The 10 Most Popular Hanami Spots in Kyoto and Osaka | Japan Guide

There are many Hanami spots in Osaka and Kyoto. This article introduces you the best Hanami spots to enjoy Sakaura.

No.10 FUSHIMI JUKKOKU-BUNE – KYOTO

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Jukkoku-bune is a houseboat which was used in the past to transport things or people.These houseboats carried passengers back and forth between Fushimi and Osaka from the Edo Period until early Meiji. Today they operate two boats here – the Hideyoshi and the Ryoma. On the boat you can explore Sakura scenery and the cityscape of Fushimi, which is famous for Fushimi sake. The collaboration of Sakura trees and a Sake brewery is the original scenery of Fushimi.

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Going slowly under the tunnel created the full bloom of Sakura is special. You must have a spectacular moment on the Jukkoku-bune. Today it is still fun to take a ride on these symbols of Fushimi.

No.9 ARASHIYAMA – KYOTO

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Arashiyama is very popular place for tourists as well as the center of Kyoto and known as one of the Sakura viewing spots. There are numerous Sakura trees along the river. At the upper river from the bridge “Togetsukyo” you can see a Sakura view from a boat.

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The scenery to enjoy Sakura trees and Togetsu bridge at the same time is very elegant. Arashiyama is around 10km away from the center of Kyoto but it takes only 20 min by train. The nearest station is Arashiyama Station of Hankyu Arashiyama Line.

No.8 GION SHIRAKWA STREET – KYOTO

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This area offers exquisite traditional scenes of beauty and the chance to see strolling geiko or maiko. Lined with teahouses of lattice door to the stone pavement,Streets of Kyoto unique is here. Blooming weeping cherry tree had been illuminated by the light.

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Around 40 Sakura trees are planted there, The number of Sakura trees is not so many, compare d to other places, but those Sakura trees create special effects in this historical district only during Sakura season.

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At night you can enjoy lighted up Sakura trees with Shirakawa river and the lights of restaurants. It is so elegant to walk a stone-paved path, hearing the stream of Shirakawa river. We think the most beautiful sections are lit up at night.

No.7 PHILOSOPHER’S WALK – KYOTO

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The Philosopher’s Walk (哲学の道 Tetsugaku-no-michi, lit. Path of Philosophy) is a pedestrian path that follows a cherry-tree-lined canal in Kyoto, between Ginkaku-ji and Nanzen-ji. The route is so-named because the influential 20th-century Japanese philosopher and Kyoto University professor Nishida Kitaro is thought to have used it for daily meditation. It passes a number of temples and shrines such as Hōnen-in, Ōtoyo Shrine, and Eikan-dō Zenrin-ji. On the northern part of the walk, there are good views of the nearby Daimonji. The walk is a popular destination for tourists and locals, especially during hanami.

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Along the pathway, which lasts for 1.5km, around 500 Sakura trees are planted. It takes about 30 minutes to complete the walk, although many people spend more time visiting the sights along the way. Sakura tunnel created during Sakura season is wonderful. Would you walk Tetsugaku-no-michi, seeing Sakura and feeling Japanese spring?

Philosopher’s Walk

Address: Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi

Hours: All day long

Fees: Free

No.6 KODAIJI TEMPLE – KYOTO

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Kodai-ji Temple(1606~) is located north east of Yasaka Hokanji Temple at the foot of Higashiyama Ryozen Mountains in Kyoto. There are the popular sakura tree, a weeping cherry (Shidare Cherry in Japanese). The scenery of the weeping cherry which are in full bloom on its long drooping branches are lovely.

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Seeing Sakura with the sophisticated rock garden in Kodaiji Temple is also very interesting.

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The feature held there during Sakura season is projection mapping at the rock garden. You will see the different aspects of rock garden collaborated with a projection mapping technology.

Philosopher’s Walk

Address:
526 Shimogawara-cho Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi

Hours (Day time):
9:00am ~ 5:30pm (Day time, Entry till 5:00pm), Sunset ~ 9:30pm (Night time, Mar ~ May)

Fees:
600yen (Adults), 250yen (High/Junior high school)

Phone: +81 (0)75-561-9966

Website: Kodai-ji Temple

No.5 EXPO’70 COMMEMORATIVE PARK – OSAKA

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The number of Sakura trees in Expo’70 Commemorative Park is significantly larger than other Sakura spots at around 5000 trees from 9 different species and one of “100 best sakura viewing points in Japan”.

