Osawa Pond

Travel Information

Osawa Pond (大沢池) is the oldest artificial pond for Japanese style garden. It was constructed by Emperor Saga in Heian period. It is imitated from Lake Dotei in China. It is chosen as one of three major moon view ponds since Heian period. The pond has many seasonable aspects. It has beautiful Sakura, Ume forest and lotus. It has splendid Koyo in Autumn.

Visitor's Info.
There is parking and restroom.
Admission: free. (during Spring and Autumn season, 200 yen)
Open: 9:00 to 16:30

0. at Kyoto Station.
1. use Local bus to Daikakuji (30 min.)

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Map around Osawa Pond

Detailed Travel Guide

Osawa Pond

Osawa Pond is the oldest pond for Japanese garden. It was constructed for the Saga Imperial Palace. It is imitated Lake Dotei in China. There are beautiful Bamboo forest, Plum forest and surround by Sakura. In the pond, there are about 3,000 Lotus that bloom in July. The lake is about 1km round, and great spot for walking. The view of Daikakuji from the other side of the pond is one of the popular scenery of Daikakuji. It is one of three moon view ponds in Japan since Heian period.

In Autumn, it has splendid view of Koyo, and covered with snow in winter.