Japan Parks & Gardens: Haradani-en, Kyoto
Haradani-en is known for its lovely cherry blossoms in spring and draws a largely elderly set of visitors due to its rather challenging location (usually by taxi) and the steep entrance fee of 1200 yen (12 US$) or 1500 yen (15 US$) on weekends and public holidays.
Haradani-en is a privately owned garden covering 13,000 square meters with a variety of cherry trees to see, especially the late-flowering weeping cherry blossom.
Other plants and flowers in Haradani-en include azaleas, apple, rhododendron and dogwood.
Access - Getting to Haradani-en
Admission: 1200 yen for adults; 1500 yen on weekends and public holidays
A visit to Haradani-en can be combined in a half-day tour of Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), Ryoanji Temple, Toji-in Temple and Ninnaji Temple (also famous for its cherry blossoms), which are all located in the north west of Kyoto city.
To cycle up to Haradani-en is a steep climb past the golf course on the hill.