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  • Daigoji Temple
    Daigoji Temple
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Fushimi-ku Daigohigashiojichou 22
    A Buddhist temple and head temple of Shingon Daigo Buddhism, the entirety of Mt. Daigo makes up the temple’s grounds. The temple’s grounds are dotted with numerous National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties, including a National Treasure-designated the five-storied Pagoda. The temple is also considered one of the best destinations for cherry blossom viewing in Kyoto, and even the great Toyotomi Hideyoshi came to the temple to enjoy its flowers (so called Daigo no Hanami or Blossom viewing in Daigo). Each year in spring, the various cherry tree varieties at the temple bloom one after the other for around a three week period, starting with Kawazu-zakura cherry trees, then weeping cherries, Yoshino cherries, hill cherries, Oyama-zakura cherries, and others. Particularly famous are a Yoshino cherry believed to be the oldest in Kyoto, as well as the Sanboin hall Yae red weeping cherry tree. The nearest station is Daigo Station. During the cherry blossom season, the grounds are open from 9:00 to 17:00 (tickets sold until 16:00, last entry 16:30). Entry is 1,500 yen for adults, 1,000 yen for junior high and high school students. Shops, toilets and paid parking available.
    sakura-icon Best period to see in normal years
    Late Mar.-Early Apr.
  • Hitome Senbonzakura on Shiroishigawa Riverside
    Hitome Senbonzakura on Shiroishigawa Riverside
    Miyagi Pref. Shibatagunogawaramachi Oya
    Roughly 1,200 cherry trees were planted here thanks to the generous gift of Mr. Kaijiro Takayama in 1923. The view of Shiroishi River’s clear waters or the Zao Mountains’ grand peaks, coupled with perfectly blooming cherry trees, is a wonderful sight enjoyed by many visitors each year. During peak season, there is a sakura festival, nighttime illumination, a hanami tour boat, shops, and hanami bentos (lunch boxes) available for purchase.
    sakura-icon Best period to see in normal years
    Early Apr.-Mid-Apr.
  • Omuro Sakura cherry trees
    Omuro Sakura cherry trees
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Omuroouchi 33
    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ninna-ji Temple is located in the Ukyo Ward of Kyoto City, and is the head temple of the Omuro School of Shingon Buddhism. The Temple is famous for its grove of Omuro-zakura cherry trees, which became popular from the Edo period onwards as the “ordinary person’s cherry tree,” and which has been extolled in Waka poems. The Omuro-zakura is the latest-flowering variety of cherry tree to be seen in Kyoto; the best time of year for viewing the Omuro-zakura cherry blossom is usually from early April through to mid-April. The trees are relatively small, making it possible to view the cherry blossom at eye level. The Yoshino cherry trees located in front of the Kondo (Main Hall) and the weeping cherry tree located in front of the Shoro bell tower also give a great deal of pleasure to visitors to the Temple. The Temple grounds are open for cherry blossom viewing from 8:00 to 17:00 (with last entry at 16:30); admission costs 500 yen for adults, and 200 yen for elementary school and junior high school students. Toilets, shops, and paid parking available.
    sakura-icon Best period to see in normal years
    Early Apr.-Mid-Apr.

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