May. 23, 2017 UPDATE

Top 7 cherry blossom viewing spots in Kyoto

The 7 absolute best spots in Kyoto to view cherry blossoms revealed!
cherry blossoms at Heian Shrine

Kyoto is full of tourists in spring and autumn, and the reason for this is known to everyone: the cherry blossoms and autumn leaves. People from all over the world flock over to see the temples and shrines of Kyoto surrounded by cherry blossoms. So, if you are wondering which places to go to in Kyoto during the cherry blossom season, check out this article for the seven best ones, conveniently divided into western and eastern Kyoto.

1Hirano Shrine


Among the many cherry blossom viewing spots in Kyoto, I want to recommend Hirano Shrine. It is right by Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and in spring the small shrine is bustling with people that came to see the cherry blossoms.


Hirano Shrine is famous for the many types of cherry trees planted on the premises. There are over 60 different types of cherry trees, some of them blooming early and some late, so at Hirano Shrine it is possible to enjoy cherry blossoms for an exceptionally long time, for around a month.


In the sakura flower garden there are many cherry trees, and at night they are illuminated.

When it is the best time to view the cherry blossoms, there are food stalls and benches, and you may enjoy hanami flower viewing under the cherry blossoms. With the food stalls, the feeling is festive and fun.


Best time to go Late March to the middle of April.


Hirano Shrine

Nijo Castle & Kitano Tenmangu / Central Kyoto Area
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2Taizo-in Temple


This quiet temple a little way out of the center of Kyoto is called Taizo-in, and it is a sub-temple of Myoshin-ji Temple.

Taizo-in is famous for this huge weeping cherry tree you get to see right after you enter the garden. In 2013 the tree was featured in a television commercial promoting Kyoto and since then it has been even more popular than before


At this temple the contrast between the white pebbles of the rock garden, the green moss, and the pink cherry blossoms makes the scenery look exceptional.



There is also a tea room at the temple, and you can have a cup of matcha tea while you look out the window at the cherry blossoms. How about a break with a cup of matcha tea?


Best time to go: Beginning to middle of April.


Taizo-in Temple (sub-temple of Myoshin-ji)

Kinkakuji & Uzumasa / Other Kyoto Area
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Erika[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ] STAFF DETAIL
The cherry blossoms in Kyoto are exceptional, and not only at temples and shrines, but you can find beautiful cherry blossoms in parks and in the city too. The time you can see cherry blossoms is very short, but this makes the experience feel even more special. None of these places will let you down, so if you found one you like, I hope you go there next spring!
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