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Kyoto Botanical Garden

#46 of 1,074 things to do in Kyoto
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Northern Kyoto
As featured in One Day in Kyoto and 1 other guide
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Address: Shimogamohangicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-0823, Kyoto Prefecture
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I visited during peak cherry blossom season on a Sunday afternoon, and while there were plenty of people, it didn't feel crowded. Entry is only 200 yen and it's easily reached... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited during peak cherry blossom season on a Sunday afternoon, and while there were plenty of people, it didn't feel crowded. Entry is only 200 yen and it's easily reached by subway. (Exit 3 at the station). There were plenty of flowers, native plants, trees, ponds, etc. Nice for a stroll and plenty of good photo opportunities. Most plants... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had couple hours hanging around the garden. Lucky for us to bring some snacks and bottles of beer, so we had a picnic under the cherry tree. It was a pleasurable experience in the crowded cherry season!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A nice Sunday stroll, although many of the Spring plants were yet to emerge. Many nice quiet areas, busier near the gate with a band and market on the day we visited. Tropical greenhouse was good - you need to pay to get in there. Café also seemed nice.

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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been to many gardens and this rates as one of the best. The cherry trees were not yet in bloom but the plums were. And the conservatory display was second only to Singapore. Had a great bonsai show, temporary I think.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited in late March. One of the few places in Kyoto with early-blooming cherry trees. Late spring and early summer are probably the best seasons for visiting this garden. In late March, most of the flowers (peonys, roses, irises, etc.) had not yet bloomed; but the cherry trees were in the early blooming phase. Easy to get to via subway... More 

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Reviewed 21 February 2017

This is a great place to escape the tourist crowds and enjoy nature. The garden has lots of paths for wandering, beautiful big trees, and multitudes of flowers. There are themed gardens, fountains, and pools. When we visited, we saw lots of Japanese families enjoying the gardens, and very few tourist types. There's a lovely bonsai collection, too. The entrance... More 

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Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

If you need a break from all the temples in Kyoto its the perfect spot; very big and peaceful garden with no tourists has a beautiful bonsai collection and great atmosphere! !! We also saw there a live music shaw and there was a small craft market too. Fit also for handicap person.i would definitely recommend on this place to... More 

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Kyoto, Japan
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Reviewed 7 December 2016

It is a garden where both adults and children can enjoy. It is not as big as the Kew Gardens in London, Flowers such as cherry blossoms in spring, leaves red and yellow in autumn inside the garden is very fun. It is good that admission fee is cheap. Please enjoy along with a walk along the nearby Kamogawa-River.

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Reviewed 3 December 2016

Situated right next to the kitayama subway station, this garden is one of the obscure tourist sites. For 200 yen , it is really worth it. Nice serene gardens, lots of different variety of plants and it is nothing short of amazing during autumn colours. If you are like me who enjoys being away from the crowds but want the... More 

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Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Absolutely beautiful gardens - even in autumn. With an amazing conservatory/glass house which is definitely worth the small additional fee (¥150 I think..).

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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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