Beautiful Cherry Blossom Trees Frame These Temples in Arashiyama

They're especially gorgeous during the spring season.


Depending on the season, Arashiyama boasts scenic views and nature that paints Arashiyama and Katsura River in beautiful colors. It’s fun simply walking around and visiting many temples like Tenryuji Temple that has a beautiful garden and Togetsukyo Bridge that gets covered in cherry blossoms.


Tenryuji Temple


This temple was built in 1339 under the proposal of Muso Soseki to Ashikaga Takauji, the
shogun of that time. Sogenchi Garden was designated as the first historical ruin with great scenery. In the spring, Yama Sakura blooms and this beautiful view makes you forget the time. Enjoy walking around and also looking at Unryuzu in the temple that is especially exhibited.


Tahoden worships Emperor Godaigo, and the Shidare Sakura is especially beautiful here.


The spring scenery that covers the architecture is astonishing!


There are about 200 cherry blossom trees at this Temple. They are best viewed from the middle of March to the beginning of April.


Tenryuji Temple is located at 68 Susukinobaba-cho, Saga Tenryuji, Ukyo District, Kyoto and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (or until 5:30 p.m. from March 21 to October 20). The entrance fee is ¥500 to the garden with an additional ¥300 for entrance to the temple; ¥500 to the main temple. It is right near the Randen Arashiyama station. You may contact them at +81-75-881-1235.


Kyu Saga Gosho Daihonzan Daikakuji Temple


Here, Someiyoshino and Yama Sakura bloom surrounding Osawa Lake, the oldest artificial garden from the Heian period. The cherry blossom reflections on the lake look just like paintings. “Daikakuji no Bungei” will also be held until May 11, 2020.


Osawa Lake was made by Emperor Saga in the Heian period, imitating Dotei Lake in China.


Cherry blossoms bloom for about a kilometer long, and you can get a magical view in the afternoon when the sunlight hits the water and makes the lake sparkle.


There are about 500 cherry blossom trees at this temple. They are best viewed from the end of March to the beginning of April.


Kyu Saga Gosho Daihonzan Daikakuji Temple is located at 4 Saga Osawa-cho, Ukyo District, Kyoto and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance fee is ¥500 to the temple area and ¥300 to Osawa Lake area. It is a 20-minute walk from JR Saga Arashiyama Station. You may contact them at +81-75-871-0071.


Nison-in Temple


This is an old temple of Tendai sect by Ogura Mountain. Cherry blossoms are planted along “Momiji no Baba,” a path that is as wide as horses can go through, and the pink scenery is beautiful. “Nisonin Fugenzo,” known for blooming late, is also planted near the main temple. Make sure to check the numerous petals here.

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The light pink color of Shidare Sakura surrounds the main temple.


There are about 50 cherry blossom trees at the temple. They are best viewed from the end of March to the beginning of April.


Nison-in Temple is located at 27 Saga Nisonin Monzen Choshin-cho, Ukyo District, Kyoto and is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Entrance fee is ¥500. It is a 15-minute walk from Randen Arashiyama Station. You may contact them at +81-75-861-0687.
 


Togetsukyo Bridge


This wooden bridge is about 155 meters long and goes over the Katsura River that flows calmly. It’s a symbol of Arashiyama scenery. It was named by Emperor Kameyama because the moon looked as if it was crossing the bridge. The scenery of the bridge with the cherry blossoms along the river conveys a nice Kyoto feeling.


Cherry blossoms are planted along the river, so it’s great watching the bridge through the cherry blossoms, too.


There are about 1,500 cherry blossom trees surrounding the Togetsukyo Bridge. They are best viewed from the end of March to the beginning of April.


Togetsukyo Bridge is located at Saga Nakanoshima-cho, Ukyo District, Kyoto. It is a 2-minute walk from Randen Arashiyama Station.


Arashiyama Park Nakanoshima District 


This park is located near the middle of Katsura River where you can enjoy the symbolic scenery of Arashiyama like the Togetsukyo Bridge. There are about 300 cherry blossom trees and the huge Shidare Sakura is especially beautiful. You can enjoy fully bloomed cherry blossoms anywhere in the park, so sit down by the river and enjoy.


Enjoy watching the cherry blossoms by the river sitting down and have a relaxing time.


The cherry blossoms are best viewed from the end of March to the beginning of April.


Arashiyama Park Nakanoshima District is located at Saga Nakanoshima-cho, Ukyo District, Kyoto. It is a 5-minute walk from Randen Arashiyama Station. You may contact them at +81-75-861-0012.


Seiryoji Temple


This is an old temple with Shaka Nyorai Ritsuzo, a national treasure, and is known as “Shakado-san.” Cherry blossoms frame the architecture like Niomon, Tahoto, and the main temple with a long history that attracts many people. “Saga Dainenbutsu Kyogen,” a non-verbal play will be performed on April 5, 11, and 12.


Niomon, which worships Nio Statue from the Muromachi period, gets colored by spring colors.


There are about 20 cherry blossom trees at this temple. They are best viewed from the beginning of April.


Seiryoji Temple is located at 46 Saga Shakado Fujinoki-cho, Ukyo District, Kyoto and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (until 5 p.m. during the months of April, May, October, and November). Entrance fee is ¥400 for the main temple, ¥400 to Reihokan which opens only during months of April, May, October, and November, or ¥700 to both. It is a 10-minute walk from JR Saga Arashiyama Station. You may contact them at +81-75-861-0343.
 

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Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kansai Walker™ (8 March 2020)


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