7 Must-Visit Cherry Blossom Spots in Kyoto For Hanami | 2020 Edition – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

10.March.2020 | FEATURES / SPOT

The warmer weather is growing ever closer as we start to approach spring, and in Japan, that means the cherry blossom season is right around the corner. Today, we are joined by Instagram user Macchan-san who has provided us with some picturesque photos of places Kyoto for this Top 7 list of must-visit locations in the ancient capital to see the cherry blossoms this year.

 

Gion Shirakawa

Gion Shirakawa is a place that delivers on expectations when visiting Kyoto, with its rows of traditional houses, stone pavements, and maiko whom you’re sure to meet. This area is also lit up with illuminations during the cherry blossom season, which is perfect when you’re listening to the sound of the flowing Shirakawa River while gazing to your heart’s content at the cherry blossoms.

 

▶ Gion Shirakawa

Address: Shirakawa River, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto (Between Kawabata Shopping Arcade and Gion Tatsumi Bridge)

Closest Stations: 5-minutes on foot from Gion-Shijō Station (via Keihan Electric Railway) / 10-minutes on foot from Sanjō Station (via Keihan Electric Railway) / 10-minutes on foot from Kyoto-Kawaramachi Station (via Hankyu Railway)

Official Website: http://gion-yoisakura.com/

 

Former Main Building of the Kyoto Prefectural Office

The Former Main Building of the Kyoto Prefectural Office is listed under Japan’s list of Important Cultural Properties. It is the oldest building among existing government buildings in Japan. The courtyard is home to towering shidare-zakura cherry blossom trees, which captivate those who visit the building. The view of the buildingーwhose exterior is like that of a western mansionーtogether with the cherry blossoms is a sight to behold.

 

▶ Former Main Building of the Kyoto Prefectural Office

Address: Yabunouchicho, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto

Open: Tuesdays-Fridays (and every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Saturday)

Closed: Public Holidays and New Year Holidays

Opening Hours: 10:00-17:00

Closest Station: 10-minutes on foot from Marutamachi Station

Official Website (Japanese): https://www.pref.kyoto.jp/qhonkan/

 

Shojuin

Shojuin is famous for its beautiful heart-shaped window located in the reception hall. During the cherry blossom season, the window is dyed a pink colour. It is also lit up in the evenings, but you need to book a place in advance to see it. Places are allocated randomly. You can book on the official website.

 

▶ Shojuin

Address: Kawakami-149 Okuyamada, Ujitawara, Tsuzuk District, Kyoto

Opening Hours:  9:00-16:30 (April-September)

Price: ¥500 (Includes tea and confection)

Official Website: http://shoujuin.boo.jp/

 

Access:

①Reachable by Keihan Uji Bus (Numbers 180, 182 or 184) from Uji Station and Shin-Tanabe Station. Get off at Ichumae Bus Stop (維中前)

②10 minutes by the Okayamada Community Bus or taxi

 

Sewaritei

Sewaritei is a very popular spot for celebrating Hanami in Japan with its rows of cherry trees that span 1.4km along the park. From the Sakura Deai Kan observation building, you can soak up the breathtaking view of 220 individual cherry blossom trees. When they are in full bloom, it’s like walking through a tunnel of them, providing a romantic atmosphere.

 

▶ Sewaritei

Address: Yawata Zaioji, Yawata 614-8307, Kyoto Prefecture

Closest Station: 10-minutes on foot from Iwashimizu-Hachimangu Station (via Keihan Main Line)

Official Website: https://www.city.yawata.kyoto.jp/0000000479.html

 

Fushimi Jikkokubune Boats

Fushimi Jikkokubune is an opportunity to board an Edo Period-style boat. It departs from Bentenbashi, and takes passengers on a relaxing journey to observe Kyoto’s nature as well as the cherry blossoms. The departing times are fixed and limited, so be sure to check the official website in advance.

 

▶ Fushimi Jikkokubune Boats

Address: 247 Minamihamacho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto

Times: Check the official website

Closest Station: 5-minutes on foot from Chushojima Station (via the Keihan Main Line)

 

Official Website: https://kyoto-fushimi.or.jp/ship/

 

Fushimi Port Park

There is a walking course offered at Fushimi Port Park which lets you take in all of its sights. I recommend going for a Hanami walk when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.

 

▶ Fushimi Port Park

Address: Yoshijima Kanaidocho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto

Closest Station: 3-minutes on foot from Chushojima Station (via the Keihan Main Line)

Official Website: http://kyoto-park.or.jp/fushimi/

 

Fushimi Deai Bridge

This bridge appeared in the anime film I Want to Eat Your Pancreas. It’s a very beautiful spot where the cherry trees reflect off the surface of the water below the bridge. The location’s sights are the same as they were in the past too.

 

▶ Fushimi Deai Bridge (in Japanese: 伏見出会い橋)

Address: 911 Kitahamacho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto

Closest Station: 9-minutes on foot from Chushojima Station (via the Keihan Main Line)

 


Did you enjoy this list? If you’re planning a trip to Kyoto this spring, be sure to use these picks as reference for your Hanami and cherry blossom destinations. And if you’re looking for more places to visit in Kyoto, then follow Macchan on Instagram

 

Photos: Macchan

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