The Conservatory, Kyoto Botanical Garden
It doesn’t matter where we’re heading in the world, one of the first things we’ll start researching are nearby gardens. Why I’d never visited the Kyoto Botanical Gardens before this spring then was a little mind boggling, especially considering it’s home to Japan’s largest conservatory.
It’s also home to over 25,000 specimens, from tropical plants, desert plants, succulents and alpine plants and we spent a happy few hours admiring the greenery and escaping from the spring chill.
It’s not only worth visiting for the conservatory though. Kyoto Botanical Garden boasts an impressive cherry tree orchard (which are amazing in full bloom and were crowded with sakura enthusiasts), a bamboo garden, European garden, lotus pond and sunken garden – you could easily spend a good half a day here exploring if the weather’s good!
Visiting Kyoto Botanical Garden
Address: Shimogamohangi-cho, Sakyo-ku // 左京区下鴨半木町
Gardens: 9am-5pm, last entry 4pm
Greenhouse: 9am-4pm, last entry 3:30pm
Closed December 28 – January 4
Admission Fee: 200 yen (plus an additional 200 yen for the conservatory)
How to get there
We caught the subway to Kitayama station. The botanical garden is directly outside the exit.