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Kyoto is a city that never ceases to fascinate visitors with its beautiful streets that blend ancient Japanese traditions and culture with a modern atmosphere.

Kyoto attracts many tourists in spring. The purpose of this visit is the cherry blossoms, which bloom brilliantly and beautifully.Kyoto is said to be the most popular cherry blossom spot in Japan. From cherry blossoms blooming in historic temples to cherry blossoms blending into urban cityscapes, Kyoto offers a wide variety of spots to enjoy the cherry blossoms.

This video introduces 30 cherry blossom spots in Kyoto accompanied by views of the city. it starts from the upper reaches of Kamo River, Kiyomizudera Temple, Philosopher's Path, Heian Shrine, Arashiyama, Daigoji Temple, Maruyama Park, and other famous cherry blossom viewing spots on the itinerary of every traveler to Japan. By the end of the video, you'll have been enchanted by fantastical cherry blossoms illuminated at dusk, apprentice geisha on the streets of Kyoto, Kiyomizudera Temple, Maruyama Park, Gion Shirakawa, and other spectacular views. Enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, via video.

Hanami (花見, lit. 'Flower Viewing') is the Japanese tradition of cherry blossom viewing. While the word "hanami" is made up of the characters "花" (Hana, 'Flower') and "見" (Mi, 'See'/'View'), in modern-day Japan, it refers to viewing sakura (桜) or "cherry blossoms." During the spring, when the cherry blossoms bloom, there are festivals and events held to welcome the arrival of spring and appreciate the ephemeral beauty of the cherry blossoms. Hanami parties are often held at parks and other places where the cherry blossoms are blooming, in the form of picnics and barbecues, with tarps laid under the trees for participants to sit on. Many people buy snacks like onigiri (rice balls) and karaage (Japanese fried chicken) from nearby convenience stores and supermarkets for hanami parties, as well as other dishes like sushi and dango (Japanese dumplings made from rice flour).

Hanami festivals often take place in parks and feature lanterns hanging between the trees, as well as a variety of food stalls selling things like yakitori (chicken skewers), yakisoba, crepes, etc. There may also be music and other performances as well, but this will vary with each event.

Since weeping cherry blossoms bloom earlier than Somei Yoshino cherries, and Benishidare Sakura bloom later than Somei Yoshino cherries, visitors to Kyoto visitors can expect to enjoy the cherry blossoms from late March to mid-April in Kyoto in a normal year.

In 2023, someiyoshino were declared to be in full bloom on March 17, earlier than normal due to high temperatures in February and March, but as of January 2024, they are expected to be on par with or slightly earlier than normal.

In addition to the fully blooming cherry blossoms, other spectacular views, such as cherry blossom blizzards, cherry blossoms floating on water, and cherry blossom carpets, are also incredibly beautiful and enhance the beauty of Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan.
In addition to Somei Yoshino cherry trees, Kyoto is also famous for late-blooming cherry blossoms, namely its signature Benishidare Sakura.

Kyoto has many famous cherry blossom spots, but if you're not familiar with Kyoto, it's not easy to know where to go to see the cherry blossoms. With that in mind, we've compiled a list of the 20 best cherry blossom spots in Kyoto by area. Information on nighttime cherry blossoms and illuminations are also included in the article, so be sure to use this as a guide for enjoying the cherry blossoms in Kyoto in 2023!

Image of cherry blossoms and the 3-story pagoda at Kiyomizudera Temple, Kyoto
Photo:Cherry blossoms and the 3-story pagoda at Kiyomizudera Temple, Kyoto

Kiyomizudera Temple
The precincts of Kiyomizudera Temple, an ancient temple recognized as a World Heritage site in Kyoto, Japan, are home to approximately 1,500 cherry trees, including Somei Yoshino cherry trees and east Asian cherries. The view of the cherry blossoms from Okunoin Temple is especially spectacular. The three-story pagoda seen over the cherry blossoms from Hoshoike Pond is also a picturesque sight.

If you visit Kiyomizudera Temple, be sure to see the "Jishu-zakura" cherry blossoms that blooms at Jishu Shrine on the left side of the temple grounds. This is a rare variety of cherry blossom with both single and double blossoms, and it's said that in the Heian period (794-1185), Emperor Saga made two or three trips to the temple to admire the beauty of these cherry blossoms.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple will be illuminated from March 23 to March 31, 2024, creating a fantastic sight different from that of the daytime.

