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2019.08.07

Ichijo Ekan Sanso: The Elegant Spirit of Kyoto, Alive in the Natural Splendor of Kamakura

Ichijo Ekan Sanso 

Ichijo Ekan Sanso is a mountain villa that was once run by Ichijo Ekan, a court noble at the 17th-century dawn of the Edo period and the 9th son of Emperor Go-Yozei. In 1959, the villa was disassembled and moved from the Nishigamo neighborhood of Kyoto to be reconstructed in Kamakura. Even the villa's garden stones and dry landscape garden were moved along with the building. Today, the garden is laid out just as it was originally. The ancient capital of Kamakura is not only a place where the culture of the samurai is alive and well; when you set foot in the garden at Ichijo Ekan Sanso, you will experience the majestic atmosphere and culture of Japan's Imperial Court.

Ichijo Ekan Sanso: The Elegant Spirit of Kyoto, Alive in the Natural Splendor of Kamakura

Designed by Ekan himself, the rustic villa building was a vacation home for the imperial family. Everywhere you look, you will find the elegant style and spirit of the Japanese countryside. The building was originally constructed during the same period as the imperial villas of Katsura and Shugakuin in Kyoto. In 1964, it was designated an Important Cultural Property of Japan.
Guided tours of the interior of the building are available irregularly.
*For tour schedules and booking information, please see the official website.
Ichijo Ekan Sanso: The Elegant Spirit of Kyoto, Alive in the Natural Splendor of Kamakura

Located around the villa are modern gardens and buildings in the sukiya architectural style.
Ichijo Ekan Sanso: The Elegant Spirit of Kyoto, Alive in the Natural Splendor of Kamakura

The Kyoto teahouse-style garden conveys a sense of graceful beauty, with Japanese red pine and maple trees overhead, and kuma bamboo grass and moss at your feet.
Ichijo Ekan Sanso: The Elegant Spirit of Kyoto, Alive in the Natural Splendor of Kamakura

As you take a stroll and feel the passage of the seasons, you might even forget that this is a place not far from downtown Kamakura.
Ichijo Ekan Sanso: The Elegant Spirit of Kyoto, Alive in the Natural Splendor of Kamakura

The Nameri River that runs through the garden gets its name from the Japanese word "nameraka," meaning "smooth," as it flows smoothly over the rocks of Kamakura. With no manmade protection on its shores, this area is a place to see nature in its purest form.
Ichijo Ekan Sanso: The Elegant Spirit of Kyoto, Alive in the Natural Splendor of Kamakura

Benches can be found in several places around the garden, allowing visitors to take a seat, relax, and listen to the river's babbling brooks and the chirping of the birds.
Ichijo Ekan Sanso: The Elegant Spirit of Kyoto, Alive in the Natural Splendor of Kamakura

Cafe Yamamomotei stands in a spot that overlooks the Nameri River and the surrounding gardens.
Ichijo Ekan Sanso: The Elegant Spirit of Kyoto, Alive in the Natural Splendor of Kamakura

While gazing out the large windows at the natural sights, guests here can enjoy matcha, seasonal tea snacks, coffee, desserts, and other treats.Ichijo Ekan Sanso: The Elegant Spirit of Kyoto, Alive in the Natural Splendor of Kamakura

Available year-round, the Daigo Cake ("Daigo" in this case being a name for the Buddhist concept of nirvana) is a stylish and scrumptious dish in which cheesecake inspired by the waxing and waning of the moon is garnished with "moss" made from matcha crumbs.
Ichijo Ekan Sanso: The Elegant Spirit of Kyoto, Alive in the Natural Splendor of Kamakura

In one corner of the garden, a heart motif is waiting to be discovered. Looks like gardeners like to have fun every now and then, too.
Ichijo Ekan Sanso: The Elegant Spirit of Kyoto, Alive in the Natural Splendor of Kamakura

One of the great things about Japanese gardens is that they offer a new host of visual delights from one season to the next. The beauty of the colors in autumn stands out above all.
Events including Japanese candy-making activities and tea ceremonies are also held here, making this a place you will want to visit again and again throughout the year.

  • Ichijo Ekan Sanso
  • Ichijo Ekan Sanso
  • Ichijo Ekan Sanso
  • Ichijo Ekan Sanso

Stroll through gardens that change with the seasons while gazing at modern Sukiya style buildings.
Our Cafe Yamamomotei is a great place to relax in a spot overlooking the gardens and the Nameri River.
Ichijo Ekan Sanso has been designated a National Important Cultural Property and Architectural Monument. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with our preservation goals, and we look forward to your visit.

  • Address
    5-1-10 Jomyoji Temple, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture
  • TEL
    0467-53-7900
  • Business Hour
    10:00-16:00 (Last admission 15:30) Closed: Mondays and Tuesdays, closed during other events ■ Admission: 500 yen *Preschoolers cannot enter

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