Apr. 22, 2020 UPDATE

Sharing Kyoto's Top Sakura Cherry Blossom Picnic Spots in Kyoto for 2020

The Sharing Kyoto Team’s top cherry blossom hanami picnic spots for 2020!
Cherry Blossom

The cherry blossoms for most spots around Kyoto in 2020 will be blooming around late March to early April.

In this article, we’ve broken Kyoto up into 6 areas, Rakuhoku, Rakunan, Rakusei, Rakuto, Rakuchū and Rakugai.

We will also be putting information on the viewing period, directions, entrance fees and special characteristics of each spot down below.

Taking the overall theme having a relaxed time, in order of top to bottom, we’re will introduce some great cherry blossom spots that you relax and enjoy, including the famous Maruyama Park and Nijo-jo Castle.


▼ Rakuhoku

▼ Rakunan

▼ Rakusai

▼ Rakuto

▼ Rakuchū

▼ Rakugai




Rakuhoku

The area of Kita-Ku and Sakyo-Ku. Home to the world heritage sites of Kamigamo Shrine and Shimogamo Shrine, as well as Kifune Shrine and Kurama-Dera Temple.



Nakaragi Path (Kamogawa River)

Nakaragi PathThe tunnel-like Double Weeping Cherry blossoms.

The Nakaragi Path is a famous Sakura cherry blossom spot along the Kamogawa River. Time slows down on this 800-meter path as you sit back, relax and watch the river surrounded by cherry blossom trees on both sides.


Viewing Period:

Early April 


Type of Cherry Blossom:

Plena Rosea' (Double Weeping Cherry)


Entrance Fee:

Free


Directions:

10-minutes from the Kitaoji Subway Station

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/NrD94SE1oGt



Haradanien Garden

Haradanien GardenBreathtaking scenery of over 200 weeping cherry blossoms. 

Although the Haradanien Garden is slightly outside of the city and a little inconvenient to get to, you can enjoy the fantastic scenery of cherry blossoms blooming in nature. We highly recommend this spot! Please note that food and drinks are not allowed inside the garden.


Viewing Period:

Early to late April


Type of Cherry Blossom:

Red Prunus Itosakura (Weeping Cherry)


Entrance Fee:

¥300 –¥1,500 (Entrance Fee may change based on level of blossoming)


Number of Trees:

Approximately 450 trees of 20 species


Directions:

Close to the “Haradani” bus stop

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/LLwSMoZGKMC2



Kamigamo Shrine 

Kamigamo Shrine A unique spot where you can see a vast array of different types of cherry blossoms in a wide-open space!

There’s a beautiful and solemn air to this space—which has mixed the world heritage site of Shimokami Shrine with a wide array of cherry blossoms, including Gosho Zakura and the famous Plena Rosea Saiō-zakura tree.


Viewing Period:

Early to Mid April


Type of Cherry Blossom:

Elderly Prunus pendula and Plena Rosea' (Double Weeping Cherry)


Entrance Fee:

Shrine grounds: Free

Main hall/Gonden hall: ¥500


【Directions】

5-minutes from the city bus “Kamigamo Jinja-mae” bus stop

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/KoyukLbgL1C2


Address 339 Motoyama, Kamigamo, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, 603-8047
Open Hours 5:30am - 5pm





Rakuchū

The area of, and south of, Kyoto's Kamigyo-Ku. Home to famous sightseeing spots such as Nijo Castle and Kyoto Gyoen.



Kyoto Gyoen National Garden

Kyoto Gyoen National GardenThe area surrounding the former residence of the Emperor and containing 1,100 cherry blossoms.

With this site having a total radius of 4 km, it never gets crowded, even when there are a lot of people. The Kyoto Gyoen is the perfect place to throw down a picnic blanket and enjoy some cherry blossom viewing at a Hanami picnic.


