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Cherryblossoms spot 36 in Kyoto 2019: 京都の桜 Night Illumination

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  1. Higashiyama area
    1. Kiyomizudera temple
      1. Overview
      2. The main hall
      3. The east gate
      4. Around the pond
      5. Night Illumination
      6. How to get to Kiyomizudera temple?
      7. About Kiyomizudera temple
    2. Jisyu shrine
      1. Overview
      2. Mikurumagaeshi
      3. How to get to Jishu shrine?
      4. About Jishu shrine
    3. Kodaiji temple
      1. Overview
      2. The Zen garden
      3. Night Illumination
      4. Kogetsu Chaya tea house
      5. How to get to Kodaiji temple?
      6. About Kodaiji temple
    4. Shogunzuka Seiryuden
      1. Overview
      2. Night Illumination
      3. How to get to Shoguzuka Seiryuden?
      4. About Shoguzuka Seiryuden
    5. Maruayma park
      1. Overview
      2. Weeping cherry blossoms
      3. The professionals
      4. How to get to Maruyama park?
      5. About Maruyama park
    6. Chionin temple
      1. Overview
      2. Sanmon gate
      3. Inside of the gate
      4. How to get to Chionin temple?
      5. About Chionin temple
    7. Gion Shirakawa
      1. Overview
      2. At night
      3. How to get to Gion Shirakawa?
  2. Arashiyama area
    1. Togetsukyo bridge
      1. Overveiw
      2. Togetsukyo bridge
      3. How to get to Togetsukyo bridge?
    2. Tenryuji temple
      1. Overview
      2. The Zen garden and Sogenchi pond
      3. The Stroll garden
      4. How to get to Tenryuji temple?
      5. About Tenryuji temple
    3. Hogonin temple
      1. Overview
      2. Shishiku no Niwa garden
      3. How to get to Hogonin temple?
      4. About Hogonin temple
    4. Daikakuji temple
      1. Overview
      2. The garden
      3. Osawa no Ike pond
      4. How to get to Daikakuji temple?
      5. About Daikakuji temple
    5. Ohkohchi Sanaso
      1. Overview
      2. The garden
      3. How to get to Ohkochi Sanso?
      4. About Ohkochi Sanso
  3. Philosophor’s path area
    1. Philosophor’s path
      1. Overview
      2. Along the path
      3. Spring flowers
      4. How to get to Philosophor’s path?
    2. Nanzenji temple
      1. Overview
      2. Around the Sanmon gate
      3. How to get to Nanzenji temple?
      4. About Nanzenji temple
    3. Ohtoyo shrine
      1. Overview
      2. How to get to Ohtoyo shrine?
      3. About Ohtoyo shrine
    4. Lake Biwa Canal
      1. Overview
      2. Night illumination
      3. How to get to Lake Biwa Canal?
    5. Keage Incline
      1. Overview
      2. How to get to Keage Incline?
  4. Heian Jingu shrine area
    1. Heian Jingu shrine
      1. Overview
      2. Around the main hall
      3. Shinen garden
      4. Shidare Sakura concert (Night Illumination)
      5. How to get to Heian Jingu shrine?
      6. About Heian Jingu shrine
    2. Shinnyodo temple
      1. Overview
      2. How to get to Shinnyodo temple?
      3. About Shinyodo temple
    3. Konkai Komyoji temple
      1. Overview
      2. How to get to Konkai Komyoji temple?
      3. About Konkai Komyoji temple
  5. Kinkakuji area
    1. Kinkakuji temple
      1. Overview
      2. Shariden
      3. How to get to Kinkakuji temple?
      4. About Kinkakuji temple
    2. Ryoanji temple
      1. Overview
      2. The Zen garden
      3. The stroll garden
      4. How to get to Ryoanji temple?
      5. About Ryoanji temple
    3. Ninnaji temple
      1. Overview
      2. Omuro Zakura
      3. Ohsawa Zakura and others
      4. How to get to Ninnaji temple?
      5. About Ninnaji temple
  6. Kitano Tenmangu shrine
      1. Overview
      2. Kitanno Zakura
      3. How to get to Kitano Tenmangu shrine?
      4. About Kitano Tenmangu shrine
    1. Hirano Shrine
      1. Overview
      2. Night illumination
      3. How to get to Hirano shrine?
      4. About Kitano Hirano shrine
    2. Haradanien
      1. Overview
      2. How to get to Haradanien?
      3. About Haradanien
    3. Taizoin temple
      1. Overview
      2. How to get to Taizoin temple?
      3. About Taizoin temple
  7. Kyoto Imperial palace area
    1. Kyoto Imperial palace (Kyoto Gyoen)
      1. Overview
      2. How to get to Kyoto Imperial Palace?
      3. About Kyoto Imperial Palace
    2. Shinsenen temple
      1. Overview
      2. How to get to Kyoto Shinsen temple?
      3. About Sinsenen Temple
    3. Nijo castle
      1. Overview
      2. Illumination and projection mapping
      3. How to get to Nijo castle?
      4. About Nijo castle
  8. Kamogawa area
    1. Kamogawa river bank
      1. Overview
      2. How to get to Kamogawa river bank?
    2. Takasegawa
      1. Overview
      2. How to get to Takasegawa?
  9. Kamigamo shrine area
    1. Kamigamo shrine
      1. Overview
      2. Miare Zakura
      3. Saioh Zakura
      4. How to get to Kamigamo shrine?
      5. About Kamigamo shrine
    2. Northern part of Kamogawa
      1. Overview
  10. South Kyoto area
    1. Toji temple
      1. Overview
      2. Kawazu Zakura
      3. Fuji Zakura
      4. Night illumination
      5. Mizukagami
      6. How to get to Toji temple?
      7. About Toji temple
    2. Komyoin temple
      1. Overview
      2. How to get to Komyoin temple?
      3. About Komyoin temple
  11. Rakugai area (Outside of Kyoto city)
    1. Sanzenin temple
      1. Overview
      2. How to get to Sanzenin temple?
      3. About Sanzenin temple
    2. Daigoji temple
      1. Overview
      2. Daigo Zakura
      3. How to get to Daigoji temple?
      4. About Daigoji temple
    3. Byodoin temple
      1. Overview
      2. Night Illumination
      3. How to get to Byodoin temple?
      4. About Byodoin temple

