Yamashiro History: 300 Steps

When Yamashiro first opened, part of the experience in visiting this Japanese Mountain Palace in the hills of Hollywood was to ascend the 300 steps starting on Franklin Blvd., through tiers and tiers of meticulously manicured gardens, past the black swans, before finally arriving at the 10-room teak and cedar mansion. Also featured along the pathway up the steps was a tea house surrounded by an intertwining maze of tiny canals and water features. There was even a miniture Japanese Village along the canals where tiny bronze houseboats would float on by. Unfortunately, a fire in the 1980’s lead to the demolition of the tea house although the foundation can still be seen at the base of steps in the gardens in front of Yamashiro.