Region
Kansai
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Kyoto
Population
2,644,331

Kyoto Botanical Gardens

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Experience nature from around the world without leaving Kyoto. Kyoto Botanical Gardens is the most comprehensive botanical garden in Japan. The lush grounds hold around 12,000 species of plants spread out over approximately 240,000 square meters, meaning there’s something different to see every time you visit.

Photo by: Daderot The beautiful sunken garden.

Founded in 1924, it’s also the oldest and offers a relaxing and educational day out for the whole family. Located in the north of Kyoto city, the garden is divided into various different sections, including a bamboo garden, a sunken garden, a rose garden and a European-style garden. For something quintessentially Japanese, check out the bonsai tree exhibition and the ume (plum) garden. There’s also a large conservatory onsite housing a variety of tropical plants and flowers from different climates.

Photo by: Ashley Owen The garden is one of the most expansive in Japan.

As well as these cultivated areas, there is also plenty of open lawn space, a cafe, gift shop, and a playground for children. Benches and tables are dotted throughout the garden, providing excellent picnic spots.

Gardens by season

Spring is a particularly popular time of year to visit the garden. Locals and tourists alike flock to enjoy the beauty of the park’s 500 sakura trees in bloom, and the garden stays open late for special cherry blossom illumination evenings.

The weeping cherry blossoms in spring.

In autumn it’s a great spot to witness the changing colors of the leaves, while December sees the garden transformed into a winter wonderland, with over 100,000 LED lights used to create beautiful seasonal displays.

Photo by: Daderot The conservatory.

If you’re visiting at a different time of year or want to avoid the crowds, don’t worry. The wide range of flora growing here means that whichever season you visit in, there will be something to enjoy! Last, English-language maps are available to help you navigate the gardens.

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Things To Know

Hours

Opening hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last entry 4 p.m.), although this is subject to change if there is an event on. The conservatory is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last entry 3:30 p.m.).

Fees

Entrance to the park is ¥200 for adults, ¥150 for high schools students and free for children and senior citizens. If you live nearby and are thinking of visiting regularly, you can get a yearly ticket for just ¥1,000 (¥750 for high school students). Entrance to the conservatory is a further ¥200 per visit.

How To Get There

Address

Kitayama Dori, Sakyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu, Japan

By train

The north entrance is a couple of minutes’ walk from Kitayama station, on the Karasuma subway line (15 minutes from Kyoto station). The south entrance is about 10 minutes’ walk from Kitaōji station.

Where To Stay

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  • 7.8/10
  • 0.6 km
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Gorgeous Star House
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