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Japan Cherry Blossoms 2020: Forecast and Latest Update

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Get to know the latest update about Japan's cherry blossom season on this sakura guide. Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and more!

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1. 2020 FORECAST FOR JAPAN'S CHERRY BLOSSOM SEASON

Check the dynamic forecast table below the know the 2020 forecast for Japan's cherry blossom season. Colored boxes represent a region or a city in Japan. Try to hover your mouse or your finger and click the box, and information will appear telling the best time to see the sakura on that place (ex. Tokyo). Because the flowering of the cherry blossoms depends on the weather conditions, blossoming can become delayed or earlier than expected, so the table is dynamic. The boxes will shift right or left or even lengthen or shorten to better represent the latest information about Japan's festive sakura season.

2020 Japan Cherry Blossom Forecast
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2. LATEST UPDATE

To help you monitor the latest flowering conditions on the different sakura viewing spots in Japan, I have listed the Top 10 places to see cherry blossoms for Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. This list will expand to include all the sakura spots in the Land of the Rising Sun.


The flowering rates are quantified via the percentages of blossoming. Once you see a flower icon, it means the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.

Current flowering situation of different cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka
City/CountyCherry blossom viewing spotCurrent rate of flowering/Notes
TokyoShinjuku GyoenCherry blossoms are open!
Ueno ParkCherry blossoms are open!
Chidorigafuchi~50%
Sumida Park~50%
Yoyogi Park-
Asukayama ParkCherry blossoms are open!
Meguro RiverCherry blossoms are open!
Inokashira ParkCherry blossoms are open!
Koishikawa KorakuenCherry blossoms are open!
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KyotoPhilosophers' Pathbud stage
Okazaki Canal-
Maruyama ParkNot yet the best time to go
Ninnaji Temple-
Kiyomizu-dera Templea few flowers have opened
Kamogawa River-
Arashiyama-
Hirano ShrineCherry Blossom festival from March 20 to April 12; tickets cost JPY 500
Nijo Castle
Kyoto Botanical Garden-
OsakaOsaka Castlebranches only
Okawa River-
Expo '70 Commemorative Park-
Japan Mint-
Daisen ParkFlowers ready to pop!
Mt. Hiryu Meioji Temple-
Satsukiyama Ryokuchi-
Yamanakadani Valley-
Kishiwada Castle-
Katsuo-ji Temple-
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3. SUGGESTED ITINERARY

4. JAPAN TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

4.1 Tokyo must-haves

4.2 Osaka must-haves

4.3 Kyoto must-haves

5. JAPAN 1-DAY TOUR IN/FROM TOKYO

5.1 Mt. Fuji Classic Route Day Tour from Tokyo with Matcha Experience

5.2 Mt. Fuji & Hakone Day Tour: Lake Ashi & Ropeway Day Trip from Tokyo

5.3 Mt. Fuji and Hakone Day Trip from Tokyo: 5th Station, Hakone Pirate Ship & Ropeway, and Gotemba Premium Outlets

6. JAPAN 1-DAY TOUR IN/FROM OSAKA

6.1 Hop On Hop Off Bus by Osaka Wonder Loop Bus

6.2 Kyoto Day Tour from Osaka

6.3 Amanohashidate, Ine no Funaya, and Miyama Village Day Trip in Northern Kyoto (tour starts in Osaka)

7. JAPAN 1-DAY TOUR IN/FROM KYOTO

8. CHEAT SHEET OF CHERRY BLOSSOM VIEWING SPOTS IN TOKYO, KYOTO AND OSAKA

To make you life easier when travelling in Japan for sakura hunting, I made this cheat sheet for Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. Most of the places are accessible via Japan's vast railway network. Because the rail network in Japan is so extensive that it becomes confusing, I have also written the specific line which the train station belongs. This will be helpful if you're planning to buy 1-Day passes.


