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【Kyoto】 Fantastic Views of Cherry Blossoms Discovered by Photographers That Will Bring You to Tears (2)

Below are two spots in Kyoto that photographers recommend for cherry blossoms – a famous one and another that’s a well-kept secret. Enjoy cherry blossoms that change their appearance depending on the weather and time of day, and capture a special scene that exists only in that moment! <The information is from "Visit from Kansai! Amazingly Beautiful Cherry Blossoms (issued February 23, 2018)">

The Beautiful 1.4 km Cherry Blossom Tunnel in Sewaritei, Yodogawa Riverside Park

Sewaritei in Yawata, Kyoto, is recommended for its 1.4km cherry blossom tunnel. The majestic rows of cherry trees seen 25m up from the observatory tower at Sakuradeai Kan are recommended both on sunny days and for a walk after the rain. You may be able to take a miraculous picture of the cherry blossoms reflected in puddles, which will look as if there are cherry blossoms in the sky and on the ground.

(Photographer's Voice: wasabitool) "Sewaritei is one of the most famous cherry blossom spots in the Kansai region. The rows of cherry trees along the river are very beautiful, and it is lovely even just for a stroll. It unfortunately rained that day, but I looked in a puddle and saw a beautiful reflection."

【Cherry DATA】Best time of year: Early April; Best time of day: 9:00 am; Number of trees: Approx. 250 Someiyoshino cherry trees; Illumination: None

■ Sewaritei, Yodogawa Riverside Park
<Address: Beyond Yawata Zaioji, Yawata-shi, Kyoto; Phone: 075-633-5120 (Sakuradeai Kan); Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (9:00 am - 4:30 pm for the observatory tower at Sakuradeai Kan); Holidays: None (Closed December 29 - January 3); Fee: None (300 JPY/adult and 100 JPY/elementary school and junior high school student for the observatory tower); Parking: 180 spaces (unavailable during the cherry blossom season); Access: 10 minutes on foot from Keihan Yawatashi Station>

Sewaritei, Yodogawa Riverside Park

Beyond Yawata Zaioji, Yawata-shi, Kyoto

Cherry Blossom Petals Dancing on the Keage Incline Tracks

The Keage Incline was once a railroad on a steep slope that carried boats that traveled on Lake Biwa Canal. Its rail tracks that span 582m remain, creating a unique scene when the cherry trees blossom that makes it one of Kyoto's most popular spots to see cherry blossoms. The cherry trees have been planted below the tracks, so you’ll feel like you’re on top of a cloud of cherry blossoms. The best time to visit is in the early morning before it gets crowded.

(Photographer's Voice: Hisanori Manabe) “The cherry blossoms in this photo are from the Keage Incline, which is probably the most famous spot for cherry blossoms in Kyoto. I took the photograph using long exposure before sunrise. I'd like to walk on the rail tracks with the cherry blossom petals falling around me again this year. Many people take photographs there, so be considerate and share the space."

【Cherry DATA】Best time of year: Late March - early April; Best time of day: 7:00 am; Number of trees: Approx. 90 Someiyoshino and Yamazakura cherry trees; Illumination: None

■ Keage Incline
<Address: Nanzenji Fukuchi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto; Phone: 075-672-7766 (Kyoto City Water Department); Hours: No restrictions; Fee: None; Parking: None; Access: 3 minutes on foot from Keage Station on the subway>

Keage Incline

Nanzenji Fukuchi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 02.16.2018]

*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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