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Kyoto Botanical Garden

#44 of 1,108 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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+81 75-701-0141

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Fantastic Relaxing Garden Kyoto

One of the best gardens I've been too...!!! Perfectly presented and a beautiful range of plants and flowers

Reviewed 24 October 2013
simon r
Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

One of the best gardens I've been too...!!! Perfectly presented and a beautiful range of plants and flowers

Thank simon r
The Hague, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

I went to the gardens directly after the typhoon on Sept. 15/16, and the gardens were still very beautiful. While there was debris about, the flowers and trees still looked beautiful. I quite enjoyed my visit. The surrounding area is also wonderful and artsy with a lot of cute cafes and restaurants.

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Reviewed 2 August 2013

My daughter and I cycled all the way up alongside the river until we reached the Botanical Gardens. It wasn't the season for cherry blossoms, but it was still a lovely environment. We saw the world's largest plant and the hydrangeas and sunflowers were in full bloom. Japanese families were enjoying their Sunday off in the garden. Very pleasant.

2 Thank HypatiaC
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

The rose gardens were at their spectacular best at fourth week of May, the rose varieties were pretty extensive and the rose blooms were profuse. This garden is not on the usual foreign tourist route so it is not touristy and it is beautiful in spring n summer.

Thank mordecai12
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 19 June 2013

Nice and serene place to visit after prior day's rain and a break from visiting all the temples and shrines. The irises are in full bloom. A walk though its various gardens is accompanied by the amazing fragrances of the fresh bloomed flowers and trees. Very enjoyable!

3 Thank Moonlight
Scottsdale, Arizona
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Reviewed 2 June 2013

These gardens were a great place to spend a day meandering about, watching families picnic, taking picture, etc. Unlike other places we had visited there are places to sit down and just watch people. You can even sit on the grass! We got there towards the end of the cherry blossom blooms but there were still plenty here. As well... More 

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Reviewed 9 April 2013

We stumbled across this botanical garden while walking around Kyoto main streets. The atmosphere was lovely. Lots of people were having picnics under the cherry blossoms (apparently it's a cultural event) and there were many cherry blossoms everywhere to see. On top of that there were lovely flowers of many sorts scattered around the park. The conservatory is also another... More 

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Reviewed 6 April 2013

We had the fortune of visiting the botanical garden at Kyoto, Japan during Sakura times. It's rather difficult to catch the exact Sakura times (full bloom lasting for just about 10 days). But we could manage the same by advancing our international flights. Sakura arrived a few weeks earlier this year due to warm weather in Japan. However, it was... More 

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Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Japan
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Reviewed 2 October 2012

Cheap - only 200 yen, opens at 9. If you want to visit the tropical plants you have to pay extra 200 to enter the building. Any season except from the winter is nice but I recommend April and November - sakura and momiji.

Thank Ekaterina G
Kyoto, Japan
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

Gorgeous displays of tulips and other bulbs under beautiful mature trees, a very pretty fountain, a working water wheel, and a bonsai display are among the spring attractions at Kyoto Botanical Gardens. I've also visited in summer, when turtles sunbathing on the water lily pads, and in winter for the display of poinsettia in the hot house. The hot house... More 

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