I have colored the places or regions of the leftmost column for easy reading. Red for Tokyo, blue for Kyoto and yellow for Osaka


Cheat Sheet of cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka
-Name of cherry blossom viewing spotNearest train station/how to go
TOKYO
TOKYOHibiya ParkKasumigaseki Station [Chiyoda Line][Hibiya Line][Marunouchi Line][Romancecar] Exit B2
Yasukuni ShrineKudanshita Station [Hanzomon Line][Shinjuku Line][Tozai Line] Exit 1 -> walk 500 meters OR Hanzomon Station [Hanzomon Line] Exit 2 -> walk 450 meters
Chidorigafuchi ParkHanzomon Station [Hanzomon Line] -> walk 300 meters
Hamarikyu GardenShiodome Station [Oedo Line][Yurikamome] Exit 10 -> walk 450 meters
Shiba ParkShibakoen Station [Mita Line] Exit A4
Former Shiba Rikyu GardenHamamatsucho Station [Keihin-Tohoku][Tokyo Monorail][Yamanote Line] JR North Exit -> walk
ARK Hills CherryRoppongi-Itchome Station [Namboku Line] Exit 3 -> walk 160 meters
Tokyo MidtownRoponggi Station [Hibiya Line][Oedo Line]
Meiji Jingu GaienKokuritsu-Kyogijo Station [Oedo Line] Exit A1 -> walk 50 meters
Shinjuku Gyoen National GardenSendagaya Station [Chuo-Sobu Line (Local)][Chuo Line] OR Shinjuku-gyoemmae Station [Marunouchi Line] Exit 1 OR Shinjuku-sanchome Station [Marunouchi Line][Fukutoshin Line][Shinjuku Line] Exit C5
Toyama ParkNishi-Washeda Station [Fukutoshin Line] Exit 3 ->
Koishikawa Korakuen GardensKorakuen Station [Marunouchi Line][Namboku Line] Exit 2
Rikugien GardensKomagome Station [Yamanote Line][Namboku Line] Exit 2
Ueno Onshi ParkKeisei Ueno Station [Keisei Line][Skyliner][Keisei Narita Skyaccess]
Sumida Park
Tokyo Skytree Station [Nikko-Kinugawa][Tobu Skytree Line][Ryomo][Shimotsuke-Kirifuri] East Exit -> walk 600 meters OR Honjo-Azumabashi Station [Asakusa Line] Exit A3 -> walk 350 meters
Mukojima-Hyakkaen GardensHigashi-Mukojima Station [Tobu Skytree Line] Exit 1 -> walk 500 meters
Kiyosumi GardenKiyosumi-shirakawa Station [Hanzomon Line][Oedo Line] Exit A3 -> walk 350 meters
Meguro River Cherry Blossoms PromenadeMeguro Station [Meguro Line][Mita Line][Namboku Line][Yamanote Line] West Exit -> transfer to Bus 9 at Meguro Eki mae bus stop -> get off at Dendo Shogakko Iriguchi bus stop -> walk 400 meters OR Naka-meguro Station [Hibiya Line][Toyoko Line] East Exit 1-> walk for less than 900 meters to reach the riverside
Ikegami Honmonji TempleNishi-magome Station [Asakusa Line] South Ticket Gate -> Transfer to Bus 01 at Nishi Magome Eki mae bus stop -> get off at Hommonji Ura -> walk 550 meters OR Ikegami Station [Ikegami Line] -> transfer to Bus 06 at Ikegami Eki mae bus stop -> get off at Daibo mae -> walk 400 meters OR walk 1 km from the mentioned train stations
Tamagawadai ParkTamagawa Station [Meguro Line][Tokyu Tamagawa Line][Toyoko Line] -> walk 130 meters
Senzokuike ParkSenzoku-ike Station [Ikegami Line] -> walk 240 meters
Komazawa Olympic ParkKomazawa-daigaku Station [Den-en-toshi Line] Komazawa Park exit -> walk 500 meters
Yoyogi ParkYamanote Line [Harajuku Station] Exit 2 -> walk 210 meters OR Meiji-jingumae 'Harajuku' Station [Fukutoshin Line][Chiyoda Line] Exit 2 -> walk 230 meters
Zenpukuji River Green Space Central PlazaOgikubo Station[Chuo Line][Chuo-Subo Line][Marunouchi Line] South Exit b -> Ride Bus 53 then walk 250 meters OR Kichijoji Station [Inokashira Line][Chuo Line][Chuo-Sobu Line][Narita Express] -> Ride Bus 36 and then walk 180 meters
Wadabori ParkShin-koenji Station [Marunouchi Line] Exit 1-> transfer to Bus 45 at Shin Koenji Eki bus stop -> get off at Toritsu Wadabori Koen bus stop -> walk 1 minute
Homyo-ji TempleToden-Zoshigaya Station [Toden-Arakawa Line] -> walk 350 meters OR Higashi-Ikebukuro Station [Yurakucho Line] Eixt 1 -> walk 400 meters OR Ikebukuro Station [Akagi Line][Fukutoshin Line][Ikebukuro Line][Marunouchi Line][Narita Express][JR Nikko-Kinugawa][JR Odoriko][Saikyo Line][Seibu Ikebukuro Line Limited Express][Shonan-Shinjuku Line][Tobu Tojo Line][Yamanote Line][Yurakucho Line] Exit 39 -> walk 550 meters
