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  • Maruyama Park
    Maruyama Park
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Maruyamachou other
    Maruyama Park is known as one of the best flower viewing sites in Kyoto City and is crowded with many flower viewing visitors and stalls around from late March to early April. About 680 cherry blossom trees are planted in the park and a weeping cherry in the center of the park is particularly famous with the name Gion no Yozakura (cherry blossoms in Gion at night). During flower viewing season, it is illuminated with a bonfire so you can enjoy cherry blossoms at night in a unique old capital atmosphere. Shops and toilets are available in the park. Kyoto Municipal Maruyama Parking is available for a fee.
    sakura-icon Best period to see in normal years
    Late Mar.-Early Apr.
  • Mt. Yoshino
    Mt. Yoshino
    Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama 2430
    Mt. Yoshino is one of the most renowned destinations in Japan for cherry blossom viewing, and in spring some 30 thousand cherry trees, mainly Shiroyama-zakura but also including some 200 varieties in total, come into bloom on its sides. Due to the overwhelming number of cherry trees, the mountain is divided into four areas where visitors can enjoy viewing a great abundance of cherry blossoms in one location—Shimo-senbon (the lower 1,000 trees), Naka-senbon (middle 1,000 trees), Kami-senbon (upper 1,000 trees), and Oku-senbon (inner 1,000 trees). The Shimo-senbon lower 1,000 trees come into bloom the earliest, and the view of its blossoms is particularly stunning from the Nanamagarisaka hill and the Shimo-senbon scenic lookout. The Kimpusen-ji Temple’s Zao-do hall, a World Heritage Site and symbol of Mt. Yoshino, is also a must-see. Most years, the best time to view the blossoms is from early to mid-April, and during this time a cherry blossom festival is held spanning the whole mountain in line with the flowers blooming; the blossoms are also lit up at night. A three minute ride via ropeway from Yoshino Station on the Kintetsu Railway Yoshino Line. Shops, toilets and parking available. Traffic restrictions applying to cars and trucks are implemented in certain areas during the cherry blossom season.
    sakura-icon Best period to see in normal years
    Mid Apr.-Late 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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