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[2023] I really don't want to tell you! 9 Selected Cherry Blossom Spots in Kyoto

The cherry blossoms have begun to bloom, and the season has arrived for the fluffy petals to dance in the wind! In this issue, we will introduce cherry blossom viewing spots that locals visit on a daily basis and don't really want to tell you about. You can enjoy delicate and beautiful cherry blossoms, such as a single large tree quietly blooming or cherry blossoms along a riverside.

1.A well-known cherry blossom viewing spot [Haratani-en] / Kinkakuji Temple area

Cherry blossom garden owned by Muraiwa Noen, which handles lumber such as Kitayama cedar.
Normally not open to the public, it is open to the public during the four seasons when the flowers are in bloom. During the cherry blossom season, the vast grounds, covering an area of about 4,000 tsubo (about 1,200 m2), are dyed in cherry blossom colors, creating an almost ethereal atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy various types of cherry blossoms such as weeping cherry trees and Fugenzo cherry trees.

Haratanien (name of a tea shop)
Haratanien (name of a tea shop)

Best time to visit: Late March to late April
Opening date: March 25, 2023 (Sat) - April 23, 2023 (Sun) (tentative)
*Subject to change depending on blooming conditions
Opening hours/9:00-17:00 (last admission/16:30)
Admission fee/Variable

Haratanien (name of a tea shop)

  • tularemia (tularaemia)
  • 36, Ohkitayamabaradani Koromachi, Kita-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto, Japan
  • Approximately 10 minutes by cab from Kitaoji Subway Station or JR Enmachi Station, or 15 minutes from Hankyu Saiin Station.
  • Tel. 075-461-2924 (9:00 - 16:00 *Only during public viewing periods)

2.Sumizome cherry blossoms, written about in a poem in the Heian period (794-1185) [Sumizome-ji 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).
Sumizome-dera Temple is named after the "Sumizome-zakura" cherry trees that bloom on its grounds. Although the temple grounds are cozy, in addition to the sumizome-zakura, someiyoshino cherry trees, yaezakura cherry trees, and goiyo cherry trees are in full bloom. Currently, a young cherry tree, the fourth generation, is blooming with small, light-ink colored flowers. The "Cherry Blossom Festival" is held every year from the end of March to the beginning of April, and when visitors pass through the temple gate, the temple grounds are enveloped in cherry blossoms. On Sunday, April 2, the "Sumizome Cherry Blossom Festival" will be held for the first time in three years, featuring various concerts on stage (brass band, gagaku music performance, mandolin performance, etc.) and a marché.

Sumizome Temple
Sumizome Temple

Best time to visit: Late March to mid-April
Visiting hours/8:00-17:00
Sumizome Cherry Blossom Festival
Period / Sunday, April 2, 2023
Time/Around 10:00 - 20:00
Fee/No charge
Cherry blossoms light up at night.
Period / Sunday, March 26, 2023 - early April, 2023
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

3.Flower temple associated with Saigyo Hoshi [Shojo-ji Temple] / Rakusai

This temple of the Tendai sect is said to have been rebuilt in 791 by Saicho under the order of Emperor Kanmu.
It is said that Saigyo, who is known to have composed many cherry blossom poems, was ordained here and planted a cherry tree. This is said to be the "Saigyo cherry tree," and about 100 cherry trees of several varieties, including someiyoshino, are planted here. The temple is called "Hanano-dera" (temple of flowers) because cherry blossoms fill the temple grounds every April.

Shojiji Temple
Shojiji Temple

Best time to see: late March to early April
Visiting hours/9:30-16:00
Admission fee/400 yen

Shojiji Temple

  • shojiji
  • 1194 Oharano Kasugacho, Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 20 minutes on foot from the bus stop "Minami Kasugacho"
    About 30 minutes by car from "Kyoto Station"
  • Tel.075-331-0601

4.Simple cherry blossoms that blend in with the mountain scenery [Hogaike Park] / Kitayama

A natural forest spreads around Takaragaike Pond, which has a circumference of approximately 1.5 km [Takaragaike Park].
The "Cherry Blossom Forest" established in 1977 and the 1.8-km-long promenade lined with cherry trees, including someiyoshino cherry trees and weeping cherry trees, add color to the scenery in the park. A boat ride on Takaragaike Pond is also recommended to enjoy the cherry blossoms.

Takaragaike Park

Best time to see: late March to early April
free in the park
[Children's Paradise
Admission hours/9:00-16:30
Entrance fee / Free

Hogaike Park

  • Takara Ikegai Kouen
  • 8, Kamitakano Nagareta-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, etc.
  • 5 minutes walk from Eiden "Takarakeike" station
    15 min. walk from Kokusai Kaikan Subway Station
  • Tel. 075-882-7019

5.Mountain temple dyed in cherry blossom colors [Zenpuji Temple] / Rakusai

Zempuji Temple was founded in 1029 (Chogen 2) during the middle of the Heian period (794-1185) by Shonin Genzoku.
The mountain where the temple is located is covered in cherry blossoms, and the sight of more than 100 cherry trees, including higanzakura (higan cherry), weeping cherry, mountain cherry, and botanzakura (botan cherry), is breathtaking. The 300-year-old tree blooms in a solemn atmosphere.