Higashiyama area

Kiyomizudera temple

Overview

清水寺本堂と桜

Kiyomizudera temple is the most famous landmark in Kyoto. It shows us one of the most amazing cherry blossom landscape though the main hall is still under construction.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Late March to early April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino and weeping cherry blossoms

ヒヒヒ
ヒヒヒ

Illumination is available!

あ

World heritage site!

The main hall

清水寺の桜2018清水寺の桜2018

Now the main hall is covered with a huge cage and we cannot have the same view as we see in guide books.

The stage is open to us. We are able to have a good view there.

The east gate

清水寺の桜2018清水寺の桜2018

Around the east gate, there are many cherry blossom trees. Weeping ones, and Someiyoshino.

At twilight, we have stunning veiw thruough the gate.

Around the pond

清水寺の桜2017

There is a pond near the exit. We admire the pagoda near there.

Night Illumination

清水寺の桜のライトアップ20182018年 3月30日清水寺の桜

2018年 3月30日清水寺の桜2018年 3月30日清水寺の桜

Kyomizudera temple has one of the most amazing illumination in Kyoto. Enjoy Someiyoshino against vermilion buildings.

How to get to Kiyomizudera temple?

Train: Keihan Gion shijo/Gojozaka station or Hankyu Kawaramachi station.

Kyoto city bus: Sijo Kawaramachi/Gion bus stop. Gojyozaka and Kiyomizu michi bus stop is not available because they are so crowded.

About Kiyomizudera temple

  • 294 Kiyomizu 1-chome, Higashiyama , Kyoto city, 605-0862
  • Phone 075-551-1234
  • Website Kiyomizudera official (English)
  • Entrance fee: 400 yen
  • Open hours: 6:00-18:00
  • Night Illumination: 18:00-21:00

Jisyu shrine

Overview

Jishu shrine is located inside of the area of Kiyomizudera temple. It is famous for love seekers because it gives us “Goen,” the mysterious power that binds people with others.

It has very rare cherry blossoms called “Mikuruma Gaeshi.”

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Late March to early April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Mikuruma Gaeshi and Someiyoshino

Mikurumagaeshi

地主桜2017

Mikuruma gaeshi tree has unique flowers. It has bothe single and double petals.

How to get to Jishu shrine?

Train: Keihan Gion shijo/Gojozaka station or Hankyu Kawaramachi station.

Kyoto city bus: Sijo Kawaramachi/Gion bus stop. Gojyozaka and Kiyomizu michi bus stop is not available because they are so crowded.

About Jishu shrine

  • 317 Kiyomizu 1-chome, Higashiyama , Kyoto city, 605-0862
  • Phone 075-551-1234
  • Website Jishu shrine official (English)
  • Entrance fee: Free (Entrance fee of Kiyomizudera is 400 yen)
  • Open hours: 9:00-17:00

Kodaiji temple

Overview

高台寺ライトアップ2017

Kodaiji temple is most famous and crowded spot in Higashiyama. It has a beautiful Zen garden where we can admire extraordinary weeping cherry blosomms.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Late March to early April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Weeping cherry blossoms

ヒヒヒ
ヒヒヒ

Illumination and projection mapping is available!

The Zen garden

高台寺の桜2018高台寺のしだれ桜2017

Kodaiji has a simple Zen garden. It has only one weeping cherry blossom tree. It is one in a million. At night, Illumination and projection mapping take place.

Night Illumination

高台寺の桜2018高台寺のライトアップ2017

The Zen garden is illuninated and we can enjoy projection mapping there.

Kogetsu Chaya tea house

高台寺ライトアップ2017

Near the entrance, there is a small tea house named Kogetsu Chaya. We can have traditional Japanese sweets like Dango or Anmitsu. My favorite is Amazake. Amazake is a soft drink made from rice.

How to get to Kodaiji temple?

Train: Keihan Gion shijo station or Hankyu Kawaramachi station.