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Kodaiji Temple
Along with Arashiyama, Kyoto's Higashiyama ward is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kyoto. Nene-no-michi (ねねの道, lit. 'Nene Road') is located in this area embodying the historical atmosphere of Kyoto with its stone-paved streets and temples. Named after Kodai-in (nicknamed 'Nene'), a Buddhist nun, aristocrat, and the wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, this path leads to Kodaiji Temple, which was founded by Nene to mourn the death of her husband Hideyoshi.

Known for its autumn foliage, Kodaiji Temple is also famous for its cherry blossoms. One weeping cherry tree in Hashintei Garden in front of the chief priest's chambers is particularly famous. Although it is only one cherry tree, its vivid blossoms blooming beautifully above the white sand are in harmony with the dry rock garden, and it's well worth seeing.

Kodaiji Temple will hold a special nighttime viewing from March 15 to May 6, 2024. Unlike during the daytime, the temple grounds, including the garden and halls, will be lit up, allowing visitors to enjoy the fantastic cherry blossoms. The Hojo-mae garden, where projection mapping is used, is especially popular.

Image of the weeping cherry blossoms at Maruyama Park, Kyoto
Photo:The weeping cherry blossoms at Maruyama Park, Kyoto

Maruyama Park
If one were to ask, "Where is the most famous cherry blossom spot in Kyoto?", answering with "The Gion Weeping Cherry Tree in Maruyama Park," would be no lie.
The Gion Weeping Cherry Tree is located on a small hill behind Yasaka Shrine, and has been nicknamed "Gion-san" (-san is a suffix added to a name to show respect) by the locals, and surrounded by a fence. On a clear day, you can photograph the blue skies and the large weeping cherry blossom here. It is also known as "Gion no Yozakura" (祇園の夜桜, the nighttime cherry blossom of Gion), and its fantastically illuminated appearance attracts many people.

The official name of this cherry tree is "Hitoe Shiro Higan Hitoe Zakura (一重白彼岸枝垂桜)," and it is an Edohigan cherry tree. The second-generation cherry tree is over 90 years old and has grown to a height of approximately 12 meters.
Maruyama Park is very lively during the cherry blossom season, with various food stalls and many people gathering in the area. If you have never seen the cherry blossoms, consider stopping by Maruyama Park; you'll be amazed at the beauty of the blossoms!

Gion Shirakawa Canal
Gion Shirakawa, with its distinctive lattice doors and elegant streetscape of historical merchant houses, is another famous cherry blossom spot in Kyoto.
The Gion Shirakawa Canal is lined with 43 different types of cherry trees, including Somei Yoshino cherryies, weeping cherries, yamazakura, and more.
One of the most popular areas is from Kawabata Dori (川端通, Kawabata Street) to the east along the Shirakawa Canal. Here, the cherry blossoms form an archway, blocking out the sky.
There is a stone pavilion on one side of the street, so tourists can take a break and look up at the beautiful cherry blossoms blanketing the sky. People can often be seen taking photos with the arched cherry blossoms in the background.
From March 22 to 31, 2024, "Gion Shirakawa Yoizakura Light-up" will be held at Gion Shirakawa River, led by local stores and residents. There are restaurants around the area, so you can enjoy a meal while watching the fantastic nighttime cherry blossoms.Gion Shirakawa is easily accessible, being just a 5-minute walk from Gion Shijo Station on the Keihan Electric Railway.

Image of cherry blossoms at Philosopher's Path, Kyoto
Photo:Cherry blossoms at Philosopher's Path, Kyoto

Philosopher's Path
The Philosopher's Path, named after the philosopher Kitaro Nishida and his disciples, as well as other literary figures who strolled along it, has been selected as one of the "Top 100 Streets in Japan."
Some 400 cherry trees can be seen along the 2-km-long Philosopher's Path that runs along the Sosui Canal, where many philosophers would have walked in contemplation. The path is reminiscent of a tunnel of cherry blossoms, and a leisurely stroll along it with the spring breeze is sure to leave you feeling peaceful.
The Philosopher's Path starts from Kumano Nyakuoji Shrine and continues to Ginkakuji Temple. Along the path you can find famous tourist attractions, such as Nanzenji Temple, allowing sightseers to take a leisurely stroll through famous landmarks in Kyoto.

