Umekoji Park in Kyoto

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Umekoji Park is a beautiful city park hidden from the well-known tourist paths. This green spot is full of seasonal flowers, trees and a large open meadow, where locals enjoy some sports activities. Best Ryokans in Kyoto Explore Ryokans in Kyoto >
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Part of Umekoji are Midori-no-kan garden, Inochi-no-Mori garden, a tea house, the Kyoto Railway Museum (largest railway museum in Japan), Kyoto Aquarium and some old trolley cars. These cars are used as souvenir shops and small exhibition spaces. Best time for a visit is the cherry blossom season in the end of March.

  • Umekoji Park:
  • Open - always, the whole year

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Since 1995 Umekoji Park is open for the public. The property was owned by the Japanese Railway company before it was transformed into a park.


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Umekoji Park is located north-west of Kyoto Station near Toji Temple.
Address: 35-1 Kankijicho Kyoto Shimogyo-ku, 600-8835 Kyoto

How to get to Umekoji Park?

  • 15min walk from Kyoto Station or
  • 8min from Kyoto Station to Nanajo Omiya Station by Kyoto City bus (Nr 33, 205, 208)

Sightseeing spots


Kyoto Railway Museum - It is the largest railway museum in Japan. On display are 53 railway vehicles, including a Shinkansen of the 500 series. Do not miss a steam locomotive ride at the property and check out the train operating simulator.

Kyoto Aquarium - You will find there 15000 marine animals of appr. 250 different species.

Festival & Events in Kyoto (dates can change without notice)


Miyako Odori (1st - 31th)
The traditional annual spring dance of the Kyoto district Gion Kobu performed by Geiko and Maiko is a must-see on your Kyoto visit. Don't miss the most popular dances the Miyako Odori "Cherry Blossom Dances" or "Dances of the Old Capital" at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater (located close to Gion Corner).


Aoi Matsuri (15th)
The highlight of this festival is a large parade from Imperial Palace through Shimogamo Shrine to the Kamo Shrines. More than 500 people wearing aristocratic costumes from the Heian Period (794 - 1185). The Aoi Matsuri belongs with the Gion Matsuri and Jidai Matsuri to the three most famous festivals in Kyoto.


Gion Matsuri (whole month)
The month July is full of different events like the Yoiyama - Kyoto's Magical Night (locals in kimonos look at the giant Gion floats the day before the parade) or the famous Yamaboko Junko (float procession on the 17th of July).


Jidai Matsuri ("Festival of Ages") (22nd)
People celebrate with a large parade between Imperial Palace to Heian Shrine the anniversary of the foundation of Kyoto. App. 2000 participants wearing historical costumes from different time periods. Enjoy this great festival which last around 2 hours.

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