Kyoto city bus: Sijo Kawaramachi/Gion bus stop.

About Kodaiji temple

  • Phone 
  • Website Kodaiji official (English)
  • Entrance fee: 600 yen
  • Open hours: 9:00-17:30
  • Night Illumination: Twilight-22:00

Shogunzuka Seiryuden

Overview

将軍塚青龍殿の紅葉 2018将軍塚青龍殿の紅葉 2018

Seiryuden in Shogunzuka hill is a temple belongs to Syorenin temple. It is located on a mountain and we can have a good view of Kyoto city. It has a small Zen garden in a strolling garden.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Late March to early April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino and weeping cherry blossoms

ヒヒヒ
ヒヒヒ

Illumination is available!

Night Illumination

将軍塚青龍殿の紅葉 2018将軍塚青龍殿の紅葉 2018

The most amazing moment in Shogunzuka is twilight. You can stroll under the tunnel of Sakura in the garden.

How to get to Shoguzuka Seiryuden?

It would be better to go there taxi. Kyoto Bus is available but inconvenient.

About Shoguzuka Seiryuden

Maruayma park

Overview

円山公園の枝垂桜2017

Maruyama park is a popular public park in Kyoto. It is located near Yasaka shrine or Kodaiji temple. It has many cherry blossom tress. The most famous one is a huge weeping cherry blossom tree. Professional Sakura watchers admire Sakura all through the night there. There are many food stands in Sakura season.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Late March to early April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshinoand weeping cherry blossoms

ヒヒヒ
ヒヒヒ

Illumination is available!

Weeping cherry blossoms

2018年3月27日円山公園の枝垂桜

It is a landmark of the park. It is amazing especially at night.

The professionals

プロフェッショナル桜ウオッチャー

Professional Sakura watchers enjoy Sakura all through the night.

How to get to Maruyama park?

Train: Keihan Gion shijo station or Hankyu Kawaramachi station.

Kyoto city bus: Sijo Kawaramachi/Gion bus stop.

About Maruyama park

  • Entrance fee: Free
  • Open hours: 24 hours

Chionin temple

Overview

知恩院の桜2018

Chionin temple has large Sanmon gate. There are cherry blossom trees in front of it. We can admire them against the dark gate.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Late March to early April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino

Sanmon gate

知恩院の桜2018

Taking advantage of the gate, we have many ways to enjoy cherry blossoms.

When blossoms start to fall, steps are filled with them. It is recommended to be there after rain.

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At Sanmon gate, take advantage of column. Consider them as a picture frame.

Inside of the gate

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Inside of the gate, there are many Someiyoshino. It would be better to be there early in the morning. We have no tourists there.

How to get to Chionin temple?

Train: Keihan Gion shijostation or Hankyu Kawaramachi station.

Kyoto city bus: Chion in mae, Sijo Kawaramachi and Gion bus stop.

About Chionin temple

  • Phone 
  • Website Chionin official (English)
  • Entrance fee: 500 yen
  • Open hours: 9:00-15:50

Gion Shirakawa

Overview

2018年3月27日祇園白川の桜

Gion Shirakawa is a small stream in Gion district. Along it, there are many trees. It is not illuminated but many lamp posts make them beautiful.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Late March

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino

At night

祇園白川の桜2017祇園白川の桜2017

How to get to Gion Shirakawa?


Train: Keihan Gion shijostation or Hankyu Kawaramachi station.

Kyoto city bus: Chion in mae, Sijo Kawaramachi and Gion bus stop.

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Arashiyama area

Togetsukyo bridge

Overveiw

嵐山の桜2017

Togetsukyo bridge is sometimes equivalent to Arashiyama. Actually, the mountain behind the bridge is Mt. Arashiyama. Many gardens like that of Tenryuji or Hogonin take advantage of it as “Shakkei.” Shakkei is a technique of admiring garden. In it, we enjoy a garden considering a scene behind the garden as a part of the garden.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Early April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino and weeping cherry blossoms

Togetsukyo bridge

嵐山の桜 2018

On the river bank, there are many cherry blossom trees. At the north bank, we can enjoy Someiyoshino.

嵐山の桜 2018

On the other hand, at the south bank, we can enjoy weeping cherry blossoms.

How to get to Togetsukyo bridge?


Train: JR Saga Arashiyama station, Randen Arashiyama station, and Hankyu Arashiyama station.

Kyoto city bus: Arashiyama Tenryuji mae bus stop.

Tenryuji temple

Overview

天龍寺の桜

Tenryuji temple is one of so-called Kyoto five Zen temple. This Kyoto five Zen temple is not a general ranking of temples but a ranking made by the Ashikaga Shogunate politically.

Tenryuji has a famous Zen garden and Stroll garden. We can enjoy many spring flowers with Cherry blossoms.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Early April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino and weeping cherry blossoms

あ

World heritage site!

The Zen garden and Sogenchi pond

天龍寺の桜2017

Zen garden has few cherry blossom trees. In Shakkei technique, we enjoy the cherry blossoms in Mt. Arashiyama. The garden is a Zen garden but has a pond named Sogenchi.