Keage Incline
The Keage Incline was an incline railroad built to carry ships back and forth on the slope from Keage Boat Reservoir to the Nanzenji Boat Reservoir. Although the line is now closed, it has been restored to its original state, allowing visitors to enjoy a view from the past.
Approximately 90 Somei Yoshino cherry trees are planted along the railroad, forming an arch of breathtaking cherry blossoms. The Keage Incline is also a popular spot for Instagrammers and photographers.

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Okazaki Canal
Next up is the Lake Biwa Canal, a waterway built in the Meiji period to send water from Lake Biwa, a river source in Kyoto. The Okazaki Canal is a canal that passes through the Okazaki area where Heian Shrine and Kyoto City Zoo are located.
The Okazaki Canal is dotted with around 400 Somei Yoshino cherry trees, and when they're in full bloom, you can enjoy cherry blossoms on both banks of the canal and reflected on the surface of the water in the canal itself.
From March 20 to April 14, 2024, "Okazaki Sakura Kairo Jubune Meguri (Okazaki Cherry Blossom Corridor Ten Boat Tour)" will be held on the Okazaki Sosui (Canal) by a boat called "Jusekibune (ten stone boats)". Why not enjoy viewing the cherry blossoms along the Sosui River from the comfort of a boat?The beautiful rows of cherry blossoms seen from the boat have become popular as a springtime tradition.

Image of cherry blossoms at the large torii gate of Heian Shrine, Kyoto
Photo:Cherry blossoms at the large torii gate of Heian Shrine, Kyoto

Heian Shrine
Heian Shrine, a relatively new shrine in Kyoto, was built in the Meiji period (1868-1912) and is characterized by its 24-meter-tall torii gate.
Heian Shrine, dyed beautifully by the cherry blossoms during spring, has become popular from the "Kyoto 5-Shrine Tour," which takes visitors on a tour of Kamigamo Shrine, Matsunoo Taisha Shrine, Heian Shrine, Yasaka Shrine, and Jonangu Shrine.
At Heian Jingu Shrine, approximately 300 cherry trees of some 20 varieties, including Somei Yoshino cherry trees and Benishidare Sakura can be enjoyed. The contrast between the Benishidare Sakura and the vermilion color of the shrine's pavilions is simply gorgeous.
From March 31 to April 11, 2024, the "Heian Jingu Shrine Cherry Blossom Viewing Tea Ceremony" will be held to view the cherry blossoms while enjoying green tea. Also, from April 3 to 7, the "Benishidare Concert" will be held amidst the illuminated cherry blossoms, attracting many visitors.

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Nakaragi no Michi, Kamo River
Nakaragi no Michi (半木の道) is a walking path on the east side of the embankment from Kitayama Ohashi Bridge (北山大橋) to the Kitaoji Ohashi Bridge (北大路大橋). The path is named after Nakaragi Shrine located in the Kyoto Botanical Gardens and features many beautiful cherry blossoms. When the Benishidare Sakura planted along the 840-meter path are in full bloom, it forms a tunnel of cherry blossoms, delighting tourists and locals alike.
The Kamo River bank, where many weeping cherry trees are planted, is nicknamed "Hana no Kairo" (花の回廊, Corridor of Flowers). Going for a stroll along the river while enjoying the flowers is another recommended activity for appreciating the cherry blossoms in Kyoto.

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Image of nighttime cherry blossoms at Hirano Shrine, Kyoto
Photo:Nighttime cherry blossoms at Hirano Shrine, Kyoto

Hirano Shrine
Hirano Shrine, is thought to have been founded in 794 with the relocation of the capital to Kyoto, at the order of Emperor Kanmu. The shrine has been known since the Edo period (1603-1868) as a popular nighttime cherry blossom spot in Kyoto.
Bearing the cherry blossom as its shrine crest, Hirano Shrine, is home to 400 cherry trees of approximately 60 different varieties. The cherry blossoms at Hirano Shrine bloom from late March to mid-April and are illuminated during the cherry blossom season. The fantastic "Hirano no Yozakura" (平野の夜桜 'Nighttime Cherry Blossoms of Hirano') is an exciting event for viewing the cherry blossoms. On April 10, the date when Emperor Kazan is said to have planted cherry trees at the shrine by hand, a cherry blossom festival called "Oka-sai" (桜花祭) is held. It features a festive historical procession.

