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Over 400 cherry blossoms like a flower carpet blooming for the entire season

Hirano Shrine

Hirano Shrine is famous for the place where more than 60 types of cherry blossoms and approximately 400 trees are planted. Among them, 10 types are uncommon species of cherry blossoms and are special to the shrine. Especially sakigake sakura, which you can see from the main gate, is said to signal the start of cherry blossom season in Kyoto when it blooms. The blooming period differs according to the type of cherry blossoms, typically between late March and end of April, so that you could see th...moree icon of Japan, sakura, for at least 1 month.

The shrine offers some items that are related to cherry blossoms such as a paper fortune, ema (to write your wishes on it in order to come true), and more. Those are very fun items to get on your visit.

Places such as Kinkaku-ji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Temple are easy to access to and from Hirano Shrine. If you would like to go around several temples or shrines in a short time, Hirano Shrine is a must-go place to start.
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It is personally the first time to visit there. Even though I visited there before the time of cherry blossom season, I had a great time! It is because that there are some fantastic items sold that are designed cherry blossom. Especially, ema is written on the words, “Sakura saku” that means your wishes come true. Japanese people say that when our fortune got true, we say Sakura saku instead. When their cherry blossom blooms, they are lighted up at night! Why don’ you visit there to see another ...moreface of them!
Sakigake Sakura
Must See !
Sakigake Sakura
This specific cherry blossom trees originated in Hirano Shrine. If you plan to visit Kyoto around late March, sakigake sakura will be waiting for you for some pictures to be taken of these white and pink blossoms. Even though it is only one tree, it is absolutely dynamic!!
Make Sakura shaped paper fortune
Must Do !
Make Sakura Shaped Paper Fortune
Cherry blossoms motif paper fortune are sold at ¥300. Shaped leaf of cherry blossom pops up as you open the motif. Levels are indicated in Japanese, it is totally fun and a memorable experience to have in evidence that you were in Kyoto on a lovely season.
Getting energy from Suehirogane
Must Do !
Getting Energy From Suehirogane
This is a rock consists of 70% iron so that any magnet sticks to it magically. It is believed that to people place Sazukaru Mamori (¥800) on the rock in order to get power from it or pray for happiness.

Notice: Please do not put your mobile phone and any electrical items on the rock. The devices may get defected.
Manner & Tips
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Please do not enter prohibited areas or touch a branch of their trees.
Hirano Shrine Appearance Photo
Hirano Shrine
Categories Temples & Shrines
Phone +81 75-461-4450
Address 1 Hiranomiyamotocho Kita-Ku Kyoto-City Kyoto-fu
Directions 3 minute-walk from Kinugasa-mae stop on Kyoto city bus #205 and #50 from Kyoto station

10 minute-walk from Keihukudentetu Kitano Line Kitanohakubaicho station
Hours 6am - 5pm (cherry blossom blooming season: 6am - 9pm)
Reservations Not accepted
Closed None
Fee None
Credit cards Not accepted
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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Only English leaflets are available
Information Japanese and English
Languages spoken Japanese only
Hirano Shrine +81 75-461-4450 None 3/3

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