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Traveling in Japan in the season when sakura blooms, it is simply impossible not to visit Kyoto – a city that is attractive for tourism at any time of the year, and especially in spring, when sakura blooms. In Kyoto, there are many places for hanami, as the Japanese call admiring flowers. Majestic temples, ponds, city canals, parks and gardens. There is a large variety of varieties of sakura – from late varieties to early varieties, with flowers whose color varies from almost white to bright pink. Be sure to go to Kyoto to admire the blossoming sakura, which is not only the symbol and pride of Japan, but also the leitmotif of decoration, whether we are talking about trademarks, artistic painting, prints on fabric or other design elements.

(beginning of April)

Location: between the Ginkaku-ji temples and Nanzen-ji temples. The entrance is free.

The path of the philosopher is a very beautiful walking path paved with stone, which stretches along the city canal and connects the Ginkaku-ji Temple, otherwise known as the Silver Pavilion, with the environs of the Nanzen-ji Temple. Along the picturesque path grow hundreds of luxurious cherry trees.

(beginning of April)

Location: near the Yasaka temple. The entrance is free.

During the flowering season in the park include illumination, which illuminates the blossoming sakura trees until one in the morning.

Maruyama Park, located near the Yasaka Temple, is the most popular public park in Kyoto, where it is customary to hold Hanami parties. The center of attention is a large tree of a weeping sakura, which is beautifully illuminated in the evenings with illumination. During the flowering season, many tents with food and souvenirs are set up in the park. And if visitors want to relax, they can enjoy a meal at one of the tables that temporary restaurants set under the flowering trees.

(beginning of April)

Location: northwest of Kyoto center. The entrance is free.

During the flowering season in Nakanosima Park until 22:00 include illumination.

Arashiyama is a picturesque area located on the outskirts of Kyoto. At the foot of the Arashiyama Mountains, around the Togetsukyo Bridge, and especially in Nakanoshima Park, you can find a lot of sakura trees. There is another well-known place in the area for sakura admiring. This is the temple of Daikaku-ji, whose banks of the pond are lined with trees that flourish in spring beautifully frame the water surface of the pond.


Location: behind the main building of the temple. Opening hours – from 08:30 to 17:30. Admission fee is 600 yen.

In the garden of the Heian Temple, right behind the main temple hall, there is a huge array of Sakura trees of the Yaebani Sidare variety, which makes this place one of the most attractive in Kyoto for those who want to admire the flowering of weeping cherry blossoms. This variety of sakura reaches full bloom, lagging behind the rest for only a few days. So if you missed the main season, you still have a chance to admire the cherry blossoms in Heian Temple.


Location: northwest of Kyoto center. Opening hours – from 09:00 to 17:00. The entrance fee is 1,200 yen on weekdays and 1,500 yen on weekends.

Haradani-en is another excellent place to enjoy the flowering of weeping cherry trees. This beautiful garden is located on the northern outskirts of Kyoto, on the hills above the Kinkaku-ji Temple, otherwise known as the Golden Pavilion. It is not easy to get to the garden by public transport, so most tourists who want to visit Kharadani-en prefer to use the services of a taxi.

(beginning of April)

Location: behind the temple Heyang. The entrance is free.

Okazaki Canal is located right behind the Heyang Temple and connects the canal network of Lake Biwa with the Kamo River. Numerous sakura trees grow along the banks of the canal, and during the season hanami can take part in a canal cruise. Boats depart from the pier every fifteen – thirty minutes, and it is worth a fascinating water trip about 1,000 yen.

(beginning of April)

Location: next to the Okazaki Canal, near the Nanzen-ji Temple. The entrance is free.

This refers to the part of the channel and the system of tunnels that connects Kyoto with Lake Biwa, which is located on the other side of the mountains. Until the 1950s, the Keage slope was used as navigable between the Okazaki canal and the canals above in the mountains. Nowadays, a gentle slope is decorated with hundreds of cherry trees.

(beginning of April)

Location: Fifteen minutes walk from Daigo-ji station. Opening hours – from 09:00 to 17:00. Admission fee is 600 yen.

Daigo-ji is a temple complex located southeast of the center of Kyoto, in whose territory a lot of sakura trees grow. Not far from the Reihokan Museum and in front of Sanboin, famous weeping sakura grow.

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