Kyoto Botanical Garden
Kyoto Botanical Garden
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Neighborhood: Northern Kyoto
Hot springs and historic temples characterize the leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil residential streets are interrupted by some of Kyoto's most gorgeous architectural gems, including the majestic Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji, the serene artistry of the Ryoanji Temple rock gardens, and the bold red paint across the structures of Enryakuji Temple. Once a religious core of the city, the district now boasts some of its most remote and peaceful hot springs, as well as a few of its best family-run mom-and-pop restaurants. A blend of extremely local at its outskirts, and highly peopled at its tourist centers, Northern Kyoto nonetheless retains a halcyon air in harmony with nature.
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Gardengel-IoW
West Sussex, UK889 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Big, colourful, but not top notch. Have to pay extra for glass house but nothing special apart from actual building.
Collection of Bonsai and a couple of water features
That, said it is a pleasant area, just didnt wow me as a botanic garden

Written July 19, 2023
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JeffLeong
Singapore, Singapore3,617 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Couples
Weather in April was cool and perfect for a leisurely garden stroll. My wife and I got off the train at Kitayama Station which was located besides one entrance to the garden. Access was very convenient.

Unlike carefully manicured botanical gardens in other countries, Kyoto Botanical Garden has a certain "wildness" where trees, shrubs and undergrowth are allowed to grow naturally. Walking along some pathways was like trekking through a small nature reserve. And it was nice!

Of course, there are landscaped areas which draw crowds for photo-taking.

At the time of our visit, sections of the garden were beautifully planted with tulips. The tulips were literally in all shapes, sizes and colours. As we examined and photographed the beds of tulips, we were amazed at their beauty and intensity of colours. When you plan to visit the garden during spring, do enquire about the tulips first and plan accordingly. You will not be disappointed!

Even without the tulips, the garden makes a nice visit, especially if you have enough time to explore Kyoto. And if you don't have the time, visit it the next time you are back in Kyoto, as we did.
Written July 6, 2012
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omae
Osaka143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Solo
I've lived in the Kansai area for over 15 years and have visited Kyoto many times. I wanted once last chance to see the cherry trees this year and, as I'd heard the trees bloom late here, I headed off on a Friday afternoon.

What impressed me most was the size of the place and almost "jungly" feel in some areas. You could still hear the outside traffic in places but I was not aware quite how vast the garden was. I was expecting something more staid and scientific rather than something so natural. And only 200 yen for adults.

It wasn't so busy either. I'd imagine outside of a the cherry season, it would be rather quiet and peaceful on a weekday.

The cherries were really lovely, so lovely that several wedding photos were being taken (Japanese couples, not Chinese tourists!) Actually, the photographers were a bit annoying as they hog the best bits for a fair while and then act like they have more of a right to be there than you. I paid my 200 yen as well, you know!
Written May 21, 2017
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Kris C
Kyoto, Japan4 contributions
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Nov 2010 • Friends
Though most people would think that the spring is the time for flower viewing (and in Kyoto of all places, they would certainly be right!), the botanical gardens offer a nice surprise regardless of the time of year you might find yourself there.

The Kyoto Botanical Garden is easily one of my favorite places to spend an afternoon. At only 200yen for entry fee, it's hard to beat, and a nice change of scenery from seeing all the shrines and temples. There is a separate, domed conservatory that costs an additional 400yen entry fee, and has a year-round display of tropical plants, as well as a seasonal display depending on the time of year.

Located between Kitaoji and Kitayama streets, there are two ways of getting there. The easiest of the two is to ride the subway to Kitayama station (250yen from the Kyoto Central Station) and follow the signs from there. This will take you from the north to south end of the park. Alternatively, you can take the subway or any number of buses to Kitaoji terminal. From here, exit the terminal at the south end and turn left. It's about a ten to fifteen minute walk, but you have the opportunity to cross Kamogawa, which is also gorgeous year-round. The botanical gardens will be at the end of a path following the first immediate left past Kamogawa.

