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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.
  • Row of Cherry Trees on Hiikawa River Bank
    Row of Cherry Trees on Hiikawa River Bank
    Shimane Pref. Unnanshi Kisukichoukisuki
    The height of sakura spots in the Chugoku region, this area features an array of 800 cherry trees stretching roughly two kilometers, and was selected as one of Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots. Many visitors come each year to see the tunnel formed by the blooming cherry trees. Every year during peak season, the Sakura Festival is held, the trees are illuminated for nighttime viewing; during spring, there are fireworks, temporary shops, and other events.
    sakura-icon Best period to see in normal years
    Late Mar.-Mid-Apr.
    Best Seasons Best Selection:Early Apr.-Mid

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