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  • Kyoto is Japan's celebrated ancient capital, and during cherry blossom season visitors

  • from all over the world flock to this special city, eager to take in the breathtaking sakura

  • displays around its abundant shrines, temples and gardens.

  • Kyoto boasts among the highest concentration of sakura spots in all of Japan, with peak

  • sakura season typically occurring around one week in early April, but can start as early

  • as late March or last into mid-April depending on temperatures in the preceding weeks.

  • With so many choices when it comes to cherry blossoms in Kyoto, we thought we'd make

  • planning your perfect, petal-filled trip a little easier by giving a quick rundown of

  • our Top 10 sakura locations in Kyoto.

  • Number 10: Ninnaji Ninnaji is famous for its grove of locally

  • cultivated, late bloomingOmurospecies of cherry trees, that bloom a few days after

  • Japan's ubiquitous Some Yoshino cherry tree variety.

  • Because of its hundreds of late-blooming sakura, Ninnaji is a great place to visit towards

  • the end of Kyoto's cherry blossom season.

  • Number 9: Kiyomizudera The large grounds of Kiyomizudera offer breathtaking

  • views of a sakura-filled valley and hillsides dotted by temple structures.

  • There are various spots to take in the cherry blossoms within the complex, and especially

  • nice is around a pond near the exit.

  • The temple also has nightly light-up events during cherry blossom season, in which the

  • sakura trees are beautifully illuminated.

  • Number 8: Daigoji At this ancient temple visitors can see spectacular

  • sakura displays alongside majestic relics, with some parts of the temple dating back

  • hundreds of years, like its five-storied pagoda which was first constructed in 951.

  • In the sixteenth century one of modern Japan's founding fathers, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, held

  • a famous cherry blossom viewing party at Daigoji, making it an important part of Japan's hanami

  • culture.

  • And still today it is a worthwhile place to admire the beautiful blossoms.

  • Number 7: Botanical Garden This flower-abundant garden contains a beautiful

  • forest full of weeping cherry trees and Somei Yoshino (Japan's most common variety of

  • cherry tree).

  • Providing spectacular views of cherry trees in spacious, tranquil surroundings, Kyoto

  • Botanical Garden is a great place to have a picnic and for families wanting to see cherry

  • blossoms.

  • Number 6: Okazaki Canal and Keage Incline The Okazaki Canal is a section of waterway

  • that connects Kyoto with nearby Lake Biwa, Japan's largest lake.

  • The Keage Incline historically was used to transport vessels from the Okazaki Canal to

  • a network of waterways at a higher elevation.

  • Both the Okazaki Canal and the Keage Incline are lined with hundreds of cherry trees that

  • produce breathtaking displays in spring time.

  • During the sakura season there are also boat tours along the Okazaki Canal, which make

  • for a fun and picturesque petal-viewing experience.

  • Number 5: Haradanien Located in the hills in the northwest of Kyoto,

  • Haradanien is a beautiful garden which boasts a large numbers of weeping cherry trees.

  • Typically reaching full bloom a few days after trees in the rest of the city, the beautiful

  • paths of Haradanien are a fantastic spot to see the sakura for visitors who are a little

  • late for Kyoto's main season.

  • Number 4: Arashiyama The quaint Arashiyama District in the northern

  • outskirts of Kyoto becomes alive with color and activity during sakura season.

  • The riverside Nakanoshima Park located directly next to the iconic Togetsukyo Bridge is an

  • especially popular spot to enjoy the cherry trees and from here visitors can also admire

  • surrounding petal dotted hillsides and the famous bridge.

  • Lastly, the area is also home to numerous beautifully designed temples that provide

  • for atmospheric spots to take in the blossoms.

  • Number 3: Heian Shrine The popular Heian Shrine was constructed at

  • the end of the 19th century, and behind its main buildings is a beautiful garden boasting

  • a large number of weeping cherry trees that bloom a few days later than most other trees

  • in the city.

  • The garden's picturesque paths and spectacular spring displays make it one of the best places

  • to catch the cherry blossoms at the tail end of Kyoto's sakura season.

  • Number 2: Maruyama Park Located next to Yasaka Shrine in the foothills

  • of the mountains to the east of Kyoto, Maruyama Park is the city's most popular park for

  • cherry blossom viewing.

  • A giant weeping cherry tree stands in the center of the park, which is made even more

  • beautiful by the illumination events each evening.

  • During sakura season various temporary restaurants pop up purveying a variety of dishes and drinks,

  • and the park takes on a vibrant, carnival-like atmosphere with hanami parties continuing

  • into the night.

  • Number 1: Philosopher's Path Our top pick of all the places to see the

  • cherry blossoms in Kyoto is the Philosopher's Path which is a unique canal-side path

  • in the city's Higashiyama District that stretches around 2 km, connecting Ginkakuji

  • (the Silver Pavilion) and the neighborhood of Nanzenji Temple.

  • This pleasant walkway is lined with hundreds of cherry trees that explode into color every

  • year around early April making it our number one sakura spot in the entire city.

  • So there you have it, our top ten cherry blossom spots in Kyoto.

  • Hopefully this video helps you plan an enjoyable sakura-filled trip for yourself.

  • More in-depth information on the cherry blossoms can be found in the dedicated section of our

  • website including this year's forecast, lists of the best sakura spots, tree varieties,

  • and during sakura season, daily cherry blossom reports from around the country.

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  • head to japan-guide.com, your comprehensive up-to-date travel guide first hand from Japan.

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  • Happy travels.

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