Japanese Home Design
Kyoto Photography - _0031938
In 672 an imperial prince (who later became emperor Tenmu) was wounded by an arrow and cured in this valley of Yase (八瀬). 1200 years until, in the early Meiji era, a high ranked noble named Sanetomi Sanjo built a villa named "Kikakutei" here. The villa was completely renovated in the 1930-1940's by master architect Sotoji Nakamura, a specialist of the "Sukiya" style. The gardens were also designed at that time by famous gardener Toemon Sano.