Located in the north of Kyoto City, the Botanical Garden was built on land donated by the Mitsui family - yes, that Mitsui family - to the City to commemorate the enthronement of the Emperor Taisho, in 1924.
It is the oldest botanical garden in Japan with over 12,000 plants.
It has both European and Japanese-style gardens, and with its many cherry trees is a wonderful place in spring.
The conservatory that appears in the video above was recently rebuilt and expanded. It requires a separate admission fee of 200 yen, although a combined admission of 250 yen is available.
Open every day 9am-5pm. (Closed Dec 28 to Jan 4.) Admission 200 yen for adults. Kitayama subway station (Karasuma Line).
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