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Kyoto Cherry Blossom 2024: Forecasts and Dates, Sakura Spots, and Everything You Need to Know

Updated: Mar 29




Planning to visit Kyoto in spring 2024? You shouldn’t miss the cherry blossoms! From forecasts and dates to the best sakura spots, here’s everything you need to know about cherry blossoms in Kyoto:


What month is the cherry blossom season in Kyoto?

The cherry blossom season in Kyoto varies from year to year but typically falls around the third week of March. Based on the first official cherry blossom forecast of Japan Meteorological Corporation (JMC), cherry blossoms in Kyoto are expected to start flowering on March 29 and fully bloom on April 3.



How long does cherry blossom season last in Kyoto?

Most cherry blossoms you can see in Kyoto are Yoshino cherry trees, which can last for 10 to 14 days from the first day they bloom until they peak. However, some species of cherry blossoms can last longer, particularly the Yaezakura trees which are double-layered and have five petals. Once the cherry trees peak, they will start to fall one by one. But even before they bloom, flowering cherry trees are still an attraction of their own.




Is Japan more expensive during the cherry blossom season?

Yes! Prices in Japan tend to increase during the spring season due to the high demand. Whether it’s hotel accommodations or flights, expect prices around the cherry blossom season to be high. Nevertheless, this is not unique to cherry blossom season as other holiday seasons such as around the New Year and Golden Week (April 29 to May 5) also tend to be pricier.



Best Cherry Blossom Spots in Kyoto

If you’re looking for ideas where to see the best cherry blossoms in Kyoto, here are our top picks:


1. Philosopher’s Path

Entrance fee: Free

Location: Runs between Ginkaku-ji and Nanzen-ji.

Opening hours: 24 hours


2. Maruyama-Koen Park

Entrance fee: Free

Location: Maruyamacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto

Opening hours: 24 hours


3. Kiyomizu-Dera

Entrance fee: 400 JYP (~3 USD)

Location: 1-chōme-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto

Opening hours: 6:00 am - 6:00 pm


4. Nijo Castle 

Entrance fee: 800 JYP (~6 USD)

Location: 541 Nijojocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto

Opening hours: 8:45 am - 4:00 pm


5. Keage Incline

Entrance fee: Free

Location: 339 Higashikomonozacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto

Opening hours: 24 hours


For more information, check out the best places to see cherry blossoms in Kyoto!

 

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