Nijo Castle
Famous as a World Heritage Site, Nijo Castle is also a famous cherry blossom spot in Kyoto. The castle is adorned with 300 cherry trees of around 50 varieties, which dye the castle a pale pink color in spring.
Among the cherry blossom viewing spots at Nijo Castle, Karamon Gate, a National Treasure, seen through the vivid cherry blossoms, is easily one of the best. The arch created by Somei Yoshino cherries and weeping cherry trees in Seiryu-en Garden is also popular.
From March 8 to April 7, 2024, "Nijo Castle Cherry Blossom Festival 2024" will be held. During the day, various events such as Kyoto's specialty exhibition, kitchen cars, and cultural experience events will be held, and at night, visitors can enjoy the illuminated night cherry blossoms. In addition, visitors can enjoy the digital art of projection mapping by NAKED,INK.

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Arashiyama is perhaps the most famous tourist attraction in Kyoto. In addition to the autumn leaves in the fall, the cherry blossom season also attracts many tourists, who come to enjoy the beautiful spring scenery.

In addition, from late March to early April, the weeping cherry trees in Arashiyama Nakanoshima Park will be illuminated. Please note, however, that this event may be delayed or canceled depending on blooming conditions and other circumstances.
Since the Arashiyama area is dotted with cherry blossom spots, it may be a good idea to spend a day touring the cherry blossom spots, such as Tenryuji Temple, which will be introduced next.

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Tenryuji Temple Tenryuji Temple was built by Ashikaga Takauji to mourn the loss of Emperor Godaigo. The temple is famous for its garden, Sogen-ike Garden, which was the first garden in Japan to be designated as a National Historic Site and a Special Place of Scenic Beauty. The garden, with Arashiyama and Kameyama in the background, is home to approximately 200 cherry trees, including weeping cherry blossoms, someiyoshino cherries, yamazakura, and yaezakura.

Of these, the weeping cherry trees around Tahoden Hall offer beautiful bright pink blossoms at eye level. The view of the cherry blossoms from Mangyo no Oka Hill is a must-see spot from which you can view both the gardens of Tenryuji Temple and the city of Kyoto, so be sure to stop by when you visit.

Keifuku Electric Railway (Randen)
Did you know you can enjoy the cherry blossoms from inside a train? Located between Narutaki and Utano Stations on the Keifuku Electric Railway's Randen Line is a cherry blossom tunnel. The cherry blossom tunnel features approximately 70 cherry trees on both sides of the tracks for around 200 meters. When the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, they cover the sky and form a tunnel, allowing passengers to enjoy the view from the train windows as the entire area is tinted a pale pink.
Until 2019, the train would be illuminated at night and run slowly with the interior lights dimmed, but unfortunately this has now been suspended in order to maintain the cherry blossoms.

Image of cherry blossoms at Ninnaji Temple, Kyoto
Photo:Cherry blossoms at Ninnaji Temple, Kyoto

Ninnaji Temple
Even after the someiyoshino cherry trees have finished blooming, there are still many spots in Kyoto to enjoy the cherry blossoms. One such place is Ninnaji Temple, which is a favorite among the people of Kyoto.
Ninnaji Temple is a temple of the Omuro School of the Shingon sect of Buddhism. The temple was founded in 888 and is home to late-blooming "Omuro-zakura" cherry trees are at their best in mid-April. Characterized by their short stature, the beautiful cherry blossoms can be from up close, giving visitors the feeling that they're walking through a cloud of cherry blossoms. Additionally, the area on the west side of the temple, past the central gate, has been designated a National Place of Scenic Beauty and is home to approximately 200 cherry trees. The view created by the five-story pagoda and the Omuro-zakura cherry blossoms is a sight enjoyed by many people.

Toji Temple
Toji Temple, known as the temple gifted by Kukai, the founder of the Shingon sect of Buddhism, is officially called Kyo-o Gokokuji Temple.
The most eye-catching and beautiful cherry tree on the temple grounds is the Fuji-zakura. This large weeping cherry tree, which blooms in front of a five-story pagoda on the temple grounds, is more than 120 years old. It is known as the symbol of Toji Temple, but it was actually grown in the city of Morioka, in Iwate Prefecture, and came to Toji Temple after passing through Akita and Mie prefectures. In addition, Toji Temple is home to approximately 200 cherry trees, which include Somei Yoshino cherries and more.

The temple will be illuminated from March 16 to April 14, 2024. The Kondo, the auditorium, the Fuji cherry blossoms, and the five-story pagoda are illuminated to create a mysterious scene. Many people visit every day to catch a glimpse of the beauty.