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When Sakura is in full bloom in the park, the Sakura festival is held. During the festival you can enjoy lightened up Sakura and Expo’70 tower designed by Taro Okamoto from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.

xpo’70 Commemorative Park

Address:
1-1 Senribampakukouen Suita-shi, Osaka

Fees:
250 yen (Adults), 70 yen (Junior high/ Elementary school)

Tel: +81-(0)6-6877-3334

Website: Expo’70 Park

No.4 MARUYAMA PARK

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Maruyama Park (円山公園, Maruyama Kōen) is a public park next to Yasaka Shrine in the Higashiyama District. In the first half of April, when the cherry trees are in full bloom, the park becomes Kyoto’s most popular and most crowded spot for cherry blossom viewing parties (hanami). A weeping cherry (Shidare Cherry in Japanese) is very famous in this park.

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If you take a lunch with you, you can enjoy a wonderful lunch time under Sakura trees. Also at night, you can enjoy lighted up Sakura view.

Maruyama Park

Address:
473 Maruyama-cho Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi

Hours: All day long

Fees: Free entrance

Phone: +81 (0)75-643-5405

No.3 JAPAN MINT – OSAKA

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Osaka Mint is one of the best Sakura spots and Osaka people are looking forward to seeing the elegant Sakura there every year. The pathway, which lasted around 560m, lined with cherry trees in the site of the Osaka Mint is opened to the public for around a week of Sakura season.

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The species of Sakura tree there is known as double cherry blossoms (Yae-sakura in Japanese) and are usually in full bloom in the middle of April. Osaka mint pathway is also chosen as one of “100 best sakura viewing points in Japan”.

Japan Mint

Address: 
1-1-79 Temma Kita-ku, Osaka

Hours:
9:00am~4:45pm (Entry till 4:00)

Fees: Free

Tel:+81-(0)6-6351-6150

Website: Japan Mint

No.2 OSAKA CASTLE PARK – OSAKA

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Osaka is one of Japan’s best cities for cherry blossom viewing (hanami). There are around 3000 Sakura trees in Osaka Castle Park, which is chosen as one of “100 best sakura viewing points in Japan”. Enjoying Sakura with Osaka Castle or Osaka cityscape would be a fantastic moment during your sightseeing in Osaka.

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The light up of Sakura trees is from 6:00pm to 8:00am and usually lasts till the beginning of April. Entering to “Nishinomaru” garden costs, but it is worth visiting to see 300 trees of “Yoshino Cherry”.

Osaka Castle Park

Address: 
1-1 Osakajo Chuou-ku, Osaka

Hours: 
All day long (9:00am ~ 5:00pm for Nishinomaru garden)

Fees: 
Free entrance (200yen for Nishinomaru garden)

Phone: +81 (0)6-6941-1717

Website: Osaka Castle Park (JP)

No.1 KIYOMIZU-DERA TEMPLE – KYOTO

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Kiyomizudera (清水寺, literally “Pure Water Temple”) is not only one of the most celebrated temples of Japan, but also one of Japan’s best temple for cherry blossom viewing (hanami). Around 1500 Sakura trees are planted at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, which is one of the world heritages in Japan and know as the sightseeing spots to represent Kyoto. The view filled with Sakura from “The Stage of Kiyomizu” is amazing.

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Kiyomizu-dera Temple is open till 9:00pm during Sakura season; in March and April. You must enjoy the fantastic Sakura scenery lightened up in the dark.

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Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Address: 
1-294 Kiyomizu Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Hours: 
6:00am ~ 6:00pm (Day time), 6:00pm ~9:00pm (Night time)
*Night entry is available during 12~21 of March and 26 of March ~10 of April in 2016.

Fees: 
400yen (Adults over 15 y.o), 200yen (Junior high school)

Phone: +81 (0)75-551-1234

Website: Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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