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March

Sakura (Shinsen-En Garden)

Close to Nijo Castle, there is Shinsen-en garden, which is said to be the birthplace of sakura (cherry-blossom) viewing. A lake called Hojoju-ike occupies most of the garden, so you can see beautiful sakura reflected […]

March

Sakura (Nijo Castle)

Usually the sakura (cherry blossom) are in full bloom in Kyoto around late March or early April. If you stay in Kyoto in the sakura season, why don’t you go and see illuminated sakura at […]

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Event

Hiina Matsuri Festival (Ichihime Shrine)

Hiina Matsuri Festival is a traditional festival of Ichihime Shrine in Kyoto. It is annually held on March 3rd, which is Doll’s Day or Girls’ Day (Japanese: Hina Matsuri). On this day, a family with […]

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March

Sakura (Hirano Shrine in Kyoto)

I went to Hirano Shrine, one of the most famous spots for cherry blossom viewing in Kyoto. I recommend to go there in the evening because illuminated cherry blossoms are so beautiful. Of course it’s […]

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March

Sakura (Uji City Botanical Gardens in Kyoto)

The other day, I went to Uji City Botanical Gardens to see cherry blossoms. That’s because they have an annual event in late March, and visitors can see illuminated cherry blossoms for free. (Usually when […]