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Cherry Blossom Light-up that can be visited from Kyoto

[2024] Enjoy cherry blossoms at night! 15 Cherry Blossom Light-Up Cherry Blossom Viewing Destinations from Kyoto

The season of new beginnings has arrived with a warm spring breeze! In this issue, we will introduce information on cherry blossom illumination from Kyoto, from famous spots where you can enjoy nighttime-only viewing of the cherry blossoms to some off-the-beaten-path spots where you can drop by on your day off or even after work or school.

1.[2024 Spring Special Viewing "Cherry Blossom Viewing Party" at Shoju-in Temple / Ujitawara

Shoju-in Temple was built in Shoji 2 (1200) as the pagoda temple of the Iryo Kyokoji Temple [Shoju-in Temple].
The heart-shaped window, which is meant to bring good fortune and ward off misfortune, is tinted in cherry blossom colors, and the view from inside the hall as far as the eye can see is breathtaking. The nearly 100-year-old cherry tree on the side of the main hall is also a sight not to be missed.

Cherry blossoms illuminated at Shojuin

Best time to see: late March to early April
Period / Wednesday, March 27, 2024 - Friday, April 5, 2024
Hours: 17:30-19:00, 19:30-20:30 *Full changeover system
Entrance fee/1,000 yen *Special viewing is by reservation only.here

Shoju-in Temple

  • pineal gland
  • 149 Okuyamada Kawakami, Ujitawara-cho, Tsuzuki-gun, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 10 min. walk from bus stop "Shojuin-guchi".
  • Tel.0774-88-3601

2.Hachijogaike Pond Cherry Blossom Light-up [Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine]/Nagaokakyo City

Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine is closely associated with Michizane Fujiwara.
Hachijo-ke Pond, with a circumference of 1 km, built by Prince Tomochu Hachijo in 1638, is illuminated. From the water bridge made of Japanese cypress, visitors can enjoy the dreamy view of cherry blossoms floating in the night sky and their figures reflected in the pond.

Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine Hachijogaike Pond

Best time to see: late March to early April
Period / Saturday, March 30, 2024 - Sunday, April 7, 2024
Hours of visitation: 18:00-21:00
Fee/No charge

Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine

  • Nagaoka Tenmangu shrine (shrine dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane's spirit)
  • 2-15-13 Tenjin, Nagaokakyo-shi, Kyoto
  • 10 minutes walk from Hankyu "Nagaoka Tenjin" station
  • Tel.075-951-4500(Nagaokakyo City Tourist Association)

3.[Special Spring Open House at Myokenji Temple / Nishijin

Myokenji Temple was founded by a priest in the Kamakura Period. The temple was granted by Emperor Godaigo to pray for the protection of the nation and the prosperity of the imperial family, and it is still associated with the imperial family today [Myokenji Temple].
Facing the Imperial Gate, the garden of Shikai Shojo is illuminated and visitors can appreciate the Japanese garden with weeping cherry trees adding a touch of elegance in a solemn atmosphere.

Cherry blossoms illuminated at Myokenji Temple

Best time to see: late March to early April
Period / March 23 (Saturday) to April 7 (Sunday), 2024
Hours of visitation: 18:00 - 20:00
Admission: 800 yen, free for elementary school students and younger

Myokenji Temple

  • myokenji
  • 514 Myokenji-mae-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 5 min. walk from bus stop "Horikawa Teranouchi
    10 min. walk from Kuramaguchi Subway Station
    15 minutes on foot from Imadegawa Subway Station
  • Tel.075-414-0808

4.[Nighttime Special Viewing at Kiyomizu Temple / Kiyomizu Road

Kiyomizu Temple is one of the representative temples of Kyoto.
During the special nighttime viewing in spring, spots on the temple grounds, such as the cherry blossoms at night and the 31-meter-high three-story pagoda, are lit up, offering visitors an ethereal view of the city. Visitors can also enjoy the night view of Kyoto from the Kiyomizu-no-butai (stage of Kiyomizu) along with the nighttime cherry blossoms.

