Mar. 03, 2016 UPDATE
Staff Recommended Places To Visit During Cherry Blossom Season
Other Recommended Cherry Blossom Spots
Not sure if you can make it to Kyoto during full bloom of cherry blossoms? There is actually a wide variety of cherry trees in Kyoto that blooming period differs according to its type. For example, there are 60 different types of cherry trees in Hirano Shrine. Although peak cherry blossom season in Kyoto is around late March to mid-April, it’s still possible to see cherry blossoms late in April thanks to late-blooming cherry trees. In this part of our feature article, we recommend other cherry blossom spots that we would like to share. Many different types of cherry blossom trees are planted throughout Kyoto filling the city with multiple shades of white and pink flowers. Consider making your visit extra special by visiting the places suggested below. Not to worry yet, if you think the cherry blossom season have passed. Even if you miss the peak period, there will still be some chances on viewing gorgeous blossoms. If you really did miss the cherry blossom season, you don’t have to worry about that either. Cherry trees are sure to blossom again next year and beyond.
Hirano Shrine(Best around mid-March to late April)Hirano Shrine is home for 400 cherry blossom trees consisting of 60 different types. Among them 10 types are especially unique. This shrine is one of the most famous spots for cherry blossoms in Kyoto and some locals consider Hirano Shrine as their favorite cherry blossom spot. The nighttime illumination is held from around March 20 to April 20, it’s something worth going to. Also check out the venders selling festival foods. Because of the variety of cherry blossom trees in Hirano Shrine, there are great chances that visitors will be able to view the flowers as they bloom periodically throughout the spring season.
Ninnaji-Temple(Best around mid-April)5-story pagoda stands in the background of blooming cherry trees at Ninna-ji Temple during the spring season. Famous for the late blooming cherry trees, Ninna-ji is also a popular spot. Beautiful flowers of Yaezakura, a type of cherry blossom with multiple layers of petals, bloom in Ninna-ji Temple along with the famous Omurozakura trees attracting many visitors every year for the magnificent sight. The cherry blossom trees at Ninna-ji are also known for its short height and the close distance people can get to these graceful blossoms.
Taizo-in Temple Special Springtime Tour(Full bloom around April 10)Taizo-in Temple is one of the sub-temples located inside Myoshin-ji. Special tour and a meal plans are offered during the cherry blossom season. Sit in front of stunning blossoms with Shojin cuisine, or Buddhist vegetarian meal, made by a Michelin rated chef. The garden at Taizo-in Temple is absolutely beautiful. Make the reservations in advance online, only limited spots are available!
Yoshihiro’s Kyoto Style Confectionery Class(Sakura sweets available all spring season)Want to see cherry blossoms, but it’s a rainy day? Viewing the cherry blossoms is not the only way to enjoy the spring season. During spring season in Japan, Sakura flavored sweets fill the stores. From traditional Japanese sweets to modern day snacks like KitKat, there are so many delicious things to try. So how about making your own Japanese confectioneries with shapes of cherry blossoms? Traditional Japanese confectioneries are strongly influenced by the scenery of flowers that reflect the seasons. It’s also an experience you can still enjoy in an event of a rain. Experience some Japanese culture by creating and eating your own Japanese confectioneries.