Viewing Period:

Early to Mid April


Type of Cherry Blossom:

Elderly Prunus pendula and Plena Rosea' (Double Weeping Cherry)


Number of Trees:

1,100


Entrance Fee:

Free


Directions:

Close to Marutamachi and Imadegawa Subway stations

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/gAQL7cZK1972


Address 3 Kyoto-gyoen, Kamigyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 602-8611
Open Hours September and March: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Entrance by 3:50 p.m.) October to February: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Entrance by 3:20 p.m.) April to August: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Entrance by 4:20 p.m.) Guided tour starting times: Japanese: 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. English: 10:00 and 2:00 p.m. Chinese: 10:00 and 2:00 p.m. *Those wishing to take part in the guided tour should get to the visitor's room 10 minutes before tour starting time. *You don't need to apply for the free tour, but there may be changes if there are too many people. *Big groups should inquire beforehand about the tours. *The tour takes around 50 minutes.



Honman-ji Temple 

Honman-ji Temple 90-year-old sister tree to Maruyama Park’s famous Gion Weeping Cherry Blossom!

There aren’t a huge amount of cherry blossoms here; however, everyone should take the opportunity—at least once—to check out Kyoto’s biggest weeping cherry blossom!


Viewing Period:

Late March to Mid April


Type of Cherry Blossom:

Prunus itosakura (Weeping Cherry)


Number of Trees:

1


Entrance Fee:

Free


Directions:

3-minutes from the city bus “Aoibashi Nishizume” bus stop

10-minutes from the Keihan Demachiyanagi Station

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/y8gunmU4yxy


Address 16 Teramachidori, Imadekawaagaru, 2 Chome Tsurugiyamacho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
Open Hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.



Hirano Shrine

Hirano ShrineOne of Kyoto’s top cherry blossom spots with over 60 different kinds!

As there’s an array of cherry blossoms here—with early bloomers starting in mid-March and late bloomers around April—it means that you can enjoy a full month of beautiful cherry blossoms. Hirano Shrine also holds a light-up event from March 25th to April 20th (18:00 to 21:00), so we definitely recommend checking it out.


Viewing Period:

Late March to Mid April


Type of Cherry Blossom:

Prunus itosakura (Weeping Cherry) ‘Sakigake’

Prunus lannesiana ‘Kocho’ 

Prunus lannesiana ‘Ichiyo’

Cerasus serrulata 'Gioiko'

Nezame-Zakura


Number of Trees:

Types: 60

Trees: 400


Entrance Fee:

Free


Directions:

2-minutes from city bus “Kinugasa Komae” bus stop

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/ZSg6SXpwXGL2


Address 1 Hiranomiyamotocho Kita-Ku, Kyoto
Open Hours 6 a.m. - 5 p.m. (cherry blossom season: 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.)



Popular Cherry Blossom Sightseeing Spots


Nijo Castle

Nijo CastleEnjoy a fantastic light-up event that includes rare cherry blossoms at the world heritage site Nijo Castle!

A definite highlight of Nijo Castle is the beautiful cherry blossoms that sit amongst the huge, elegant castle buildings.  From March 21st to April 14th (18:00 to 21:00), Nijo Castle holds a projection mapping show, so definitely check it out! (It’s quite a famous event, so be prepared for crowds)


Viewing Period:

Early to Mid April


Type of Cherry Blossom:

Plena Rosea' (Double Weeping Cherry), Prunus jamasakura, Prunus jamasakura cv.Sanozakura


Number of Trees:

Varieties: 50

Trees: 300


Entrance Fee:

Age 18+: ¥600

Ages 12 to 17: ¥350

Ages 6 to 11: ¥200


Light-up Period:

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Directions

2-minutes from the city bus “Nijōjō-mae” bus stop

5-minutes from the Nijojo-mae Subway Station

Google Maps https://goo.gl/maps/xM16CMyHiv52


Address 541, Nijojo-cho, Nijo-dori Horikawa Nishi iru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8301
Open Hours 8:45am - 4pm (the castle closes at 5pm) *Ninomaru Palace viewing hours: 9am - 4pm 【July・August】 8am - 5pm(the castle closes at 6pm) 【September】 8am - 4pm(the castle closes at 5pm)





Rakutō

East of Kamogawa River. Home to major sightseeing spots such as Tōfuku-ji Temple in the south and Kinkaku-ji Temple in the north.



Gion Shirakawa

Gion ShirakawaEnjoy the cherry blossoms as you stroll through this traditional Kyoto-esque area.

The blooming cherry blossoms sit beautifully among the Kyoto-esque streets characteristic of the Gion district. A lot of people come through this area and its got such a nice atmosphere that it’s often used in the filming of TV dramas, so why not come and see what it’s all about for yourself?