Cherry blossoms at night at Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Photo courtesy of Kiyomizu Temple

Best time to see: late March to early April
Period: March 23 (Sat) - March 31 (Sun), 2024
Hours of visitation: 18:00 - 21:00 (reception closed)
Fees: Adults 400 yen, elementary and junior high school students 200 yen

Kiyomizu Temple

  • Kiyomizudera
  • 1-294 Shimizu, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 11 min. walk from bus stop "Shimizu-michi".
  • Tel.075-551-1234

5.[Chion-in Temple] Spring Light-up 2024 / Higashiyama

The head temple of the Jodo sect [Chion-in].
Cherry blossom trees can be seen in a wide area from Higashiyama Hwacho-zan to Higashioji-dori. During the special nighttime viewing, the Yuzen-en Garden, with its magnificent weeping cherry blossoms, and other areas of the temple grounds are lit up. There will also be a Dharma talk, an event in which visitors can touch a wooden fish and chant "Namu Amidabutsu" (Amitabha), and a Tsukikage Premium Tour, an hour-and-a-half tour of the illuminated viewing area with a monk.

Chion-in Temple Light-up

Best time to see: late March to early April
Period / Saturday, March 23, 2024 - Wednesday, April 3, 2024
Hours of visitation: 17:45 - 21:30 (reception closes at 21:00)
Fees: Adults 800 yen, Elementary and junior high school students 400 yen

Chion-in Temple

  • Zionin
  • 400 Hayashishitacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 5 min. walk from bus stop "Chion-in-mae".
    8 minutes walk from Higashiyama Subway Station
  • Tel.075-531-2111

6.[Cherry blossoms illuminated at night (special nighttime viewing of Kondo and Kodo Hall)/Toji Temple

Toji Temple was founded as a temple to protect the nation.
The five-story pagoda, a national treasure, is one of the symbolic landscapes of Kyoto. About 200 cherry trees, including Someiyoshino cherry trees, are planted in the precincts of the temple. The beautiful red weeping Fuji-zakura (Fuji-zakura), said to be 130 years old, comes from Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. Enjoy the fantastic view of the Fuji-zakura illuminated against the backdrop of the five-story pagoda, the tallest in Japan.

Toji Temple Cherry Blossom Light-up

Period: March 16 (Sat) - April 14 (Sun), 2024
Time/18:00 - 21:30 (Registration closes at 21:00)
Fees: Adults 1000 yen, Junior high school students and younger 500 yen
No group rates

Toji Temple

  • touji
  • 1 Kujocho, Minami Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • A short walk from bus stop "Toji Higashimon-mae".
    10 minute walk from Kintetsu Toji Station
  • Tel.075-691-3325

7.[Kodaidera Temple: Special nighttime viewing in spring 2024 / Gion, Gion, Kyoto

Kodaidera Temple was built by Kotaisho, or Kita Masasho's wife, Nene, as a memorial to Hideyoshi Toyotomi and as a final resting place for her own family.
The weeping cherry blossoms in the Hojo front garden and Hashinniwa garden are a beautiful addition to the spring special viewing period. In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the death of Kita Masasho, sliding door paintings by female artists will also be on display, which is also not to be missed.

Rhododendrons reflected in Garyu Pond at Kodaiji Temple
Light up Kodaiji Temple

Best time to visit: Early March to late April
Period / March 15, 2024 (Friday) - May 6, 2024 (Monday, national holiday)
Visiting hours: 17:00-22:00 (reception closes at 21:30)
No replacement with regular worship.
Admission/ Adults 600 yen (with admission ticket to Palm Art Museum), Junior high and high school students 250 yen
*Common admission ticket for 2 temples (Kodaiji and Entokuin) 900 yen

Kodaiji Temple

  • Koudaiji
  • 526 Kodaiji Shimogawaramachi, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 4-minute walk from the bus stop "Higashiyama Yasui"
  • Tel.075-561-9966

8.[Special nighttime cherry blossom viewing at Hirano Shrine / Kitano Hakubai-cho

Hirano Shrine is famous for its cherry blossoms, known as "Hirano no Yozakura" (night cherry blossoms of Hirano).
The grounds are planted with 400 cherry trees of about 60 varieties, including many rare varieties that originated in this area. During the special nighttime illumination, visitors can enjoy the fantastic scenery of the cherry blossom garden and precincts illuminated by lights such as bonbori (paper lanterns) and lanterns.

Night Cherry Blossoms at Hirano Shrine

Best time to see: late March to mid-April
Period / Saturday, March 23, 2024 - Sunday, April 14, 2024
Hours of worship: Sunset - 21:00
Fee/Free of charge (some sections require a fee)

Hirano Shrine

  • Hira-no-jinja (shrine)
  • 1 Hiranomiyamoto-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 3 min. walk from Kinugasa-school-mae bus stop.
  • Tel. 075-461-4450

9.NAKED Cherry Blossom Festival 2024 World Heritage Nijo Castle" / Nijo

Nijo Castle was built by Tokugawa Ieyasu and has been the setting for numerous historical events.
In spring, visitors can enjoy a wide variety of cherry blossoms, about 300 cherry trees of 50 varieties, including mountain cherry trees, village cherry trees, and double-red weeping cherry trees. During the festival, the cherry blossoms are lit up at night and projection mapping is performed in the historical space. Enjoy the World Heritage site in all its splendor.

