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3 Best Places to View Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto

The season of cherry blossoms in Kyoto happens from around March 30th to April 5th in Kyoto city. It seems that the season arrives earlier with each passing year!

Kyoto has many famous points to see the treasured cherry blossoms, and you can enjoy the sight of cherry blossoms with the Japanese traditional shrines, streets and stunning views as their beautiful backdrop. At night you will see cherry blossom areas that are illuminated, adding a different dimension to their beauty.

In this article we introduce the recommend areas for cherry blossom viewing in the east area of Kyoto. If you are not sure where to go in Kyoto, be sure to check out the cherry blossoms!

1) Enjoy while strolling through town "Tetsugaku-no-mich Street"(哲学の道)

This area is known as ‘Tetsugaku-no-michi street" which spans 1.5km along a brook from Kumano-nyakuoji-jinja shrine(熊野若王子神社) to Ginkaku-ji temple(銀閣寺). Kitaro Nishida(西田幾多郎), a philosopher, reportedly used to ponder philosophical musings around this area, while walking around this street which gives it its name.

There are around 500 Someiyoshino trees, which are a type of cherry blossoms, line along the brook, which almost gives it the appearance of a flower tunnel. It is one of the best places to stroll around Tokyo during cherry blossom season.

"Tetsugaku-no-mich Street"(哲学の道)

The north point of the street (A):
- Address: 2 Ginkakuji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8402
- Access: 5 minute by foot from Ginkakuji (Zisyoji) Station (Bus stop)

The south point of the street (B):
- Address: 2 Nyakuoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8444
- Access: 10 minute by foot from Miyanomae Station (Bus stop)

After walking, feel free to take a break at the café close to the Ginkaku-ji temple? The café is famous for green tea cappuccino with the design of a a Japanese woman’s face on the drink at Yojiya café.

Yojiya Cafe

Yojiya café (よーじやカフェ)

Address: 15 Shishigatanihonenin-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8421
Access: 5 minute by foot from Kinrinsyakomae Station (Bus stop)
Opening hours: 10:00am-6:00pm
Website: http://www.yojiyacafe.com/store/ginkakuji.html

2) Street Market Food at  ‘’Maruyama Park’’(円山公園)

Maruyama Park is the oldest in Kyoto city which is surrounded by famous shrines and temples, Yasaka Shrine(八坂神社), Chion-In(知恩院) amongst others. It has around 700 cherry trees of various types, Shidare Zakura(the weeping cherry trees), Someiyoshino, and Yamazakura(mountain-cherry). Each type blooms at a different time, so the cherry blossoms can be enjoyed over a relatively long period of time.

There are about 60 street market food stands in the season at the park, it has stands which sell Kyoto’s famous grilled sweetfish. You can borrow ‘Goza’, a woven-rush mat for free at the park, so you can sit and eat food while enjoying the cherry blossoms. Why not enjoy street food along with the cherry blossoms in this historic park?

Our article on Street Market food: 

At night, a large statue of Sidare Zakura, called ‘Yozakura at Gion’, stands the center of the park, is illuminated.

Maruyama Park(円山公園)

Address: 473 Maruyama-cho, Higasiyama-ku, Kyoto, 605-0071
Access:
- 10 minutes by foot from Kawaramachi Station
- 5 minutes by foot from Gion-shijo Station
Illumination hours: After dark- 0:00

3) Before going back to the Hotel  ‘’Gion-Shirakawa’’(祇園白川)

Gion-Shirakawa is good place to feel the emotion of Kyoto. It features a stone path with a stream, lined with many Machiya (a type of residence or store in the central part of a city).

At night, Japanese restaurants have lamps that light up and about 40 cherry trees are illuminated along the street. If you are lucky you may see ‘Maiko’ (apprentice geisha).

Gion-Shirakawa’’(祇園白川)

Address: 473 Maruyama-cho, Higasiyama-ku, Kyoto, 605-0071
Access:
- 10 minutes by foot from Kawaramachi Station
- 5 minutes by foot from Gion-shijo Station
Illumination hours: After dark- 0:00

Walking eastwards along the street, you will reach the downtown area Shijo-Kawaramachi(四条河原町). If you feel like eating Kyoyasai(Kyoto’s local vegetable), ‘Onikai’ has seasonal Kyoyasai dishes. Many kind of fresh vegetables line  the counter, where you can enjoy the array of sights and tastes. When you plan to go, it is recommended that you reserve due to its popularity.

Onikai

Onikai (煮野菜おにかい)

Address: 388 Komeya-cho, Kawaramachi-Street Shijo-Agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, 604-8026
Access:
- 3 minute by foot from Kawaramachi Station
- 5 minute by foot from Gion-shijo Station
Opening hours: 5:30pm-0:00
Reservation: +81-75-223-5052
Website: http://isozumi.jp/onikai/

Did you find a place that took your fancy? With walking, enjoying the local cuisine,, sightseeing at night and so on, there are many ways to enjoy Kyoto. Let’s enjoy the sights and experiences you can only find in Kyoto!
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Mitsuya Kaede

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