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Shikoku Sights

Makino Shokubutsuen (Makino Botanical Garden)

  • 4200–6 Godaisan Map It
  • Kōchi
  • Garden/Arboretum
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 09/20/2013

Fodor's Review

Planted in honor of Kochi botanist Tomitaro Makino, this Eden-like valley of flowers and trees lies hidden atop Mt. Godaisan. Different trails for each season show off the best nature has to offer. Hours can disappear as you walk through the azaleas, camellias, chrysanthemums, and thousands of other plants in this huge and lovingly tended landscape. Don't miss the giant ferns, so big you can actually sit in them. You're encouraged to leave the paths and explore on your

own—as Makino wrote, "to commune with nature we need to make ourselves free and jump into her." You'll find more of his quotes, recollections, philosophy, and drawings in a fascinating museum inside the park.

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Sight Information

Address:

4200–6 Godaisan, Kōchi, 781-8125, Japan

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Phone:

088-882–2601

Sight Details:

  • ¥700
  • Daily 9–5

Updated 09/20/2013

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