Otonashi Water Park cherry blossomOji Station [Keihin-Tohoku Line][Namboku Line] North Ticket Gate -> walk 140 meters OR Ojiekimae Station [Toden-Arakawa Line] -> walk to North Ticket Gate then walk 140 meters
Asukayama ParkOji Station [Keihin-Tohoku Line][Namboku Line] South Ticket Gate -> walk 160 meters OR Ojiekimae Station [Toden-Arakawa Line] -> walk to South Ticket Gate then walk 160 meters
Kyu-Furukawa GardensKaminakazato Station [Keihin-Tohoku Line] -> walk 400 meters OR Nishigahara Station [Namboku Line] Exit 1 -> walk 400 meters
Ukima ParkUkimafunado Station [Saikyo Line] -> walk 110 meters
Shakujii ParkShakuji-koen Station [Ikebukuro Line] South Exit -> walk 450 meters
Toshimaen Amusement ParkToshimaen Station [Oedo Line][Toshima Line] -> walk 350 meters ->
Tokyo Metropolitan Hikarigaoka ParkHikarigaoka Station [Oedo Line] Exit A1,A2 or A3 -> walk 600 meters
Nishiarai DaishiDaishi-Mae Station [Tobu-Daishi Line] Exit 1 -> walk 150 meters
Toneri ParkToneri-Koen Station [Nippon-Toneri Liner] -> walk
Mizumoto ParkKeisei Kanamichi Station [Keisei-Kanamichi Line] -> transfer to Bus 61 at Kanamichi Eki bus stop -> get off at Obagawa bus stop -> walk 40 meters OR Kanamichi Station [Joban Line (Local)] South Exit -> same directions from Keisei Kanamichi Station OR Yashio Station [Tsukuba Express] South Exit-> transfer to Bus 05 at Yashio Eki Minamiguchi bus stop -> get off at Togasaki Jujiro bus stop -> walk 800 meters
Takiyama Natural ParkHajima Station [Hachiko Line][Haijima Line][Itsukaichi Line][Ome Line] South Exit -> transfer to Bus 02 at Uchidehigashi bus stop -> get off at Taki bus stop -> walk 750 meters
Fujimori ParkYamada Station [Takao Line] -> walk 1.1 km
Showa Memorial ParkNishi-Tachikawa Station [Ome Line] Park Exit -> walk
Inokashira ParkKichijoji Station [Chuo Line][Chuo-Sobu Line][Inokashira Line][Narita Express] -> walk 500 meters
Musashino ParkShin-Koganei Station [Tamagawa Line] -> walk 1 km
Tokyo Metropolitan Jindai Botanical ParkChofu Station [] Central Exit -> transfer to Bus 34 at Chofu Eki Kitaguchi bus stop -> get off at Chofushi Sogo Taiikukan mae
Koganei ParkMusashisakai Station [Chuo Line][Tamagawa Line] North Exit -> transfer to Bus 21 -> walk 550 meters
Toritsu Sakuragaoka ParkKeio-nagayama Station [Sagamihara Line] or Odakyu Nagayama Station [Tama Line] -> transfer to Bus 06 at Nagayama Station bus stop -> get off at Sakuragaoka Koen Nishiguchi bus stop -> walk 70 meters
Yomiuri Land Keio-yomiuri-land Station [Sagamihara Line]
Lake OkutamaOku-Tama Station [Ome Line] -> transfer to Bus 10 at Okutamaeki bus stop -> get off at Atami bus stop -> walk 600 meters
Fussa Cherry Blossom FestivalFussa Station [Ome Line] OR Ushihama Station [] OR Kumagawa Station [Itsukaichi Line] OR Haijima Station [Hachiko Line][Haijima Line][Itsukaichi Line][Ome Line] -> walk -> the sakura trees planted along the river from Nagtashi Bridge to Mutsumibashi Bridge
KYOTO
KYOTOKamigamo Shrineride bus from Kitayama Station [Karasuma Line]
Hirano ShrineIshiba Station[Ishiyama Sakamoto Line] then walk 5 minutes
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Kyoto Prefectural Botanical Garden
Kitayama Station[Karasuma Line]
Along the cable car from Yase Hiei Yamaguchi StationYase-Heizanguchi Station[Eizan Main Line]
ruins of Sanzen-in Templeno bus stop found so far
former Rikyu Nijo Castle (Seiryuen)Nijojo-mae Station (Nijo-jo Castle)[Tozai Line]
Kiyomizu TempleKiyomizu-Gojo Station [Keihan Main Line] - ride Bus 82 from Gojo Keihan bus stop, get off at Ikedacho[Kokudo] bus stop -> walk 800 meters
Kodaiji TempleGion-Shijo Station [Keihan Main Line] -> walk 1 km