Nijo Castle

Best time to visit/Mid-March to mid-April (usual)
Period / Friday, March 8, 2024 - Sunday, April 7, 2024
Opening hours/18:00-22:00 (last admission/21:00)
Fee/Mon-Thurs. 2000 yen for junior high school students and older, 1200 yen for elementary school students
Friday-Sunday, national holidays: Junior high school students and older: 2,400 yen, Elementary school students: 1,600 yen
*Please purchase a "specific date ticket" for March 23 (Sat) and March 30 (Sat). Other tickets will not be accepted. Special day ticket: Junior high school students and older: 2,800 yen, Elementary school students: 2,000 yen

NAKED Cherry Blossom Festival 2024 Nijo Castle, World Heritage Site

  • Naked Cherry Blossom Festival 2024 World's Best Cherry Blossom Festival
  • Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, Nakagyo Ward, Nijo-dori, Horikawa Nishiiri, Nijo Castle Town 541
  • A short walk from Nijojo-mae Subway Station
  • 【inquiry】
    Tickets/0570-200-888(Kyodo Information 11:00-18:00 during the period ※Closed on Sundays and holidays)
    Others/050-1750-3979 (NAKED Cherry Blossom Festival 2024 Management Office: Monday-Saturday 18:00-22:00, Sunday and national holidays 11:00-22:00 during the festival period)
    *Please do not contact the Nijo Castle Office directly.

10.Heian Jingu Shrine, Sakura Oto Yoru - Benishidare Concert 2024" / Okazaki, Japan

The largest vermilion Otorii (Grand Gate) in Kyoto towers over the shrine [Heian Jingu Shrine].
The Heian Jingu Shrine Sakura Oto Yo (Night of Cherry Blossoms)" will be held again this year to add color to the night in Kyoto with the nighttime cherry blossoms and the sounds played by artists. The red weeping cherry blossoms reflected on Seiho Pond in the South Garden, which writer Junichiro Tanizaki described as "clouds of crimson" in his novel "Hoso-Yuki," will be lit up. Gagaku (ancient Japanese court music) and piano performances will be held on the stage of the Higashi Shinen Kihin Kan, which will be reflected on the mirror surface of Seiho Pond.

Heian Shrine

Best time to see: late March to mid-April
Heian Jingu Shrine, Sakura Oto Yoru - Benishidare Concert 2024
Period / April 3 (Wed) to 7 (Sun), 2024
Time/ 18:15-21:00, 18:40-19:10 (Entrance reception/18:15-19:15), 19:55-20:25 (Entrance reception/19:35-20:30)
*Complete changeover system
*No seats
※Detail isOfficial sitesee
Admission ticket with concert
Admission: 4,000 yen for adults, 3,500 yen for elementary school students
Advance tickets: ¥3,000 for adults, ¥2,500 for elementary school students
Admission Ticket
Adults 1500 yen, Elementary school students 1300 yen
Advance tickets: ¥1,000 for adults, ¥800 for elementary school students

Heian Jingu Shrine: Sakura Oto Yoru - Red Shidare Concert 2024

  • Heianjin Shrine Sakura Otoyobe ni shidare concert 2024
  • 97 Nishitennocho, Okazaki, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Short walk from bus stop "Okazaki Park, Museum & Heian Jingu-mae".
    10 minutes walk from Higashiyama subway station
  • Inquiries/Tel.075-241-6171 (Weekdays 10:00-17:00 "Heian Jingu Shrine Sakura Sound Night" Office)
    *Please refrain from contacting the Heian Jingu Shrine office.
    No parking
  • https://pr.kyoto-np.jp/event/benishidare/

11.[Cherry blossoms illuminated at Kyoto Botanical Garden/Kitayama

The Kyoto Botanical Garden is Japan's first public botanical garden and one of the largest in the Kansai region.
At night, approximately 300 cherry trees, including Someiyoshino and Yaebenishidare, will be illuminated, creating a dreamlike scene different from that of the daytime. During the nighttime, one of the largest greenhouses in Japan will be open free of charge, with approximately 4,500 varieties of tropical plants planted and exhibited.

