Gorgeous, Tranquil Gardens
A visit to Kyoto’s traditional Japanese gardens can be a truly immersive experience that provide respite from the busyness of modern life. From the famous Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, with hundreds of towering bamboo stalks, to the austere rock garden at the Ryoan-ji Temple to the flamboyant stroll gardens at Ginkaku-ji Temple, the city has more than 1,000 gardens.
The seat of Japanese imperial power for six centuries, Kyoto Imperial Palace stands within the sprawling Kyoto Gyoen National Garden. The garden, a unique and stunning part of the Japanese culture and history, is one of the best places in the city center to relax, enjoy fine weather, or picnic with friends. It’s full of trails, lush grass fields, and seasonal flowers. On any given day you can people-watch the locals taking a bench break, jogging, walking their dogs, or biking.