You Can View Beautiful Cherry Blossoms for Free in Kyoto

You're encouraged to share a donation in some of the spots.

Hanami season is here and we know you’re excited to go around and see the gorgeous cherry blossoms in full bloom. This area has a lot of great places with cherry blossoms where you can walk around like Toji Temple and Umekoji Park. It has become more convenient to access these spots since Umekoji Kyoto Nishi Station opened last March 2019. 

Toji Temple

This temple has a rich history of more than 1,200 years and is considered a world heritage site. At the temple’s vast precinct, there are about 200 various cherry blossom trees that color the Gojunoto tower and the lake such as early blooming Kawazu Sakura, Somei Yoshino, and Fuji Sakura that is more than 130 years old. 

This Fuji Sakura is more than 130 years old and especially outstanding in the garden.

It’s about 55 meters high and blooms magnificently with the highest Gojunoto tower in Japan in the background.

The amulet Mimori (¥600) is made with Yaebenishidare Fuji Sakura, which represents the temple.

Toji Temple has about 200 cherry blossom trees. They are best viewed from the beginning of April.

Toji Temple is located at 1 Kujyo-cho, Minami District, Kyoto and is open from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is a 10-minute walk from Kintetsu Toji Station. Entrance to the precinct is free, ¥500 to Kondo and Kodo, ¥800 for Gojunoto Tower. You may contact them at +81-75-691-3325.


This is the main temple of the Otani sect of Shinshu. The garden here is called
Jyusankei (13 sceneries) because of its various flowers that bloom in each of the four seasons. In the spring, Benishidare Sakura and Yama Sakura bloom, coloring the Bokakaku.

Various cherry blossoms like the early blooming Shuzenji Sakura and Shidare Sakura bloom one after another and color the elegant Bokakaku gorgeously.

From the garden with Ingetsu Lake, you can see the Kyoto Tower.

There are about 50 cherry blossom trees in Shoseien. They are best viewed from the middle of March to the beginning of April.

Shoseien is located at Higashitamamizu-cho, Shimojuzuyamachi-dori Ainomachi Higashi-iru, Shimogyo District, Kyoto and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is a 10-minute walk from Kyoto Station. Donations are welcome starting from ¥500. You may contact them at  +81-75-371-9210.

Rokusonno-jinja Shrine

Seiwa Genji (a line of a Japanese clan) are known to come from this place. Here, there are various flowers such as Somei Yoshino, Shidare Sakura, Oshima Sakura, Ukon Sakura, Gyoiko, Fukenzo Sakura that look like an elephant’s nose, and flowers with 8 layers of petals, that color the bridge.


The eight-layered petals gorgeously bloom in the site with red stone lanterns.

There are about 30 cherry blossom trees in Rokusonno-jinja Shrine. They are best viewed from the beginning to the middle of April.

Rokusonno-jinja Shrine is located at Mibu-dori Hahijokaku, Minami District, Kyoto and is open all day. It is a 13-minute walk from Kyoto Station. Admission is free. You may contact them at +81-75-691-0310.

Umekoji Park

This park was made in the ruins of Kokutetsu Umekoji Kamotsu Station as a commemoration for the 1,200 years since the capital of Japan moved to Kyoto in the Heian era. In a vast grass field blooms about 37 kinds of cherry blossoms bloom one after another such as Oshima Sakura, Oyama Sakura, and Shidare Sakura in Suzaku  Japanese style garden.

There are cherry blossoms everywhere in the park with grass fields and forests.

There are about 110 cherry blossom trees in Umekoji Park. They are best viewed from the middle of March to the end of April.

Umekoji Park is located at 56-3 Kankiji-cho, Shimogyo District, Kyoto and is open all day. It is a short walk from JR Umekoji Kyoto Nishi Station. Entrance is for free (¥200 to Suzaku Garden). You may contact them at +81-75-352-2500.

As a precaution to the COVID-19 global pandemic, it is suggested you avoid large crowds and refrain from going out especially during the weekends. If you’re not feeling well, stay home and just browse these lovely photos first. Bookmark this page for when you can visit and enjoy the blooms without fear of infecting anyone—or getting infected yourself.

Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kansai Walker™ (17 March 2020)

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