The best cherry blossom viewing spots in Kyoto include Maruyama Park, Hirano Jinja, the Kamogawa River and Heian Shrine

Japan’s cultural capital of Kyoto is one of the most popular places to visit in Japan for the “sakura” cherry blossom season, and there was a time I used to visit here at least every other year, living a never-ending #Travelife. 

When the cherry blossoms in Kyoto are in full bloom, the locals gather in parks in a Japanese tradition known as ‘Hanami’ or ‘cherry-blossom viewing.’


In the popular Maruyama Park of Kyoto, which is home to the famous weeping cherry tree, revellers enjoy delicious Japanese delicacies and traditional sake while singing local songs beneath the beautiful cherry blossoms.

Those looking to enjoy the blossom once the sun goes down should head to the Hirano-jinja Shrine in Kyoto, which features hundreds of cherry trees. This is especially popular with visitors who gather there to enjoy the famous cherry blossoms of Kyoto, with celebrations lasting late into the night.

The banks of the Kamogawa River of Kyoto, which runs through central Kyoto, are also beautifully decorated by the cherry blossoms. Nakaragi-no-michi Street between Kitayama and Kita-oji are very famous as they are often said to have the most beautiful cherry blossoms in Kyoto.

Other sites also worth visiting for their spring colours are Tetsugaku-no-michi Street and the area around Heian-jingu Shrine.