Kyoto Botanical Garden
Kyoto Botanical Garden was founded in 1917 and opened to the public in 1924, making it the oldest and most comprehensive public botanical garden in all of Japan. The conservatory which opened in 1992 is built of glass with iron frames and is one of the largest and most impressive in Japan. It contains a set of rooms modeled on the famous Kinkaku-ji Temple in Kyoto and hosts various environments, ranging from tropical, lowland to highland, and plants from temperate alpine environments.
▶️ Hangi-cho, Shimogamo, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Kyoto Concert Hall
A short 600 meters (or 7-minute walk) away is Kyoto Concert Hall, which opened in 1995 as part of the 1,200th anniversary of the founding of Kyoto (Heian-Kyo) as the capital of Japan. The main hall was designed by Arata Isozaki, who also designed the Barcelona Olympic Pavilion and is home to the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra. The modern building has a unique design and is surrounded by granite bridges and stone sculptures to create a modern version of a traditional Japanese garden. The foyer has interiors made of Florentine limestone.
▶️ 1-26 Hangi-cho, Shimogamo, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
A 30-minute walk from Kyoto Concert Hall is Shimogamo Shrine, a 2,000-year-old Shinto Shrine located in a serene forest at the junction of the Takano and Kamo Rivers. Founded in the 6th century, it is one of the oldest and most beautiful shrines in Japan. The main shrine buildings at the UNESCO World Heritage Site typify the architectural style of the Heian Period (794-1192), and are prime examples of the nagare-zukuri style and is distinguished by its long gabled roof that covers a porch on one side of the building.
▶️ 59 Izumigawa-cho, Shimogamo, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Kyoto Imperial Palace
After another 30 minute walk, you will reach The Kyoto Imperial Palace, which features several beautiful buildings built in the classical Japanese style. The former residence of the Royal Family and Emperor of Japan, it was originally built in 794 with the present palace constructed in 1855. The design of the Kyoto Imperial Palace is said to resemble the palaces of the Heian Period (794-1192). It is still an important building and is used for official state ceremonies and enthronements.
▶️ 3 Kyoto-gyoen, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
It was built in 1603 by Tokugawa Ieyasu as the official Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shogunate, who ruled Japan during the Edo Period (1603-1868). The UNESCO World Heritage Site is an excellent example of 17th-century Momoyama Period architecture built in the shoin-zukuri style of samurai architecture. The castle was constructed to showcase the shogun’s immense wealth and power and to install fear into his enemies.
▶️ 541 Nijojo-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture