Thursday, April 7, 2011
Volks Sato Garden
Volks Sato is in the Saga area of Kyoto. Not only do they have a wonderful museum, shop and cafe, they have a beautiful garden one can walk through. It is open on the weekends but you need to make a reservation through their web page here.
It was late March so the Ume or plum trees were in bloom.
150 year old sakura tree, starting to bud. I found the wood and rope supports a very nice way to support a tree. Organic in a way.
We were told there are three different kinds of gardens. Temple, Imperial, and personal. I was very happy to get the chance to see all three during our trip. There are elements from each that I love, such as the more natural feel of the personal garden.
We were very lucky to get a personal tour of the tea house. The garden was once the home of the nihonga artist Seiho Takeuchi.
After our wonderful visit and enjoyable shopping (so hard to chose what to buy!), we had to say farewell.
So sadly after several hours and a very lovely visit with the wonderful people at Volks (thank you thank you thank you!!) we boarded the train back to the subway. The area of Saga and Arayashima is well known for it's beauty and the river there, but we were so tired we could not walk around more. Good excuse to go back yes?
from March, 2008
Submitting this one to the Show Me Japan round-up. Take a look, there are a lot of great blogs and photos there!