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6 Absolutely Superb Sakura Spots in Kyoto - Selected by FOUR SEASONS KYOTO

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One of the most enchanted seasons of the year in Kyoto is spring, when cascades of pink and white blooms illuminate the streets. There are many places to see cherry blossoms in the city, particularly in the Higashiyama neighborhood where the Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto is situated.

In addition to the most well-known locations for hanami (the Japanese tradition of appreciating the fleeting beauty of flowers), there are a few secret spots that the locals prefer. A number of these attractions are illuminated at night, adding a magical quality to the experience.

6 excellent sakura spots, all within 15 minutes of the hotel, are personally recommended by Four Seasons. On your way out, stop by the Concierge desk for a cherry blossom map, which is updated daily to reflect the "bloom status" of each location.

1. Chishakuin Temple

On the day of arrival, a quick trip to see the sakura in the Chishakuin Garden is ideal. The lush grounds, which are rumored to have been a favorite of renowned tea master Sen no Rikyu, embody a delicate synthesis of architecture and landscape.

A: 964 Higashikawarachō, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

2. Sanjusangendo Temple

Sanjusangendo Temple, where cultural treasures coexist with cherry blossoms, is only a five-minute stroll from the hotel. The temple is home to a huge statue of Kannon, the Bodhisattva of Mercy, who is flanked by 1,000 life-size statues of other deities, including the gods of wind and thunder. There are numerous photo opportunities on the grounds.

A: 657 Sanjūsangendōmawari, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

3. Sannengzaka

In the spring, you must see Sannengzaka's weeping cherry blossoms. These historic stone-paved streets, which are found in Higashiyama's historical district, combine the poetic beauty of flowers with breathtaking hilltop views of Kyoto. Don't forget to savor the delectable seasonal treats offered while strolling through the charming neighborhood.

A: 2-211 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

4. Fuju Lounge

Fuju lounge, the Sukiya-style teahouse at Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto. The city's most popular cherry blossom spots are visited by hundreds of people every day. Fuju lounge, on the other hand, is a well-kept secret. You can enjoy the beauty of sakura in a tranquil setting while sipping matcha or Champagne.

A: 445-3 Myōhōin Maekawachō, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

5. Keage Incline

Visitors can walk between endless rows of Yoshino cherry trees and wild cherry trees at Keage Incline, a former railway track that has been converted into a pedestrian trail. Feel the arrival of spring with every step along the picturesque sakura-lined trails. Hiroba, a Guest Experience Ambassador at the Hotel, recommends also visiting nearby Suirokaku, a 19th century red-brick aqueduct bridge.

A: 339 Higashikomonozacho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

6. Maruyama Park

Having trouble deciding between dango and sakura dumplings? A visit to Maruyama Park will gratify both cravings at once! Before going to the park's teahouse for Warabi Mochi and Mitarashi Dumplings, take a photo with the well-known weeping cherry tree.

A: Maruyamacho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Enjoy your Stay at Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

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