Spring

Kyoto Sakura Spots and Cherry Blossom Festivals to Feel the Spring!

Marin

Kobayashi

Writer

I’d like to introduce 8 beautiful cherry blossom festivals in Kyoto. Kyoto is one of the most beautiful places in Japan because of its history, architecture, and nature. Everybody in Kyoto enjoys watching cherry blossoms in spring at a small picnic. This is called “Hanami”, and it is a tradition that has been around for more than 1,300 years in Japan, and is a must-try activity when you are here!


What is Hanami Like in Japan?

Hanami is an event where people enjoy watching cherry blossoms. Japanese people usually have food and drinks while looking at the blooming cherry trees, like a picnic. This event is very popular in Japan during the spring because cherry blossoms, which Japanese call ‘Sakura’, are very beautiful in Japan at the time.

Kyoto is the tourist hot-spot of Western Japan. The best time to see the cherry blossoms is around the end of March or the beginning of April. If you want to see the beautiful Sakura yourself, look at this article and pick your to-be favorite place for Hanami in Kyoto!

Contents

Best Hanami Spots in Kyoto

1. Cherry Blossoms and the Kamogawa River

2. Cherry Blossoms Viewing at Kiyomizu-Dera Temple

3. Cherry Blossoms Viewing at Daigoji Temple

4. Kyoto Heian Jingu Shrine Beni-Shidare Concert

5. Cherry Blossoms View of Ninna-Ji Temple

6. Cherry Blossoms at Maruyama Park

7. Cherry Blossoms of Nijo Castle

8. Cherry Blossoms Viewing in Arashiyama

Q&A

・What is the Weather in Japan in Spring?

・What You Should Bring to Enjoy Hanami Party?

1. Cherry Blossoms and the Kamogawa River

The Kamogawa River is the mainstream of Kyoto. Kamo means duck in Japanese. As the name suggests, you can see many ducks in and around the river. Also, 160 cherry trees grow along the river. The river, the ducks, and the Sakura make for a beautiful sight that is perfect for an afternoon of Hanami.

How to Get to the Kamogawa River

The address: Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, Kamigyo-ku.

From Kyoto station

Get on the Kyoto Subway Karasuma Line to Karasuma Oike station, then take the Kyoto Subway Tozai Line to get to Sanjo Keihan station. From there it is a 6-minute walk to Kamogawa River.

If you are interested in this place, please check the link below and get more details!
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2. Cherry Blossoms Viewing at Kiyomizu-Dera Temple

The Kiyomizu-Dera Temple (清水寺) is the most popular sightseeing place throughout the year in Kyoto. The temple has an amazing view of Kyoto, and there are many traditional shops around the temple. Also, the temple-grounds are famous for the beautiful cherry blossoms during the spring. So, you can enjoy sightseeing and Hanami at Kiyomizu-Dera Temple.

How to Get to Kiyomizu-Dera

From JR Kyoto station

Take the JR Nara line to Tofukuji station. The train ride is about 2 minutes long. Next, take the Keihan Main Line for 3 minutes from Tofukuji station to Shimizu Gojo station. Kiyomizudera is about 40 minutes on foot from Shimizu Gojo station.

If you are interested in this place, please check the link below and get more details!
URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/1839/

3. Cherry Blossom Viewing at Daigoji Temple

The Daigoji temple (醍醐寺) is a world cultural heritage site in Kyoto. It also boasts beautiful scenery with cherry blossoms. There are over 1000 cherry trees planted at Daigoji temple. The Daigoji temple is famous for the largest cherry blossoms too. So, why don’t you go there and check both the beautiful Japanese cherry blossoms and temple!

How to Get to Daigoji Temple

From Kyoto station

Get on the JR Tokaido Line to Yamashina station, then transfer to the Kyoto Subway Tozai Line to get to Daigo station. If you walk for 10 ~ 15 minutes you will reach Daigoji.

If you are interested in this place, please check the link below and get more details!
URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/1852/

4. Kyoto Heian Jingu Shrine Beni-Shidare Concert

You can see cherry blossoms over in Kyoto that are a little bit deeper in pink than other cherry blossoms. They bloom a little later than the others too, so don’t worry! If you missed seeing cherry blossoms in other places you can see them here! Also, they hold concerts during the event. The concert has performances with instruments like Japanese old flutes. The organizers of the event invite different artists each day. Concerts are held twice a day. I’m sure you will have more fun watching the concerts and beautiful cherry blossoms together!

