Sakura in Kyoto Maruyama Park – Meet the Spring in a Traditional Way



Sakura or cherry blossom is the national flower of Japan, which is famous for its beauty, representing spring in Japan. In addition, its best period is very short. During the cherry blossom season, which is around the end of March, there are a lot of places where you can enjoy seeing it. Besides, weather forecast every day tells you when the blooming season starts in each area. We are looking forward to knowing when the cherry trees in our area become full in bloom.

By the way, do you know where you can see the most beautiful cherry blossoms in Japan? Of course, we have lots of places but today I would like you to know one of the best places to see cherry blossoms – Maruyama Park in Kyoto.

When is the Best Timing to See Cherry Blossoms at the Maruyama Park?

Maruyama Park is the first park build in Kyoto and it is designated as the national place of scenic beauty. It is famous for beautiful cherry blossoms that people can enjoy seeing and there are about 680 cherry trees in the park. The most famous one is Shidarezakura (weeping cherry tree) at the center of the park.

A famous Japanese poet – Akiko Yosano loved this tree along with many people of Kyoto who gave it a special name – Gion-No-Yozakura (night cheery blossom in Kyoto).

If you haven’t decided what to do for Hanami (watching cherry blossoms), why don’t you visit Kyoto to see Gion-no-Yozakura, which is over 80 years old? When it comes to admiring night cherry blossoms, many people imagine using paper lanterns and light projectors. The night cherry blossoms in the Maruyama Park can boast a unique way of lighting, particularly, it is lit up by the real fire. The cherry trees lit up by the real fire are totally different from others, which creates a fantastic atmosphere.

Other Things to Do in Maruyama Park

As there are shrines and temples around the park, you can also learn the history of Kyoto, while seeing cherry blossoms.

When it comes to seeing the night Sakura in the park, some people are excited to eat at street food restaurants that pop up with the first flowers on the trees. The Maruyama Park also has a lot of street food restaurants where you can enjoy a wide variety of food. The shops are open from noon to 9 pm. If you are hungry while enjoying night cherry blossoms or want to have supper, please feel free to buy something at the shops and feel the taste of Japanese festival food.

Be Aware

In recent years, due to food garbage brought by visitors, the park has been damaged by crows picking garbage. As crows aim at food garbage, waiting on branches of cherry trees, some of them break the branches and make the place dirty by their dung. Because of this, some people say that weeping cherry trees now look less spectacular than the ones before. In order to prevent the damage, each of us should try our best to protect the trees. Please finish all the food you get and take your garbage home.

Details and Access

Dates: From the late March to the early April

Place: In and around Maruyama Park

Night Illuminations of Sakura at Maruyama Park:

During blossoming season daily light-ups during this period from 6-7pm till around 1 am.

Address: Maruyamacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

Access: Bus №100 or №206 from JR Kyoto station to Gion stop (20 mins) OR 10 mins walk from Gion-shijo station (Keihan line)


Closing Remarks

When I went to the Maruyama Park in Kyoto, there were a lot of street restaurants there and we enjoyed seeing fantastic weeping cherry trees. I had a really good time there. So, I want to go to Kyoto every year.

You can’t expect anything less from the weeping cherry trees. It is Amazingly beautiful! Other cherry trees are also at its best. Moreover, the statues of Ryoma Sakamoto and Shintaro Nakaoka look well in cherry blossoms. It seems like Ryoma says “Never miss the best ever cheery blossoms.”

Wonderful weeping cherry trees! As I couldn’t see them around the Kanto area, I was glad to see it in Kyoto.

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.

If you are planning to visit Japan this spring and want to discover more cherry blossoms spots in Kyoto area, please check the following article. It’s covering the best Hanami spots in the old capital and provides you with the essential information, so you can get the most from your Sakura trip!

Here’s the link. URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/2566/ 

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/

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/


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