The Stroll garden

天龍寺の桜 2018

We can admire weeping cherry blossoms and other spring flowers.

天龍寺の木瓜龍安寺の石楠花

These are the flowers I love. Boke and Shakunage.

How to get to Tenryuji temple?


Train: JR Saga Arashiyama station, Randen Arashiyama station, and Hankyu Arashiyama station.

Kyoto city bus: Arashiyama Tenryuji mae bus stop.

About Tenryuji temple

  • Phone 
  • Website Tenryji official (English)
  • Entrance fee: 500 yen~
  • Open hours: 8:00-17:00 (Depends on season)

Hogonin temple

Overview

宝厳院の桜 2018

Hogonin temple is a sub-temple of Tenryuji temple. It is open to public in spring and fall. It is not sure whether it is open to public in spring this year. At least, we were able to visit there in spring last year.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Early April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Weeping cherry blossoms

Shishiku no Niwa garden

宝厳院の桜 2018宝厳院の桜 2018

The stroll garden in Hogonin temple is called Shishiku no Niwa garden. It uses Mt. Arashiyama as Shakkei. The garden is well preserved and looks like a typical villa in suburb area.

How to get to Hogonin temple?


Train: JR Saga Arashiyama station, Randen Arashiyama station, and Hankyu Kawaramachi station.

Kyoto city bus: Arashiyama Tenryuji mae bus stop.

About Hogonin temple

  • Phone 
  • Website Hogonin official (English)
  • Entrance fee: 500 yen~
  • Open hours:NOT available

Daikakuji temple

Overview

大覚寺の桜2017

Daikakuji has a beautiful garden and we can see weeping cherry blossoms there. We can also enjoy Someiyosnino in Osawa no Ike, a pond adjacent to it. It is one of Monzeki jiin (Buddhist temple run by a monk who belongs to the Imperial lineage) and preserves extraordinary artifacts.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Early April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino and weeping cherry blossoms

あ

World heritage site!

The garden

大覚寺の桜2017

The buildings of Daikakuji is connected with many corridors. We walk around on them to see Cherry blossoms.

Osawa no Ike pond

大沢池の桜2017

Along the bank, there are many Someiyoshino trees.

How to get to Daikakuji temple?


Kyoto city bus: Daikakuji bus stop.

About Daikakuji temple

  • Phone 
  • Website Daikakuji official (English)
  • Entrance fee: 500 yen
  • Open hours: 9:00-17:00

Ohkohchi Sanaso

Overview

大河内伝次郎

Oohochi Sanso is a villa designed and constructed by Okochi Denjiro, a famous actor. It is located deep inside of Arashiyama Bamboo forest and one of the most underrated place in Kyoto.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Early April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino and weeping cherry blossoms

The garden

大河内山荘の桜2017嵐山の桜

The garden is not a typical Japanese garden we are accustomed to. The garden is a part of a mountain. It has many beautiful landscape.

How to get to Ohkochi Sanso?


Train: JR Saga Arashiyama station, Randen Arashiyama station, and Hankyu Kawaramachi station.

Kyoto city bus: Arashiyama Tenryuji mae bus stop.

About Ohkochi Sanso

  • Phone 
  • Website Not available
  • Entrance fee: 1000 yen
  • Open hours: 9:00-17:00
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Philosophor’s path area

Philosophor’s path

Overview

哲学の道の桜2017

Philosophor’s path is located along a stream which leads us from Nanzanji to Ginakuji temple. We can admire many spring flowers like Shakunage and Yukiyanagi.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Late March to early April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino, weeping cherry blossoms and Ohsimazakura, etc.

Along the path

哲学の道の桜2016

Along the path, there are so many cherry blossom trees. We can stroll along the stream under Sakura.

Spring flowers

哲学の道の桜2016

哲学の道の桜2016哲学の道の石楠花2017

Along the stream, we admire many kind of flowers with Sakura.

How to get to Philosophor’s path?


Kyoto city bus: Ginkakuji michi, Ginkakuji mae, and Higashi Tenno cho bus stop.

Nanzenji temple

南禅寺の桜2018

Overview

As described in “Sanmon Gosan no Kiri,” a famous Kabuki play, Nanzenji provides us with fabulous Sakura. In Nanzenji complex, there are sub-temples which has tranquil Zen gardens.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Early April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino and weeping cherry blossoms

Around the Sanmon gate

南禅寺の桜2018南禅寺の桜2018

南禅寺の桜2017南禅寺の桜2018

In the Kabuki play previously I referred, Ishikawa Goemon, the notorious thief says that the view from the gate at the gate deserves tens of millions of Ryo (Ryo is an old Japanese currency), citing a poem of Su Shi, a famous poet in Northern Song dynasty of ancient China. Actually, we see many Sakura in bloom there.

「楼門五三桐」

The building in the video is the gate of Nanzenji temple.

How to get to Nanzenji temple?


