Cherry Blossoms

by / on April 22, 2015 at 4:55 PM / in Cherry Blossoms, Daigo-ji Temple, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto WH, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines

Hideyoshi ’s Sakura Party at Daigo-ji, Kyoto!

Hideyoshi Toyotomi’s Cherry Blossom Party at Daigo-ji in Kyoto: The annual Hō-Taikō Hanami Gyōretsu (Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s cherry blossom viewing parade – 豊太閤花見行列) was held at Daigo-ji temple (醍醐寺) in Kyoto, on the 12th of April. The procession exits the Sanbō-in garden (三宝院) through the Karamon gate and makes it way via the Sandō (参道), the approach to the main area […]

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by / on June 11, 2014 at 8:38 PM / in Cherry Blossoms, Kyoto-Fu, Matsuri-Festival, Temples-Shrines, Ukyō-ku, Yawata

Sakura Hotspots in Kyoto: Arashiyama.

Kizu and Katsura Rivers: A little while ago I got myself an off road mountain bike and have used it as part of my exercise routine. One of the goals I had set was to cycle along the Kizu River to Arashiyama. I live very close to this river and it has a nice cycling road along its banks. The […]

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by / on April 8, 2013 at 6:34 PM / in Cherry Blossoms, Featured, Matsuri-Festival, Sakyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

Okazaki Cherry Blossom Viewing in Kyoto.

Okazaki Cherry Blossom Viewing in Sakyō-ku, Kyoto is very popular with many Kyotoites and foreign visitors. The canal is lined on both sides with cherry trees. You can walk along the canal from Kawabata dori, following Niomon dori until you reach Shirakawa dori and the entrance to Nanzen-ji temple. At the moment there is a traditional water tour, on a […]

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by / on March 28, 2013 at 6:48 PM / in Cherry Blossoms, Featured, Matsuri-Festival

Cherry Blossoms Hotspots in Kyoto!

Flower Viewing or “Hanami” is the centuries-old practice of picnicking under a blooming sakura or ume tree. The custom is said to have started during the Nara Period (710–794) when it was ume blossoms that people admired in the beginning. But by the Heian Period (794–1185), cherry blossoms came to attract more attention and hanami was synonymous with sakura. From […]

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by / on April 18, 2012 at 9:56 PM / in Cherry Blossoms, Ide-cho, Local Gems, Matsuri-Festival

Sakura on The Banks of the Tama River!

There are around 500 cherry trees, which are illuminated at night, on the bank of the Tama River. Under the trees, many festival booths organized by various groups stand side by side and attract many people. The Sakura is in full bloom here and perhaps will last another week. This Sakura spot has a light up. It’s on the JR […]

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by / on April 18, 2012 at 4:47 PM / in Cherry Blossoms, Chushojima, Local Gems, Matsuri-Festival

Cherry Blossoms in Chushojima, Kyoto!

This is near the Kyo-Bashi bridge in Fushimi and this River (Uji River) was constructed in 1594. Toyotomi Hideyoshi built the inland river port and modified the Uji River to enable transportation of building materials. Today you can get a ride on these pleasure boats called in olden times Sanjikkoku and enjoy a splendid view of the cherry blossoms that […]

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by / on April 18, 2012 at 11:41 AM / in Cherry Blossoms, Matsuri-Festival

Emperor Kazan’s Favorite Sakura Garden!

Near Kinkaku-ji, the gorgeous cherry blossoms at this modest shrine (Hirano jinjya) have been the focus of an annual spring festival since 985. The pale pink petals contrast with vermilion lanterns lining the lanes of this Heian-style complex. The shrine was brought here from Nagaoka, the country’s capital after Nara and before Kyoto. There are 45 different species of 500 […]

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