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Kyoto Botanical Garden

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Address: Shimogamohangicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-0823, Kyoto Prefecture
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Peaceful beauty.

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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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Beersheba, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank danit999
Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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.

Thank takeshi52
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 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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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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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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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