Kyoto city Subway: Keage station

About Nanzenji temple

  • Phone 
  • Website Nanzenji official (English)
  • Entrance fee: 500 yen~
  • Open hours: 8:40-17:00

Ohtoyo shrine

Overview

大豊神社の狛鼠大豊神社の狛鼠大豊神社の桜2018

Ohtoyo shrine is a cozy Shinto shrine only Kyoto-enthusiasts pay attention to. Among them, the shrie is famous for its “Koma Nezumi.” Usually, Shinto shrine has at least a pair of “Koma Inu” but Ohtoyo shrine has a pair of “Koma Nezumi” instead. In spring, we can enjoy exquisite weeping charry blossoms.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Early April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino and weeping cherry blossoms

How to get to Ohtoyo shrine?


Kyoto city bus: Higashi Tenoh cho bus stop

About Ohtoyo shrine

  • Phone 
  • Website Not Available
  • Entrance fee: Free
  • Open hours: 24 hours

Lake Biwa Canal

Overview

琵琶湖疎水の桜疏水の桜

Lake Biwa Canal was constructed in the Meji period for supplying water to Kyoto city. It is also used for transporting passengers and freight.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Early April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino and weeping cherry blossoms

Night illumination

岡崎疏水の紅葉 2018岡崎疏水の紅葉 2018

Of course we can enjoy Sakura in daytime, it would be better to go there in night. Trees along the canal bank are illuminated in fascinating way. Fortunately, we are able to admire them on boat.

How to get to Lake Biwa Canal?


Kyoto city bus: Okazaki koen/Bijutsukan Heian Jingu mae bus stop.

げきすせん
げきすせん

Lake Biawa Canal: the green alien

Keage Incline

Overview

インクラインの桜2018

Keage Incline is located between the Lake Biwa and Lake Biwa Canal (琵琶湖疎水). In the days of old, boats are loaded on a truck on the rail. Today, lots of Someiyoshino trees are planted along the rail.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Early April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino

How to get to Keage Incline?


Kyoto city bus: Higashi Tenoh cho bus stop

げきすせん
げきすせん

Keage Incline: the red alien

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Heian Jingu shrine area

Heian Jingu shrine

Overview

平安神宮外拝殿平安神宮の桜2017

Heian Jingu shrine is a 5/8 replica of Chodoin building complex in the Imperial court.

As described in The Makioka Sisters, we can admier extraordinary weeping cherry blossoms in Shinen garden. At night, “Shidare Sakura concert” takes place there.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Late March to early April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino and weeping cherry blossoms

ヒヒヒ
ヒヒヒ

Illumination is available!

Around the main hall

平安神宮左近の桜京都御所の桜 2018

In front of the main hall, we can easily find one Sakura tree. It is called Sakon no Sakura (左近の桜). The main hall is called Daigokuden. In ancient times, important ceremony like enthronement took place there. Today, Shishinden plays the same role as Daigokuden. In front of Shishinden of Kyoto Imperial Palace, there is Sakon no Sakura. It is a mother tree of Sakon no Sakura of Heian Jingu shrine. So, both of them are in bloom at the same time.

Shinen garden

平安神宮神苑の桜2018平安神宮神苑の桜2018

平安神宮神苑の桜2018平安神宮神苑の桜2018

Behind Daigokuden, Heian Jingu has a stroll garden called Shinen. This garden has so many beautiful weeping cherry blossom trees. It is one of the best place to admire weeping cherry blossoms.

Shidare Sakura concert (Night Illumination)

平安神宮しだれ桜コンサート2018平安神宮しだれ桜コンサート2018

At night in early April, Shidare Sakura concerts takes place for 3 nights. Shinen garden is illuminated and concert or recital is held around a pond.

How to get to Heian Jingu shrine?


Kyoto city bus: Okazaki koen/Bijutsukan Heian Jingu mae bus stop.

About Heian Jingu shrine

  • Phone 
  • Website Heian Jingu official
  • Entrance fee: Free
  • Open hours: Depends on season (See the website)

Shinnyodo temple

Overview

真如堂の桜 2018

Shinnyodo temple is located on a hill near Heian Jingu shrine. It is very quiet place only known to Kyoto-enthusiasts. At Chozuya, a place we wash hands before play, amazing spring flowers always welcome us.

 

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Early April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino

How to get to Shinnyodo temple?


Kyoto city bus: Okazaki Jinja mae bus stop.

About Shinyodo temple

  • Phone 
  • Website Shinyodo official
  • Entrance fee: 500 yen~
  • Open hours: 9:00-16:00

Konkai Komyoji temple

Overview

金戒光明寺の桜 2018金戒光明寺の桜 2018

Konkai Komyoji temple is located on the same hill as Shinnyodo is. Famous Shinsengumi, the special police force under the Tokugawa Shogunate, was born there. It has extraordinary garden whichi is not oepn to public. We can admire Sakura against Sanmon gate.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Early April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino

How to get to Konkai Komyoji temple?


Kyoto city bus: Okazaki Jinja mae bus stop.

About Konkai Komyoji temple

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Kinkakuji area

Kinkakuji temple

Overview

金閣寺の桜2017

Kinkakuji temple is, as well as Kiyomizudera temple, one of the most popular landmark in Kyoto. It used be a villa belonged to Ashikgaga Yoshimitsu, the 3rd Shogun of the Ashikaga Shogunate. Shariden (the golden pavilion) is plastered with genuine gold.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Late March to early April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino

あ

World heritage site!