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Daigoji Temple
Daigoji Temple was founded as the head temple of the Daigo School of the Shingon sect of Buddhism. The Daigoji Temple is large, consisting of both an upper (Kami Daigo) and lower (Shimo Daigo) section, as well as the Sanboin Temple section. The temple ground are famous for being the setting of "Daigo no Hanami" a historic cherry blossom party held by the famous Japanese warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi, which was attended by some 1,000 guests.
Since the Heian period (794-1185), Daigoji Temple has been called "Hana no Daigo" (花の醍醐, Daigo of Flowers) and is famous for its cherry blossoms. About 700 cherry trees of all different varieties can be enjoyed at the temple.
In the Shimo-Daigo area (Lower section of the temple grounds), where the main hall and other buildings are located, visitors can enjoy the magical sight of weeping cherry blossoms, Somei Yoshino cherries, and yamazakura cherries blooming beautifully. In addition, the 150-year-old Taiko Shidare Zakura, a weeping cherry tree in front of the grand entrance of Sanboin Temple, is a superb spot for enjoying the cherry blossoms.

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Jonangu Shrine
Although Jonangu Shrine is famous for its plum blossoms, it is actually also a famous cherry blossom viewing spot. Rakusuien Garden, located at Jonangu Shrine, is known as the flower garden from the Tale of Genji, and within it are Benishidare Sakura, bellflower cherries, and yamazakura cherries. The garden is popular for its tasteful scenery of dark pink weeping cherry blossoms on green grass, which gradually transitions to lighter colors.
Visitors can also relax and admire the beauty of the Benishidare Sakura while sipping tea and enjoying sweets at the tea house, Rakusuiken.

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Byodoin Temple
Byodoin Temple, the symbol of Uji, was built by Fujiwara no Yorimichi and is famous for appearing on the 10-yen coin, and is also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Byodoin Temple's cherry blossom spot is Aji-ike Pond in front of the Phoenix Hall. When the Somei Yoshino cherry trees and weeping cherry trees surrounding Aji-ike Pond are in full bloom, the beauty of the Phoenix Hall seen through the cherry blossoms is truly breathtaking. The reflection of the temple on the surface of Aji-ike Pond is another stunning sight.

In 2023, "Special Night Viewing" was held for travel agency tour participants on March 24-25, April 1-3, 7, and 8. Every year, Byodoin Temple is illuminated during the cherry blossom viewing season, and visitors can enjoy viewing the cherry blossoms at night. In 2024, special spring nights will be held from March 22nd, 23rd, 29th, April 1st to 4th and 5th for travel agency tours.

Someiyoshino cherry trees, weeping cherry trees, peony cherry trees, and yaezakura cherry trees are planted on both banks of the upper Uji Bridge. The number of cherry trees is more than 2,000, and when they are in full bloom, you can see a magnificent row of beautiful cherry trees.
The "Uji Cherry Blossom Festival" will be held at Uji Park from April 6 to 7, 2024. The festival will also include the Uji River Spring Market, where Uji's specialties and other products will be on display.

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Sewaritei, where the Kizu and Uji Rivers come together, is also known as a cherry blossom spot. Sewaritei is located in a national park as the Seawari area of the Yodogawa Riverside Park, and is dyed a pale pink color in the spring.
Along the river, approximately 220 Somei Yoshino cherry trees create a 1.4-km-long cherry blossom tunnel. Visitors can enjoy the view of cherry blossoms while strolling along the nature-filled riverbed.
The Sakura-deai Visitor Center has an observation tower overlooking the cherry blossoms and a rest area, so families can enjoy the cherry blossoms together while having a picnic.

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So far, we've introduced famous cherry blossom spots in Kyoto. Here, we'll introduce three less famous, but still worthwhile, cherry blossom spots.

The first is Rokusonno Shrine, a shrine located in Minami, Kyoto. It is one of the Three Genji Shrines, and was dedicated to Minamoto no Tsunemoto, the founder of the Minamoto clan. Rokusonno Shrine is home to Somei Yoshino cherries, weeping cherries, yamazakura cherries, and Ukonzakura, a cherry tree with yellow-green blossoms.
The shrine also features a stone torii gate with red lanterns on both sides of it, and the cherry blossoms surrounding it make it popular amongst photographers and Instagrammers.