Jodo sect Sohonzan Chion-inHigashiyama Station [Tozai Line] -> walk 600 meters
Maruyama Park (Gion Night Cherry Blossoms)Gion-Shijo Station [Keihan Main Line] Exit 7 or 8 -> walk 800 meters
Umenomiya ShrineMatsuo-Taisha Station [Hankyu-Arashiyama Line] East Gate -> walk 800 meters
Jojakkoji TempleTorokko-Arashiyama Station [Sagano Sight-Seeing Train] -> walk 280 meters
Nison-inTorokko-Arashiyama Station [Sagano Sight-Seeing Train] -> walk 550 meters or from Jojakkoji Temple walk 350 meters
Daigoji cherry blossoms/world heritage of Hideyoshi loved flowersDaigo Station [Tozai Line] -> walk 850 meters
Jonangu ShrineTakenda Station [Karasuma Line][Kintetsu-Kyoto Line] Exit 6 -> walk 1.1 km
Lake Biwa Canal Yamashina areaYamashina Station [JR-Kosei Line][JR-Tokkaido Sanyo Line][JR-Kosei Line][Tozai Line][JR-Haruka] JR Exit or Exit 1 -> walk 700 meters
ArashiyamaArashiyama Station [Hankyu-Arashiyama Line][Randen] -> walk 1 km
Yamashiro General Sports ParkOkubo Station [Kintetsu-Kyoto Line] East Exit -> transfer to Bus 220 then get off at at Taiyogaoka bus stop -> walk 350 meters
Uji Botanical ParkOkubo Station [Kintetsu-Kyoto Line] East Exit -> transfer to Bus 250A -> get-off at Uji Tomogaoka stop -> walk 150 meters OR Shinden Station [JR Nara Line] East Exit -> transfer to Bus 240A from Okubu Shogakko bus stop -> get off at Uji Tomogaoka bus stop -> walk 150 meters
Byodo-inUji Station [Uji Line] -> walk 550 meters OR Uji Station [JR Nara Line] -> walk 650 meters
Kasamatsu ParkIwatakiguchi Station [Tantetsu Miyamai-Miyatoyo Line] -> ride bus from Iwatakiguchieki bus stop -> get off at Amanohashahidate Cable Ka bus stop -> transfer to cable car at Fushu Station [Amanohashidate Cable Car] -> get off at Kasamatsu Station [Amanohashidate Cable Car]
Muko ShrineNishi-Muko Station [Hankyu-Kyoto Line] West Exit -> walk 1.2 km
Nagaoka Tenmangu ShrineNagaokatenjin Station [Hankyu-Kyoto Line] West Exit -> walk 400 meters
Iwashimizu Hachimangu ShrineIwashimizu-Hachimangu Station [Keihan Main Line] -> transfer to Otokayama Cable Line -> From Hiranoyama, walk/climb to the temple
Sewaritei, Yodogawa River Park Iwashimizu-Hachimangu Station [Keihan Main Line] -> walk 1.6 km
Jizo Zen-in TempleKami-katsura Station [Hankyu-Arashiyama Line] West Gate-> walk 850 meters OR Matsuo-Taisha Station [Hankyu-Arashiyama Line] West Gate -> transfer to Bus 73 at Matsuo Taisha mae bus stop -> get-off at Kokedera Suzumusidera bus stop -> walk 150 meters
OSAKA
OSAKASohonyama Shitennoji TempleShitennoji-mae Yuhigaoka Station [Tanimachi Line] Exit 4 -> walk 200 meters
Osaka Castle ParkTanimachiyonchome Station [Chuo Line][Tanimachi Line] -> Exit 5 -> walk to Otemon Gate then go to Nishinomaru Garden
Daisen ParkMozu Station [JR Hanwa Line] -> walk 300 meters
Kishiwada CastleTakojizo Station [Nankai Line] -> walk 550 meters
Hirakata Park
Hirakata-Koen Station [Keihan Main Line] East Exit -> walk 450 meters
Ebuno Izumi no Mori HallIzumisano Station [Nankai Line][Nankai-Limited Express] -> walk/ride a taxi
Kurodoriyama ParkIzumi-Fuchu Station [] -> transfer to Bus 35 at Izumifuchu Ekimae bus stop -> get off at Ashibe bus stop -> walk to Kurodoriyama Park OR ride taxi
Katsuoji TempleKita-Senri Station[Hankyu-Senri Line] -> transfer to Bus 29 at Kitasenri bus stop -> get off at Katsuouji bus stop -> walk OR Senri-Chuo Station [Kita-Osaka Kyuko] -> exit via South Side of the Central Wicket (Gate) -> transfer to Bus 29 at Senri Chuo bus stop -> get off at Katsuouji bus stop -> walk OR ride taxi
Hoshida Myoken Shrine (Myoumigawara)Hoshida Station [JR Touzai-Gakkentoshi Line] -> transfer to Bus 51 at Hoshida Eki bus stop -> get off at Hoshinomori bus stop -> walk 1.6 km OR ride taxi
Sayamaike ParkOsakasayamashi Station [Nankai-Koya Line] -> walk
Yamanakadani ValleyYamanakadani Station [Hanwa Line]-> walk

