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* Popular Day and Night time Cherry Blossoms Viewing Spots *

 Cherry blossoms are the most beloved flower in Japan. The peak season, when the trees are in full bloom, is extremely short. Every year during the peak season people rush to see the flowers and merrily have flower-viewing parties under the trees. The best time for viewing cherry blossoms in Kyoto is usually early April.
 Here are some of the best cherry blossoms viewing spots. (Please check the details later, as the schedule will be changed due to the time of bloom)

Kiyomizudera-Temple

Many wild cherry trees on the surrounding mountains.
Night light-up ( 6:00PM-9:00PM, Mar.9 - 18, Late MAR. - Early APR. ¥400 ) shows you a fantastic night view of the entire city of Kyoto.

  • [ Kiyomizudera-Temple ]
  • Tel : 075-551-1234
  • Access : City Bus No.206 "Kiyomizumichi" or "Gojozaka"

Night view

Night view

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Kodaiji-Temple

Artistic night-time illumination is unforgettable.
Night light-up ( MAR.6 - MAY.9  ¥600 )

  • [ Kodaiji-Temple ]
  • Tel : 075-561-9966
  • Access : City Bus No.206 "Higashiyama-Yasui"

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Entokuin-Temple

Neat Zen garden enchants the visitors.
Night light-up ( Sunset-9:30PM, MAR.9 - MAY.6  ¥500 )

  • [ Entokuin-Temple ]
  • Tel : 075-525-0101
  • Access : City Bus No.206 "Higashiyama-Yasui"

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Nijojo-Castle

There are about 200 cherry trees in the grounds.
Night light-up (Late MAR. - Mid APR.  ¥400 )

  • [ Nijojo-Castle ]
  • Tel : 075-841-0096
  • Access : City Bus No.9, No.50, No.101 "Nijojo-mae"

Nijojo-castle

Nijojo-castle

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Maruyama Park

There are about 850 cherry trees in this park, the most popular place for the cherry blossoms viewing parties.
A magnificent weeping cherry tree is specially light up from sunset-1:00AM, Early MAR - Mid APR.

  • [ Maruyama Park ]
  • Tel : 075-561-1350
  • Access : Kyoto City Bus No.206 "Gion"

Splendid weeping cherry tree

Splendid weeping cherry tree

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Hiranojinja-Shrine

There are about 500 cherry trees in this shrine. Many people have the cherry blossoms viewing parties during night light-up.
Night light-up ( Last MAR - Mid APR. )

  • [ Hiranojinja-Shrine ]
  • Tel : 075-461-4450
  • Access : Access : City Bus No.50, 205, 101 "Kinugasako-mae"

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* Special Spring Public Temple & Shrine Openings *

Special Opening
MAR.24 - JUN.4
Shokokuji-Temple

Some parts of the temple, which are usually not open for the public, are on view.

¥800

  • [ Shokokuji-Temple ]
  • Tel : 075-231-0301
  • Access : Kyoto City Subway Karasuma-line, "Imadegawa" Station

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Treasury Opening
MAR.20 - MAY.25
Toji-Temple

An unrivalled collection of national treasures are open to public.

¥500

  • [ Toji-Temple ]
  • Tel : 075-691-3325

Access : Kintetsu Railway "Toji" Station
or 15 min. walk from "Kyoto" Station

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Kobun-tei Special Opening
On Sun., Sat. & Holiday in MAR.20 - MAY.5
Shorenin-Temple

Special opening of the Kobun-tei (tea ceremony room), and formal tea ceremony.

¥1,000 + entrance fee ¥500

  • [ Shorenin-Temple ]
  • Tel : 075-561-2345
  • Access : City Bus No.5 "Jingu-michi"

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Special Opening
MAR.9 - MAY.6
Kodaiji Temple

Scroll and sliding door paintings.

¥600

  • [ Kodaiji Temple ]
  • Tel : 075-561-9966
  • Access : City Bus No.206 "Higashiyama-Yasui"
Kodaiji temple

Kodaiji temple

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Special Opening
MAR.9 - MAY.6
Entokuin-Temple

Sliding door paintings.

¥500

  • [ Entokuin-Temple ]
  • Tel : 075-525-0101
  • Access : City Bus No.206 "Higashiyama-Yasui"

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Special Opening
Mid MAR. - Early MAY.
Daitokuji-Temple Obai-in ( Sub-Temple )

Karesansui, dry landscape gardens.

¥600

  • [ Obai-in-Temple ]
  • For more information :Kyotoshunju jimukyoku
  • Tel : 075-231-7015
  • Access : City Bus No.206 "Daitokuji-mae"

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Special Opening
Mid MAR. - Mid MAY.16
Kogenji-Temple

Splendid view from the main hall.
Temple treasures and art collections.

¥500

  • [ Kogenji-Temple ]
  • Tel : 075-881-1232
  • Access : City Bus No.28 "Arashiyama Tenryuji-mae"

    JR Sagano Line "Saga Arashiyama"
    Kyoto Bus No.71, 72, 73 "Keifuku Ayashiyama-ekimae"

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Garden Special Opening
Mid MAR. - JUN.30
Hogonin-Temple

Very famous Shishiku Garden ( garden of the barking lion ) made by a Zen monk.

¥500

  • [ Hogonin-Temple ]
  • Tel : 075-861-0091
  • Access : City Bus No.28 "Arashiyama Tenryuji-mae"
  • JR Sagano Line "Saga Arashiyama"
  • Kyoto Bus No.71, 72, 73 "Keifuku Ayashiyama-ekimae"
Shishiku Garden

Shishiku Garden

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Special Opening
MAR.2 - MAY.15
Hiraoka Hachimangu-Shrine

Unique ceiling paintings of seasonal plants.

¥800

  • [ Hiraoka Hachimangu-Shrine ]
  • Tel : 075-871-2084
  • Access : JR Bus "Hiraoka Hachiman"
Ceiling Paintings

Ceiling Paintings

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Special Opening
Mid MAR. - Mid MAY.
Daigoji-Temple

Special opening of Sanpoin, Kondo, and Reihokan.

  • ¥1,500
  • [ Daigoji-Temple ]
  • Tel : 075-571-0002
  • Access : Access : Subway Tozai-line "Daigo"

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