Yasurai Matsuri (Imamiya Shrine, Kyoto)

What Is Yasurai Matsuri? Yasurai Matsuri is an important festival in Kyoto that is held in and around Imamiya Shrine. It is one of Kyoto’s three main strange festivals, together with Uzumasa Bull Festival and […]

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Sakura (Shinsen-En Garden, Kyoto)

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 […]


Sakura (Nijo Castle, Kyoto)

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 […]


Sakura (Sewari-tei in Yawata City, Kyoto)

Yawata Cherry Blossom Festival I went to see cherry blossoms (Japanese: sakura) at Sewari-tei in Yawata City, Kyoto. ‘Sewari-tei’ means ‘a separation levee’, and it is located at the confluence of three rivers – Kizu […]

a ceiling of cherry blossoms

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 […]