Wandering cherry blossoms in Kyoto on March 29th, 2020.
I visited cherry blossoms viewing points in Kyoto with my bicycle from Kyoto station to Arashiyama.
I will introduce Rokusonou shrin, Toji temple, a world heritage, Koryuji temple, Kurumazaki shrine, Arashiyama and Ryoanji temple, a world heritage famous for its Zen garden.
- Comment：House of a Japanese emperor’s family about 1000 years ago.
This is No.1 on the map, in front of Higashi-honganji temple, a world heritage.
It was very beautiful, here with the Kyoto tower, cherry blossoms and blue sky.
I went to Rokusonou shrine at No.2 on the map.
Here was the house of a Japanese emperor’s family about 1000 years ago.
The cherry blossoms, Someiyoshino, were at their best.
I took photos for about 10min.
- Cost：Some buildings and gardens have fees, others are free.
- Comment：A world heritage and national treasures
After Rokusonou shrine, I went to Toji temple at No.3 on the map.
It was founded about 1200 years ago and a world heritage.
There are many national treasures and important cultural properties in this temple.
The 5-Story Pagoda is a national treasure.
You have to pay 500 yen to go inside, so I took photos from outside.
The cherry blossoms are almost at their best.
A heron was walking on the sidewalk on national route1 in front of Toji temple.
I saw many herons in Kyoto, but this was the only time I saw one on a sidewalk.
I took photos for about 20min.
- Cost：The entrance to the museum costs 800 yen, visiting the rest of the temple is free.
- Comment：One of the oldest temple in Kyoto.
After Toji temple, I went to Koryuji temple at No.4 on the map.
It is one of the oldest temple in Kyoto, built in 603. There is the first national treasure in the museum.
It’s a big temple.
The main hall.
Entrance of the museum.
I didn’t pay 800 yen.
I took photos for about 10min.
- Comment：Shrine of entertainment
After Koryuji temple, I went to Kurumaza shrine at No.5 on the map.
It is famous for its god of entertainment, many entertainers come here and dedicate red boards called “Tamagaki”, on which they write their own names.
The “tamagaki” are on the left side on the photo below.
They cost 13,000 yen and remain in place for 2 years.
There are many kinds of cherry trees.
I took photos and looked for entertainers’ names for about 15min.
- Comment：One of the most famous viewing spot in Kyoto.
After Kurumazaki shrine, I went to Arashiyama, one of the most famous viewing spot in Kyoto.
The bridge is Togetsukyo bridge at No.6 in the map.
The cherry blossoms, Someiyoshino, were almost their best around here.
I took photos from both sides of the river for about 10min.
- Cost：500 yen
- Comment：The famous zen garden of a world heritage temple.
After Arashiyama, I went to Ryoanji temple at No.9 on the map.
This is the entrance of Nisonin temple, famous for its beautiful autumn leaves.
The admission fee is 500 yen, I just took photos from outside.
This is in front of Daikakuji temple at No.8 on the map.
The admission fee is 500 yen.
I arrived at Ryoanji temple at No.8 on the map.
It’s a world heritage and famous for its Zen garden, praised by Queen Elizabeth in 1975.
I wanted to take photos of the famous zen garden with cherry blossoms.
The cherry blossoms looked good at the pond in Ryoanji temple.
The weeping cherry blossoms were at their best.
The famous zen garden.
The cherry blossoms hadn’t bloomed yet.
Those cherry blossoms bloom after Someiyoshino, they were at their best some 10 days later.
I couldn’t understand the grace of the zen garden…
I took photos with tears for about 10min.
I moved from No.1 on the map to No.9 on the map in about 5 hours with my bicycle.
There are not so many train stations around here, so it’s better to take the bicycle to see many cherry blossoms efficiently.
There are many rental bicycle shops in Kyoto.
This is a map marked with my recommendation spots in Kyoto.
If you click the mark, there is the link of blog article.