Kyoto Botanical Garden


About Kyoto Botanical Garden

Kyoto Botanical Garden

The Kyoto Botanical Garden opened in 1924 as the first public botanical garden in Japan. It is located along the Kamo River in Shimogamo, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto. It is a short walk from the Kyoto Municipal Subway Kitayama Station. Or you can walk to the east after getting off Kitaoji station for 10 minutes.

The 24-hectare sprawling grounds are planted with 12,000 kinds of plants and about 120,000 of them. The recommended season for you to come to sightseeing is the spring season when many flowers blossom. And, the Shidare cherry Tree is also one of the attractions of the Nakaragi road on the Kamo river on the west side of the botanical garden.

There are also some areas in the park where plums and cherry trees are planted. Although alcohol is prohibited there, it is possible to have a flower viewing by laying a leisure mat. It is a hidden flower viewing spot in the northern part of Kyoto City.

In recent years, because the admission fee of elementary and junior high school students is free, I often see the spectacle that mothers with young children are spending the hike on the lawn. Also, because the flowers are suitable for the subject of the camera, I often see those who come to the garden with a big camera.

In the season when there are few flowers in bloom, it is also a good idea to watch tropical plants in the greenhouse in the garden.


Kyoto Botanical Garden photos

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Photographer: Taisuke Yamada


Location 〒606-0823 Shimogamo-Hangi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Telephone TEL 075-701-0141
FAX 075-701-0142
Entrance fee Adults 200 yen, High school students 150 yen, Free for junior high school students and under
※Annual passport, etc. available
Usual viewing season

Cherry(500 trees)
Early to mid April
※illuminated (with lights)

Red leaves
Mid November – Early December


City subway
・Get off at “Kitayama Station” and get off at Exit No. 3.
・Get off at “Kitaoji Station” and walk east from Exit 3 for about 10 minutes.

From “Demachiyanagi” station, take city bus line 1 or Kyoto bus bound for “Shizuhara” or “Ichihara” and get off at “Botanical Garden” bus stop. 5 minutes walk.

Approximately 45 minutes by car from the Kyoto Minami IC of the Meishin Expressway toward Kitayama in Kyoto City.

Parking lot Passenger cars 300 yen per hour (maximum charge 1,200 yen)
Bus 2,500 yen
Parking area for bicycles Free
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Recommended places to visit in conjunction with

Matsugasaki Canal

Matsugasaki Canal

Matsugasaki Canal (aka: Sosui) flows along the Shirakawa Canal road leading to the Kamo River in the Matsugasaki water purification plant and the south of the Botanical Garden on the West Bank of the Takano River.

Takaragaike Park

Takaragaike Park

The Takagaike Park is located at near the International Hall of the Municipal subway station and a 15-minute walk to the south. There is a small parking lot, so it is convenient to stop by on the drive.

Shimogamo Shrine

Shimogamo Shrine

The Shimogamo Shrine is officially called the Kamomiso Shrine. The registration of UNESCO's World Heritage has raised the profile. It is said that it is a shrine honoring the god of the ancient clans Kamo, along with Kamigamo shrine(Kamobetsurai shrine). The south side of the shrine is a native forest called Tadasuno forest, with old trees.