9. TOKYO CHERRY BLOSSOM VIEWING SPOTS

9.1 Tokyo Institute of Technology - Ookayama Campus

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The best cherry blossoms you will ever see. Very old sakura trees near the main building with extended branches forming a roof of cherry blossoms.

How to get here: From Shibuya (渋谷駅), take the Tokyu-Toyoko Line (東急東横線) and transfer to another line at Jiyugaoka station (自由が丘駅). Take the Tokyu-Oimachi line (東急大井町線) to Ookayama station (大岡山), which is just 2 stations away from Jiyuagaoka station.


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9.2 Sumida River - Hanami while kayaking

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How to get here: Contact Tokyo Great Kayaking Tour; Tour price: 7000 yen per person. The place is near  Nihonbashi (日本橋) in Tokyo


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9.3 Tsuruma Park

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A place where you can enjoy watching the sakura trees without being concerned of the place becoming crowded. 

How to get here:  From Shibuya (渋谷駅), take the Den-entoshi line (田園都市線) and alight at Minami-machida station (南町田駅). The park is just a 6-minute walk from the station heading the Sakai River (堺河川).


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10. YOKOHAMA CHERRY BLOSSOM VIEWING SPOTS

10.1 Kamonyama Park


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Also a perfect place to have hanami with friends and family. You can see a lot of sakura trees beautifully scattered around the place. The place is also located in a high altitude which offers an overlooking view.

