Ka-iu-so Garden

Ka-iu-so Garden

Location: Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Status: not open to the public
Landscaped: in Meiji era


Historical Transition of the Kaiu-so Garden and its Restorative Study

Ka-iu-so is a large garden of 19,800 square meters, created on the former site of a sub-temple of Nanzen-ji that was abolished in the Meiji period. It was named “Waraku-an” by Katsutaro Inaba, a famous businessperson in the dyeing and movie businesses, who purchased this land in 1905. After he died in 1949, Kurakichi Omiya became the next owner in 1953 and lived here. He changed its name to “Ka-iu-so,” as it is today.

The garden was roughly divided into an upper stair and a lower stair. In the lower stair, the main building with a pond garden including a stream and a waterfall was built. Especially the 15-meter high waterfall steadily pouring water into the pond offers magnificent scenery, with Higashiyama Mountain as its background. The waterfall was named “Zuiryu-no-taki” by Kinmochi Saionji during Inabata’s ownership.

In the upper stair, a thatched hut was built so that visitors can enjoy the full view of Kyoto city from it. In order to climb up to the hut, not only a garden path but also a tunnel connecting from  halfway up the slope to the hut was built, and an ori-tsukubai (a stone washbasin with a few stairs downwards) was set inside the tunnel. Thus, this exquisite garden was created utilizing the advantage of land with a big difference in height.