Mar. 22, 2018 UPDATE

Okochi Sanso Villa

- 大河内山荘 -
Traveler Friendly
The English brochure is available at the entrance. Nobody speaks English, but a staff is very friendly. There are sign boards in English so that you can stroll through smoothly.
Information
Japanese, English
Languages spoken
Japanese, basic English
3324 40 7.7 1 reviews
Mar. 22, 2018 UPDATE

Okochi Sanso Villa

- 大河内山荘 -
Traveler Friendly
The English brochure is available at the entrance. Nobody speaks English, but a staff is very friendly. There are sign boards in English so that you can stroll through smoothly.
Information
Japanese, English
Languages spoken
Japanese, basic English
3324 40 7.7 1 reviews
Story & Recommendation
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.
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7.7 Great
experience8.0 access7.0 photogenic8.0
Angela - Hong Kong
Oct. 17, 2018
Details
Open Hours
9am - 5pm
Reservations
Not accepted
Closed
Open everyday
Price range
Junior high school students and over ¥1,000 (included with matcha, a piece of Japanese Wagashi, and a postcard) Elementary school students ¥500
Credit cards
Not accepted
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