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Kyoto: Full Bloom

Nakanoshima Park in Arashiyama

In most major cities across southern Japan, this weekend is a good time to see the cherry blossoms looking their best. Yesterday Raina reported that Takamatsu, located in northwestern Shikoku, was at full bloom and Stefan found that Usuzumizakura, an ancient and honored cherry tree in Gifu Prefecture, was approaching full bloom. Also today Matsuyama announced full bloom and Fukushima announced that blossoms have started to open.

Today I had the pleasure to visit Kyoto to check on the state of the cherry blossoms. Across the city I found most cherry trees to be at full bloom. Baring strong wind or rain, I predict the best viewing conditions should continue in Kyoto through April 13.

Arashiyama

Full Bloom

My first stop for the day was Arashiyama where I found the trees were exploding with petals. The Nakanoshima Park located near the end of the Togetsukyo Bridge was especially pleasant. This park also features nightly illuminations during the blooming season until 22:00.

The main shopping street of Arashiyama
Full bloom
Boat rides are a fun acitivity in Arashiyama
Full bloom in Nakanoshima Park

Philosopher's Path

Full Bloom

Next I made my way across Kyoto to the Philosopher's Path. This canal lined by cherry trees is one of the top cherry blossom spots in the city and today it did not disappoint. With perfect weather today, many people were out walking the path appreciating the flowers which were at full bloom.

Full bloom at the Philosopher's Path
Full Bloom
Taking in the blossoms
Walking along the Philosopher's Path
If you look closely you can see the photographer
Walking along the Philosopher's Path

Keage Incline

Full Bloom

After the Philosopher's Path I explored the Okazaki Canal and Keage Incline. In both places the trees were in full bloom. There were quite a few people at the incline taking photos and admiring the petals, however along the canal the crowds were much thinner. Visitors can enjoy the blossoms with boat cruises that run from 8:00 to 20:30 with an illumination in the evenings until April 7.

The Keage Incline
Full bloom
Full bloom along the Keage Incline
Many people taking photos on the Keage Incline
If you look closely you can see the photographer
The Okazaki Canal
Taking photos or a boat cruise through the Okazaki Canal
Blossoms along the Okazaki Canal

Maruyama Park

Full Bloom

My last stop for the day was Maruyama Park. I was pleased to find that the giant weeping cherry tree in the center of the park was still in full bloom. The rest of the trees throughout the park were equally stunning, making it a great day to visit. There was a lively atmosphere in the outdoor seating area and many groups gathered to admire the blossoms. The park is also illuminated until midnight during the blooming season. I expect the trees to continue looking their best here until April 13.

The weeping cherry tree at the center of Maruyama Park
The pond in Maruyama Park
Full Bloom
Many food stands set up during the cherry blossom season
The enjoyable seating near the food stands
Many groups enjoying the blossoms