Yoshimine-ji Temple
Yoshimine-ji Temple

Best viewing time: Early April to mid-April
Visiting hours: 8:30-17:00 on weekdays, 8:00-17:00 on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays (reception closes at 16:45 on all days)
Admission fee: 500 yen for adults, 300 yen for high school students, 200 yen for elementary and junior high school students

Yoshimine-ji Temple

  • Yoshimine Nedera
  • 1372 Oshiocho, Oharano, Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • About 35 minutes by bus from JR Mukomachi Station or Hankyu Higashimuko Station
    8 minutes on foot from the bus stop "Yoshimineji"
  • Tel.075-331-0020

6.Enjoy cherry blossoms for a long time [Kyoto Botanical Garden] / Kitayama

The Kyoto Botanical Garden is Japan's first public botanical garden and one of the largest in the Kansai region.
The park is planted with 500 cherry trees of about 180 varieties, many of which bloom late in mid-April or later, and there is a wide variety of cherry trees that can be enjoyed over a long period of time, from the scarlet cherry tree in early March to someiyoshino cherry trees in early April, double-red shidare cherry trees in early April, and chrysanthemum cherry trees in late April.

Cherry blossoms at the Prefectural Botanical Garden
Prefectural Botanical Garden Green Momiji


Best time to visit: Mid-March to early April
Admission hours/9:00-16:00
*Extended to 9:00-18:30 (last admission/18:00) from April 10 (Mon.) to May 14 (Sun.), 2023.
Cherry Blossoms Light Up"
Period / March 25, 2023 (Sat) - April 9, 2023 (Sun)
Hours: approx. 18:00 - 21:00 after sunset (last admission / 20:00) *No changeover
Admission: 200 yen for adults, 150 yen for high school students, free for junior high school students and younger
Free nighttime opening of the greenhouse during the period of the festival.

Kyoto Botanical Garden

  • Kyoto Furitsu Shokubutsuen
  • Shimogamohangicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Short walk from "Kitayama" subway station
  • Tel.075-701-0141

7.Cherry blossoms nestled in the grandiose structure of the hall [Kurodani Konkai Komyoji Temple] / Okazaki, Japan

Kurodani Konkai Komyoji Temple was originally a hermitage built by 43-year-old Honen Shonin after completing his ascetic training on Mount Hiei at the end of the Heian Period. The temple is the head temple of the Jodo sect of Buddhism and is popularly known as "Kurodani-san" (Kurodani-san).
The vast temple area on the hillside overlooking the city of Kyoto is planted with approximately 100 cherry trees, including Someiyoshino cherry trees and weeping cherry trees. Especially beautiful are the cherry trees along the path in front of the 23-meter-high gate, the Gokuraku Bridge, and the lotus pond.

Konkai Komyoji Temple
Konkai Komyoji Temple

Best time to see: late March to early April
Visiting hours/9:00-16:00
Admission fee / free to visit

Kurodani Konkai Komyoji Temple

  • Buddhist service held on the day of Buddha's death (orig. 15th of the 2nd month, now 15th of the 3rd month)
  • 121 Kurotanicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 10 minutes on foot from the bus stop "Okazaki Michi"
  • Tel.075-771-2204

8.One of the best cherry blossom tunnels in the Kansai region [Yodogawa River Park, Back Split Bank Area] / Yawata City

The Yodogawa River Park Back Split Bank Area is located at the confluence of the Uji River and the Kizu River.
This area is also where the Katsura, Uji, and Kizu Rivers meet. The nature-rich riverbed is planted with about 220 Someiyoshino cherry trees along a 1.4-kilometer stretch, creating a tunnel of cherry blossoms when the trees are in full bloom. Every year, the "Shiowari-zutsumi Cherry Blossom Festival" is held, featuring a cherry blossom market and Hanami-bune (cherry blossom viewing boat) e-boat service.

back-cracking dike

Best time to see: late March to early April
Opening hours/9:00-17:00
2023 Seowari-tsutsumi Cherry Blossom Festival
Period / March 25 (Saturday) to April 9 (Sunday), 2023
Operating cooperation fee / 100 yen per person (free for children under 6 years old)

Yodogawa River Park Back-break levee area

  • Yodogawa River Rapid Transit Authority Building
  • Yawata Zaioji, Yawata City, Kyoto, Japan
  • 10 min. walk from Ishimizu-Hachimangu Sta. of Keihan Co.
  • Tel. 075-633-5120 (Sakura deai-kan)

9.Weeping cherry tree that reminds us of Oishi Kuranosuke [Oishi Shrine] / Yamashina

Oishi Shrine was built in 1935. Oishi Shrine is dedicated to the god Oishi Kuranosuke, a samurai in the Ako clan.
The weeping cherry tree, planted in the year of the shrine's founding as a sacred tree, is affectionately called "Oishi Cherry Blossom" by local people, and is one of the most popular cherry trees in Kyoto, attracting many visitors to the shrine. The cherry blossoms bloom early, around the end of March. In early April, the cherry trees lined with Someiyoshino cherry trees along the approach to the shrine are at their best.

Oishi Shrine
Oishi Shrine

Best time to see: late March to early April
Hours of Operation / Admission Fee / Free
Oishi Shrine Cherry Blossom Light-up 2023
*Details to be determined

Oishi Shrine

  • deity of magic and medicine later viewed as equivalent to Daikokuten and celebrated at Izumo Grand Shrine
  • 116, Nishinoyama Sakuranobaba-cho, Yamashina-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 3 min. walk from bus stop "Oishi Jinja-mae".
  • Tel. 075-581-5645
*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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