Ueyakato Landscape - fostering gardens -

-fostering gardens-

Ueyakato Landscape uses traditional Japanese garden fostering techniques to nurture new scenery that will last for generations to come.

Scenery is created by the natural environment, human activity, and the society that surrounds both of them.
By incorporating into today’s society the techniques that have been used to tend to gardens for centuries, we can also nurture an enriched scenery for the future.

In addition to garden creation and management, we are devoted to utilizing gardens in accordance with their surrounding social environment.
To the greatest degree possible, we draw out the appeal that Japanese gardens have as points of convergence where varied forms of Japanese culture come together.
Our aim is to contribute to the creation of a better society by continuously nurturing these gardens and communicating their value to the world.

Kyoto’s gardeners have long engaged with nature, thoroughly observing its changes and characteristics down to the finest detail, and reflecting them in their expression of space. In this unprecedented age where people, money and information circulate at unimaginably fast speeds, Ueyakato Landscape strives to discover genuine value that can lead people and society toward a brighter future.


Company Name
Nishiteranomae-cho 45, Shishigatani, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8425, Japan
\42.6 million
Number of employees
Board of Directors
Chairman Daiki Kato
President Tomoki Kato
Director Yoshiki Kato
Executive Yoshiyuki Tajiri
Executive Hajime Anno
Landscape gardening services (Surveillance, planning, design, construction, maintenance and management of gardens, parks, greens, and forests)

Message from the President

In today’s ultra-convenient society, Japanese gardens, which sometimes are fostered over a period of several centuries, must seem quite inefficient. We believe, however, that it is precisely in our present age that garden fostering techniques may hold the value we need to help shape a better society.

When raising a Japanese garden, actual garden creation consists of 40%, whereas daily cultivation or, as I like to call it, garden fostering makes up 60%. To create a garden requires a large amount of capital both in terms of personnel and money, and this makes a garden’ s completion all the more joyous an occasion. What is important, however, is the fostering of the garden that occurs after it is first completed. This means not simply pruning overgrown branches, but engaging in ceaseless activity to make use of the garden as an expression of space; it means sensitively picking up on the property owner’s ideas and the garden’s distinctive character as well as accepting and understanding the natural landscape. In addition, I believe it is also necessary not only to tend to the garden directly, but to communicate its appeal in easy to understand terms and thereby to nurture a culture of cherishing gardens. It is thanks to this act of cultivation that Japanese gardens are able to give us a feeling of peace of mind and enrichment that all people can share; something we can hardly gain amid our competitive daily lives.

Approximately 1,200 years ago, it was written in the “Sakuteiki” (Records of Garden Making) that man-made gardens can never exceed the beauty of nature. This means that the techniques that we human beings are capable of are never superior to nature’s design, and we must therefore revere nature and learn from it. As we approach the daily work of nurturing gardens in Kyoto, Japan and throughout the world, it is this message from our forebears that we wish to keep in our hearts.

Ueyakato Landscape Co., Ltd. President Tomoki Kato

Professor of Japanese Garden Studies at Kyoto University of the Arts (PhD). Born 1966, in Kyoto. Entered his family’s landscaping business after graduating from Chiba University’s Faculty of Horticulture.
Tomoki Kato continues to train himself daily in pursuit of an organization of professional landscape craftsmen who carry on Japanese garden culture while also creating tradition through their superior skills and aesthetic sensitivity.
At Kyoto University of the Arts, he currently advises garden research that is grounded in practical learning. He gives frequent lectures both in Japan and abroad, including the 2014 and 2018 keynote speeches at the international conference of the North American Japanese Garden Association (NAJGA).

Main awards
Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture Award (Research Thesis Category) | May 2013
2018 ICOMOS Japan Award | December 2018
Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture Award (Technical Skill Category) | May 2019
Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture Award (Business Management Category) | May 2021

Main affiliations
Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture (supervisor), The Academic Society of Japanese Gardens (board member), The Japanese Society for Cultural Heritage, The Japan Society for the Conservation of Cultural Property, The Japan Society for the History of Industrial Technology, Shiseki to Bijutsu Dokokai (Historic Site and Art Appreciation Society) (board member)

Special Interview
-> Dr. Kendall Brown (North America Japanese Garden Association (NAJGA) Board President)x Tomoki Kato “The 21st Century’s Classic Landscape is a Japanese Garden” (January, 2015)
-> Stephen D. Bloom (CEO of the Portland Japanese Garden) x Tomoki Kato x Yamaguchi “Engagement That Creates a Harmonious Relationship Between People and Garden” (October, 2015)

Our Business Philosophy

Through our gardening business we aim to keep our employees happy both physically and spiritually, and also contribute to the progress and development of human society.


“Fluidity and Immutability”

We adopt changes with “fluidity” to meet the needs of the times, and hand down the “immutable” essence. Thus, we are aiming at contributing our society as a company with sustainable development.

“Immutability,” Handing Down and Creating the Japanese Landscape Culture

The good spirit, technique and physical strength are all necessary to assume the responsibility to maintain the world-renowned traditional culture of the Japanese garden.
We also have the insights and techniques as gardeners in Kyoto.

“Fluidity,” Our Landscape Service Business

In addition to our conventional business such as creation or maintenance of gardens, we create and offer the best place for entertaining guests to our customers by optimizing the attractiveness of the garden.

Overview of Activities

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