Okochi sanso villa gardens in Arashiyama - Japanese gardens in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel blog

 

So there might be a few reasons to make a trip to the Okochi Sanso villa garden a part of your visit to Arashiyama:

  • You want to go for a nature walk
  • You want to escape the crowds of Arashiyama and Kyoto
  • You want to drink some matcha tea!

 

You could say that the Okochi Sanso gardens are located in a pretty convenient area of Arashiyama, as they are right near the famous bamboo grove.

While that bamboo forest gets loads of tourists, Okochi Sanso gets far fewer visitors. (The entry fee might have something to do with it.)

This means that if you’re in Arashiyama and you’re looking for a little bit of a nature trail away from the crowds, a visit to the Okochi Sanso can be a perfect part of your day.

 

Okochi sanso villa gardens walking trail. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Okochi Sanso Villa as part of one day Kyoto itinerary

I went to the Okochi Sanso Garden as a part of my one day in Arashiyama and Sagano:

 

 

Getting to Okochi Sanso

 

JR train to Arashiyama

Okochi sanso villa garden. Kyoto station to Arashiyama with JR pass - Saga-Arashiyama train station to Okochi sanso. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

There are a few different trains you can take to get to Okochi Sanso from Kyoto station.

If you’re traveling with a JR pass, then there’s a JR train that goes to Arashiyama.

There are signs at Kyoto Station for trains bound for Saga-Arashiyama, so you’ll look for that platform, and then get off at Saga Arashiyama station.

Kyoto Station to Arashiyama by JR train is about a 15 minute train ride.

From the JR train station to Okochi Sanso is about a 15 minute walk, and that includes a walk through the Arashiyama bamboo forest.

 

Arashiyama Torokko train station

Okochi sanso villa garden. Arashiyama sagano scenic railway aka romantic train. Arashiyama torokko station to Okochi sanso. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

Another train station to know about is the Arashiyama Torokko station.

This is on a special train line, the Sagano scenic railway, and runs only in the Arashiyama and Sagano area.

This means that you won’t be taking this train to get to Arashiyama from Kyoto station, but you may consider taking this train once you get to Arashiyama.

The Arashiyama Torokko station is about a 5 minute walk from Okochi Sanso.

 

 

Okochi Sanso entry

Once you get close to Okochi Sanso, you’ll probably start to see signs, so just pay attention to them!

 

How much does it cost?

Okochi sanso villa garden entry ticket how much cost. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

The entry fee for Okochi Sanso is 1,000 yen (US$9).

This can be considered a little on the high side compared to other top attractions in Kyoto, but this price probably is part of what keeps the mass of crowds away.

 

FREE matcha green tea with entry

Okochi sanso villa garden entry ticket with free matcha green tea at teahouse. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

And unlike other top attractions, you get a cup of traditional matcha green tea with your entry ticket to Okochi Sanso.

You’ll get a separate ticket for this automatically, and you’ll want to make sure not to lose this.

 

Okochi sanso villa garden entry ticket with free matcha green tea ticket at teahouse. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

This basically becomes your voucher for the tea.

Once you start your walk through the gardens, you’ll spot the Okochi Sanso teahouse.

 

Okochi sanso villa garden teahouse. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Okochi sanso villa garden teahouse. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

Another top Kyoto attraction with a teahouse on-site is Nijo Castle with the Waraku-an teahouse. The teahouse experience here is an additional cost, but you do get to make your own matcha straight from matcha powder!

 

 

Walking trails through Okochi Sanso gardens

So once you have your ticket, start walking on the trails of Okochi Sanso!

Here’s a bit of what you’ll see.

 

Okochi sanso villa gardens walking nature trail through Japanese gardens in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Okochi sanso villa gardens walking nature trail rest area. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Okochi sanso villa gardens walking nature trail architecture through Japanese gardens in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Okochi sanso villa gardens walking nature trail architecture through Japanese gardens in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Okochi sanso villa gardens walking nature trail through Japanese gardens in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Okochi sanso villa gardens walking nature trail rest area with mountain views. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Okochi sanso villa gardens walking nature trail through Japanese gardens in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Okochi sanso villa gardens shrine with Japanese gardens in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Okochi sanso villa gardens house interior. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Okochi sanso villa gardens walking nature trail through Japanese gardens in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Okochi sanso villa gardens walking nature trail through Japanese gardens in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Okochi sanso villa gardens walking nature trail through Japanese gardens in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Okochi sanso villa gardens walking nature trail through Japanese gardens in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Okochi sanso villa gardens walking nature trail with mountain views. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Okochi sanso villa gardens walking nature trail through Japanese gardens in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

City views

You’ll also come across a resting area that is also a viewing area overlooking Kyoto.

 

Okochi sanso villa gardens - Kyoto city views and mountain views. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Okochi sanso villa gardens - Kyoto city views and mountain views. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Okochi sanso villa gardens - Kyoto city views and mountain views. What to see - Kiyomizu-dera temple, kyoto tower, daimonji-yama (near ginkakuji temple and philosopher's path), mt hiei - hieizan. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

If you look closely, you can see a number of top spots in Kyoto from this viewing area!

 

Okochi sanso villa gardens - Kyoto city views and mountain views. What to see - Kiyomizu-dera temple, kyoto tower, daimonji-yama (near ginkakuji temple and philosopher's path), mt hiei - hieizan. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

Spot these places:

  • Kiyomizu-dera Temple (and visit here with a one day bus pass)
  • Kyoto Tower
  • Mt Daimonji (and do the Daimonji-yama hike near Ginkakuji Temple and the Philosopher’s Path)
  • Mt Hiei (Hiei-zan)

 

 

Visit to teahouse

You can make your visit to the teahouse at any time, but you may consider waiting until you’ve walked through the gardens.

This way, you can end your visit to the gardens with matcha green tea at the Okochi Sanso teahouse!

There’s indoor seating and outdoor seating.

Sit anywhere and then hand over your green tea ticket so that you can get your tea and Japanese sweets.

If you go with indoor seating, you’ll get views of bamboo trees at you drink your tea!

 

Okochi sanso villa gardens teahouse. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Okochi sanso villa gardens teahouse. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Okochi sanso villa gardens teahouse next to bamboo grove forest. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Okochi sanso villa gardens teahouse with matcha green tea and Japanese snacks sweets. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Okochi sanso villa gardens teahouse with matcha green tea and Japanese snacks sweets next to bamboo grove forest. One day in Arashiyama Sagano. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

HAPPY OKOCHI SANSO VISIT!

 

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