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Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, Kyoto

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#13 of 66 in Parks in Kyoto
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An old imperial palace-turned-park, Kyoto Gyoen National Garden makes a good place for a long walk under trees in the midst of an ancient capital city. Several shrines scattered around the park provide a surprise factor for curious walkers strolling among cherry trees, magnolias, and plum trees in this well-kept area. Children can burn off steam in a playground with swings and sandboxes, while joggers and cyclists can exercise on gravel and grassy paths. You'll find public restrooms and vending machines across the park. Our Kyoto travel itinerary planner makes visiting Kyoto Gyoen National Garden and other Kyoto attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Gardens are amazing. Very close proximity of other monuments, so its impossible to skip the gardens. Wear some comfortable shoes and bring an umbrella. The garden does have some pretty good photo spot...  more »
  • Its a beautiful place. I proposed here. Lots of directions to explore but also good for a picnic. Wonderful park. Japanese go there during weekends. . A place suitable for everyone of any age  more »
  • This is one of my favourite parks in Japan. I find this park very peaceful. It is quite large however it is beautiful walking around, exploring the different areas, tress, flowers, etc. We were there ...  more »
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  • Best for walking and sightseeing. However, it would take more than four hours, if you want to explore the whole garden and imperial palace. No admission fee.
  • Nice public garden in the heart of kyoto. It is a popular place for local people too. It is really pleasant to walk in this park and see people enjoying this slow life.
  • Beautiful and well kept garden and castle with free admission. Can't ask for more.
  • loved the state guest house there, but, be aware, the Imperial Palace is closed to the public Mondays. Got caught out with that one!
  • Nice park to stroll around and walk the dog. Imperial Palace is here too.