Viewing Period:

Late March to Early April


Type of Cherry Blossom:

Somei-Yoshino Cherry and Prunus Pendula (Weeping Cherry)


Entrance Fee:

Free


Light-up Period:

End of March to beginning of April

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Directions:

7-minutes from the city bus “Gion” bus stop

3-minutes from the Keihan Gion Shijo Station

Google Maps https://goo.gl/maps/7pjLYbMsC322


Address Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu
Open Hours Does not close



Okazaki Canal

Okazaki CanalEnjoy the magnificent scenery of riverside cherry blossoms at this canal reminiscent of historical Kyoto.

The Okazaki Canal (Lake Biwa Canal) was made in the Meiji period to channel water from Lake Biwa to Kyoto. Why not enjoy a stroll along the canal and bask in the beautiful cherry blossoms? From March 23rd to March 27th we definitely recommend enjoying the cherry blossoms from a Jikkokubune canal boat, which runs from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (reservations required).


Viewing Period:

Early April


Type of Cherry Blossom:

Somei-Yoshino Cherry


Entrance Fee:

Free


Directions:

10-minutes from the Keage Subway Station 

Google Maps https://goo.gl/maps/ca1UzWWYz3M2


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
Open Hours Does not close



Nanzen-ji Temple

Nanzen-ji TempleThe Kyoto cherry blossoms that can be seen from Nanzen-ji Temple’s San-mon gate are absolutely spectacular! 

The sprawling temple compound of the Nanzen-ji Temple has a number of fantastic spots for cherry blossom viewing, so it’s perfect for a Hanami cherry blossom viewing picnic. On top of that, you can go up and see the cherry blossoms from the balcony of the San-mon Gate, so we definitely recommend checking out this temple for a rare cherry blossom viewing opportunity.


【Viewing Period】

Early April


【Type of Cherry Blossom】

Somei-Yoshino Cherry and Prunus jamasakura


【Number of Trees】

200


【Entrance Fee】

Temple Compound: Free

San-mon Gate: ¥500

Hojoteien Garden: ¥500


【Directions】

10 Minute walk from the City Bus “Nanzenji Eikandodo” Bus Stop

10 Minute walk from Subway Tōzai Line “Keage Station”

[Google Maps] https://goo.gl/maps/HMTDsA8NCu12


Address Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 606-8435
Open Hours Dec. 1 - Feb. 28: 8:40 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Mar. 1 - Nov. 30: 8:40 a.m. - 5 p.m.



Konkaikōmyō-ji

Konkaikōmyō-jiA Sengoku warring states period-esque landscape of magnificent cherry blossoms.

This spot is surprisingly not so well known, even though the Somei-Yoshino cherry blossoms outside the Sanmon gate are astounding. A great spot to just relax and enjoy your time. 


【Viewing Period】

Early April


【Type of Cherry Blossom】

Somei-Yoshino Cherry


【Entrance Fee】

Temple Compound: Free


【Directions】

10 Minute walk from the City Bus “Okazaki-michi” and “Higashitennocho” Bus Stops

[Google Maps] https://goo.gl/maps/fbgGCDEoLL32



Yamashina Canal

Yamashina CanalThis 4km long canal—boasting an impressive 660 cherry blossom—is an absolute must see!

This section of the Lake Biwa Canal is the only place in Kyoto where you can enjoy both the beautiful pink of cherry blossoms with the yellow of rapeseed blossoms. We recommend bringing something light to eat and having a picnic.


【Viewing Period】

Early to Mid April


【Type of Cherry Blossom】

Somei-Yoshino Cherry (There are also Rapeseed Blossoms)


【Entrance Fee】

Free


【Directions】

10 Minute walk from the JR Tōkaido Main Line “Yamashina Station”

10 Minute walk from the Subway Tōzai Line “Yamashina Station”

[Google Maps] https://goo.gl/maps/WQ7oFsE8Cw72


Address 39-9 Anshubaba no Nishi-cho, Yamashina-ku, Kyoto
Open Hours Does not close



Bishamon-do Temple

Bishamon-do TempleThis giant 150-year-old cherry blossom fills the sky with its petals.

