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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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]


Sakura (Ide Town, Kyoto)

On a sunny day, I went to Ide Town. It’s far from Kyoto City, but a perfect place for cherry blossoms viewing. You can enjoy viewing 500 cherry trees and clear water of Tama River. […]


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 […]