Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden

A healing paradise where you can enjoy the beautiful flowers and plants of Mount Godai.

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The Makino Botanical Garden was opened in April of 1958 to honor Kochi Prefecture’s Dr. Tomitaro Makino, the so-called father of Japanese botany, who had passed away the year prior.
The garden is located on Mt. Godai, a place rich with natural history and scenic beauty, surrounded by the Kochi plains.

Throughout the year and depending on the season, the 20-acre garden features around 3000 different wild plants related to Dr. Makino. Some of these plants are unique to Japan. Many of the plants collected here have information on their collection sites. They are objects for viewing and observation but also "living specimens" that provide essential information for botanical research.

A visit to Makino Botanical Garden is perfect for when you want to spend the day relaxing in a space full of greenery. You will surely encounter many different plants that you have never seen before!

The exhibition hall also features a restaurant, so when you want to take a break, you can enjoy cake or coffee while taking in the courtyard’s view.


  • A total of 3,000 different plants to enjoy in any season.
  • The many indoor facilities, such as greenhouses, letting you enjoy the garden even in the rain.
  • You can have a picnic in the parks where you are allowed to eat and drink.
  • The beautiful view of Kochi city, and on a clear day, maybe even the Pacific Ocean from the “Konkon-yama” observatory.
  • Enjoy the garden lit up during its regular night openings.


  • Simulated illustration of the botanical garden

    Simulated illustration of the botanical garden



Name in Japanese
Postal Code
4200-6 Godaisan, Kochi City, Kochi
Business Hours
December 27th through January 1st
Adults 730 yen. High school students and younger free.
(1) About 20 minutes by taxi from Kochi Station
(2) About 30 minutes from JR Kochi Station on the “MY-Yu Bus (sightseeing bus).”
Official Website
Official Website (English)