This temple is a little far from the station and requires climbing up some steps, which may be a bit hard for some, but you can take that time to enjoy a leisurely stroll. Also, getting a glimpse of this magnificent cherry blossom will make you forget how hard it was walking up all those steps.


【Viewing Period】

Early to Mid April


【Type of Cherry Blossom】

Prunus Itosakura (Weeping Cherry)


【Entrance Fee】

Temple compound: Free

Palace: ¥500


【Directions】

20 Minute walk from the JR Tōkaido Main Line “Yamashina Station”

20 Minute walk from the Subway Tōzai Line “Yamashina Station”

[Google Maps] https://goo.gl/maps/nJhGHbeozy42



Kodai-ji

Kodai-jiEnjoy the modest beauty of this Sakura cherry blossom at the Temple of star-crossed lovers, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and wife Nene!

The beautiful weeping cherry in the Hojoteien garden has a relaxing and stoic ambiance to it. When the tree’s litten up at night, you can feel an almost occult elegance from it. Kodai-ji holds a light up event from March 8th to May 6th (18:00 to 21:30), which we highly recommend.


【Viewing Period】

Late March to Early April


【Type of Cherry Blossom】

Prunus Itosakura (Weeping Cherry)


【Number of Trees】

50


【Entrance Fee】

¥600 (Including the Kodai-ji Sho Museum)


【Directions】

7 Minute walk from the City Bus “Higashiyama Yasui” Bus Stop

[Google Maps] https://goo.gl/maps/TeoNDFYMtL72


Address 526 Shimogawara-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu
Open Hours 9am - 5pm (gates close at 5:30pm and last entry at 5pm)



Kiyomizu-dera

Kiyomizu-deraEnjoy the over 1,000 Sakura cherry blossoms at the most classic of all Kyoto sightseeing spots!

The Butai main stage and three-storied pagoda—which are surrounded by over 1,000 cherry blossom trees—are almost otherworldly. The main hall is currently under construction, so this may affect the light up event; however, you can still get a wonderful, all-encompassing view of Kyoto. Kiyomizu-dera holds a light up event which runs from March 29th to April 7th (18:00 to 21:00) and is highly recommended.


【Viewing Period】

Early April


【Type of Cherry Blossom】

Prunus jamasakura and Somei-Yoshino Cherry


【Number of Trees】

1,000


【Entrance Fee】

¥400


【Light Up Event】

18:00 – 21:00


【Directions】

10 Minute walk from the City Bus “Kiyomizu-Michi” and “Gojozaka” Bus Stops

[Google Maps] https://goo.gl/maps/1Qu7da4tGDn


Address 294 Kiyomizu 1-chome, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi
Open Hours 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. For special night time light-ups, temple reopens for the night depending on the season



Keage Incline

Keage InclineTake a stroll down the cherry blossom lined train tracks.

Enjoy the unique, lovely atmosphere of these cherry blossom lined train tracks, which become engrossed in the pink petals of the blossoms as they bloom and blossom, filling the sky. Leaving aside the crowds, this is a must see cherry blossom spot in Kyoto.


【Viewing Period】

Late March to Early April


【Type of Cherry Blossom】

Prunus jamasakura and Somei-Yoshino Cherry


【Number of Trees】

90


【Entrance Fee】

Free


【Directions】

3 Minute walk from Subway Tōzai Line “Keage Station’

[Google Maps]  https://goo.gl/maps/VMY2A8XVnhT2

Address 339 Higashi-Komonozacho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi Kyoto-fu 605-0044
Open Hours Does not close



【Popular Cherry Blossom Sightseeing Spots】


Philosopher’s path

Philosopher’s pathTake a stroll down the romantic riverside cherry blossom tunnel.

At peak season, the ground and water alike are covered with small cherry blossom petals, and the path becomes like a cherry blossom tunnel! Along the path—which stretches from Nanzen-ji to the silver pavilion of Ginkaku-ji—there are stores selling knick-knacks and the famous Yojiya Café, so this is an excellent spot for taking a little wander down some back streets as make your way down the path.


