Kyoto's Botanical Gardens are a good place to visit at any time of year.
As befits the season, hydrangea and unusual species of bamboo are now in bloom.
The gardens, which measure 240,000 square meters, was founded in 1924. The gardens feature 12,000 different kinds of plants, flower gardens, a conservatory, and a large open lawn.
It served as a US military base from 1946 until 1957, but reopened in 1961.
Shimogamo, Hangi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
075 701 0141
Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fee: General Public 200 yen, High School Students: 150 yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students: 80 yen
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