Attraction Japan, 〒606-0823 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, 左京区下鴨半木町 Published on: 08-03-2016
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Why Kyoto Botanical Garden is special ?
The Kyoto Botanical Gardens was founded in 1924, Kyoto Botanical Gardens is the oldest and most comprehensive public botanical garden in Japan. With seasonal plants and various conservatories, the Gardens is ever-changing and can be enjoyed all year round.
The Kyoto Botanical Gardens occupy 240,000 sq metres and feature 12,000 plants, flowers and trees. It is pleasant to stroll through the rose, cherry and herb gardens or see the rows of camphor trees and the large tropical greenhouse . This is a good spot for a picnic. It’s also a great spot for a hanami (cherry-blossom viewing) party, and the blossoms here tend to hold on a little longer than those elsewhere in the city.
What to explore at Kyoto Botanical Garden?
Often overlooked by visitors, the Kyoto Botanical Gardens is one of the city’s hidden treasures. It’s great for picnics, strolling or cherry blossom viewing.
Located on the east bank of the Kamo-gawa River, midway between between Kitaoji-dori Street and Kitayama-dori Street, the Kyoto Botanical Gardens (Kyoto Shokubutsu-en in Japanese) rivals the Kyoto Imperial Palace Park as the single best park in all of Kyoto. It’s got extensive groves of cherry trees, huge beds of planted flowers, open fields for picnics and a greenhouse that contains a great variety of tropical plants. For some reason, the cherry blossoms seem to hang on longer here than in other parts of the city, so if you think you’ve just missed the blossoms, take a trip here and you just might find some cherries still working.
How to get to Kyoto Botanical Garden?
- From JR Kyoto Station, Kintetsu Railway Kyoto Station, or Hankyu Railway Karasuma Station
Take Kyoto City Subway and get off at Kitayama Station (Exit 3)
- From Keihan Railway Demachiyanagi Station
Take Kyoto City Bus #1 or any Kyoto Bus bound for “Shizuhara” or “Ichihara”, and get off at “Shokubutsuen-mae”. 5 minute walk from the bus stop.
- By Subway
Kitayama Subway Station (for the main entrance)
Kitaoji Subway Station, and a 10-minute walk east (for the south entrance)
- “a getaway from the temples”
- “Nice hide way place in Kyoto”
- “Peaceful In the Early Morning”
- “Excellent variety of flowers”
Japan, 〒606-0823 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, 左京区下鴨半木町
Tips for you
Entrance to the garden (Entrance to the conservatory requires an additional fee equivalent to the entrance fee): General admission: ¥200 High school students: ¥150 Free for junior high school students and younger * Free for individuals with disability certificates * There is a shared entrance fee with Toban Meiga no Niwa * Free for individuals aged 70 or older (ID requiredTicket and Pricing
It is very convenient to visit Kyoto Botanical Garden. Stepping out the Kitayama subway station, you will see the garden. The admission fee is waived for senior citizens above 70 years old, including foreign tourists. A separate admission fee is required for the conservatory, but it is also waived for senior citizens. Both early- and late-blooming cherry trees are aplenty in the garden, and hence the sakura-viewing season is stretched to three weeks. We were there when the pink weeping cherry blossoms were in full bloom. In addition, there were colourful tulips in various parts of the garden. There was a special begonia exhibition in the conservatory when we were there. We never realized that there are so many different species of begonia. We had an enjoyable afternoon in the garden.