Over 400 cherry blossoms bloom like a rug of flowers all season long
Hirano Shrine is famous as the place where more than 60 species of cherry blossom and approximately 400 trees are planted. Among them, 10 are uncommon species of cherry blossom and special to this shrine. Especially the sakigake sakura cherry blossom that can be seen from the main gate is said to signal the start of the cherry blossom season in Kyoto when it blooms. The blooming period differs according to the type of cherry blossoms, but it’s typically between late March and the end of April, so you can see the icon of Japan, sakura, for at least 1 month.
The shrine offers some items that are related to cherry blossoms such as a paper fortune, ema wooden tablet (to write your wishes on it in order to come true), and more. They are all fun items to get on your visit.
Places such as Kinkaku-ji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine are easy to access from Hirano Shrine. If you would like to visit several temples or shrines in a short period of time, Hirano Shrine is the place to start.
This specific species of cherry blossom tree originated in Hirano Shrine. If you plan on visiting Kyoto around late March, the sakigake sakura will be waiting for you! So take the opportunity to take some pictures the beautiful white and pink flowers. Even though it is only one tree, it is absolutely breathtaking!!
Make Sakura Shaped Paper Fortunes
Cherry blossom motif paper fortunes are sold for ￥300. A cherry blossom leaf takes shape as you open the paper. Levels are indicated in Japanese and it is a totally fun and a memorable experience that you can keep as a memory of being in Kyoto in this lovely season.
Gaining Energy from Suehirogane
This rock is made up of 70% iron so any magnet will magically stick to it. It is believed that people place Sazukaru Mamori (￥800) on the rock in order to receive power from it or pray for happiness. Notice: Please do not put your mobile phone or any electronic items on the rock as the devices may grow faulty.