As you enter the narrow side street from the path of Nanzenji Temple, a quaint approach continues from the front gate of Kikusui in a quiet corner to the main entrance. The smell of the soil and the faint fragrance of flowers flutter in the wind, and it seems as if the natural biotope with a lively garden welcomes a guest. At the entrance, Nobuyuki Yoshimoto's art work strongly draws the attention. The stunning work of stainless steel, titled “Carp / Exceeds the Speed of Light,” coincides with the image of powerful and lively garden carp and overlaps with Kikusui’s serene flow of past, present, and future.

Garden with Five Senses

On a spacious site of about 820 tsubo (2710sqm), there is a wonderful Japanese garden with a pond in the center, created by the Jihei Ogawa the seventh who is said to be a pioneer of modern gardens in Meiji era. In the garden, a sukiya-style building with the essence of Japanese architecture is aligned, and peaceful time flows through the seasonal nature.

The Pond Wishing for the Future

The pond in the garden is said to have imitated the shape of Lake Biwa, and the thoughts of Ueji, the landscape gardener who hoped the blessings of Lake Biwa Canal would enrich people's lives. Also, the carp swimming in the beautiful garden has a gleaming vitality, and its sate of elegant swimming heals us.

Four Seasons Terrace

From the most treasured, open-aired outdoor terrace of Kikusui, guests can feel and enjoy the dialogue with the seasonal changes in the garden, such as dynamic 200-year-old red pine tree in the center, weeping cherry blossoms in spring, rabbit-ear iris in early summer, autumn leaves in fall, and snowy landscapes in winter.


Different Styled Three Annexes Standing Still in a Quiet Garden (Private Rooms)

All three annexes are designed and relocated with the idea of a tea room and “roji” (tea garden). You can use the annex as a private dining room, or a place for an event to spend special and memorable moment.

Ryu Kosaka

Architectural Design

“It is totally impossible to re-create the elements of Kikusui from scratch, such as huge and elegant gardens and buildings.
That is why we clearly divide what should be done and what should be kept, thinking how we add the new designs to make it new place.
In addition to the time and appearance that Kikusui has inherited, we designed the space by keeping the emotions of the past by changing the ‘appearance’ of the tradition rather than destroying. When the evolution of Kikusui becomes a new ‘way of attraction’ I believe the place will definitely expand the scope of its field.”

小坂 竜 氏と、 BALNIBARBI DESIGN STUDIO エグゼクティブ ディレクター 中島 邦子による「進化する菊水の空間デザイン」をテーマとしたクロストークもご覧下さい 。