Kyoto Botanical Gardens is Japan's first public botanical gardens, opened in 1924. In the postwar period it was confiscated by the Allied Forces and used for lumber so it was closed, but in 1961 it was reopened to the public.
The park is about 24 hectares in size with about 120,000 plants growing, and on the southern half there is a Western-style garden with a focus on annual plants, flower beds and rose gardens. Which means you can enjoy flowers in all 4 seasons. Among these plants there is a viewing greenhouse that was established in 1992 where you can see tropical plants from all over the world, the largest of its kind in Japan.
By contrast, the northern half of the park is a natural forest of trees, and there is a garden where plants from all over Japan are grown. Surrounding this are cherry blossoms and plums as well as bamboo grass grown to reproduce Japan's natural forests.
Train: It's a very short walk from the subway Kitayama Station. Or, take Keihan Demachiyanagi Station bus or the Kyoto bus Shokubutsuen-mae, and then it's just a 5 minute walk away.
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Description: Kyoto Botanical Gardens
|Sights||Kyoto Botanical Gardens (京都府立植物園)|
Shimogamo-hangi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 075-701-0141 / Fax: 075-701-0142|
Monday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Tuesday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Wednesday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Thursday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Friday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Saturday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:00)
Sunday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:00)
|Closed dates||NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY|
|Admission Fee||Pay admission: 200yen|
Spring (March - May)Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|
Map: Kyoto Botanical Gardens