Kyoto Botanical Gardens
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Photo by Liz Cole/age fotostock
Kyoto Botanical GardensThis under-loved 60-acre green space on the east bank of the Kamo River with 120,000 plants and more than 12,000 species is one of the best spots in Kyoto to reflect on nature. The garden has extensive cherry tree groves, tropical greenhouses filled with rare flora, a night flower garden planted with nocturnal blooms, and beds of perennials and annuals that attract bees, small copper butterflies, and Daurian redstart birds.