Enjoy your hanami in a lesser-known and relaxing location to rival the most popular ones in Kyoto.
Viewing sakura blooming in spring is one of the most iconic experiences one could have in Japan, but what if you wanted to enjoy it in a quiet and unique area? Tenjingawa (Tenjin River) could be the answer you are looking for.
Every year, hordes of people flood beautiful and famous areas sporting lush sakura trees all over Japan. This is usually an occasion, not only to admire the delicate and gorgeous blossoms but also to party and meet people.
Yet, sometimes it would be nice to be in a place where one could marvel at equally beautiful trees, without worrying about having to get to the location impossibly early to secure a spot.
If you love Japan and cherry blossoms, you will have likely heard of (or even been to) many places in Kyoto like Arashiyama, Kiyomizudera, Maruyama Park, Philosopher’s path, and Yasaka shrine. Yet, the strip along Tenjingawa, stretching from Shijo street to Gojo is just as beautiful, but with plenty of space to sit on the grass or on benches and set up a nice picnic.
A long segment of Tenjingawa is a prime example of such place. Parallel to the stream, nearly 120 sakura trees make this area one of the best to enjoy a hassle-free hanami (flower-viewing party). Whether you fancy taking long walks or basking in the shade while enjoying some food and drinks with your friends and family, this is the place for you.
Also in the area
Once you are in the area you might as well take a look at the nearby Nishikyogoku Undou Koen (Nishikyogoku Athletic Park), another nice destination for hanami and other activities. You’ll be able to run track, jog, workout, play basketball and volleyball or relax while your kids enjoy the many jungle gyms. The park is recommended all year-round.
Not far from the nearest station, Nishikyogoku on the Hankyu line, there’s yet another barely known haven for hanami: a path by Katsura river boasting dozens of large sakura trees.
If you can’t make it there in spring, don’t fret. It’s worth going anytime. While in Kyoto, follow your guidebooks to the most famous attractions of the city but make sure to also visit these hidden treasures!