How to Get to Heian Jingu Shrine

From Kyoto Station

Take the Subway Karasuma Line to Karasuma Oike Station. Then, change to the Kyoto Subway Tozai Line and get off at Higashiyama station. It takes 10 minutes to walk to the shrine.

If you are interested in this place, please check the link below and get more details!
URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/1615/

Image courtesy of Kumamushi

5. Cherry Blossom View of Ninna-Ji Temple

Ninna-Ji Temple has a forest called “Omori cherry blossoms tree”. The trees aren’t really tall, only about 2m~3m tall. These cherry trees are famous for blooming later than others. So, don’t worry even though you thought you missed seeing cherry blossoms in March. You can go there to see cherry blossoms from early April to the middle of April.

How to Get to Ninna-Ji Temple

From Kyoto station

Get on the JR San-in Main Line to Uzumasa station. Then get off at Uzumasa station and walk to Katabiranotsuji station. From there, take the Keifuku Dentetsu Kitano Line until Omuro-Ninnaji Station and walk for about 7 minutes to Ninna-Ji Temple.

If you are interested in this place, please check the link below and get more details!
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6. Cherry Blossoms at Maruyama Park

When you go to Maruyama Park from the Chinen-san Sanmon side, a big blooming cherry blossom tree symbol welcomes you. It seems that the cherry trees overhead are covered with fully blooming flowers. Other cherry trees in the park are in full bloom too. They have some small shops as well.

How to Get to Maruyama Park

By train

The park is about 20 minutes by city bus from Kyoto station,  a 5-minute walk from Gion stop. It is a 10-minute walk from Gion Shijo Station on the Keihan Main Line and 15 minutes on foot from Kawaramachi Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line.

By car

About 25 minutes from the Meishin Express Kyoto Minami IC.

If you are interested in this place, please check the link below and get more details!
URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/6491/

7. Cherry Blossoms of Nijo Castle

At the World Heritage Site Nijo Castle, a cherry blossom light up is carried out every year for citizens and tourists in Japan to enjoy spring. There are 50 varieties and 300 cherry blossom trees in full bloom at the castle in spring. The cherry blossoms feel from early spring scent to late spring coloring. I’m sure the view of the castle grounds and cherry blossoms are perfect for taking pictures.

How to Get to Nijo Castle

From Kyoto Station

Get on the Kyoto Karasuma subway line. Take the train to International House, and get off at “Karasuma Oike”. After getting off at Karasuma Oike, change to the Tozai line. Get on the Takin Tenjin River line and get off at “Nijo-jo mae” station.

If you are interested in this place, please check the link below and get more details!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/events/nijo-castle-sakura-festival-cherry-blossoms-hitech-displays-kyoto

8. Cherry Blossom Viewing in Arashiyama

Arashiyama is a famous tourist spot in Kyoto because of its beautiful nature. The most popular area of Arashiyama is the bamboo forest, but you can have fun with food and souvenirs as well. By the way, from the end of March to the middle of April, you can see beautiful cherry blossoms in Arashiyama too! Arashiyama is actually a really popular spot for Hanami, so why don’t you visit it as well!

How to Get to Arashiyama

From JR Kyoto Station

Using the JR Sagano line (San-in line) take the train to Kameoka, get off at Saga Arashiyama station. After getting off, exit from entrance 1  and go straight ahead past Lawson. Before the crossing of the Keihoken Electric Railway tracks, turn to the right and go straight ahead. Go to the end of the road, turn left and go straight ahead. It will be Togetsukyo Bridge.

Q&A

What is the Weather in Japan in Spring?

When you travel to another country, you will probably worry about there. For the people who want to learn about the weather of spring in Japan, I would like to explain it.

Around March, there are mostly cold days, so you probably need a jacket to bring. The average temperature in the afternoon is around 13 degrees Celsius and 5 degrees Celsius during morning and night.

In April there are plenty of sunny days with a clear sky. The average temperature in the afternoon is around 23 degrees Celsius, and decrease to 15 degrees Celsius during morning and night.

