Cherry blossom season in Kyoto
On the third spring of living in Japan, I finally made it to Kyoto during the peak cherry blossom season. The beauty of the delicate flowers against the backdrop of Kyoto’s famous traditional architecture and old temples definitely make it worth the trip, although it was uncomfortably busy and the city’s infrastructure was clearly challenged by the increased influx of tourists during this very popular period. Still, I hope you enjoy the results!
Picnic tables and traditional umbrellas set up in the gardens of Hirano Shrine
The torii gate at the entrance of Hirano shrine, surrounded by cherry blossoms.
A walk along the famous Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto
Weeping cherry trees in the gardens of Heian Shrine
Close-up of cherry blossoms in front of the pagoda at Daigoji Temple.
Behind weeping cherry tree branches, the traditional wooden bridge at Heian shrine is reflected on the quiet surface of the pond.
Branches of a cherry tree in front of the main building at Kiyomizu-dera.
The pagoda near the entrance of Kiyomizu-dera, perched on a hill dappled with cherry trees in full bloom.
Abandoned railroad tracks at Keage Incline, flanked on both sides by cherry trees.