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    Kyoto Prefectural Botanical Garden

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    Kyoto Prefectural Botanical Garden

    One of the best botanical gardens in Japan offering recreational space to the public

    The Kyoto Prefectural Botanical Garden was opened on January 1st, 1924 as Japan’s first public botanical garden.  The extensive site consists of 24 hectares and contains about 120,000 plants and trees representing some 12,000 species. One of its highlights is the stroll-style conservatory, consisting of 9 zones such as tropical and subtropical zones.  A specimen of ‘Rafflesia’, the largest blooming flower in the world, is exhibited in the conservatory.  In August 2013, the Night Flower Garden was opened, making it Japan’s first facility of this kind.  Visitors can experience the elegant world of nocturnal flowers that only bloom during the night in the dim light.  Located on the north side of the garden is the natural forest, “Nakaragi no Mori” as well as the “Plant Ecology Garden” where wild mountain plants grow along with many other plants and trees.  The garden is a popular place for viewing the autumn colored leaves with about 500 trees, including maples, gingko and metasequoia, all changing color one after another and offering a visual feast for over a month.  Nakaragi no Mori Forest and the forest near the hydrangea garden are especially recommended.

    Photo/officeRANSACK, Text/Shinobu Nakai, Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.


    Name Kyoto Prefectural Botanical Garden
    Address Shimogamo Hangi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-701-0141
    Hours 9:00-17:00 (entry by 16:00)
    Closed Dec. 28-Jan. 4
    Recommended Entry: 200 yen; Greenhouse: 200 yen