A Formal Japanese Garden Estate located in the hills above Silicon Valley. The property is listed in the National Register of Historic Places at the National level of significance, and has been documented by the United States Department of the Interior as one of the most authentic Japanese Gardens in America. It is also registered as a historical landmark of the State of California, # 903. The estate was built by master artisan Takashima and eleven craftsmen from Japan, resembling a classical Samurai residence in the formal style of a 13th-century estate with the tile roofed walls surrounding a tea house, shrine, gardens, and pond. Kotani-En represents a harmonious of art and nature in a two-acre rustic environment. Though less than 2 miles from the bustling Los Gatos Downtown, not many people know it because it has been a privately owned property since it was built in 1918 - 1924.
Kotani-En has new owners, Mr. and Mrs. Nguyen. Mr. Nguyen is a bonsai enthusiast, and his wife an Ikebana practitioner. The owners are planning to restore this beautiful and serene garden, and extend it to include a display area of very old bonsai trees, which have been meticulously cultivated for years; many of these bonsai trees were collected in the Rocky and Sierra mountains where they had lived for hundreds of years. A bonsai and Ikebana studio is also under construction.
Kotani-En remains privately owned, and will be open to the public by appointment only in 2020. Stay tuned.