Garyu Sanso 臥龍山荘

A masterpiece of traditional architecture in a scenic setting

Step into the serene, moss-covered grounds of Garyu Sanso, a luxurious villa overlooking the Hijikawa River that was designed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding nature. The villa was constructed over ten years by master craftsmen in the Meiji period (1868–1912).

The main building, the Garyu-in, is a single-story structure with a thatched roof, and rooms opening out onto the grounds. One of the rooms is designed for Noh theater, and has ceramic pots under the floor to enhance the acoustics. At the opposite end of the garden is the Furo-an, a tea house built to overhang the river on wooden supports set into the cliffside. It is designed with a clever concave ceiling that illuminates the room with light reflecting off the surface of the river.

Basic Infomation

Address 愛媛県大洲市大洲411-2
Hours Open 9am- 5pm (Last admission at 4:30pm)
Tel 0893-24-3759
Website Click here
Price Adults 550yen, Children (under 15) 220yen, Children (under 5) Free
Discounts of 20-percent for groups of over 20
* Combined tickets with Ozu Castle: Adults 880yen, Children (under 15) 330yen