Dec. 12, 2018 UPDATE

Recommended places to visit during cherry blossom season

The cherry blossom season brings many sentimental feelings to people of Japan every year. With the start of a new school year for students in April in Japan, the cherry blossoms bring encouragement to all the people of the world.

Cherry blossoms, also known as sakura in Japanese, are often used as the symbol of Japan. Now cherry blossoms can also be seen in places far across the globe like in Washington D.C. because the Japanese government gives cherry trees out as presents to foreign states in order to strengthen international relations. In Japan, there are about 300 different types of cherry trees. Among them, Somei Yoshino is a type most familiar among people of Japan. Interestingly, most cherry trees are planted and so most trees at the same place are related to each other sharing the same DNA. They tend to blossom at the same time, and the petals also fall off at the same time.

The trees are beautiful in any place they bloom, of course. The whole country will be swept over with cherry blossom from March to May. Nonetheless, you do not want to miss the historical city of Kyoto during this wonderful season. We hope that you will spend the cherry blossom season the same way the people of Kyoto do. From wonderful walks by the canals lined with cherry blossoms to feeling the spring air swirling the petals off the trees, there are incredible things to experience in Kyoto.

The spring time in Japan is extra special because of the attitude and sentimental feelings people have toward this short time frame when the trees blossom, usually for about 2 weeks.
Part 1Strolling by cherry trees
Taking the time to walk down the streets surrounded by cherry blossoms is one of the simplest ways of taking in the beauty of the spring season. Though accessible throughout the whole year, sight-seeing spots in Kyoto change colors as this wonderful season approaches …
Part 2Cherry blossoms within the city
Various parts of Kyoto have different vibes. Cherry blossoms line the beautiful Kamo River, also an excellent location for a nice walk. On one side of the river, there’s the historical district of Gion …
Part 3Nighttime cherry blossom illuminations
Day-time cherry blossoms are not the only enjoyment in Kyoto. Spectacular nighttime events are held during this special time of the year. Several temples as well as attractions hold illuminations to bring the spotlight to the beautiful cherry blossoms of Kyoto …
Part 4Off-season cherry blossom spots
Not sure if you can make it to Kyoto during full bloom of cherry blossoms? There is actually a wide variety of cherry trees in Kyoto and their blooming periods differ according to their type. For example, there are 60 different types of cherry trees at Hirano Shrine …

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