The Okochi Sanso Villa is a beautiful garden built by a Japanese movie star
Have you heard of the term “borrowed scenery” before? It is one of the garden styles in Japan, called “shakkei” in Japanese. Borrowed scenery means a garden where the background is incorporated into the design of the garden. The Okochi Sanso Villa’s garden is a good example of this style of garden. The villa was originally owned by the actor Denjiro Okochi (1898-1962) who appeared in many historic films. The construction of the villa took over 30 years, but now the villa garden is one of the best examples of a garden that is designed to have something to see no matter what season it is. The view of Mount Hiei from the garden is breathtaking.
When you get into the garden, you start walking fallowing a path through it. The path is a bit steep at places so the recommended footwear for the villa is sneakers. At some places the path is just stones laid on the ground, so high heels are out of the question. I have personally seen some women struggle with their choice of footwear here.