【Viewing Period】

Early April


【Type of Cherry Blossom】

Kansetsu Sakura


【Number of Trees】

300


【Entrance Fee】

Free


【Directions】

3 Minute walk from the City Bus “Ginakuji-michi” Bus Stop

[Google Maps] https://goo.gl/maps/a9MhVb6SRvJ2


Address Between Ginkaku-ji Street and a street close to Eikando Temple
Open Hours Does not close



Heian Jingu

Heian JinguEnjoy the fantasm of the bright lights and cherry blossoms reflecting off the water!

Heian Jingu's biggest appeal has to be the fact that you can enjoy the brilliant colors of the bright red shrine together with the beautiful cherry blossoms that reflect off the water, all on a spring’s night. Heian Jingu might also be the only place where you can enjoy a light up event, while enjoying a cherry blossom viewing picnic at night. The light up event runs from April 4th to 7th (18:15 to 21:00), so definitely check it out if you can.


【Viewing Period】

Early April


【Type of Cherry Blossom】

Red Prunus Itosakura (Weeping Cherry)


【Number of Trees】

300


【Entrance Fee】

Shrine Compound: Free

Shrine Gardens: ¥600


【Light Up】

April 4th (Thurs), 5th (Fri), 6th (Sat), 7th (Sun)

18:15 – 21:00


【Directions】

5 Minute walk from the City Bus “Okazaki Koen Bijutsukan / Heian Jingu-mae” Bus Stop

[Google Maps] https://goo.gl/maps/9vFBotcXwt92


Address Okazaki Nishitennocho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 606-8341
Open Hours Mar. 1 - Mar. 14: 8:30am - 5pm Mar. 15 - Sep. 30: 8:30am - 5:30pm Oct. 1 - Oct. 31: 8:30am - 5:30pm Nov.1 - Feb.14: 8:30am - 4:30pm Feb.15-Feb. 28 or 29 :8:30am - 5:00pm *Kyoto Jidai Matsuri (Oct. 22): 9:30am - 11:30am



Kamogawa River

Kamogawa RiverSoak up the springtime in this nature rich spot!

At Kamogawa River you can sit back, relax and enjoy some food under the riverside cherry blossoms. The area from Sanjo to Shijo is always packed, so we recommend going north to the Imadegawa area. There you will be able to enjoy the quiet spring air.


【Viewing Period】

Late March to Early April


【Type of Cherry Blossom】

Somei-Yoshino Cherry, Red Prunus Itosakura (Weeping Cherry), Plena Rosea' (Double Weeping Cherry)


【Number of Trees】

160


【Entrance Fee】

Free


【Directions】

5 Minute walk from the Hankyu “Kawaramachi Station”

Close to the Keihan railway stations running from “Imadegawa” to “Shichijo” 

[Google Maps] https://goo.gl/maps/y2QV5gA1uhK2


Address It runs from north to south of Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu
Open Hours Does not close





Rakusai

The area of Ukyō-ku, Nishikyō-ku and Nagaokakyo. Home to the world heritage and sightseeing spots of Kinkaku-ji, ryoan-ji and Ninna-ji.



Taizō-in

Taizō-inThe delightful weeping cherry blossom and gently falling petals are a must see! 

At Taizō-in you can enjoy a Karesansui Japanese rock garden under the blossom of an over 50-year-old cherry blossom. Inside the temple compound you can enjoy Matcha green tea, Japanese sweets, and even Buddhist vegetarian meals! You can also enjoy the cherry blossom and garden at night too.


【Viewing Period】

Early to Mid April


【Type of Cherry Blossom】

Red Prunus Itosakura (Weeping Cherry) 


【Entrance Fee】

¥600


【Directions】

7 Minute walk from the JR San’in Main Line (Sagano Line) “Hanazono Station”

[Google Maps] https://goo.gl/maps/JqeGXaggNfB2


Address 35 Myoshinji-cho, Hanazono Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu
Open Hours 9am - 5pm



Daikaku-ji

Daikaku-jiThe sparkle of the lake and color of the cherry blossoms weave together, creating a superbly Kyoto-esque landscape.

At Daikaku-ji you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the 1km of cherry blossoms—which line Japan’s oldest manmade lake “Osawa-no-ike”—as they bloom and blossom all at once. The cherry blossoms are also incredibly captivating as they reflect off the water.


