Nestled at the foot of Mt. Takagamine, Shozan Resort Kyoto is one gigantic resort area consisting of sprawling Japanese gardens, old Japanese architectures, 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 an enormous piece of land 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 'Shozan Garden'. As you can see in the video, especially at night, the entire place is quite romantic. This must be a great place to take a stroll hand in hand during the Christmas season!
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I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.