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Otani Garden grounds were once part of Japanese noble Kiyomasa Kato’s estate. The garden and palace came to be known as Prince Fushimi Palace. After World War II, ownership was taken by Yonetaro Otani, a sumo wrestler and founder of the New Otani Hotel, who created the present garden. Otani Garden is known for its waterfall, thoughtfully laid out trails and cherry trees, all of which makes visitors forget that one is in the center of one of the world’s largest cities.