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Kyoto Botanical Garden, Kyoto
(4.5/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web)
A hidden gem in the city, Kyoto Botanical Garden offers one of the more comprehensive collections of plants in the country. Established in 1924, the gardens feature open lawns, vibrant flowerbeds, ponds filled with flowering lilies, and groves of cherry and maple. Stop in the conservatories to see a wealth of tropical vegetation, and consider bringing along a picnic to enjoy on one of the quiet lawns. If the season's right, you'll see the bloom of cherry blossoms during spring (supposedly lingering longer than most), or the autumnal colorings of the maple trees. Put Kyoto Botanical Garden at the forefront of your travel plans using our Kyoto itinerary maker.
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  • Beautiful gardens. Lots of plants/flowers but not the cherry trees, were in bloom in early November. While there is an English brochure, there is otherwise very little signage in English. Surprisingly...  more »
  • Bloom blue poppies bloom in the Himalayas, the world unexplored. Kids enjoyed the garden variety of flowers bloom depending on the season. Nearby, on Kamo, Kamo Temple is quiet and recreation space.
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  • It's a very beautiful garden, but English accessibility is low. Most signs are in Japanese (the café doesn't even have a picture menu) and the staff doesn't know English. It's a beautiful and tranquil...  more »
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  • We went to Kyoto Botanical Gardens beginning of April when the cherry blossoms were in full bloom. They have a huge variety of trees and blossoms colors ranging from white to dark pink, to film and appreciate to your hearts delight. You can find a grassy spot and picnic or just rest your legs. If you wander on some of the smaller paths there are some Japanese gardens, indigenous forests and amazing tulips and other flowers too.. and you might even spot a bridal couple posing for some wedding pics somewhere. The garden is also magnificent in autumn when everything wrapped in golds and browns. Or in winter, when it snows. Also, certain times of the year you are allowed to enter at night and appreciate the lit up gardens after dusk. So, whichever time of year you go, you will be able to brag with some gorgeous pictures and quiet places where it's just you and nature.
  • Kyoto Botanical garden : Built on the corner of Kitayama street and Kamo River this botanical garden in Kyoto is the very first municipal botanical garden ever built in Japan. They opened the facility in 1924. The place offers seasonal highlights for all year around. This family oriented garden built on a space of approximately 240,000 ㎡ is a great choice for a picnic and a school excursion for the locals to enjoy the day. Another gate of exit is very close to the corner of Kitaoji street and Kamo River. It is common among some locals to visit here 4 times a year in each season. This place is absolutely a choice whenever you get stuck with your ideas on where to go, since they constantly come up with new arrangements. The place is designed to change itself gradually in cycle along with change of the season. It is one of the finest botanical gardens in all of Japan. ( Trans-word+ : TGM Kyoto Guide )
  • It's quiet, peaceful and during fall the trees in their different colors are truly beautiful.
  • To be honest, felt a bit dowdy after all those meticulously maintained temple gardens. Not fair, since this place is far larger, but that's the way it is
  • Scenic. Green. Many many plants. Easy to spend hours here without seeing the same things.