How to get here: The nearest station is also Sakuragicho station (桜木町駅) of the JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line (京浜東北線). It’s a 10-minute walk from the station. The park is next to the city hall.

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10.2 Near the Nippon Maru Memorial Park


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The great spot to have a picture of the Sakura trees with the big Ferris wheel and cruise ship at the background.

How to get here: At the Sakuragicho station  (桜木町駅), find the exit near the Starbucks. From there you’ll see the flyover. You can easily find the spot where you can take photos of the Sakura trees together with the Ferris wheel and cruise ship.


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10.3 Shinko Park


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A few people stay here to have hanami. This place is great for people who loves spending time by the bay. Also the place is very close to an onsen - Manyo Club Onsen.

How to get here: The nearest station is Sakuragicho station (桜木町駅) of the JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line (京浜東北線). The park is right across the Yokohama Cosmoworld, where the famous Ferris wheel of Yokohama is located.


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10.4 Minato-mirai 21 area

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A great place to have hanami while enjoying the fine architectural design of the buildings nearby. 

How to get here: The closest station is the Sakuragicho station (桜木町駅) of the JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi (京浜東北線) Line. The place is called “Kishamichi Promenade” and is very near the station.


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10.5 Tokyo Institute of Technology - Suzukakedai Campus

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A campus full of cherry blossoms scattered all over the place. Also a great place for hanami with a school/campus ambiance.

How to get here: From Shibuya (渋谷駅), take the Den en toshi line (田園都市線) and alight at the Suzukakedai station (すずかけ台). The campus is very near the station. Once you exit the station, you can immediately find the sign directing to the Tokyo Institute of Technology. The best place for sightseeing is near the cafeteria of the campus.


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10.6 Onda River

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This river stretches from Machida City(町田市), Tokyo to Yokohama City, Kanagawa (横浜市加奈川県). 

How to get here: From Shibuya (渋谷駅), Take the Den En Toshi line (田園都市線) and transfer to the JR Yokohama line (横浜線) at Nagatsuta station (長津田駅). Alight at Naruse station (成瀬駅) or Tokaichiba station (十日市場駅). From Naruse station, just walk straight the highway until you reach the river. This is about a 10-minute walk. From Tokaichiba station, you can also just follow the highway heading north until you reach the river. This is around 8 minutes of walking.


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11. KYOTO CHERRY BLOSSOM VIEWING SPOTS

11.1 Gion District

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How to get here: Board Bus 100 or 206 from Kyoto station.  Get off the bus at Gion stop (祇園バス停).  Travel time is 20 minutes for a ticket price of 230 yen.  . Nearest train station is Gion Shijo Station (祇園四条駅) on the Keihan Line (京阪本線).

GPS: 35.003806, 135.775085

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Shinbashi-Dori walk

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11.2 Tenryuji

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How to get here: Tenryuji is 450 m from Arashiyama Station (嵐山駅) and 950 m from from JR Saga-Arashiyama Station (嵯峨嵐山駅), which is connected with Kyoto station by train.

GPS: 35.015845, 135.673792

Opening hours: 8:30 to 17:30 (until 17:00 from late October to late March)

Entry fees: 500 yen (an extra 300 yen for entrance into the temple buildings)

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11.3 Kiyomizudera


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How to get here: Board Bus 100 or 206 from Kyoto station.  Tickets cost 230 yen for the 15 minute trip.  Get off the bus at Kiyomizu-michi (清水町バス停) stop and walk 900 m uphill walk to the temple. Kiyomizudera is about 1.7 km from Kiyomizu-Gojo Station (清水五条駅) along the Keihan line (京阪本線).

GPS: 34.994839, 135.785045

Opening hours: 6:00 to 18:00 (until 18:30 on weekends and holidays from mid April through July and everyday in August and September)

Entry fees: 400 yen

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11.4 Byodoin

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How to get here: Byodoin is 1km from JR Uji Station (宇治駅).

