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The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden

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“An Awesome Garden Delight!”

“A Worthwhile Visit & Visual Delight!” Not just your usual graden place... an amazingly beautiful... read more

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Racine, Wisconsin
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Excellent botanical gardens with much to see.

The "Father of Japanese Botany" Tomitaro Makino, founded this place and it contains many of the... read more

Reviewed October 11, 2018
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4200-6 Godaisan, Kochi 781-8125, Kochi Prefecture
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Reviewed today via mobile

“A Worthwhile Visit & Visual Delight!” Not just your usual graden place... an amazingly beautiful experience for us! Thanks so much for maintaining such a relaxing place!

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed October 11, 2018

The "Father of Japanese Botany" Tomitaro Makino, founded this place and it contains many of the species that he named along with thousands of other plants and trees. Great location, on the slopes of Mount Godaisan, just across from Chikurinji, one of the 88 pilgrimage...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed June 22, 2018

There is much to see and enjoy in these lovely gardens. You can easily spend a few hours here. Don;t miss the conservatory.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Robert D
Reviewed May 13, 2018 via mobile

This is the one of the most beautiful gardens I have seen and the conservatories are stunning. We were also lucky enough to see some of the cherry blossoms in bloom. Even better, if you leave by the exit by the conservatories there is a...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank jennyinegypt
Reviewed December 24, 2017 via mobile

A very large Japanese garden with all the attributes of the best of its kind. Peaceful settings of rocks, trees, and water. Also a great Conservatory with stunning orchids and other flowers. Absolutely worth a visit.

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank henryfogel
Reviewed October 24, 2017

We were on a cruise and took a short taxi ride to the gardens from the cruise port. We didn't know what to expect but we were not at all disappointed with our visit. The Gardens replicate the wide variety of plant life and vegetation...More

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank Uktonyuk
Reviewed June 24, 2017

The Makino Botanical gardens are built on the slopes of Godaisan - a small mountain East of Kochi's downtown. We were a group of 4 people and sadly only had one day in Kochi so we tool a taxi from our cruise ship directly to...More

Date of experience: April 2017
2  Thank CapeTownCapetown
Reviewed March 2, 2017

Big garden, with wide variety of plants, managed to see some of the sakura start blooming even though it's quite early in the year (the attendant at the entrance kindly informed us about it when we bought tickets).

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank kid s
Reviewed December 22, 2016

We were not sure whether in December it would be worthwhile to come to this garden. Were we pleasantly surprised! There was a museum which was informative. There was a view to Kochi. There were even beautiful autumn leaves in December. But the most stunning...More

Date of experience: December 2016
2  Thank Ray820
Reviewed May 16, 2016

The garden is beautiful, the landscape is beautiful, and the story of Makino, the botanist and illustrator is inspirational - a local genius who became a hero of botany for the entire country

Date of experience: March 2016
2  Thank Peter M
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November 7, 2017|
Response from Uktonyuk | Reviewed this property |
hi from memory it took about 15 minutes and cost around 2000 JPY each way.
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How to get from the Cruise Port to a My Yu Bus stop. (12 Replies)
I could not find information on the exact location of the cruise port (I know that it is in Urado Bay). We hope to visit several places in Kochi using public transportation, but have been unable to find a map showing how to get to public transportation from the port. We are hoping to see: Kochi Castle The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden Chikurin-ji Temple Katsurahama Beach Harimaya Bridge and shopping streets I know that the My Yu bus goes to these areas, but how do we get...More
February 03, 2016|
Response fromHiromi K|
AFA I checked, there is no public transport to/from the port. Normal taxis come there when the ships are docked. !?!?