Keihanna Commemorative Park was created to commemorate the construction of the Keihanna Science City zone and opened to the public in April 1995 as a Kyoto Prefectural park. The total area of the park covers 24.1 hectares.
Culture, Climate and Landscape
The formal name of the park is “Kyoto Prefectural Kansai Culture and Science City Commemorative Park”. The park was created as the commemorative park for the city and includes the word “culture” in its name. It also commemorates the 1200th anniversary since the establishment of the Japanese capital in Heian-kyo (now Kyoto). With these backgrounds, the park features Japanese culture and natural characteristics of the region.
The theme of Keihanna Science City is to realize a society in harmony with nature. As its commemorative park, we are preserving the Satoyama, traditional landscape of Japanese agriculture and forestry, environment which covers 14.1 hectares of the park and working on revitalization of Satoyama environment in other parts of Japan. Satoyama refers to a village near the vicinity of a mountain where human-influenced ecosystem exists in a sustainable way.
The park works as the communication center of Keihanna Science City and offers its visitors a place for relaxation, recreation, and discovery. Every year, more than 600 thousand people come from the local region and also from overseas.
Keihanna Commemorative Park is divided into Pay Area and Free Area.
Mebuki-no-Mori (Budding Tree Forest)
Mebuki-no-Mori is a forest in Satoyama landscape surrounding Nagatani Pond. Visitors can take a walk in the forest and enjoy nature like blooming azaleas in spring, sunshine streaming through leaves in summer, colored maple leaves in autumn, and waterfowls in winter. It takes about one hour to walk through both Suikei-en and Mebuki-no-Mori.
To feature Japanese culture and natural characteristics of the region, the “moon” is adopted as the symbol of the park. A variety of events related to the moon such as “moon-viewing night” is held on various occasions.