The second shrine is Oharano Shrine. Located in Kyoto City's Nishikyo Ward, Oharano Shrine is known for its weeping cherry tree.
The cherry tree is referred to as a "phantom cherry blossom" because its petals fall just three days after blooming, and it's said that a thousand of your wishes will come true if you can see it. If you have a wish you want to make come true, be sure to visit and see the phantom cherry blossoms.

The last shrine we'll introduce is Takenaka Inari Shrine. The shrine is located near the top of Mt. Yoshida in Sakyo, Kyoto, and is famous for its proximity to Kyoto University.
The straight approach to the shrine is lined with torii gates and cherry blossoms, and the vermilion of the torii gates harmonizes with the pale pink of the cherry blossoms, resulting in some incredible photos. Because it's rarely mentioned in tourist guides, this is a cherry blossom spot where locals experience the arrival of spring.

Spring in Kyoto is from March to May, with the cherry blossoms being in full bloom in early April. Because spring is over a span of 3 months, despite it technically being spring, the temperatures can change drastically. Below are the average temperatures for Kyoto during spring in 2022:

March: 10.5°C (50.9°F)
April: 16.5°C (61.7°F)
May: 19.7°C (67.5°F)

Based on this information our recommendations for what to wear are as follows:

Kyoto March Clothing:
As spring has only arrived in name, the first half of March in Kyoto can be quite cold. Because of this, we recommend bringing a warm jacket, as well as gloves and knit hats if you're visiting during this period. Towards the middle of March, the temperature will start to increase and you'll likely be okay with lighter sweaters and coats and will no longer need gloves and caps. Those looking to wears dresses and shirts should be sure to wear thicker tights.

Kyoto April Clothing:
April in Kyoto is quite a bit warmer than March and you will likely be fine with light jackets, windbreakers, and sweaters. As the temperature is much more variable in April, it's a good idea to have a decent mix of both heavier and lighter clothing.

Kyoto May Clothing:
Kyoto is much warmer in May and you'll likely no longer need a jacket at all. With an average temperature nearing the 20s (70°F), you'll likely be wearing a t-shirt and shorts most of the time, but on colder days, especially during the morning and evening, it can cool down quite a bit, so it's a good idea to have some long-sleeve shirts as well.

Hanami parties are a great way to enjoy the cherry blossoms and spring weather, but there are a few manners to keep in mind so that both you, and everyone around you, can have a nice time.

1. Don't Touch the Cherry Blossoms
The cherry blossoms are very beautiful and it can be tempting to want to touch them, whether it be for a photo or just to feel the petals. That being said, the cherry blossom are also very fragile and you can easily end up knocking the petals off of the flowers or even worse, breaking a branch on one of the trees. This can ruin the hanami experience for everyone in the area, so it's best to avoid touching them altogether.

2. Drink in Moderation and Be Mindful of Others
Hanami parties often features alcohol, such as beer or plum wine, and while it's completely fine to consume these, it's also important to know your limit. You don't want to end up drinking too much and bothering the people around you by being loud, falling over, or worst case, throwing up. If you plan on drinking, be sure to take it slow; you'll likely be enjoying the blossoms over the course of a couple hours anyways. Additionally, even if you don't plan on drinking, do your best to be considerate of others and avoid talking and playing music loudly.

3. Properly Dispose of Trash
While most parks have large trash areas for dumping garbage, this is not always the case. Be sure to check ahead of time if the hanami spot you're going to has garbage areas, and if not, take some garbage bags with you so you can take your garbage home and dispose of it properly. The most important thing is to not litter in the park, as this spoils the views, and makes the space less enjoyable for cherry blossom viewing.

In addition to these manners, each park will have its own rules, and it's important to abide by them. Some parks might not allow barbecuing, while others may not allow alcohol or pets. Abiding by the rules and manners will ensure that everyone will have a delightful hanami party!

Kyoto is a tourist destination that attracts many travelers because of its ancient traditions and culture. During the cherry blossom season, the prefecture is crowded with many tourists who come to enjoy viewing the cherry blossoms while experiencing Japanese traditions.
In addition to the cherry blossom spots introduced here, there are many other hanami spots in Kyoto where beautiful cherry blossoms bloom.
Visit Kyoto during the cherry blossom season and encounter traditional Japanese culture and breathtaking spring flowers!

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Last Updated : Apr. 2, 2023
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My name is Atsushi Heishiki, a writer who loves Japanese culture and lives in Okinawa.

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