A green sanctuary in the middle of the drab plain of Kyoto, the Kyoto Gyoen (Kyoto Imperial Palace Park) is Kyoto’s Central Park.
Kyoto Gyoen © Jason Riedy
This park that surrounds the Kyoto Imperial Palace and Sento Gosho, is the green heart of Kyoto. Unlike the imperial properties it surrounds, the Imperial Palace Park can be entered free of charge and without any application procedure. It’s popular with runners, walkers, romantic couples, picnickers, plant lovers and anyone who just wants to escape the concrete and neon of the city. It’s criss-crossed with wide boulevards and narrower pathways. There’s a plum arbor on the west side of the park that bloom in early March, and a grove of spectacular shidare-zakura (weeping cherry trees) that bloom in late March and early April – when the latter are in mankai (full bloom), they are among the most spectacular cherry trees in the city (and the area doesn’t get as many crowds as other famous cheery blossom spots in the city). Even if you’re not in Kyoto in March or April, it’s well worth visiting the Kyoto Imperial Palace Park.
Kyoto Gyoen 3, Kamigyo-ku
24 hours everyday
Non-smoking area: Yes
1min walk from Imadegawa Station, Karasuma subway line.
Official website (English)
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