Both gardens are now on the ground of the Westin Hotel Kyoto. Visitors can enter before sunset for free.
“Aoiden” was built by the garden master Ogawa Jihei (7th generation). It is a stroll garden that utilizes land features and enables the water from the Biwako River to drop into a waterfall basin 15 meters below. “Kasuien” was built by his eldest son Hakuyo.
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How to get there
Take Kyoto city bus number 5 from Kyoto station towards Yagura-soshajo-mae (岩倉操車場前). After 11 stops and around 30 minutes, get off at Jingu-dori (神宮道). After getting off the bus, walk 5 minutes in direction of traffic.
Ryugon is one of the most famous guesthouses in Japan.
It opened its doors as a guesthouse in 1969 after the construction began in 1964.
Utsugi Toshio, the founder of this traditional ryokan, saw a lot of houses in his hometown replaced by modern buildings when he returned from a longer stay out of town. After several unsuccessful attempts to convince the villagers to preserve the traditional buildings, he started to collect houses to combine them into a beautiful Japanese guesthouse.
In 2019 this hoary guesthouse in Niigata was temporarily closed and completely renovated to reopen in a new and beautiful look in the summer of the same year.
Although ryugon is now a luxury hotel, it still has the old charm. The best architects and interior designers have thought of how to transport the message of the Snow Country through material and shapes and the result is gorgeous.
History of the guesthouse
-The Gate Nagaya Mon
-Yucho no Ma
-Keisetsu no Ma and Koshoin no Ma
-Mushin no Ma
-Entsu no Ma
How to get there
Take the Joetsu Shinkansen from Tokyo for one and a half hour and get off at Echigoyuzawa station.
If you booked a stay at the Ryokan, a shuttle service will wait for you in front of the station.
If you prefer to go by yourself by train, take the JR Joetsu Line until Muikamachi and walk for 20min into South-eastern direction or take a taxi (6min).
A stay at the Ryokan costs from $180 upwards.