Makino Botanical Garden - An Overview
 
Opened to the public in April 1958, the Makino Botanical Garden honors the remarkable achievements of local botanist Tomitaro Makino. Characterized by slopes and dells and with over 3,000 species of plants on display – many discovered or named by Dr. Makino himself – the 6 hectares of gardens offer color and interest throughout the year. In 1999, the grounds were significantly enlarged and the Museum of Plant and People was inaugurated,strengthening the Garden’s role in education. At the same time,Professor Dr. Tetsuo Koyama (former senior curator and director of Asian botany at the New York Botanical Garden and ex-pupil of Dr. Makino) joined the staff as Director, and the Garden has since raised its international status. The Makino Botanical Garden was recognized as a statutory research institute by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in 2003. It has been increasing its research portfolio by establishing bilateral agreements with institutions in Myanmar, the Solomon Islands, Thailand, China, USA, and Canada in order to undertake scientific research overseas and build on its knowledge of economic plants, amongst others. It celebrated its 50th Anniversary with the opening of the re-designed South Garden in 2008, and a new conservatory was opened in 2010. The Garden continues to develop as a centre for plant conservation, research, learning, and as a green oasis for the whole community.  
Dr.Tomitaro Makino(1862~1957)
Tomitaro Makino was born in Sakawa, a rural village west of Kochi City, on 24th April 1862. His curiosity in the plant life about him soon developed into a devotion to botanic research, and at the age of 22 he moved to the capital to pursue his interest at Tokyo University. Three years later he launched the Botanical Magazine Tokyo, an esteemed journal still running today. An avid Đeld botanist, Makino collected some 400,000 botanical specimens and named over 1,500 new species and subspecies of plants during his life. In 1940, after his term as lecturer at Tokyo University, he published his Illustrated Flora of Japan, a reference work that remains indispensable to professional botanists and enthusiasts today. Travelling widely throughout Japan for his work, Makino became well known as much for his bright personality and his ability to communicate the wonder of the plant kingdom, as for his knowledge of the flora itself. In 1953 he was made an Honorary Citizen of Tokyo, and in 1957 he was posthumously awarded the Order of Culture.
 
Guide to the Facilities
 
  [Makino Museum of Plants & People]
  Designed by architect Hiroshi Naito, the museum consists of two timber vaulted buildings and is recognized in Japan for its harmony with the surrounding nature.
   

  The Research & Administration Building
  Houses the Mt Godai exhibit, along with theatre, workshop and Japanese style rooms. Ground floor consists of the Makino Reference Library where 58,000 items from Makino’s collection are held. Access is limited to researchers, but visitors can view the collection through a wide-view window.
   
 
  Exhibition Hall
  The Hall is split into two areas: the permanent exhibition space and the special exhibition space.
In the permanent exhibition, “Life of Tomitaro Makino” features his original drawings and photographs that describe Dr. Makino’s life. An interactive exhibition that allows visitors to explore the plant kingdom is displayed at the “Plant Life” area. Special Exhibitions are held 2~3 times a year. Please feel free to take a break at the Cafe with views over the Courtyard Garden.
   
  Exhibition Hall Courtyard Garden
  Between the exhibition spaces is a courtyard where 150 species of plants studied by Dr.Makino can be seen.
   
 
Guide to the botanical Garden
 
  [Kochi Ecology Garden (main entrance)]
  From the Pacific seashore to the lofty peaks of the Shikoku Mountains, this garden displays the wild plants of Kochi Prefecture that inspired Tomitaro Makino’s lifelong passion for plants.
   

  [North Garden]
  The garden lends views to the plains and mountains of eastern Kochi. Makino’s beloved cherries and azaleas cover the northern slope when they bloom in Spring, and yellow patrinia and Japanese clover flowers are beautiful in the Autumn. The lookout from the museum is also a great vantage point.
   
  Garden of Medicinal Plants
  Medicinal plants that are being studied at the Botanical Garden are grown here. Including the Japanese cornel, bellflower, gentian, and atractylodes.
   
  Open Lawn
  This gently sloping lawn with its crape myrtle as feature is perfect for a picnic with the family.
 
  [South Garden]
  In what used to be part of the Chikurin Temple, this garden is designed to complement existing pathways and temple features. In here you can find the Conservatory, the 50th Anniversary Garden, wild azaleas at Ketsumo Hill and Konkon Hill, Tosa Kanran Center, and many other horticultural displays.
   
  Conservatory
  The perennial tropical environment houses many rare varieties from abroad including colorful flowers, tropical fruit trees, and many more.
   
  50th Anniversary Garden
  Taking advantage of the South Garden errain, complete with ponds and gorgeous surroundings, this garden features oriental plants such as cherry blossoms, irises, lotuses and gentians. Relax and enjoy the changing seasons on benches by the ponds.
   
  Tosa Kanran Center
  Showcases the Cymbidium kanran that Dr.Makino named and other Kochi horticulture such as asarum and the coral berry. Next to the garden shop “nonoca”, one can enjoy bonsai and other ornamental pot plants.
 
Visitor Information
 
Opening hours 9:00am~5:00pm
Closed 27th December~1th January
Admission Adults: ¥ 720 per person
Groups of 20 or more people ¥ 620 per person
Annual Pass \2,880
Free for children children in high school and under.
Admission fees are subject to change during special exhibitions.
Wheelchairs and strollers are available free of charge. Please enquir e ahead of time as num bers are limited.
 
Access
 
From Kochi Station: approx. 20 min by car.
From Kochi Expressway: approx. 20 min from Kochi Interchange.
From Kochi Ryoma Airport: west for approx. 40 min by car.
Free parking (195 cars, 8 buses)
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