Lighting up the Prefectural Botanical Garden

Best time to visit: Mid-March to early April
Period / Saturday, March 23, 2024 - Sunday, April 7, 2024
Admission Hours: 18:00 approx. after sunset - 21:00 (last admission at 20:00)
*No replacement for noon admission.
Admission: ¥200 for adults, ¥150 for high school students, free for junior high school students and younger

Kyoto Botanical Garden

  • Kyoto Furitsu Shokubutsuen
  • Shimogamohangicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • A short walk from Kitayama Subway Station
  • Tel.075-701-0141

12.31st Gion Shirakawa Yoizakura Light-up / Gion

The area along the Shirakawa River that runs from Higashiyama to the Gion area is called "Gion Shirakawa.
In particular, the Gion Shinbashi area near Tatsumi Bridge and Tatsumi Daimeishin Shrine was designated as a national preservation area for traditional buildings in 1976, and more than 50 teahouse-style townhouses are still preserved in this area today. At night, the rows of cherry trees along the Shirakawa River from Kawabata-dori to Tatsumi-bashi Bridge are lit up, creating an even more emotional atmosphere with the traditional buildings and cobblestone pavement. Lanterns (hana-andon) are placed along the surrounding streets and the area is enveloped in warm light.

Gion Shirakawa Light-up

Best time to see: late March to early April
Period / Friday, March 22, 2024 - Sunday, March 31, 2024
Fee/No charge

Gion Shirakawa

  • imitation Japanese chickweed (Cicer arietinum)
  • Gion Shinbashi area, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
  • 3-minute walk from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station
    5 minutes walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station

13.[Weeping cherry blossoms illuminated in Maruyama Park / Gion

Maruyama Park, the oldest park in Kyoto, opened in 1886.
With approximately 680 cherry trees, including weeping cherry trees, someiyoshino cherry trees, and mountain cherry trees, the park is known as one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in Kyoto. In the center of the park is the famous weeping cherry tree, known as the "Gion no Yozakura" (Gion cherry tree at night), which is a sight to behold when lit up. During the festival, bonfires are lit from sundown, and many visitors can be seen at hanami teahouses and other hanami spots.

Maruyama Park

Best time to see: late March to early April
Period / Saturday, March 23, 2024 - Sunday, April 7, 2024
free in the park
*Placement (spread out blue sheets, etc. in advance to secure a spot)(i.e., to do things) is prohibited.

Maruyama Park

  • Maruyama park
  • 473 Maruyama-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • Short walk from bus stop "Gion
    10 min. walk from Keihan "Gion Shijo" station
  • Tel.075-561-1778

14.[Cherry blossoms illuminated at night at Sumizomeji Temple / Fujimori

The predecessor of the temple [Sumizome-ji Temple] is said to have been founded by Yoshifusa Fujiwara in the Heian period (794-1185).
The temple is also known as "Sakura-dera" (cherry blossom temple), where the temple grounds are illuminated with the historic cherry blossoms, including sumizome-zakura, someiyoshino, and yae-zakura.

Sumizome Temple

Best time to visit: Late March to mid-April
Period / Friday, March 22, 2024 - early April
Fee/No charge

Sumizome Temple

  • divination of shepherds
  • 741 Sumizome-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 3 min. walk from Keihan "Sumizome" station.
  • Tel. 075-642-2675

15.Biwako Otsu Spring Light-up "Biwako Sosui in Cherry Blossom" / Kyoto area, Otsu

The Biwako Sosui, a canal built in the Meiji era to channel water from Lake Biwa from Shiga Prefecture to Kyoto City.
During the cherry blossom season, someiyoshino cherry trees and mountain cherry trees planted along both banks of the canal from around Shikaseki Bridge to about 200 meters downstream are lit up, inviting visitors into a fantastic world of cherry blossoms at night. The area leading to the adjacent Mitsui Temple (Sonjoji Temple) is one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in the Kansai region.

Biwako Canal Boat

Best time to visit: Early to mid-April
Period / Friday, March 22, 2024 - Sunday, April 14, 2024
Fee/No charge

Lake Biwa Canal

  • loquat water
  • Lake Biwa Canal No.1
  • 3 min. walk from Keihan "Mitsui Temple Station".
    20 min. walk from JR "Otsukyo" or "Otsu" station.
  • Tel. 077-528-2772 (Biwako Otsu Tourist Association Office, weekdays 9:00-17:00)
*Please note that the information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
*Since this site uses automatic translation, the translation may differ from the original Japanese content.


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