Kyoto Sights

Hakusa Son-so (The Inn of White Sand)

  • 37 Ishibashi-cho Map It
  • Higashiyama-ku
  • Garden/Arboretum

Published 12/10/2015

Fodor's Review

A century-old villa with a large stroll garden, this was once the home of the painter Kansetsu Hashimoto (1883–1945). Combining influences from various Japanese periods and drawing inspiration from Chinese imagery, Hashimoto created a unique style of painting. A new museum contains many of Hashimoto's sketches and paintings, as well as works by his Chinese and Japanese contemporaries and an enthralling collection of Greek and Persian pottery. An exquisite stone garden and a teahouse are also open to the public. If you book at least two days in advance, it's possible to experience a complete tea ceremony. Adjacent to the estate is the Noa Noa café, which serves light casual fare from ¥1,500.

Sight Information


37 Ishibashi-cho, east of Imadegawa and Ginkaku-ji intersection , Kyoto, 606-8406, Japan

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Sight Details:

  • ¥1,000
  • Daily 10–5; last entry at 4:30

Published 12/10/2015


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