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 Continue reading «Okazaki Cherry Blossom Viewing in Sakyō-ku, Kyoto.»Read more ›
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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 Continue reading «Sakura (桜）Hotspots in and Around Kyoto!»Read more ›
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 Continue reading «Emperor Kazan’s Favorite Sakura Garden!»Read more ›