Nov. 09, 2017 UPDATE
Recommended places to visit during cherry blossom season
Part 1

Strolling 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. We recommend taking a stroll early in the morning for wonderfully fresh air and for a bright way to start your day. Now for our recommended walking route in the eastern part of Kyoto: Start from the north-eastern part at Ginkaku-ji Temple area, head south through Path of Philosophy and take a leisurely morning stroll. Walking from the Path of Philosophy down to Keage Incline normally takes about 30 minutes. We suggest you look about 2 hours for the walk instead and give yourself enough time to sightsee and slowly enjoy the walk. A whole day can easily be spent in this area since there are so many places to visit. We will be introducing below several spots to stop by on the way down the path. Breathe in the fresh spring air, take a stroll slowly down along the rivers, and see what Kyoto has to offer during this sensational season.
Stroll down this blossom filled path, sidetracking is approved
Path of Philosophy
This is one of the most popular spots in Kyoto and a wonderful path for a nice walk. The path runs along a canal and is 1.3 miles, or 2.3km, long. Cherry trees beautifully line the path creating a tunnel of blossoms over the canal. The name, Path of Philosophy, is in reflection of the story of Kitaro Nishida, a well-known philosopher who walked the path daily. Path of Philosophy is a place where seasonal beauty can be witnessed in its full glory. Many people gather to capture a glance of the beauty during spring and autumn season. The petals falling into the canal after a full bloom are also a beautiful scene to witness. We recommend going there early in the morning for a relaxing walk.
Nanzen-ji Temple
Converted from a villa to a Zen temple, Nanzen-ji was burnt many times in the fires of Kyoto but was rebuilt as many times as well. Head over to the Sanmon gate, the grand gate of Nanzen-ji, to capture great photographs of historical structures and cherry trees. The structures of Nanzen-ji have a strong presence, making them must-see places in eastern Kyoto. Many people visit this temple especially during the spring season.
Keage Incline
Keage Incline is a path alongside Lake Biwa Canal where old rail tracks still remain. Many people gather during the cherry blossom season for a relaxing walk with a magnificent view of around 90 Somei Yoshino cherry trees. It’s also a great photo spot to capture the old rail tracks with blossoms filling the picture frame like a scene right off a movie. The rails run for about 582 meters on a rocky road, so be sure to wear sneakers!
View charming cherry blossoms from a boat
Okazaki Jikkokubune boat ride
Enjoy viewing cherry blossoms while taking a boat ride! The breeze of spring air and the newly blooming flowers and greenery will give you a positive insight for the coming new season. Being able to view the blossoms from different angles is the highlight of this boat ride. The highlights of the boat ride are the tall torii gate of Heian Jingu Shrine, the National Museum of Modern Art, and Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art. During the cherry blossom season in early April, tickets are expected to sell out quickly. Also check out the nighttime boat ride running until April 10th. (March 26 to May 8 / Night boat ride March 26 to April 10 / 9:30 am - 4:30pm time may extend during peak season, nighttime runs until 8:30pm)
Recommended for lunch! Loved by locals for their delicious deep fried pork
Daigin Shokudo
Daigin Shokoudo is a restaurant located near the Path of Philosophy, and it is a great place to take a break when hunger approaches while out on the walk. The restaurant offers dishes familiar to most Japanese people such as fish teishoku (set meal), curry rice, and udon noodles.

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