【Viewing Period】

Early to Mid April


【Type of Cherry Blossom】

Prunus Itosakura (Weeping Cherry), Somei-Yoshino Cherry and more


【Number of Trees】

Over 500


【Entrance Fee】

¥500


【Directions】

Close to the City Bus “Daikaku-ji” Bus Stop

20 Minute walk from the JR San’in Main Line (Sagano Line) “Saga Arashiyama Station”

[Google Maps] https://goo.gl/maps/gXtABJ6eu372


Address 4 Saga-Osawamachi, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi 616-8411
Open Hours 9am - 5pm (must enter by 4:30pm)



Ryoan-ji

Ryūan-jiEnjoy the view of a quaint cherry blossom over hanging a Zen Buddhisim Karesansui Japanese rock garden!

Ryoan-ji brings together the vibrant colors of a weeping cherry blossom and a traditional Japanese rock garden. The view of the cherry blossom petals gently falling and tumbling into the rock garden brings a unique and subtle aesthetic to the garden. Ryoan-ji is home to an array of cherry blossoms, including Somei-Yoshino Cherry, Prunus jamasakura, Red Prunus Itosakura (Weeping Cherry) and Yaezakura (Double flowered cherry blossom), so you will definitely leave satisfied. 


【Viewing Period】

Late March to Mid April


【Type of Cherry Blossom】

Somei-Yoshino Cherry, Prunus jamasakura, Red Prunus Itosakura (Weeping Cherry) and Yaezakura (Double flowered cherry blossom),


【Number of Trees】

Over 400


【Entrance Fee】

¥500


【Directions】

Close to the City Bus “Ryoan-ji-mae” Bus Stop

10 Minute walk from the City Bus “Ritsumeikan Daigaku-mae” Bus Stop

[Google Maps] https://goo.gl/maps/uQTNHVRH7kT2


Address 13, Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Ukyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 616-8001
Open Hours March - November : 8am - 5pm December – February: 8:30am – 4:30pm



Tenryū-ji

Tenryū-jiEnjoy beautiful cherry blossoms at this designated world heritage site rich in history.

The cherry blossoms are absolutely captivating as they hang their petal covered branches over the front of the temple. Although Tenryū-ji is often very crowded, the fantastic, nature rich scenery is a must see!


【Viewing Period】

Mid April


【Type of Cherry Blossom】

Prunus Itosakura (Weeping Cherry)


【Number of Trees】

Over 400


【Entrance Fee】

Garden: ¥500 (Plus ¥300 to see all halls)

Sermon Hall (Unryu-zu): ¥500


【Directions】

Close to the City Bus “Arashiyama” Bus Stop

13 Minute walk from the JR San’in Main Line (Sagano Line) “Saga Arashiyama Station”

[Google Maps] https://goo.gl/maps/SymyUxrUN5A2


Address 68 Susukinobaba-cho, Saga-Tenryuji, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi
Open Hours Summer: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Winter (Oct. 21 - Mar. 20): 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.



Togetsu-kyō

Togetsu-kyōEnjoy the beautiful scenery of this traditional wooden bridge against the backdrop of sprawling river side cherry blossoms!

Along the river near the Togetsu-kyō bridge stretches the beautiful, snowy scenery of 1,500 cherry blossoms. This area is also home to a lot of bustling stores, so you can do some shopping while taking in the cherry blossoms.


【Viewing Period】

Mid March to Early April


【Type of Cherry Blossom】

Somei-Yoshino Cherry, Prunus jamasakura, Prunus Itosakura (Weeping Cherry) and Yaezakura (Double flowered cherry blossom),


【Number of Trees】

1,500


【Entrance Fee】

Free


【Directions】

13 Minute walk from the JR San’in Main Line (Sagano Line) “Saga Arashiyama Station”

[Google Maps] https://goo.gl/maps/eNPWrAJJwS92


Address Arashiyama, Kyoto-shi
Open Hours Does not close



【Popular Cherry Blossom Sightseeing Spots】


Ninna-ji

Ninna-jiOne of Kyoto’s most famous spots for the late blooming cherry blossoms “Omuro Zakura”

The cherry blossoms at Ninna-ji are characterized by their uniquely short trunks.  A favourite at this temple is snapping a picture of the five stories pagoda sitting among the cherry blossoms. Although Ninna-ji is a little far and inconvenient to get to, the temple compound is huge so it never feels crowded, even when there are a lot of people around. Ninna-ji’s cherry blossoms are comparatively late bloomers, so you’ll be able to enjoy them until around mid-April.


