May. 09, 2017 UPDATE

Okazaki Canal

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Okazaki Canal in Kyoto by Heian Shrine is one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Japan!
Okazaki Canal is a part of Lake Biwa Canal, the canal that to this day brings water to Kyoto from Lake Biwa. The most famous part of this canal is, of course, the aqueduct at Nanzen-ji Temple, but the most beautiful one during the cherry blossom season has to be Okazaki Canal. When you get to see the vermillion bridge over the canal and the beautiful cherry blossoms, you will also get to see the huge torii gate of Heian Shrine. As a little factoid, there is actually a small door on the side of the torii from where it is possible to climb to the top, but it is for maintenance only. Read more about the boat ride here:
The cherry blossoms
The cherry blossoms
There is a path by the canal that you can walk and enjoy the great view of the cherry blossoms. There are many people but the canal shouldn’t be as crowded as the Philosopher’s Walk or Keage Incline. The best time to enjoy the cherry blossoms is usually in the beginning of April, but be sure to check the cherry blossom forecast you go!
Ride the Jikkokubune
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Ride the Jikkokubune
What better way is there to experience the Okazaki Canal than on a beautiful Japanese boat? These boats offer an incredible view of the cherry trees, and the boat ride is especially spectacular at night when the cherry blossoms are illuminated. These traditional Jikkokubune boats also look great on pictures so I recommend waiting a bit, maybe 5-10 minutes, and you should be able to see one.
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Okazaki Canal is a popular place to view cherry blossoms for three reasons: one, the canal has cherry trees on both sides and they are just incredibly beautiful. Two, the canal is close to Heian Shrine, a must-go during the cherry blossom season. Three, there is the Jikkokubune boat ride where you can see the cherry blossoms from a boat. They are even illuminated at night!
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Okazaki Canal / 岡崎疎水
Category Scenery, Scenery
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Address The canal continues from Nanzen-ji Temple to the Kamo River. The address of the Okazaki Canal Museum that is located by the canal is 20 Shogoin Rengezocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyōto City 606-8357
Directions The canal is a 5-minute walk north from subway Higashiyama Station.
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Overseas Tourist-Friendly
The canal is an easy place to visit by subway or bus, there are many great restaurants around it, and the cherry blossoms are incredible.
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