Feb 22, 2015

Plum Blossoms

We can feel that spring is coming here in Kyoto.
I know that everyone is waiting for sakura (cherry blossoms), why don't you go to  see plum blossoms to start your spring?

I visited Kitano Tenmangu Shrine which is famous for plum blossoms on Feb. 19th.
It was not in full blossom but some trees are 70% in bloom.
I think the best season is going to be in early March.
You need to pay 600yen (with tea & sweet) to enter the plum garden but there are many trees on the outside of the garden as well.
Plum Blossom Viewing Festival is held on Feb. 25th and outdoor tea ceremony is performed by maiko and geiko.

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
  Access...City Bus #50 to "Kitanotenmangumae"

Other places for plum blossoms...

Nijojo Castle
  Access...City Bus #9 or #50 to "Nijojomae"
Kyoto Imperial Park
  Time...24hours open
  Access...Subway Karasuma Line to "Imadegawa"

Kyoto Prefectural botanical Park
  Time...9:00-17:00 (the reception open until 16:00)
  Access...Subway Karasuma Line to "Kitayama"

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