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Kyoto Botanical Garden

#46 of 1,074 things to do in Kyoto
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Address: Shimogamohangicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-0823, Kyoto Prefecture
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Beautiful gardens

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... read more

Reviewed 8 November 2016
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Reviewed 8 November 2016

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, though, all the benches say Kyoto Botanic Gardens in English. Wonder why? 200 yen to get in and an additional 200 yen if you want to go in the... More 

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Reviewed 24 October 2016

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 place to visit. But if you don't speak Japanese, bring your own food

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Reviewed 13 October 2016

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... More 

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Reviewed 28 September 2016

I've been in Kyoto for a month and as an avid nature lover, was getting tired of the city. I had a rainy day and then it cleared up suddenly so I decided to take my camera and walk around the gardens. Not super touristy (I think I was the only Westerner there) and beautiful year-round. My favorite part: BONSAI... More 

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Reviewed 24 September 2016

We were looking for a place to visit other than the numerous temples and shrines teeming with tourists and I suggested the botanical garden. I'm glad we went and these are the reasons. There were very few tourists, the place was serene and we walked at a comfortable pace. This is the largest botanical garden in Japan and after 30... More 

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Reviewed 23 July 2016

the botanical garden was another beautiful experience in kyoto and what us surprised was , that there were hardly any tourists, but jampacked with japanese visitors who seem to enjoy the beauty of nature in a different and much more intensive wa than the topurists from the western hemisphere

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Reviewed 2 July 2016

In the novel "Kyoto" by Y. Kawabata, the garden is mentioned - particularly because of the camphor trees. Thus, we wanted to see the whole complex and we found it great. There is a beautiful greenhouse, a nice park and the camphor tree alley. The garden is used for pedagogic purposes - we saw lots of children - but there... More 

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Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

I know nothing about botany or plants but what I can say is that the garden was stunning. I really enjoyed it. it is bigger than I thought it would be so be prepared to walk a bit. on a hot day it might be a very sweaty experience as well. access what easy through public transport. I would recommend... More 

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Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

This was a last minute find on our last day and was so glad we did.Very easy to get to by bus or train,but we decided to walk along the river to see all the wonderful birds,turtles and butterfly,s.Very cheap to get in for such an array of beautiful flowers and foliage.We were even luckier to be there when a... More 

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Reviewed 23 May 2016

I am a plant nerd and was really eager to see this garden and it did not disappoint. It is large, diverse and well kept. The plants are labeled with Latin names. It also has a large conservatory with several rooms including an air conditioned alpine garden. The route through the conservatory is flows well. I particularly enjoyed the native... More 

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