Okochi Mountain Villa

Okochi Sanso, also known as Okochi Mountain Villa is a hidden gem and historic site located in the Arashiyama district of Kyoto, Japan. It is a beautifully landscaped garden and villa complex that was once the private retreat of the legendary Japanese film actor, Denjirō Ōkōchi, who was known for his roles in samurai films during the early 20th century. He was also a dedicated lover of the Arashiyama area in Kyoto. In 1936, he purchased a piece of land on the slopes of Mount Ogura and began designing and constructing his mountain villa and garden.

Okochi Sanso’s garden was meticulously designed by Denjirō Ōkōchi himself. It features a blend of Japanese garden styles, including rock gardens, moss gardens, and teahouses. The garden’s layout takes advantage of the natural landscape and offers stunning views of Kyoto’s scenic beauty. The garden boasts a serene bamboo grove, which is a common feature in Japanese gardens. The rustling bamboo leaves add to the tranquility of the setting.

One of the highlights of Okochi Sanso is the traditional Japanese teahouse named “Jibutsudō.” Visitors can enjoy matcha (green tea) and seasonal sweets while admiring the peaceful garden and panoramic views.


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