So if you’re looking to be able to try some matcha green tea in a convenient way as you’re visiting Kyoto’s top attractions, you may consider making a visit to the Okochi Sanso villa!
Here you will find a teahouse where you can drink matcha green tea and eat Japanese sweets with views of bamboo trees.
These Japanese gardens are located in Arashiyama, which you may be already considering visiting if you’re interested in walking through Kyoto’s famous bamboo forest.
Okochi Sanso is located right near that Arashiyama bamboo grove walking path.
Both the castle and temple are among the top UNESCO world heritage sites in Kyoto and are worth a visit.
The Okochi Sanso teahouse as part of a one day Kyoto itinerary
I went to the Okochi Sanso teahouse as a part of my one day in Arashiyama and Sagano:
- Sagano scenic train
- Okochi Sanso Garden
- Arashiyama bamboo forest
- Tenryuji Temple
- Togetsukyo Bridge
- Arashiyama monkey park
What’s a visit to Okochi Sanso like?!
Once you pay for your entry ticket to Okochi Sanso, you’ll start your walk!
Almost immediately you’ll see where to go for the teahouse, and it’ll be off to the right coming from the entrance.
You can go to the teahouse first, but it can also make for a nice way to end your visit at Okochi Sanso.
So consider waiting and instead head off to the other parts of the grounds first.
Walking around Okochi Sanso
And then once you’ve finished up walking around the grounds of Okochi Sanso…
You can choose outdoor seating or indoor seating.
Matcha green tea with views of bamboo trees
If you choose indoor seating, you’ll basically be right next to a bamboo forest!
Once you sit down, you’ll get out your green tea ticket that you received earlier at entry in order to get your matcha drink and Japanese sweet.
Take your time and enjoy your tea surrounded by nature!
How much does this matcha tea experience cost?!
Well, it’s included in your admission ticket to the Okochi Sanso Villa grounds.
So you won’t be paying anything extra for it.
By buying an entry ticket for Okochi Sanso, you’ll automatically get a free green tea ticket, so you might as well use it!
How much is the entry fee for the Okochi Sanso Garden?!
The entry fee for Okochi Sanso is 1,000 yen (US$9).
This might be considered a little steep when compared to other top attractions in Kyoto.
And it’s also likely part of the reason that you can escape the crowds with a visit to these Japanese gardens!
HAPPY OKOCHI SANSO TEAHOUSE VISIT!
Use this Kyoto tourist map to plan out your 5 days in Kyoto with Okochi Sanso!
- Day 1: Top tourist spots with one day bus pass
- Day 2: Fushimi Inari shrine hike through 1,000 torii gates
- Day 3: Philosopher’s Path walk
- Day 4: Arashiyama and Sagano
- Day 5: Kurama Kibune Ohara with one day pass
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