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Springtime Sakura

1 May 2006  Two month photography trip to Japan in the Spring, explicitly to view the cherry blossoms.
4.0 of 5 stars based on 4 votes

The best places to view cherry blossoms in Kyoto, Japan - and potentially the world!

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Nara Prefecture, Kyoto
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Students, Tourists
  • Seasons: Spring
  • 1. Yoshino
    Yoshino, Nara Prefecture, Kinki

    The "Cherry Blossom Capital of the World" - Japanese emperors came here to view the sakura, and the cherry blossom tress in Washington DC were from this area.

  • 2. Path of Philosophy
    Philosopher's Walk, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    A path that winds along a canal in Kyoto, lined with sakura trees. When there is a light breeze the blossom falls like a gentle snowstorm, and the canal is like a flowing carpet of petals.

  • 3. Heian Shrine
    Heian Shrine, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    The garden in this shrine is beautiful, with a lake and sakura trees everywhere. 'Lost In Translation' was filmed here. A highlight of any trip to Kyoto.

  • 4. Kyoto
    Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    A trip to any park in Kyoto during sakura season is not only a great opportunity to view the blossoms in this most historic and beautiful of cities, but is also a chance to see the Japanese at their most charmingly obsessive. Photographers carrying multiple cameras and step-ladders to rise above the throng all jostle for position to capture and celebrate the vibrant beauty of springtime in Kyoto.

  • 5. Maruyama Park
    Maruyama Park, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Perhaps THE park to visit during spring in Kyoto. Go at night to see the famous 'weeping cherry blossom tree' illuminated. Join in the crowds as they sit and celebrate spring under the trees. Buy a snack from a vendor and just wander around taking in this amazing experience.