Have you visited Kyoto before? If you have never been to Kyoto, you need to make this your next travel destination and experience true Japanese culture at its best. Cherry blossoms lighting up is the best way to experience nightlife in Kyoto. Listed below are some of the best places to enjoy the Kyoto nightlife.
2018/3/22 ~ 4/12 (18:30 ~ 21:00 Admission Closed)
This is a temple that was established at the beginning of the Heian Period, after the capital was moved to Kyoto in the late 700’s.
The temple is surrounded by other ancient Kondos that capture the elegance of the ancient Japanese culture. These buildings have survived all odds and still portray the golden days.
2018/3/30 ~ 4/8 (18:00 ~ 21:00 Admission Closed)
The temple is an auspicious place for one to enjoy watching the sunset. Its best known as a lover’s palace due to its location with the view of the sunset.
It’s a popular place with visitors, and has an atmosphere for festivals. Serious pilgrims come to pray, young people come to seek good fortune in love from the waterfalls, and visitors come to enjoy the sights.
3. Maruyama Park
This is a beautiful park that lies at the base of Kyoto’s eastern mountains. It contains strolling gardens, rest houses and small orchards.
This park is at its best in early April, when the cherry trees start to bloom, and many people come to attend blossom-viewing parties. This is one of the best places to picnic under the trees.
2018/3/9 ~ 5/6 (Sunset ~ 21:30 Admission Closed)
Sitting atop a hill, Kodaiji was founded in 1606 and is the most well-preserved area of Kyoto.
The temple is located in eastern Kyoto on Nene Street. It is a place that honors a woman who became a nun after the death of her husband. She loved at Kodaiji Temple until her own death in 1624.
2018/3/30 ~ 4/15 (17:00 ~ 21:00 Admission Closed）
This is a wonderful place that is located high on the mountains and is the best place to take in a view of Kyoto city.
This place has the best paintings and temples, including beautiful Japanese landscape gardens with maple and cherry trees.
6. Nijo Castle
2018/3/23 ~ 4/15 (18:00 ~ 21:00 Admission Closed)
This is a castle that has existed since the beginning of the Tokugawa Shoguns in Kyoto, who ruled for over 260 years.
It is a palace that has massive stone walls and heavy gates. Inside it is Japanese art which can be noted on the painted screens of the main chamber.
Located in Kyoto’s northern Higashiyama District, it is home to two of the best museums in Kyoto.
The place boasts a concert hall and a major shrine known as Heian-Jingu Shrine. It also has a great park space, one of the best places to spend an afternoon while in Kyoto.
8. Heian Shrine
2018/4/5 ~ 4/8 (18:15 ~ 20:30 Admission Closed）
This is famous for its big torii gate. However, you can enjoy another fantastical face of Heian Shrine at night. Plan your visit with Okazaki Park (No.7)!
Also, it holds outdoor night concerts during the term. The ticket price is 2000-yen.
*The link above is only in Japanese.
9. Cherry blossoms tunnel by Randen
*the end of March ~ the beginning of April (running 18:30 ~ 20:30)
*Depends on the cherry trees’ condition
This is a well-known place to see cherry trees. The trees can be seen all along the track as one travels by train between Narutaki station and Utano station.
The cherry trees are beautifully placed along the track line in such a way that they form a natural tunnel-like path of cherry blossoms.
2018/3/31 ~ 4/15 (17:30 ~ or 19:00 ~)
*Only for those who applied the special dinner course (5000-yen)
This is one of the famous sub temples of Myoshinji’s main precincts. It was constructed in 1404 and still remains true to its early days. The beautiful pond garden which was made later is famous for its scenic beauty with fabulous weeping cherry trees.
Also, its rock garden was created about 500 years ago by a famous painter, and the temple itself contains the beautiful image of a Buddhist parable trying to catch a catfish with a gourd bottle.
11. Hirano Shrine
2018/3/25 ~ 4/20 (Sunset ~ around 21:00)
It was founded in 794 and is one of the largest shrine complexes with huge gates in Japan.
The Hirano Shrine has held a cherry blossom festival every year since 985. The first of its festivals was held during the reign of Emperor Kazan. Today it is among the best spots for tree-viewing, singing and drinking.
12. Kyoto Botanical Gardens
This place was founded in 1924. It is the oldest botanical garden in Japan, as well as being one of the most beautiful and well-kept public gardens in Japan.
The garden is composed of seasoned plants and various conservatories. It always has something new to see throughout the year.