A Well-Kept Secret Unveiled! Let’s Take a Stroll in Takaraga-ike Park!

Kyoto has so many tourist attractions. There’s Kiyomizu-dera and Fushimi Inari Taisha, of course, but this time around we’ll look at a place where you can relax and get in touch with nature’s wide-open spaces at your own pace!

I highly recommend Sakyo-ku’s Takaraga-ike Park. Just take the Kyoto Municipal Subway Karasuma Line to Kokusaikaikan Station and leave from North Exit 4, and…

Here’s the road where we start. Let’s get going!

We can see a great big expanse now. There’s plenty of room to have a ball with your friends and family here.

Let’s go along this road.

We soon see a pond running along the side of the road. That’s Takaraga-ike Pond!
We’re going clockwise around the park. Let’s get going!

We can see the Kyoto Kokusaikaikan from here. How cool is that?

Here’s the east side of the pond. Am I the only one who’s reminded a bit of England when I look at this?

The view of the pond and Mt. Hiei is so beautiful!

Here are the boats. You can ride along the pond in them as you like, so they’re popular with families and couples.

There’s a parking lot with vending machines and a café nearby. Let’s take a break…

Start walking again, and we reach the west side of the pond. You can get right up next to the water and see ducks swimming about.

Walk a little more and you’ll find a rest stop with a roof. The view is great from here, too!

And that’s one walk around the pond!
One trip around the pond is about 1.5 kilometers (0.93 miles). It takes 40 minutes at a leisurely pace, including breaks. People use this park for running, photography, dog walking… You can find all sorts of ways to enjoy it. This park has something for everyone. It’s certainly beloved by those who live nearby. There were also some foreign visitors.
Why don’t you spend a relaxing day at the Takaraga-ike Park?

  • Takaraga-ike Park
    Address: 8 Nagareda-cho, Kamitakano, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan
    Access: 10 minute walk from the #4 exit of Kyoto Municipal Subway, Karasuma Line, Kokusaikaikan Station / 5 minute walk from Eizan Electric Railway, Takaragaike Station
    Entry Fee: Free (Boat fare not included)
    Closed On: Dec. 29 – Jan. 3
    1 Day Parking: 500 Yen

The information is current as of February 2018.

奥谷勇哉/Yuya Okutani
奥谷勇哉/Yuya Okutani

日本/花園大学 社会福祉学部/生まれも育ちも京都なので、大好きな京都の魅力をお伝えします!!ーーーJapan / Hanazono University department of Social welfare / I am very excited to introduce you all the charms of my beloved city as a born and bread in Kyoto.