In May, during the afternoons it will be around 23 degrees Celsius, while in the evenings and mornings temperature decreases to around 15 degrees.

In Japan, spring is a perfect season to go outside because the weather is usually good. However, if you are planning to visit Japan at the end of May. You should bring an umbrella. In Japan, there is a season called “Tsuyu”, which means rainy season. It starts from the end of May to beginning of June. Don`t worry if you forget it, you can buy it anywhere in Japan!

What Should You Bring to Enjoy Hanami Party?

The most important things you have to bring is something you can sit on it. Most of the Japanese bring a picnic sheet to gather with many people.

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Also, you need plenty of things to eat and drink, such as snacks, sandwiches, and alcohol. Plastic plates, forks, and cups are also useful to have. In Japan, most of the family brings lunch boxes and something to play (baseball, soccer) to enjoy Hanami. In some parks, there are stores to buy balls and something to enjoy in the park, also there are huge fields to play with your friends and children. It will become a great time for you!

If you want to know more about Hanami or other festivals in Japan, check the banner below. I hope you will enjoy your travels in Japan!

An Ultimate Idea Source for Your Kyoto Stay!

Kyoto is an old capital of Japan and a cultural and historical mecca for everyone who visits this country. It is the most popular city among tourists and a must-see destination indeed. Kyoto boasts over 4000 historical places including shrines, temples, and attracts visitors with its charming atmosphere of an ancient city. This city is great for shopping, bicycling, hiking, museums, galleries, green spaces, and features many famous festivals. In the following article, you will find 100 things and many ideas on how to spend your time in Kyoto! Please, have a look, URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/events/100-things-kyoto-sightseeing-spots-traditional-japanese-events

See More Kyoto Spring Events and Festivals This Year!

Kyoto features different beauty in each season. A lot of people visit Kyoto to enjoy the elegance from canopies of beautiful cherry blossoms that cover the whole city of Kyoto in spring. On the other hand, there are many other spring events to boast and worthy of note. The following article picked up the must-see events in the ancient capital of Japan this spring. Please take a look!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/events/popular-kyoto-spring-events-festivals

Enjoy Sakura in Japan!

Cherry blossoms are an essential part of Japanese culture. And, viewing cherry blossoms (Hanami) is very popular in Japan during the spring. This is because cherry blossoms, which the Japanese call “Sakura” are stunning at this season.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. It will be a miss if you don’t visit Osaka to see cherry blossoms when you are in the Kansai area in spring. Please check the following article to find out the best cherry blossoms viewing spots in Osaka and Kansai!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/events/osaka-kansai-cherry-blossoms-spots-sakura-festivals-feel-spring 

Kyoto and Osaka have many beautiful spots to see Cherry blossoms. However, other areas also have excellent places for hanami. Tokyo features many of those spots as well! If you are in Tokyo around spring and looking for a place to see cherry blossoms, Why don’t you check the following article?

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/1805/

The Real Kyoto Gion Festival

I hope you enjoyed reading this article. Of course, Kyoto boasts many outstanding events to watch and participate, and you should do it when you have a chance! However, the original Gion festival with much bigger floats takes place every year in Kyoto in July. I am sure you will enjoy one of the most popular Gion festivals in Japan! For more information about Kyoto`s Gion Matsuri click on the link below!
URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/982/

Would You Like to Know How to Enjoy a Japanese Festival Even More?

A lot of people when they get to a Matsuri for the first time feel a bit lost. They confuse about what is happening around. If you are new to Japanese Festivals or want to know an alternative way of how you can enjoy these events, the following article will provide you with a set of helpful tips on how to choose a proper festival and activities you should try there. Please don`t hesitate to take a look at it!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/5363/

Did You Know That There is a Festival Every Day Somewhere in Japan?

Japan is a country of festivals indeed. Matsuri is an essential part of traditional Japanese culture. Thus, every day somewhere in Japan a festival takes place. There are traditional and modern festivals, on the sea and on the ground, in summer and winter. Japanese are hardworking people. However, when you attend at least one festival in Japan, you will understand how locals like to party. The article under the link below will introduce you to a celebration on any day of the year. I am sure you will find an event that suits your interests utmost!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/6572/

 

Marin Kobayashi

Hello Im Marin Kobayashi. Im a 3rd year uni student. I like learning English and traveling.

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