history

1848   Kichibei Kato, our founder, became a exclusive gardener of Nanzenji Temple.
1848 – Mid-Meiji   For several generations, the family business of landscape gardening is passed down from generation to generation under the name Kichibei.
Mid-Meiji – Taisho Yasaburo Kato (the fourth family head) Actively promoted the family business of landscape gardening in the neighborhood of Nanzenji Temple.
Early Showa – Jiro Kato (the fifth generation) Further promoted the family business of landscape gardening in the neighborhood of Nanzenji Temple.
1938   The business was downscaled due to the National Mobilization Law at the start of the second Sino-Japanese War.
1946   The family business resumes after the end of World War II.
1966 Jiro Kato (the fifth generation) and Yasuo Kato (the sixth generation) Father and son together create Nanzenji Temple’s Kohojo Garden.
The company applies to Kyoto City for a general construction license.
1967 Jiro Kato (the fifth generation) and Yasuo Kato (the sixth generation) Father and son together create Rokudo Garden in Nanzenji Temple.
1983 Yasuo Kato (the sixth generation) Created Kegon Garden in Nanzenji Temple.
1987   Incorporated as a joint stock company (capital: 20.10 million yen).
Early Heisei – Daiki Kato (the seventh generation) The company becomes a leader in garden creation.
1995   The company’s general construction license is changed to a special construction license.
1998   Increased capital (from 20.10 to 42.60 million yen).
1998 Tomoki Kato (the eighth generation) A new company president promotes both gardening technique and management.
1999   Company earns an A ranking in the qualified company ratings for all public offices.
2000   The company now has more than 20 employees with a first grade certificate for landscape gardening execution management engineers.
2002   Acquired ISO 9001 certification.
2007   Acquired KES Environmental Management System Standard certification.
2013   We move to a new head office.
2016   Started operations of Murin-an Garden and The Former Retreat of Tomomi Iwakura as their designated management company (ongoing)