One of the busiest and prettiest seasons in Kyoto is cherry blossom season, which can be both exciting and stressful for visitors. While viewing the blossoming pink and white flowers truly does your take a breath away, making your way through the crowds of people can really test your patience. But don’t let the crowds scare you off.

Here are a few examples of places we can go to view pretty blossoms minus the crowds:

Haradani-en Gardens

Haradani-en is a privately owned garden in the north of Kyoto with a variety of cherry trees. While the entry fee to the garden is a bit steep compared to other places (1200 yen), the garden has over 400 trees, so it’s definitely worth it.

Taizo-in Temple

At Taizo-in temple, not only can you witness a beautiful ‘weeping’ cherry blossom tree planted over 50 years ago, but you can also indulge in Michelin-starred cuisine while viewing the tree from the temple. Please note that reservations are required.

Daikaku-ji Temple

Just a short bus ride from the hustle and bustle of Arashiyama, Dakaku-ji is a beautiful cherry blossom viewing spot. The Heian period gardens and pond of Daikakuji Temple are one of Kyoto’s best-kept secrets when it comes to cherry blossom viewing spots.

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