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Hirano Shrine, Kyoto

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#58 of 347 in Historic Sites in Kyoto
With a rare architectural style and over 400 cherry trees from 60 breeds, Hirano Shrine tops the list of Kyoto’s favorite flower-viewing spots. Established in 794 CE and long associated with the royal family, the shrine is today famous for its magnificent cherry trees. As you wander around this popular spot, you can watch locals enjoying their "hanami," or flower-viewing parties. Lanterns scattered around the gorgeous gardens provide a spectacular sight during the blossoming season, particularly at night. You can also buy good luck charms and touch a majestic 400-year-old camphor tree. Make Hirano Shrine part of your personalized Kyoto itinerary using our Kyoto vacation trip planner.
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  • June 1, 2017
    The time of cherry blossoms, in Kyoto in the late, until the 4/20 light. Illuminated weeping cherry tree beside the Noh stage environment, is very clean.
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  • May 17, 2017
    Precincts were cherry blossoms cherry blossoms in full bloom is coming seem I was also surprised how many foreigners can enjoy cherry blossoms in a variety places have opened stalls, was like a great success
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  • May 4, 2017
    Had no idea that the cherry blossom. Is in full bloom just when I visited the beautiful shades of pink folding, enjoying cherry blossom sea in a long time. Barbecue under the cherry blossoms, cherry blossom viewing is enjoyed fully.
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  • April 6, 2017
    Pretty shrine we stumbled upon when we roamed the streets during the cherry blossom festival. It was a very peaceful spot to chill and snap some photos
  • July 17, 2016
    The shrine itself is nice to visit with nice structure made of Kasuga style. Best to vist early in the morning for cherry blossom viewing. It was too crowded and noisy in cherry blossom season and a man who works here was nasty and very rude. if you try to stick aroundafter closing time he gets very angry so be careful not to ruin your day.
  • April 24, 2016
    Quiet place with Natural Garden. Cherry trees lilies and orange tree. Nice
  • March 31, 2015
    The most beautiful Cherry Blossom's spot I've seem in Kyoto up to now. I strong recommend this fabulous place
  • April 7, 2016
    An excellent place for cherry blossom trees!

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Kyoto spoils visitors for choice when it comes to good accommodations, offering everything from traditional ryokans to luxury Western-style hotels. In a city used to receiving foreign travelers, you'll find that most establishments know exactly what to offer tourists and how to help newcomers to the area. To avoid paying premium prices during the cherry blossom season, consider staying in Osaka, located just a 30-minute train ride away. If you must stay in Kyoto itself, keep in mind that centrally located hotels charge more than those in the outer neighborhoods.
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