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You plan to visit Kyoto during Sakura season (cherryblossom season)? Than keep on reading, because after reading this blog article you will visit the beeeest spots during your cherryblossom-vacation!
The cherry blossom season is every year in japans spring. If you plan to visit Japan during this season you need to check the Sakura calendar as it can change from time to time. The cherry blossom trees bloom just for about 2 weeks. When the bloom opens it takes about one week until full bloom and from this point on it takes another week until they fall down.
In Tokyo there are a lot of parks and places you have to visit during the season.
Let’s start with our favorite spots!
We passed this beautiful shrine by accident. It wasn’t our plan to visit it, but it’s an hidden paradise. The orange Shrine is surrounded by beautiful cherry blossom trees. It is a very popular spot for photographers as it’s an amazing image but it’s not as crowded as the Fushimi Inari Shrine.
A very beautiful bamboo groove, which is very touristic. But it’s not only famous for bamboo trees. The Area around is also very popular during cheery blossom season. You can reach Arashiyama within 30 minutes from Kyoto Station
When you made it to Arashiyama you HAVE TO get a ticket on the Sagano Romantic Train Ride. It’s just like a movie. The train drives trough a breathtaking landscape and you will see beautiful rivers surrounded my cherry blossom trees. Make sure to get out at Kameoka city! THIS IS THE BEST!!!
We found this place on our last day in Kyoto and are so happy to share it with you.
Take a walk along the Nanatani River, where over 15000 trees are planted along a 1km road. This is epic.
How to get there?
To get Yawaragi no michi, take JR Sagano Line (San-in main line) from Kyoto station or the Sagano Romantic Train from Arashiyama and get off at Kameoka station. Take the Kameoka Furusato Bus from bus stop #6 at the North exit of Kameoka station, and get off at the Nanatanigawa Bus Station
This path is very close to the Takenaka Inari Shrine and was our usual aim when we the Shrine.
It’s a beautiful walk along the River, but as it’s very close to the City it will be also very crowded. P.S. if you want the real Japan feeling – there are several shops that offers Kimono Rental.
Gion is always a good idea. To spot Geishas or Makis & of course also for some beautiful cherry blossom trees surrounded by old Japanese architecture and temples.
Yes, we know! This spot is also written in our 7 things to do in Kyoto blog article, but it’s soooo epic. You will not believe your eyes if you watch those deers looking up for a falling cherryblossom bloom. Can you imagine?
You have several options to get to Kyoto.
Getting to Kyoto by plane: The closest airport is the Osaka International Airport. You reach it after 1 hour bus drive. This airport just takes domestic flights. Most international travelers arrive at Kansai Airport, which is also located in Osaka.
Getting to Kyoto from Tokyo via Shinkansen Express: The regular one way fare from Tokyo to Kyoto is 13,080 yen by non-reserved seat on any train, around 13,500 yen by reserved seat.
You can book your tickets here.
How we get to Kyoto: As we had a stopover in Fujiyoshida for the Mount Fuji, we had to choose another way of traveling. There is one night bus driving from Fujiyoshida to Kyoto, but as all tickets were sold out we had to plan a different route. We took the bus to Shizuoka and took there the Shinkansen express to Kyoto.
We were located in Salin. In Salin itself there is nothing special but you are quite in the middle of everything so you can reach everything with the train or bus. If you want to get everywhere even faster you should stay close to Kyoto station.
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