Cherry Blossom Viewing Parties & Spring Special Nighttime Opening

Various cherry blossom viewing events and special nighttime openings of temples and shrines will be held during the spring.Enjoy the beautiful scenery of cherry trees in Kyoto and lit-up scenes featuring a spring of marvelous scents!

  1. Until April 9
    Special Sakura Festival at Toei Kyoto
    Studio Park: During the festival period,various events will be held related to cherry
    blossom and Kyoto
    Entry: ¥2,200
    9:00-17:00(until 18:00 on Sat., Sun. & National Holidays)
    Tel: 0570-064-349

    April 1-15
    Heian Shrine
    Tea ceremonies will be held in the exquisite garden teahouse of Heian Shrine
    ¥600 to enter (additional ¥800 for tea)

    April 9
    Nijo Castle
    A special tea ceremony will be held in the Seiryu-en Garden of the castle, which is usually closed to the public
    Two kinds of tea and a light meal will be offered
    ¥3,500(includes a gift plate)
    Tel: 075-841-0096;

    April 9-23
    Kurama Temple:
    Located on Mount Kurama,this temple has been praised for its beautiful mountain cherry blossoms since the Heian period (794-1185)

    Until mid-April
    Maruyama Park
    This is the most popular cherry blossom viewing site in Kyoto
    A grand weeping cherry tree will be lit-up by torch light from the end of March
    Admission free
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Gion Hirano Shrine
    The shrine precinct will be filled with a number of cherry trees
    Many food stalls will be lined in the precinct as well
    Admission free; Sunset-21:00
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #205 "Kinugasakomae"
    Tel: 075-461-4450

    Until April 16
    To-ji Temple
    One of Kyoto’s UNESCO World Heritage sites
    With the five-story pagoda as backdrop, the double flower weeping cherry tree will exhibit its gorgeous appearance
    Access: Kintetsu Kyoto Line, Toji Stn.
    Tel: 075-691-3325

    Until April 16
    Nijo Castle
    Nijo Castle was built in 1603 and designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994
    The castle features about 200 varieties of cherry trees and its large garden will be lit up at night to create a supremely elegant scene
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #9, 50, 101 or Subway Tozai Line, Nijojo-mae Stn.
    Tel: 075-841-0096

    Until May 7
    Kodai-ji Temple
    This temple was founded by Nene, the wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi(one of Japan’s most famous warlords)
    The temple's large pond garden, tea ceremony rooms and buildings are surrounded by a
    bamboo forest creating an especially elegant atmosphere when lit up at night
    Sunset- 21:30
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Higashiyamayasui

    Until May 7
    Entoku-in Temple
    This temple was where Nene lived out the end of her life
    One part of the garden is a national scenic beauty spot
    The temple has gorgeous sliding door paintings created by famous modern Japanese artists
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Higashiyamayasui
    Tel: 075-525-0101

The information on this site is reprinted from the April 2017 issue of Kyoto Visitor's Guide. ◎AD BRAIN INC. Published on 17.03.29