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Ohana-mi

Peak of Cherry-blossoms during the month

Cherry-blossom viewing is a unique Japanese custom, and the flowers are admired while in full bloom in a kind of big outdoor picnic under the trees. In Kyoto, there are dozens of picturesque places to engage in ohanami. In Maruyama-koen, large groups convene on blue plastic tarp to eat and drink, and these festivities often go late into the night, the crowds get rowdier the more alcohol consumed.


Hirano-jinja Shrine, near Kitano-tenmangu Shrine, features hundreds of cherry trees and is especially popular with people who gather to enjoy the cherry blossoms, eat, drink, and keep the party alive to late in the night.

The banks along the Kamo-gawa River, which run though downtown, are beautifully colored by the cherry blossoms. The hanmoku path between Kitayama and Kita-oji is known as the place where the blossoms are most beautiful.

Tetsugaku-no-michi Street and the area around Heian-jingu Shrine are also famous as places where the cherry trees bloom in profusion. Needless to say, Ninna-ji Temple's "omuro-no-sakura" is also worth an experience.

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