【Viewing Period】

Early to Mid April


【Type of Cherry Blossom】

Omuro Zakura


【Number of Trees】

200


【Entrance Fee】

Temple Compound: Free (Peak Season ¥500)

Palace: ¥500

Koyasan Reihōkan: ¥500


【Directions】

Close to the City Bus “Omuro Ninnaji” Bus Stop

[google MAP] https://goo.gl/maps/WemGuHoXciy


Address 33, Omuro Ouchi, Ukyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 616-8092
Open Hours March - November 9am - 4:30pm December – February 9am - 4pm





Rakunan

The area of southern Higashiyama-Ku and Fushimi-Ku. Home to famous sightseeing spots such as Daigo-ji.



Rokusonnō Shrine

Rokusonnō ShrineThe contrast of the cherry blossoms and Tōrō lamps are a must see! A little known cherry blossom spot walkable from Kyoto Station.

The shrine compound may be a little small, but the beautiful cherry blossoms, Tōrō (Traditional Japanese lamps) and Taiko-bashi (Arched Bridge) are all balanced well with one another.  With the large number of beautiful Somei-Yoshino cherry blossoms—the main blossom at this shrine—Rokusonnō Shrine has become a popular place for wedding photos and Geisha photo shoots. Rokusonnō Shrine is in walking distance of Kyoto station, so we highly recommend it.


【Viewing Period】

Late March to Early April


【Type of Cherry Blossom】

Somei-Yoshino Cherry, Prunus itosakura (Weeping Cherry), Prunus serrulata (Japanese Cherry)


【Entrance Fee】

Free


【Directions】

15 Minute walk from JR “Kyoto Station” 

[google MAP] https://goo.gl/maps/UWDdFEihRj42



Daigo-ji

Daigo-jiEnjoy over 1,000 cherry blossom trees in this massive 6,600,000 square meter temple compound.

This temple is famous for Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s so-called “Daitoku-ji Hanami” cherry blossom viewing. At Daitoku-ji there are an array of cherry blossoms that can be enjoyed, including weeping cherry blossoms, Somei-Yoshino cherry blossoms and Jamasakura. A characteristic of this temple is the 3-week time span where in you can enjoy a Hanami picnic, before all the cherry blossoms’ petals begin to fall away. Among the over 1,000 trees, the most famous is the weeping cherry.  All these trees can be enjoyed among the Sanbon-in, Reihōkan and Garan (The seven halls composing the ideal Buddhist temple compound). As the temple compound is incredibly large, it felt less crowded than I expected.


【Viewing Period】

Mid March to Mid April


【Type of Cherry Blossom】

Cerasus lannesiana ‘Kawazu-zakura’, Somei-Yoshino Cherry, Prunus jamasakura and Yaezakura (Double flowered cherry blossom)


【Entrance Fee】

Ticket (Includes access to Sanbon-in, Reihōkan and Garan): ¥1,500


【Directions】

13 Minute walk from Subway Tōzai Line “Daigo-ji Station”

[google MAP] https://goo.gl/maps/SGkoeSkvcNt


Address 22 Higashioji-cho, Daigo, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 601-1325
Open Hours ・March 1 to the first Sunday of December: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (entrance closes 4 p.m.) Second Monday of December until the end of February: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (entrance closes 3:30 p.m.) ・Kami-Daigo: March 1 to the first Sunday of December: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Second Monday of December until the end of February: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.



Kajū-ji

Kajū-jiThe cherry blossoms of Kajū-ji, popular with the locals, are surrounded by an air of tranquility. 

Another little known cherry blossom viewing spot in the compound of Kajū-ji temple, which houses a sprawl of beautiful cherry blossoms around the Himuro pond. The Somei-Yoshino and weeping cherry blossoms—which bloom along the white walls of the entrance path—welcome people to the temple with their gorgeous colors.  You can also enjoy a short stroll through the tranquil temple grounds.