Shariden

In a front view of Kinkakuji, we cannot admire Sakura. The way adore it is “Turn around Kinkaku.” Behind Kinkakuji (Shariden), we can enjoy Shariden taking advantage of Mt. Kinugasa as Shakkei. There only are couples of Sakura trees but they go with the golden pavilion perfectly.

How to get to Kinkakuji temple?


Kyoto city bus: Kinkakuji michi/Kinakuji mae bus stop.

About Kinkakuji temple

  • Phone 
  • Website Kinkakuji official
  • Entrance fee: 400 yen
  • Open hours: 9:00-17:00

Ryoanji temple

Overview

龍安寺の桜2017

Rroanji temple has the most famous Zen garden in on the planet. No one tell who, when, why is the garden built. In addtiton to them, it remainds the secret what does the garden mean. Ryoanji has an extraordinary stroll garden as well as a Zen rock garden.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Early April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino and weeping cherry blossoms

あ

World heritage site!

The Zen garden

龍安寺の桜 2018龍安寺の桜2017

Behind the wall, there are two Sakura trees. Both of them are in bloom at the different times but we are able to admire them at the same time in a couple of days a year. The garden is always crowded with many tourists. If you enjoy it in silence, it would be bettere to be there early in the morning or at twilight.

龍安寺の桜2017

Behind the wall.

The stroll garden

龍安寺の桜 2018龍安寺の桜 2018

Stroll garden has a pond and we can enjoy Sakura trees and spring flowes. Especially, Shakunage and Boke is amazing.

How to get to Ryoanji temple?


Kyoto city bus: Ryoanji mae bus stop.

Randen: Ryoanji station

About Ryoanji temple

  • Phone 
  • Website Ryoanji official (English)
  • Entrance fee: 500 yen
  • Open hours: 8:00-17:00

Ninnaji temple

Overview

御室桜と五重塔

Ninnnaji is the first “Monzeki Jiin” in our history. Monzeki Jiin is a Buddhist temple run by a monk who belongs to the Imperial lineage. We can enjoy lots of Sakura like Ohsawa Zakura and Omuro Zakura as well as Someiyoshino. The most famous one is Omuro Zakura. It is Sakura indigenous to northern part of Kyoto and looks like shrub.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Early to mid-April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Omuro Zakura, Someiyoshino and weeping cherry blossoms

あ

World heritage site!

Omuro Zakura

The most famous Sakura in Ninnaji temple. It booms in mid-April usually. The bossoms are so close to us.

Ohsawa Zakura and others

大沢桜2018楊貴妃 桜

Ninnaji has lots of kinds of Sakura. Ohsawa Zakura, Yokihi, etc.

How to get to Ninnaji temple?


Kyoto city bus: Omuro Ninnaji bus stop.

Randen: Omuro Ninnaji station

About Ninnaji temple

  • Phone 
  • Website Ninnaji official (English)
  • Entrance fee: 500 yen
  • Open hours: 9:00-17:00
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Kitano Tenmangu shrine

Overview

Kitano tenmangu shrine is a good example of Goryo shinko: In Heian period, persons who was ousted or passed away in despair sometimes came back to Kyoto and raged. Poeople thought if they worshipped them, they save them with their extraordinary power. Famous Gion matsuri festival began in the same belief.

At Kitano Tennmangu, Sugawara no Michizane was enshrined. He was a bureaucrat but ousted by the Fujiwara no Tokihira. The Fujiwara clan is the most porsperous clan which exercised poltical power over the Imperial court.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Early to mid-April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Kitano Zakura, Someiyoshino

Kitanno Zakura

北野桜北野桜

We are able to see Kitano Zakura nowhrer but in Kitano tenmangu shrine. There is only one tree in the world. It has tiny, exquisite blossoms in mid-April. It say farewell to Sakura-season in Kyoto.

How to get to Kitano Tenmangu shrine?


Kyoto city bus: Kitano Tenmangu mae bus stop.

Randen: Kitano Hakubaicho station

About Kitano Tenmangu shrine

Hirano Shrine

Overview

平野神社の桜平野神社桜ライトアップ

Hirano Shrine is one of the oldest Shitno shrine in Kyoto. Its history dates back about 1200 years ago. It has 60 kinds of Sakura. We can enjoy so-called Ohanami and Food stand.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Mid March to mid-April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino, weeping cherry blossoms and others

ヒヒヒ
ヒヒヒ

Illumination is available!

Night illumination

平野神社桜ライトアップ平野神社桜ライトアップ

How to get to Hirano shrine?


Kyoto city bus: Kinugasako mae bus stop.

Randen: Kitano Hakubaicho station

About Kitano Hirano shrine

Haradanien

Overview

原谷苑の桜原谷苑の桜

原谷苑の桜

Haradanien is a private garden in the foot of Mt. Kinugasa. It is open to public in spring.

It has many kind of Sakura and spring flowers. We can admire them eating Bento lunch box.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Early to mid-April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino, Omuro Zakura, weeping cherry blossoms and others

How to get to Haradanien?


