The History of Kikusui
The place known as Kikusui, located by Nanzenji Temple, was first built as a villa for Sukeemon Teramura, a former kimono merchant, around the 28th year of the Meiji era.
On the approximately 2710 square meter premises, lies the magnificent garden created by Ogawa Jihei VII, also known as "Ueji," who is said to be a pioneer of modern gardens. The adjacent building is a sukiya-style structure that embodies the essence of Japanese architecture. With the magnificent view of Higashiyama in the background, Kikusui is a place which has been nurturing "time" since the Meiji era.
The pond which lies in the garden was modeled after Lake Biwa, and a bridge was built at the exact spot where the Omi Bridge would be on the lake. There is an anecdote that the bridge was built with the wishes of receiving the blessings of the Biwako Canal and enriching people's lives who lived around it.
Cherry blossoms in the spring and colored maple leaves in the autumn fill the garden with the vivid colors of the four seasons. The garden is further furnished with a tea room established with the permission of the grandmaster of the tea ceremony and stone lanterns associated with Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
While the owners of Kikusui have changed several times over the years, the elegant garden, borrowed scenery, and magnificient appearance were all preserved and protected and Ryori Ryokan Kikusui was born in 1955.