Aug. 21, 2020 UPDATE
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Enjoy the oldest botanical garden in Japan all year round
Established in 1924, Kyoto Botanical Gardens is the oldest public garden and has long been loved by both locals and visitors to the city. The garden consists of various types of gardens, both eastern and western, a big conservatory, an old forest, and other areas exhibiting about 12,000 kinds of plants and flowers. Located in the northern part of the city, the garden is surrounded by beautiful sceneries, such as Mt. Hieizan and the Kamo-gawa River, making it a perfect spot to relax. The garden provides all-year-round enjoyment to people who love nature. To name a few, the 450 cherry blossom trees in the spring or the red leaves in autumn are both magnificent
European Style Garden
The European Style Garden is famous for 300 kinds of roses and azaleas that bloom beautifully in the spring. You can see Mt. Hieizan behind the gardens, providing gorgeous scenery. You will see two huge Himalayan cedars towering in the center of the garden. It is recommended to have a break at one of the benches near the trees. A French style Sunken Garden with a fountain is also very pleasant.
One of the biggest greenhouses in Japan with an area of more than 4,600 m2. The greenhouse consists of 9 zones such as a tropical area, alpine belt, and savanna area. The greenhouse has a circuit inside, so you can find a number of plants that are rarely seen. Since the inside of the house is so exotic, you may forget that you are in the ancient city of Kyoto. It is a pleasantly unusual experience.
Strolling in a Historical Forest
The Nakaragi-no-mori is a natural forest preserving the flora of this area. Surrounded by small and big ponds, the forest has Japanese hackberries, maples, and many other trees giving different atmospheres throughout the four seasons. A must see is the little village shrine which was built before Kyoto became the ancient capital and is a great place for contemplation.
Have a Break in the Garden Cafe
If you’re a bit tired after strolling in the garden, visit the cafe, IN THE GREEN, situated next to the Kitayama gate of the garden. The restaurant is very popular as a place where you can enjoy coffee and sweets as well as Italian meals for dinner and lunch time with an open atmosphere. Open between 11am to 11pm.