You'll come across a lot of people taking photos or drawing pictures of flowers, feeding ducks and koi in various ponds, and many just relaxing and enjoying the afternoon. If you find yourself there in the spring, don't be surprised to find the ground beneath the cherry trees absolutely swarmed with people taking in the view. In the fall, the sights are equally as enjoyable, with the leaves turning to that soft autumn hue that makes Kyoto attractive year-round. And if you're here for New Years? Stop in around Christmas to take in the illumination and holiday lights in an after-hours tour. Still only 200yen, it doesn't cover the full expanse of the park, but it's a lovely sight in and of itself.
Written August 13, 2011
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Momofan
Brisbane, Australia56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Solo
I don't know why more tourists don't come here as it is quite amazing. It is easy to access being immediately off Kitayama subway station. Entrance fee for adults is 200yen and an extra 200 yen to enter the Conservatory. The grounds are large with a diverse array of plants. There are many peaceful secluded corners where you can sit hidden amongst the forest with the sound of running water. The Conservatory (greenhouse) is well worth a visit for their large array of tropical, desert, alpine and carnivorous plants. There is a central cafe which opens from 9-4 and a cafe at the Kitayama entrance which didn't seem to open until about 12ish. Very peaceful and not crowded at all! A good place to recharge after rushing through the mad crush on the temple tours!
Written October 13, 2016
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Ina A
Saint Louis, MO846 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Friends
Tips for foreigners: cash only, cabs can go in until the entrance gate, parking lots available

This place wowed us so much. Vibrant colors, green vegetations, well mapped walking paths, picnic places, sooo beautiful and breathtaking! I wish i can take home some of it.
Written April 5, 2016
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Alan M
Gympie, Australia828 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
Our last garden to visit in Japan, number 7 ! They are all good in their own way but this was probably the best of the best.
Having just arrived from Nijo Castle it was time for fortification before "attacking" the gardens. We headed straight to the café, no box lunch this time, & had a bowl of noodles with pork each, very good & very cheap. They even had an English menu available. It was obviously a popular spot for the locals as by the time we left there was a queue. We wandered across the Central Lawn for a sit down to finish our green tea. Being November the place was lit up by Acer & Ginkgo colours with a few Camellia flowers & a Chimonanthus praecox (Winter Sweet) just offering a few flowers. The Autumn cherries were in full bloom, Prunus subhirtella autumnalis, and, there was actually a Wollemi Pine, surprisingly with little explanation considering everything is well labelled with English/Latin names. An enormous conservatory, next time. Many "kimono shots" along the paths, it is also a favourite venue for wedding photos, so, many professional photographers around. We even saw a gentleman if full morning suit with tails escorting two young ladies for a stroll. Apparently this is not unusual as we were told that if you arrive in national costume you are allowed free entry. The Floral Calendar/map is really excellent & spot on except for the spelling of Orcids ? This is definitely a place to visit several time to fully appreciate what is on offer,
Written December 15, 2014
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Harun Ç
Ankara, Türkiye16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
If you want to go a different place instead of the historical place you should go and breathe fragrance of flowers.
Written November 5, 2019
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AnanthSwethaMadhu
Singapore, Singapore74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
We had a late night flight out of Osaka and had a few hours to kill. We were a bit skeptical about the garden and the conservatory as we have been to similar parks and gardens in Singapore.

But truly nature never lets you down! Manicured gardens, dense pine forest, quaint water mill, attractive flowers, a couple of fountains and of course, plenty of cherry blossoms... surely worth a visit.

It is next to Kitayama station and hence quite convenient to visit. One could easily spend a few hours wandering around the park and relaxing under the shade.

Children get in for free and for adults it is 200 yen at entry and 200 yen at the conservatory. You can buy both the tickets at the entry or buy the tickets for the conservatory at its entrance. The ticket machine doesn't seem to accept notes but there was a helpful person at the counter nearby.

We were told that a river flows on the other side (opposite to Kitayama gate) and it was also worth visiting.
Written April 1, 2018
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Trish
Greater Melbourne, Australia30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
Beautiful gardens to spend hours wandering. Wonderful glasshouse area with exotics from all over the world. Lovely cafe.
Written April 1, 2018
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