Mar. 12, 2018 UPDATE
Kyoto, a pink wonderland of cherry blossoms, is full of places you have to have on your bucket list
Romantic cherry blossoms for lovers
Even though cherry blossoms are exceptional whenever you see them, but at night the feel is even more romantic than during the day when you see the cherry blossoms against the blue of the sky. The cherry blossoms are illuminated with the colors of the rainbow, and the feeling is dream-like and romantic! In the latter half of March, many of the temples and shrines of Kyoto are open late, and you get to see them illuminated at night, which makes this time perfect for couples! But you also probably want a nice romantic restaurant to end your perfect day in Kyoto, but don’t worry, read this article and find out which are the best places both for cherry blossoms and dinner in Kyoto!
Nijo CastleEven though the historic Nijo Castle is very big, the grounds of the castle are full of people during the cherry blossom season. Every year from the end of March you also get to see the cherry blossoms here at night, but I recommend lining up early, as the event is very popular!
At night there are also 3D projection mapping shows at the castle, and you get to see very lifelike shows. This is a beautiful fusion of traditional Japan and the latest technology. And it’s also really romantic! Walking here with your lover will be an experience you won’t forget!
To-ji TempleToji Temple famous for its weeping cherry tree called “fujizakura” which blooms relatively early. From the moment you enter the temple grounds, you get to see this huge cherry tree. The sight of this cherry tree slowly moving in the wind, with the Five-Storied Pagoda of To-ji in the background, is something everyone wants to get a picture of.
The way the pond of the temple reflects the cherry blossoms is so beautiful; it’s almost like there were two worlds! And the cherry blossom petals will, in the end, scatter on the surface of the pond, but this in itself is also very pretty. This is like with travel, the excitement lasts for a while, but even after it, you still have beautiful memories with you. Oh, how beautiful the cherry blossoms are!
Maruyama ParkMaruyama Park is located just behind the famous Yasaka Shrine, and it is open 24 hours a day, and there’s no entrance fee. The park is most famous for this huge weeping cherry tree in the middle, of it, and many people from all around the world gather here to see it.
Under the cherry trees, people ready their picnic blankets and enjoy the cherry blossoms and good company, and food from the stalls surrounding the park. This is the perfect place to have a glass of red or sake with your lover and enjoy the seasonal views of Kyoto!
Rokkaku-do TempleThis temple is surrounded by office buildings, but it’s still a great place to see cherry blossoms. There is something stately about it all; the temple buildings, cherry blossoms, and the office towers looming above. A great, quiet spot for a date in the middle of Kyoto!
The illuminated cherry trees look so beautiful at night. There are also ikebana-displays for you to see, all by the famous Ikebono-school of Kyoto (and Rokkaku-do Temple)! The flowers and blossoms here are so vivid you’re sure to remember them for the rest of your life!
Fortune GardenAfter getting to see the beautiful night illuminations of Kyoto’s spring, it’s time to have some dinner! And what better way to enjoy dinner in Kyoto, than at the French restaurant located in the historic Shimadzu Building, Fortune Garden Kyoto. At night, there are candles at the tables, making the restaurant perfect for a date.
From appetizers to the main and even desserts, everything here is delicious, and the tastes classic, and the mood of the restaurant chic. They also have a good selection of red and white wines, which are sure to make your partner feel extra special!
But what about all the families who come to Kyoto with children, where should they go to see cherry blossoms, you are probably thinking right now. But don’t worry! In the next part, I’ll tell you!