KYOTO GYOEN NATIONAL GARDEN, Japan

The Kyoto Gyoen National Garden includes three Imperial Palaces, which were occupied at the time when Kyoto was the capital of Japan. Hundreds of nobles were living on the grounds of the current garden, but when the Emperor moved to Tokyo in 1869, the nobles followed and the garden went into a state of decline. The Emperor then ordered a restoration of the grounds and today Gyoen is a public garden. The garden is located in the center of Kyoto and covers 160 acres. It is surrounded by a stone wall with several gates. There are around 50,000 trees in this garden. The main alleys are wide and covered with macadamized gravel.

http://www.env.go.jp/garden/kyotogyoen/english/

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THE GENERAL AREA

THE TEA HOUSE

THE TREES – including the ones with supports

THE KAN-IN-NO-MIYA SITE

A site about Gardens and Monarch Butterflies