Hanami is one of the most import and expected seasonal events for the Japanese. Every year, people waits for the forecast of “ Cherry Blossom Front”, hoping to determine the best time for seeing the cherry blossoms.
In Kyoto, the ancient atmosphere and the cheery blossoms make perfect pictures. There are plenty of good and famous places for seeing the cherry blossoms, but many of theses venues requires entrance fee to get in. Let’s explore some good and free places for enjoying the seasonal highlights.
Keage rail was built to in conjunction with Lake Biwa canal to carry materials. It was not in use since the 1940s but has become a good place to see Cherry Blossoms. A Random walk on the rail walk is special and romantic!
2. Philosopher’s Walk
Philosopher’s Walk is a path along the small stream. And just like it’s name, it’s a beautiful path that stimulates people to be immersed in the nature and to think. Along the small road are cherry trees. Some temples, café, and snack shops can be found. It’s really good to spend an afternoon here!
3. Takase River
Takase River is very close to Kawaramachi station. It’s an artificial canal built to facilitate water carriage. When passing by, visitors will be astonished at the beauty of the small canal and can’t help stopping to enjoy the moment. It’s also beautiful in the nights.
4. Maruyama Park
Maruyama Park is near Kiyomizu-dera. During the cherry blossom season, the park are all decorated with lights and outdoors seats for people to enjoy dinner or some drinks under the cherry blossom trees. People from all ages gathered in this place to enjoy the lovely evening!
There are also some seasonal food or desserts, such as cherry blossom soup (Sakura-yu in Japanese), cherry blossom cakes (Sakura-mochi in Japanese). They are all perfect food to go with this beautiful scenery. Planning the cherry blossom trip?Don’t forget to
watch the forecast and add on some nice spots. Hopefully you will be able to encounter the beautiful moment!