Close to Kyoto Station, you may find one of the three Genji shrines of Japan, famous for its cherry blossoms, Rokusonno Shrine
About a 15-minute walk from Kyoto Station’s Hachijoguchi exit, Rokusonno Shrine is a spot known only by the locals for its beautiful cherry blossoms. The history of this shrine begun in the Heian period, over a thousand years ago, and the shrine was built to enshrine Minamoto no Tsunemoto, who was the sixth son of the emperor, and because he was called Rokusonno, the shrine is also named after him.
This shrine is a place where you can pray for good things from birth to death, so this shrine is also known as a place to pray for the prosperity of your descendants. The bridge in the middle of the shrine, Taiko-Bashi, is also known as the bridge of love, and it is said that by crossing it you will find a marriage partner.
There are usually not many tourists here, except during the cherry blossom season. This place is well-known for its cherry blossoms among the locals. To-ji Temple, famous for its Five-Storied Pagoda, is also close by, so I would like to recommend Rokusonno Shrine to you if you’re coming to Kyoto during the cherry blossom season.