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【Kyoto】 Fantastic Views of Cherry Blossoms Discovered by Photographers That Will Bring You to Tears

This article introduces fantastic views that photographers have discovered and were emotionally moved by. Specifically, the popular and famous Philosopher’s Walk in Kyoto and the Weeping Cherries of Yoshida, which includes a 300-year-old cherry tree. Refer to the photographers’ comments to capture a special picture for yourself! <This information is from "Visit from Kansai! Amazingly Beautiful Cherry Blossoms (issued February 23, 2018)">

Philosopher's Walk - Just as Beautiful When the Blossoms Fall

The narrow 1.8km path along a canal that the philosopher, Nishida Kitaro, liked to walk on, is a wonderful place to see cherry blossoms. It has an atmosphere that’s unique to Kyoto. It gets extremely crowded when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, so go a little later when the blossoms are shedding their petals. You'll be able to have the fantastic view of the wind-blown petals dying the water surface pink and covering the narrow canal all to yourself.

(Photographer's Voice: Reina Maeda) "Philosopher's Walk, where the cherry trees blossom along the path, is one of Kyoto's most famous spots for cherry blossoms. It is, of course, beautiful at its peak, but when the petals fall, they cover the water, creating floral rafts. I think it is a place where you can really soak up the glorious feel of spring."

【Cherry DATA】Best time of year: Late March - early April; Best time of day: 2:00 pm; Number of trees: Approx. 300 Someiyoshino cherry trees; Illumination: None

■ Philosopher’s Walk <Address: Ginkakujimichi - Wakaoji-bashi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto; Phone: None; Hours: No restrictions; Holidays: None; Fee: None; Access: Approx. 28 minutes on a city bus from JR Kyoto Station, 5 minutes on foot from Ginkakujimichi-mae bus stop>

Philosopher's Walk

Ginkakujimichi - Wakaoji-bashi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

The Weeping Cherries of Yoshida with a Beautiful Blend of Old and New Trees

There are two weeping cherry trees by the stairs that lead up to Ruri-ji Temple, a temple in Yoshida, Kyoto. An old 300-year-old tree and a relatively young 100-year-old tree surprise all visitors with their branches that spread like showers of blossoms. They are lit up with candles for just one Saturday (date to be determined) during the peak of their blossoming, so be sure to look out for it!

(Photographer's Voice: narutakiso) "This is one of the famous spots for cherry blossoms in Maizuru, known as 'Kyoto by the Sea'. The two trees, one old and one young, merge to spread out both vertically and horizontally from the stone walls of Ruri-ji Temple. I was lucky to see them covered by the early morning mist from the sea. You can also enjoy them in the evening, when they look as if they are floating in the light."

【Cherry DATA】Best time of year: Early April; Best time of day: Around 9:00 am; Number of trees: 2 weeping cherries; Illumination: Planned for one Saturday in early April, from 6:00 pm; Fee: none

■ The Weeping Cherries of Yoshida <Address: 170 Yoshida, Maizuru-shi, Kyoto; Phone: 0773-75-8600 (Maizuru Tourism Association); Hours: No restrictions; Holidays: None; Parking: Approximately 150 spots (300 JPY/each time) *donation to help protect the environment; Access: 15 minutes by car from JR Nishi-Maizuru Station>

The Weeping Cherries of Yoshida

170 Yoshida, Maizuru-shi, Kyoto

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 02.23.2018]

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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