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Okochi Sanso Garden

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8-3 Sagaogurayama Tabuchiyamacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8394, Kyoto Prefecture
Western Kyoto
+81 75-872-2233
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Reviewed 4 days ago

From the noisy hordes of narcissists extracted from some level of Dante's Divine Comedy and transplanted to a bamboo tunnel, (what could they possibly DO with all those pictures of themselves?) , one pays only 1000Y to enter a heavenly space. Gorgeous well maintained zen...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Most tourist miss this opportunity to visit Okochi-sanso garden while visiting the bamboo forest. The entrance is easy to miss. This is one of our favorite places to visit while in Kyoto. The hussle and bustle of the city goes away as you walk through...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank KellyV_traveler
Reviewed 1 week ago

Blink and you will miss this entrance, off the pathway in the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. I'm thankful that many of the loud and oblivious tourists missed it! It was worth the price of admission (10,000 yen? = $10), especially since the bamboo forest was free...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank WalkintheClouds
Reviewed 1 week ago

The ticket window is down the path from the Bamboo Grove. You pay for the entrance with or without a tea. We chose the tea combo, which you can take any time during your time in the garden. This garden has many parts and all...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 331saibals
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very little information as to what is in the garden before you enter for the 1000 yen entry each person in order for one to make their decision whether to enter or not and the English was not great yet again here as not really...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very close to the bamboo forest, even you need to pay ¥1000 Ren to get in, it’s well worth the money. The entry fee includes a tea and a sweet.

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank moz577
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Simply put- probably the most exquisite Japanese garden I have ever seen. Do yourself a huge favor by making the 1000yen investment in the grounds after you finish the bamboo trail. It is sublime.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank C1729TRrandyc
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was a little disappointed as I did not realize that really you only see on room in the house and nothing special. The main thing is is the garden. I was there in March so things were not in full bloom. I am sure...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Denise S
Reviewed February 18, 2019

We just happened upon these gardens by taking a chance right turn after wading through the people along the Bamboo Grove street. The entrance fee included a complimentary tea and biscuit. We drank our tea under sakura blooms and then strolled the gardens. Most everyone...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank jlumiller
Reviewed February 14, 2019

If you enjoy gardens , this is a beautiful garden to visit, the walk is on a gentle slope and there a views of Kyoto city. There is a teahouse where you can order teas and a Japanese sweet. The teahouse is a lovely place...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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March 2, 2019|
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Response from priorityfood | Reviewed this property |
There is quite a bit of walking in the garden. Spend about 45 minutes to an hour there so that you can enjoy the views from the top of the garden and the complimentary matcha.
July 26, 2018|
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Response from dgflys | Reviewed this property |
It’s really not hilly at all. There are some inclines but nothing I would call a hill
May 4, 2018|
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Response from Marni V | Reviewed this property |
I took my time enjoying the peacefulness and the beauty of the gardens. I took a lot of photos of the flowers and greenery... spent some minutes too at the photo exhibit (I don't know though if this runs all year). I would... More