A pleasant feature of living in Kyoto is the city-sponsored "light ups" that take place several times a year at various sites. These events mainly occur in the spring and fall.
As another way of luring tourists to and within the city, the Kyoto city government arranges for temples and shrines, traditional streets, and even the botanical gardens to be bathed in light for a set period every evening.
The Kyoto Botanical Gardens are located in the northern part of the city, just east of the Kamo River. The north entrance is a short walk from the Kitayama subway stop.
The garden was established in 1924, became the location of a US military base following World War II, and then was reopened in 1961. There are roughly 120,000 plants that are organized into several major areas: a bamboo grove, bonsai, camelia, cherry trees, a European style garden, plants native to Japan, a hydrangea garden, an iris garden, a lotus pond, etc.
There is also a large conservatory.
Some 500 cherry trees, or 70 species, are now being lit up every evening from sundown until 9 pm.
The entrance fee is 200 yen for adults.
Cherry Blossom Light Up
Every evening until April 12th.
From the Kitayama subway stop on the Kurasama Line a short walk. There is also an entrance on the south side of the gardens, which is a ten-minute walk from Kitaoji subway station.
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