Kyoto Gyoen National Garden

Kyoto Gyoen National Garden © Iry

About Kyoto Gyoen National Garden

Kyoto Gyoen refers to the area surrounding Kyoto Gosho (Kyoto Imperial Palace), a wide-scale national park, 700m from east to west, and 1300m from north to south, bordered by Imadegawa-dori to the north, Marutamachi-dori to the south, Teramachi-dori to the east and Karasuma-dori to the west. The park is the home of various species of birds and insects: for example, you can watch over 90 species of wild birds and over 50 species of butterflies annually. It is so rich in nature that you can hardly believe the park is located in the center of Kyoto. Many people enjoy sports in athletic facilities including playground and tennis court. Today the park is popular among citizens as well as tourists as a restful place.

There are many gates in Kyoto Gyoen. A famous gate is "Shinzaike-Gomon" or "Hamaguri-Gomon" which was kept closed since this place became Court Nobles Residential Area. In the event of Tenmei-no-Taika, a big fire in 1788, the long-closed gate was opened for the first time. It was named "Hamaguri" gate after that event when the gate was opened like a clam (hamaguri in Japanese) opening its tightly closed shells when exposed to direct heat. In the last days of the Tokugawa Shogunate, a civil war broke near this gate, which is now known as a historic event "Hamaguri-Gomon Incident."


A quite short distance from Subway Karasuma Line "Imadegawa" station for access to the north side, from Subway Karasuma Line "Marutamachi" for access to the south side. There are many City Bus (Kyoto Transportation Bureau) routes accessible to this big park.

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Description: Kyoto Gyoen National Garden

Sights Kyoto Gyoen National Garden (京都御苑)
Address 3 Kyoto Gyoen, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-211-6348 / Fax: 075-255-6433
Duration 30Minutes
Closed dates 7 days open
Admission Fee Free admission
Recommended Season
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 Gyoen National Garden