Kyoto city bus is available but it’s not convenient because we have 1 bus an hour.

げきすせん
げきすせん

It would be better to take taxi at Kinkakuji temple

ドラゴン船
ドラゴン船

We have lots of taxis at the red alien in the map!

About Haradanien

  • Phone 
  • Website  Haradanien official
  • Entrance fee: Depends on season
  • Open hours: Depends on season. See the website

Taizoin temple

Overview

退蔵院の桜2017退蔵院の桜2017

Taizoin temple is a small sub-temple of Myoshinji temple. It has a Zen garden under the umbrella of weeping cherry blossoms. When they start to fall, the sand ditches of the Zen garden is filled with petals.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Early to mid-April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino and weeping cherry blossoms

How to get to Taizoin temple?


Kyoto city bus: Myoshinji mae bus stop.

JR Sagano line: Hanazono station

About Taizoin temple

  • Phone 
  • Website Taizoin official (English)
  • Entrance fee: 500 yen
  • Open hours: 9:00-17:00
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Kyoto Imperial palace area

Kyoto Imperial palace (Kyoto Gyoen)

Overview

旧近衛邸前の桜旧近衛邸前の桜

Kyoto Imperial Place was Dairi, the emperor’s residence from the 14th to 19th century. It has many kind of Sakura and spring flowers. Sakura located in a site of Konoe’s residence blooms mid-March and tells Kyotoites beginning of spring.

京都御所桃の花京都御所の桃の花

We can admire peach flowers at the same time.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Mid-March to early-April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino and weeping cherry blossoms

How to get to Kyoto Imperial Palace?

Kyoto city bus: Karasuma Imadegawa or Karasuma Marutamachi bus stop

Kyoto city subway: Imadegawa or Marutamachi station.

About Kyoto Imperial Palace

Shinsenen temple

Overview

神泉苑の桜2017神泉苑の桜2017

So-called “Ohanami” began there. It used be a private garden for emperor in the Heian Kyo city. Now Shinsenen is a small temple where we can enjoy tiny weeping cherry blossoms.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Late-March to early-April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino and weeping cherry blossoms

How to get to Kyoto Shinsen temple?

Kyoto city bus: Shinsenen mae bus stop

Kyoto city subway: Nijojomae station.

About Sinsenen Temple

  • Phone 
  • Website Shinsenen temple official
  • Entrance fee: Free
  • Open hours: 24 hours

Nijo castle

Overview

二ノ丸庭園のソテツ

Nijo castle was constructed as a temporary residence of Shoguns of the Tokugawa Shogunate. In 1867, Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the last Tokugawa Shogun, decided to give up the plitical power the Shogunate had to emperor Meiji. At night, we can enjoy amzing illumination and projection mapping.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Early April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino and weeping cherry blossoms

ヒヒヒ
ヒヒヒ

Illumination is available!

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World heritage site!

Illumination and projection mapping

二条城桜まつり2017

Every spring, “Nijojo Sakura matsuri” is held there. At night, lots of cherry trees are illuminated.

二条城桜まつり2018プロジェクションマッピング

How to get to Nijo castle?


Kyoto city bus: Nijojo mae bus stop

Kyoto city subway: station

About Nijo castle

  • Phone 
  • Website Nijojo official (English)
  • Entrance fee: 600 yen
  • Open hours: 8:45-16:00
  • Night Illumination: 18:00-21:00
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Kamogawa area

Kamogawa river bank

Overview

2017鴨川の桜2017年高瀬川の桜

At Kamogawa river bank, there are many cherry blossom trees. It is located near Shijo Kawara machi downtown and Gion. No illumination is held but lots of lamp post has the same effect on them.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Early April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino and weeping cherry blossoms

How to get to Kamogawa river bank?


Kyoto city bus: Shijo Kawaramachi bus stop

Hankyu railways: Kawaramachi station

Takasegawa

Overview

2017年高瀬川の桜2017年高瀬川の桜

Located nera Kamogawa river bank, Takasegawa has also provides us with amazing Sakura view especially at night

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Early April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino and weeping cherry blossoms

How to get to Takasegawa?


Kyoto city bus: Shijo Kawaramachi bus stop

Hankyu railways: Kawaramachi station

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Kamigamo shrine area

Kamigamo shrine

Overview

上賀茂神社の御所桜 2018神山号

Kamigamo shrine is one of the oldest Shinto shrine in Kyoto. Couples of decades ago, commoners were not able to visit there though it is open to us these days. It holds Aoi matsuri festival every May ans is the destination of the parade.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Early-April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino and weeping cherry blossoms

あ

World heritage site!

Miare Zakura

上賀茂神社のみあれ桜 2018

Saioh Zakura

上賀茂神社のみあれ桜 2018上賀茂神社の御所桜 2018

Kamigamo shrine has lots of Sakura trees but the most famous one is Saioh Zakura. Saiho is a priestess who visit Kamigamo shrine on behalf of the emperor in Kamosai, the origin of Aoi matsuri. The cherry blossom tree was named after her.

How to get to Kamigamo shrine?


