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How to Experience Cherry Blossom Season in Kyoto

How to Experience Cherry Blossom Season in Kyoto

Cherry blossom season is an annual event in Japan, a time when photographers and sightseers flock to Kyoto to marvel at city’s historic temples surrounded by pink flowers. Here are some ways to maximize your visit during this special annual period.

When to Go

The peak of cherry blossom (also called hanami) season usually happens between the last week of March and the first two weeks of April, with the peak period of blooms occurring around April 1. However, the specific time for this annual event depends on the current year’s weather conditions. Make sure to leave some flexibility in your travel plans to have the best chance of success.

Where to Go

Although the cherry trees will bloom throughout this UNESCO-listed city, a number of blossom spots have grown in popularity thanks to their combination of location and scenic beauty. Many blossom tourists head for the Imperial Palace, which offers great views of the palace complex alongside the pink blooms. The “Philosopher’s Path,” which offers a walkway alongside a canal linking Nanzenji and Kinkakuji Temples, is another great option. The urban street of Shimbashi is another highly-rated cherry blossom area.

How to Go

Many visitors choose to experience the cherry-blossom bloom on two feet. But for anyone looking to maximize their sightseeing time during this special period, tours by bicycle or rickshaw are also great options. The addition of wheels allows guests to cover more ground and avoid the crowds during the the busy viewing season.

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Kyoto Rickshaw Tour

Kyoto Rickshaw Tour

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Step into an authentic Japanese rickshaw for the ride of a lifetime, through some of the most scenic and historic districts in Kyoto, Japan. You have the option of exploring the verdant Bamboo Grove and impressive shrines of west Kyoto’s Arashiyama district or the intriguing wooden buildings and stone alleys (maybe even spotting a geisha or two) in Kyoto’s famed Higashiyama area, all with a knowledgeable local guide and rickshaw driver. This authentic, customizable Kyoto adventure is a fun introduction to this beautiful city.
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  • 30 minutes to 3 hours
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Kyoto Small-Group or Private Bike Tour

Kyoto Small-Group or Private Bike Tour

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Pedal through the historic streets of Kyoto as you visit its magnificent temples and shrines by bike during this small-group tour limited to 9 participants. Take a spin down the Path of Philosophy on this Kyoto tour that gives you an overview of the city while using a mode of transport preferred by locals: the humble bicycle. See shrines, temples and mountains — this is an enlightening escape from the city.
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  • 3 hours
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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto from Osaka/Kyoto

Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto from Osaka/Kyoto

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Enrich yourself with the fascinating history of Kyoto’s numerous UNESCO-listed temples and shrines during this day trip from Osaka. Explore the seemingly endless ‘torii’ gates at Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine, visit Kiyomizu-dera temple, and explore Kinkaku-ji temple. Customize your trip by adding on a deluxe or standard Japanese style lunch, and select from four pickup points.
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  • 8 hours
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