The Okochi-Sanso villa is one of the top gardens you can visit in Kyoto.

It’s a stroll garden which is very well designed and has very nice laid out pathways. It has a tea house, be sure to keep your coupon for the tea, because at the end of the walk you get tea and a cake for free which is included in the admission price.

The owner the famous silent samurai move actor Denjiro Okochi has worked for 30 years on creating this villa and garden. It has bonsai pines, maple trees with beautiful fall colors, moss carpets. It is a must see in Kyoto and one of the best gardens you can visit in Kyoto.

Nearby is a beautiful bamboo forest which looks very similar to the forest which was used to shoot the movie Crouching tiger hidden dragon as you can see above.