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The Richness of Japanese Botanical Gardens

By Staff Writer
February 29, 2024
Japan is known for its beautiful botanical gardens. One of them is the Kyoto Botanical Gardens, the first-ever public botanical garden in Japan, which opened in 1924. The garden has 12,000 plant species, allowing visitors to enjoy different seasonal settings from cherry blossoms to chrysanthemums to the autumn shades of vermillion and gold. The Jindai Botanical Gardens in Chofu City is home to the biggest rose garden in Tokyo and a large greenhouse filled with exotic tropical plants. It has approximately 4,800 species and 100,000 plants. The garden also has an aquatic botanical garden with waterside plants such as reeds, makomo, and irises. Finally, the Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands is Japan’s first wetland botanic garden located in Hakone Sengokuhara, with about 1,700 plants. The garden has 200 types of wetland plants from various regions of Japan, 1,100 types of grasslands, forests, alpine plants, and other rare foreign mountain plants.
Two weeping cherry trees at the Kyoto Botanical Gardens
Purple and white irises at the Jindai Botanical Gardens
Trees of autumn leaves in Hakone Sengokuhara
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