GPS: 34.889295, 135.807694

Opening hours: 8:30 to 17:30 (entry until 17:15)
              Treasure house from 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:45)

Entry fees: 600 yen (additional 300 yen for a tour of the Phoenix Hall)

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12. NARA PREFECTURE CHERRY BLOSSOM VIEWING SPOTS

12.1 Kasuga-Taisha - Kōfuku-ji - Todai-ji temple - Nigatsu-do Hall - Sangatsu-do


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How to get here: Nara Park  (奈良公園) is about 400 m from Kintetsu Nara Station (近鉄奈良駅) or about 1.4 km from JR Nara Station (奈良駅).


GPS: 34.685016, 135.843015

Opening hours: Always open

Entry fees: Free

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Kasuga-Taisha (春日大社)
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How to get here: Kasuga-Taisha (春日大社) is about 2.3 km from Kintetsu Nara Station, or 2.9 km from JR Nara Station. Kasuga-Taisha is located in the east of Nara park.

GPS: 34.681424, 135.848358

Opening hours: 6:00 to 18:00 (April to September)
6:30 to 17:00 (October to March)
Inner area: 8:30 to 16:00

Entry fees: Free (outer area), 500 yen (inner area)


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Kōfuku-ji (興福寺)
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Todai-ji temple (東大寺)

How to get here: Todai-ji is about 1.5 km from Kintetsu Nara Station, or about 2.5 km from JR Nara Station.  The temple is located in the northern part of Nara park.

GPS: 34.688997, 135.839817

Opening hours: 8:00 to 16:30 (November to February)
8:00 to 17:00 (March)
7:30 to 17:30 (April to September)
7:30 to 17:00 (October)

Entry fees: 500 yen

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Nigatsu-do Hall (二月堂)

How to get here: From Todai-ji, walk along the east wall of the Daibutsu-den and then go up the path that turns up to the right just past the small pond to reach Nigatsu-do hall.

GPS: 34.689266, 135.844285

Opening hours: Always open

Entry fees: Free


Japan cherry blossoms

Japan cherry blossoms
cherry blossom tree at Sangatsu-do

12.2 Hōryū-ji

Japan cherry blossoms

How to get there: From JR Nara Station, take Yamatoji Line (大和路線) to Horyuji station (法隆寺駅). From there it is a 20-minute walk (1.6km) or short bus ride by bus number 72 to Horyu-ji temple (190 yen one way, departures every 20 minutes). Get off at the Horyujimon-mae bus stop (法隆寺前バス停). Last bus to Horyuji Station departs at 17:05.

GPS: 34.614112, 135.735648

Opening hours: 8:00 to 17:00 (until 16:30 from early November to late February)

Entry fees: 1500 yen


Japan cherry blossoms

Japan cherry blossoms

Japan cherry blossoms

Japan cherry blossoms

Japan cherry blossoms

Japan cherry blossoms

12.3 Himuro shrine and Yakushi-ji Temple


Japan cherry blossoms

How to get here: From Nara park, Use the underground crossings to get to the northeast corner of the Nobori-oji/Route 169. There are directions for Isui-en garden and Todai-ji temple. Walk towards Isui-en garden, Himuro shrine is on the way.

GPS: 34.684399, 135.838086

Opening hours: 11:00 to 15:00

Entrance fee: free

Japan cherry blossoms

Japan cherry blossoms

Japan cherry blossoms

Japan cherry blossoms

Japan cherry blossoms
weeping cherry blossom

Japan cherry blossoms

Japan cherry blossoms

Japan cherry blossoms

Japan cherry blossoms
magnolia flowers

Japan cherry blossoms
Yakushi-ji temple (薬師寺)

How to get here: From Kintetsu Nara station take train towards Nara and get down at Yamato-Saidaji station (大和西大寺駅) to change the line to Kintetsu-Kashihara line (近鉄-橿原線). Ride 4 stops and get down at Nishinokyo station (西ノ京駅). From Nishinokyo station Yakushi-ji is 200 m away. Bus number 70, 72 and 97 run about three times an hour to Yakushiji-higashiguchi bus stop (薬師寺東口バス停) from JR Nara Station (15 minutes, 260 yen) and Kintetsu Nara Station (20 minutes, 260 yen).

GPS 34.668647, 135.784569

Opening hours: 8:30 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)

Entry fees: 1100 yen
Japan cherry blossoms

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