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Kyoto Gyoen National Garden

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Address: Kamigyo-ku | Area around Kyoto Gosho, Kyoto 602-0881, Kyoto Prefecture
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Relaxing Walk

Took a leisure morning walk at the Kyoto Gyoen (Kyoto Imperial Palace Park) today. This huge park surrounds the Kyoto Imperial Palace. It was so relaxing and the air was so fresh.

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Took a leisure morning walk at the Kyoto Gyoen (Kyoto Imperial Palace Park) today. This huge park surrounds the Kyoto Imperial Palace. It was so relaxing and the air was so fresh.

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Reviewed 12 February 2017

This is a park not a garden. Lots of activities within this enormous rectangle. There's tennis grounds, pond, bridge etc and of course the imperial palace. We are so glad we cycled as we would have died walking around here. It's too big. The cycle paths are beautiful with the autumn leaves and trees. Such a highlight of the day... More 

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Reviewed 28 October 2016

Given its distance from any metro stations at all, never mind the minority of ones that metro passes are actually valid in, it is impossible to classify this garden as anything but a walking area. A long walk to get there, and a long walk through it, where as the end one is met with closed off frontiers to another... More 

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Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Walking around this park you can really tell this is an important place for the locals as at the weekend they come here in their thousands. A really big and diverse park that offers lots of shade, seating and space to have a nice day out / picnic

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Reviewed 23 July 2016

we took a cab to this kyoto national garden, because the day was mild and not windy in the morning and our receptionist told us, to go an see it because thy have a beautyful glass house with vegetation as well

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Reviewed 11 June 2016

A large (and I mean large) beautiful relaxing garden to walk around. Some areas not accessible but the grounds are so big it doesn't matter and there are many side places to explore. Many families and groups seen to be enjoying the peaceful atmosphere.

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Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

Its not so beautiful like other smaller gardens. But you can see there how Japan people rest or have fun after busy day. Nice walk and great time.

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Reviewed 13 May 2016

We went in late March and here were some of the first fully blossoming cherry blossoms that we saw, it was a very exciting day for us. The gardens are lovely and are worth a visit. They are very beautiful and well looked after.

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Reviewed 16 April 2016

This is a great place for a long walk. You can walk on the fine gravel of the main 'road ways' (bad for sandals) or on the grassy paths under the trees (my preference). Walking around the entire circumference does take a while but its enjoyable. The Cherry blossoms were blooming on the last day of March when we visited... More 

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Reviewed 13 April 2016

Our first day we got in to Kyoto by bullet train from Tokyo and we wanted to make the most of the few days we had. The outdoors was a great idea. We walked from one end to the other and came across wonderful cherry blossom and some exquisitely pretty magnolia bloom and ancient trees that were stunning

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No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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