Nestled at the foot of Mt. Takagamine, Shozan Resort Kyoto is a grand resort a consisting of sprawling Japanese gardens, traditional architecture, tea houses, wedding chapel, swimming pool, bowling alley, five restaurants and a resort hotel.
In 1951, Masao Matsuyama, the founder of the kimono company 'Shozan', developed a part of this sprawling estate that once belonged to an eminent artist in the Edo Period, Honami Koetsu. Like Honami Koetsu, who created an artist village here in the Edo Period, Matsuyama tried to recreate a modern version of it. He named this resort a 'Factory of tourism surrounded by flowers and greenery', and built spacious Japanese gardens and relocated several historical Japanese buildings there to be enjoyed by the general public.
Entrance to the resort is free except for the Shozan Garden.
The resort is especially beautiful at night with a romantic atmosphere, making it an ideal setting to take a stroll hand in hand during the Christmas season.