【Viewing Period】

Late March to Early April


【Type of Cherry Blossom】

Somei-Yoshino Cherry, Heian Prunus Itosakura (Weeping Cherry) and Botan-zakura (Double flowered cherry blossom),


【Number of Trees】

40


【Entrance Fee】

¥400


【Directions】

6 Minute walk from Subway Tōzai Line “Ono Station”

[google MAP] https://goo.gl/maps/rkc6h9GEcWJ2


Address 27-6 Kanshuji Niodocho, Yamashina-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 607-8226
Open Hours 9am - 4pm



Zuishin-in

Zuishin-inEnjoy elegant cherry blossoms at this temple related to the famous Japanese poet, Ono no Komachi.

The towering, old cherry blossom at Zuishin-in is a must see! Zuishin-in is also known for plum blossoms, so you can enjoy both them and the cherry blossoms at the same time. Zuishin-in isn’t a major spot for cherry blossom viewing, so we highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to take some photos or quietly enjoy the cherry blossoms!

 

【Viewing Period】

Early to Mid April


【Type of Cherry Blossom】

Somei-Yoshino Cherry


【Entrance Fee】

¥500


【Directions】

6 Minute walk from Subway Tōzai Line “Ono Station”

[google MAP] https://goo.gl/maps/U2jUna7ELT42



【Popular Cherry Blossom Sightseeing Spots】


Tōji

TōjiA classic cherry blossom spot! The double weeping cherry called “Fujiro” is a must see!

A highlight of this temple is the combination of the towering weeping cherry blossom and the five storied pagoda. Especially during the light up event, the beauty of the compound is further accentuated in the fantastical atmosphere. The light up event runs from March 16th to April 14th (18:30 to 21:30), so definitely check it out if you can.


【Viewing Period】

Mid March to Mid April


【Type of Cherry Blossom】

Fujiro, Cerasus lannesiana 'Kawazu-zakura' and Somei-Yoshino Cherry


【Number of Trees】

200


【Entrance Fee】

Temple Compound: Free

Kon-do Hall and Ko-do Hall: ¥500

Homutsu-kan Museum (Open during Spring and Autumn) ¥500


【Directions】

15 Minute walk from JR “Kyoto Station”

[google MAP] https://goo.gl/maps/NxW79XMyETF2


Address 1, Kujocho, Minami-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 601-8473
Open Hours March 20th - April 17th : 5am - 5pm April 18th - September 19th : 5am - 6pm September 20th - March 19th : 5am - 4:30pm





Rakugai

Area outside of Kyoto City. Home to sightseeing spots such as Uji City’s Byodo-in.



Byodo-in

Byodo-inThe combination of the few cherry blossoms—reflecting in the water—and the Hoo-do hall is a must see!

You will be blown away by the beautiful contrast between the bright Hoo-do hall and the Somei-Yoshino and weeping cherry blossoms which surround the pond. The light up event runs from April 5th to 9th (18:00 to 21:00), so definitely taking the time to check it out for yourself.


【Viewing Period】

Late March to Early April


【Type of Cherry Blossom】

Somei-Yoshino Cherry and Prunus Itosakura (Weeping Cherry)


【Entrance Fee】

Adult: ¥600

Middle and High school student: ¥400

Elementary school student: ¥300


【Directions】

10 Minute walk from JR Nara Line “Uji Station”

[google MAP] https://goo.gl/maps/YV7QNJdXHCs


Address 116 Uji Renge, Uji-shi, Kyoto 611-0021
Open Hours 【Garden Gates】 8:30am - 5:30pm * Reception area closes at 5:15pm 【Byodoin Museum Hoshokan】 9am - 5pm * Reception area closes at 4:45pm 【Inside of Hoo-do Reception area 】 9:30am - 4:10pm 50 persons at a one time every 20 minutes. * Please understand that if there are many guests who desire to visit inside, reception area may be closed before the final reception time. * Due to Buddhist memorial services or events, admission inside may not be available. ※The open hours was changed.  9:50am -15:50pm  20 persons at a one time every 20 minutes.
Vanessa[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ]
Kyoto’s peak cherry blossom season for 2020 is expected to be late March. The peak is usually thought to be around early April. Here we’ve introduced not only Kyoto’s favorite cherry blossom spots, but also a few, little far but few people, hole-in-the-wall type spots as well, so in 2020, why not grab a camera and a bite to eat and have yourself a picnic under the cherry blossoms!
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