Rhododendron degronianum, Ericaceous evergreen shrub
Rhododendron degronianum, Ericaceous evergreen shrub


  • From 9 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. (entrance, to 4 P.M.)
  • Every day from April 15 to November 30 except Mondays*
    * Open if Monday is a national holiday and then closed the following weekday

Admission Fees

adults over 16 years old 400 Japanese Yen
children over 6 yeras old 130 Japanese Yen


Address 1842 Hanaishi, Nikko, Tochigi 321-1435, JAPAN
Tel [81]-288-54-0206
Fax [81]-288-54-3178

Nikko Botanical Garden is about 3.5 km apart from Nikko Station (JR Nikko line) and Tobu Nikko Station (Tobu Nikko line). Take a bus at either station (Tobu Bus to Okuhosoo, Kiyotaki, Chuzenji, or Yumoto) and get off at "Nikko shokubutsuen." It takes two minutes to walk from the bus stop.


Rhododendron quinquefolium, Ericaceous deciduous tree
Rhododendron quinquefolium, Ericaceous deciduous tree

Nikko Botanical Garden is an institute for research and education of Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo. The main activities of the Botanical Gardens have centered on enriching the collections of temperate and alpine plants of Japan and adjacent regions for the purpose of botanical research and education. A total of 2,200 species (130 species of pteridophytes, 70 species of gymnosperms, and 2,000 species of angiosperms) are planted in the gardens.


Iris setosa var. nasuensis
Iris setosa var. nasuensis

Nikko Botanical Garden was established in 1902 as an educational and research branch of the main Botanical Gardens of the Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo ("Koishikawa Botanical Garden," at Tokyo), for the study of alpine plants. At that time, the Botanical Gardens were located near the famous Toshogu Shrine. They were moved to the present locality in 1911. Additional areas, including a part of the garden of "Tamozawa Goyotei", a summer house of the royal family, were donated to or purchased by the Botanical Gardens in 1950, thereby enlarging the area to 106,980m2.

Location and climate

Nikko Botanical Garden is located at 36o45'N, 139o36'E, and 647m above sea level, so that the climate is considerably cooler than in Tokyo. The Gardens stand on a slope facing the Daiya River and situated on rolling terrain with streams and ponds.

Plant collections

Red coloring of leaves of Acer japonicum
Red coloring of leaves of Acer japonicum


Most of woody species in the Garden are indigenous to Japan. They were planted in their present site as early as the foundation of the Botanical Gardens and have now reached sizes which appear in natural vegetation.

There are good collections of woody representatives of the Japanese temperate flora, including 22 of the 24 indigenous Japanese species of Acer, more than 10 species of Japanese Prunus, and 80 species of evergreen and deciduous rhododendrons (species from abroad included).


Many herbaceous species are grown under the shade of the trees and at their margins. To maintain plants that need special surroundings, rockeries, bog gardens and a fern garden have been established.

About 100 species of Japanese alpine plants are grown in the rockeries gardens. Plants from abroad, such as the Himalayas and Korea, are also cultivated.

Aquatic plants such as Equisetum fluviatile are grown in the bog gardens. Parts of this area are provided artificial raised bogs with bog mosses where the characteristic bog plants are cultivated.

Contact Us
Nikko Botanical Garden
1842 Hanaishi, Nikko, Tochigi 321-1435, JAPAN

Email : nikko_bg(at)
fax : [81]-288-54-3178

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