Kyoto city bus: Kamigamo Jinja mae or Kimigamo Misonobashi bus stop

About Kamigamo shrine

Northern part of Kamogawa

Overview

高野川堤の桜 2018高野川堤の桜 2018

Northern part of the Kamo river, there are lots of Sakura on the river bank. It is not a landmark and is only known to Kyotoites.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Early-April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino and weeping cherry blossoms

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South Kyoto area

Toji temple

2018年3月30日東寺の桜

Overview

Toji temple is one of the oldest temple in Kyoto. It remains the same place when Heiankyo city was built. In Kodoh building, statues of Buddhist Deities make so-called 3-D mandala. The Illumination of Toji in spring is the best one in Kyoto.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Mid March to early April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Kawazu Zakura, Someiyoshino and weeping cherry blossoms

ヒヒヒ
ヒヒヒ

Illumination is available!

あ

World heritage site!

Kawazu Zakura

一条戻橋の河津桜 2017

Kawazu Zakura tells us spring is coming. It blooms in early March. It is the earliest Sakura in Kyoto.

Fuji Zakura

2018年3月29日東寺の桜

The most famous 120 years old weeping cherry blossom in Toji. It welcomes us at the entrance of the garden.

Night illumination

2018年3月30日東寺の桜2018年3月29日東寺の桜

東寺の夜桜ライトアップ

Beyond description. Toji shows us the best night illumination Kyoto has ever seen.

Mizukagami

東寺の夜桜ライトアップ2018東寺桜ライトアップ

Mizukagami is an art to admire something. We see reflection on surface of water. Toji provides us with extraordinary Mizukagami.

Kyoto Goat
Kyoto Goat

THE BEST ILLUMINATION EVAAAH!

How to get to Toji temple?


Kyoto city bus: Toji Higashimon mae or Toji michi bus stop

JR West: Kyoto station

Kintesu rail ways: Toji station

About Toji temple

  • Phone 
  • Website Toji official (English)
  • Entrance fee: 500 yen
  • Open hours: 8:00-17:00
  • Night Illumination: 18:30-21:30

Komyoin temple

Overview

光明院の桜光明院の桜

Komoyoin temple is also a place only known to Kyoto enthusiasts. We can admire Sakura in complete silecne in the “Zen garden avant-garde,” an extraodinary work of Mirei Shigemori.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Early April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino

How to get to Komyoin temple?

JR/Keihan Tofukuji station

About Komyoin temple

  • Phone 
  • Website Not available
  • Entrance fee: Not available (About 300 yen. )
  • Open hours: Not available
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Rakugai area (Outside of Kyoto city)

Sanzenin temple

Overview

三千院の桜三千院の桜

三千院わらべ地蔵三千院の桜

Sanzenin temple is a famous Monzeki temple in Ohara. It has kawii Ojizo san (statues of Jizo bosatsu), beautiful moss and spring flowers. We can enjoy exquitite weeping chery blossoms there.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Early to Mid April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino and weeping cherry blossoms

How to get to Sanzenin temple?

Kyoto bus: Ohara bus stop

げきすせん
げきすせん

Not Kyoto city bus but Kyoto bus! 1-day pass card is not available!

About Sanzenin temple

  • Phone 
  • Website Sanzenin official (English)
  • Entrance fee: 700 yen
  • Open hours: 8:30-17:00

Daigoji temple

Overview

醍醐寺の桜2018醍醐寺の桜2018

Toyotomi Hideyoshi held “Daigono Hanmi” at Daigoji temple 5 month before his death. The monk of Daigoji found Hideyoshi’s end was near, he made the Hanami extraordinary as possible.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Late March to early April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Daigo Zakura, Someiyoshino, weeping cherry blossoms and others

あ

World heritage site!

Daigo Zakura

醍醐寺の桜2018

The most famous Sakura in Daigoji temple but the typhoon in the last year devastated it. It was a huge tree of 150 years old with exquiste blossoms. 合掌。

How to get to Daigoji temple?


Kyoto city Subway: Daigo station

About Daigoji temple

  • Phone 
  • Website Daigoji official (English)
  • Entrance fee: 1500 yen
  • Open hours: 9:00-17:00

Byodoin temple

Overview

平等院鳳凰堂の桜

Byodoin temple was a villa belonged to Fujiwara no Michjinaga, the most prosperous court noble in Japanses history. It was converted to a Buddhist temple in the 11th century. The Hohohdo building enshrines Amidaba and represents “Gokuraku Jodo,” the paradise in Buddhism.

いちきしま ひめ
いちきしま ひめ

In Bloom: Early April

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

Cherry blossoms: Someiyoshino and weeping cherry blossoms

ヒヒヒ
ヒヒヒ

Illumination is available!

あ

World heritage site!

Night Illumination

平等院鳳凰堂の桜ライトアップ平等院鳳凰堂の桜ライトアップ

The best time is twilight. Enjoy the white blossoms against dark blue sky.

How to get to Byodoin temple?

JR/Keihan Uji station

About Byodoin temple

  • Phone 
  • Website Byodoin official (English)
  • Entrance fee: 600 yen
  • Open hours: 8:30-17:30 (Depends place to see. See the website)
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