japan


Okochi Sanso

(81)  75.872-2233

Open Hours:
9:00-17:00    Daily

Located a 15 minute walk from Tenryūji Temple, on the slopes of Mount Ogura, at the end of the famous Arashiyama Tenryū-ji Bamboo Forest , is hidden this most beautiful place; Okochi Sanso.  The former home and garden of the actor Denjirō Ōkōchi  (1898–1962) the villa became public after his death in 1962.

Ōkōchi -san’s movie career spanned over 5 decades from 1926 – 1962.  Escaping from the bustle of set, He retreated to the land and designed (mostly himself) this calming collection of gardens and buildings through the 1930s – 40s.

Narrow pathways, past the vistas and forests, will bring you to  a small museum (for Denjirō Ōkōchi and his life in film), as well as the Jibutsudō – an original  Meiji Era building. On your short walk, you can experience a most wonderful view of the fall foliage should you be present during the Autumn; and, with assumption, the same must be true for the spring bloom!

Keep your eyes open for a very discrete path.  Via this hidden corridor, there is a secret building most visitors miss.  Inside one will find, on one side, yet another perfect zen garden and on the back, a view to the mountains.  Lovingly, this room has tables prepared paper and ink for any visitor to practice calligraphy.

After all Kyoto’s palaces and temples, one could really feel the personal love that Okochi Sanso put into his own home.


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Kenroku-en – Kanazawa, Japan


Kenroku-en (兼六園)

(81) –76.234.3800
1 Kenrokumachi
Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture
920-0936, Japan


Kanazawa Castle – Kanazawa, Japan

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Kanazawa Castle 金沢城

(81) –76.234.3800
1-1 Marunouchi
Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture
920-0937, Japan


Open Hours:
Castle:      7:00 – 18:00    Daily
Gardens: Open longer