Top 10 Best Places to View Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto

by Coelho - TripleLights travel specialist

1- Maruyama Park

Top 10 Best Places to View Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto

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Maruyama Park is a famous place for sakura. It is a popular spot to take a stroll in the beautiful Japanese garden that has free admission. There are also teahouses and a ryotei restaurant recommended for Kyoto epicureans.

Business hours
- Everyday
Phone
075-561-1350
Price
- Free

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2- Kyoto Imperial Palace

Top 10 Best Places to View Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto

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Generations of emperors up to the early Meiji Era once resided in Kyoto Imperial Palace. The Japanese garden within the expansive grounds is also elegant. In spring, it is known as a famous place for cherry blossoms which open wonderfully.

Phone
075-211-1215
Price
- Free
Website
sankan.kunaicho.go.jp

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3- Mt. Hiei

Top 10 Best Places to View Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto

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Enjoy a walk in the sky with a superb view by cable car and ropeway, and after viewing French paintings and seasonal flowers, visit the World Heritage site of Enryaku-ji Temple, a sacred place for Japanese Buddhism which boasts an area of 500 hectares.

Website
en.wikipedia.org

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4- Ninna-ji Temple

Top 10 Best Places to View Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto

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The temple was built in 888 by Emperor Uda. An example of Heian Era palatial architecture that served as a residence for the nobles of that time, Ninna-ji was recognized as a National Treasure and has also been registered as a World Heritage site, famous for its cherry blossoms.

Business hours
- Everyday (9:00 AM ~ 4:30 PM )
Phone
075-461-4070
Price
- Adult: 500 JPY
- Child: 300 JPY
Website
www.ninnaji.or.jp

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5- Philosopher’s Walk

Top 10 Best Places to View Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto

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Philosopher’s Walk is an approximately 1.5km walking path along the foot of Mt. Higashiyama. On the western end of a canal built in the Meiji Era lies the stone-paved path which has also been selected as one of Japan’s Top 100 Streets.

Business hours
- Everyday

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6- Daigo-ji Temple

Top 10 Best Places to View Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto

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Daigo-ji Temple was reconstructed so that Hideyoshi Toyotomi could hold the most gorgeous cherry blossom-viewing parties there. In spring, 1000 cherry trees blossom and the fall foliage that Hideyoshi couldn’t see is also breathtaking in its beauty.

Business hours
- Everyday (9:00 AM ~ 4:00 PM )
Phone
075-571-0002
Price
- Adult: 600 JPY
- Child: 0 JPY
Website
www.daigoji.or.jp

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7- Heian Shrine

Top 10 Best Places to View Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto

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Heian Shrine was built in the Meiji period (1868 – 1912) based on a plan to reproduce faithfully the architectural styles and colors of the central government building Chodoin which was the symbol of the ancient capital Heiankyo (present day Kyoto). Enjoy the beauty of the four seasons in the vast, 30,000 square meter “excursion type” garden.

Business hours
- Everyday (6:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
Phone
075-761-0221
Price
- Free
Website
www.jnto.go.jp

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8- Kiyomizu-dera

Top 10 Best Places to View Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto

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Kiyomizu-dera is a Kannon temple where the goddess Kannon is worshipped. Among Kyoto’s temples, Kiyomizu-dera has a particularly long history, and is a registered World Heritage site. It is one of Kyoto’s most popular tourist attractions.

Business hours
- Everyday (6:00 AM ~ 5:30 PM )
Phone
075-551-1234
Price
- Adult: 300 JPY
- Child: 200 JPY
Website
www.kiyomizudera.or.jp

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9- Gion

Top 10 Best Places to View Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto

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Gion is hugely popular with tourists for its bustling downtown streets.The famous Yasaka Shrine is on the outskirts of Gion. Maiko and geisha (known locally as geiko or geigi) entertain guests with songs and traditional Japanese dances, and the houses where one can enjoy the company of geisha, gathered together in the entertainment district, are well known.

Phone
075-561-1119
Website
kyoto.travel

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10- Nijo Castle

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Nijo Castle, which was constructed in the Edo period, is a registered National Historic Site, while Ninomaru Palace is a designated National Treasure, and other buildings and wall panel paintings are designated as Important Cultural Properties. Nijo Castle is also a registered UN World Heritage site. (Ninomaru is the area that directly defended Honmaru, which was the control center in times of war.)

Business hours
- Everyday (9:00 AM ~ 4:00 PM )
Phone
075-841 -0096
Price
- Adult: 600 JPY
- Child: 200 JPY
Website
www.city.kyoto.jp

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