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The big two places for Hanami

Nijo Castle & Kitano Tenmangu

The more than 260-year history of the Edo Shogunate came to a close here at Nijo Castle. Visiting Nijo Castle allows modern people to experience the glory of the Edo period, which lasted until the shogunate relinquished …morepower to the Imperial Court. The Ninomaru Gardens, a national place of special scenic beauty, is a particular must-see.
The Shinsen-en Garden nearby is said to have been the place where cherry blossom viewing originated, and its cherry blossoms, red bridge, and beautiful pond make a quintessentially Japanese scene. If you visit Kyoto during the cherry blossom season, then taking a stroll through Nijo Castle and the Shinsen-en Garden are a must.
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, which is dedicated to the patron deity of learning, is a famous spot for viewing cherry and plum blossoms favored by locals. Be sure not to miss the big market held on the 25th of every month.
In the neighboring Kamishichiken area, there are still Kyoto geisha (Maiko and Geigi) living there today, and this elegant area also has many surviving old shops.
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