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Hirano Shrine, Kyoto

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#48 of 347 in Historic Sites in Kyoto
Religious Site Tourist Spot
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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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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  • Before you reach the temple, you will pass through a cherry blossom garden. We were lucky, during our visit, there was a carnival there. Food, game, stalls set up tables and chairs for you to watch ch...  more »
  • I was lucky enough to stay about 150m away from this Shrine and was able to visit a number of times. Very quiet and frequented only by local Japanese it was quite lovely. There is huge tree in the gro...  more »
  • When you need to pay a fee for most places in Kyoto for the night illumination of the cherry blossoms, this place is free. This place has got lots to offer in addition to the sakura; there are some fo...  more »
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • Quiet place with Natural Garden. Cherry trees lilies and orange tree. Nice
  • The most beautiful Cherry Blossom's spot I've seem in Kyoto up to now. I strong recommend this fabulous place
  • An excellent place for cherry blossom trees!