April

Japan’s famous cherry blossoms begin to bloom all over the city of Kyoto in April, bringing spring color to festivals and events.

Spring makes itself known in Kyoto as the cherry trees bloom, turning the landscape pink and white.  Cherry blossom viewing parties are all the rage as the flowers reach their peak and visitors flock to shrines, temples, and parks to enjoy the fleeting natural beauty.  Festivals and artistic events celebrating the sakura abound, and even leisurely strolls become gorgeous adventures.

Spring Geiko and Maiko Dances
March 25th - May 24th, 2018

Spring Dances by Geiko & Maiko

The geiko and maiko districts of Kyoto perform large-scale dances for the public once a year, with four of them held in the spring season.

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Toyotomi Hideyoshi arrives at Hōtaikō Hanami Gyōretsu at Daigo-ji.
April 8th, 2018

Hōtaikō Hanami Gyōretsu

If you're in Kyoto in April, be sure to take yourself to Daigo-ji in order to view the cherry blossoms and watch this glimpse into the past walk on by!

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The first dance of Yasurai Matsuri at Imamiya Shrine.
April 8th, 2018

Yasurai Matsuri

The Yasurai Festival at Imamiya Shrine is held each year in the middle of April in order to pray for good health and the prevention of illness.

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Kamo Kyokusui no En Event Garden
April 8th, 2018

Kamo Kyokusui no En

Observe the Kamo Kyokusui no En and evoke the image of lavish poetry parties held by nobility and cultured composers during the Heian period.

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Okasai Procession Depart
April 10th, 2018

Ōka-sai

A sakura festival has occurred at Hirano Shrine every single year since 985, over a thousand years ago. This makes it the oldest festival in Kyoto that can claim to have continued unbroken for that long.

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Poets work to the sound of koto music during Kyokusui no Utage at Jōnangū Shrine.
April 29th, 2018

Kyokusui no Utage

Kyokusui no Utage, an elegant form of leisure entertainment enjoyed by nobles in ancient Japan, is reenacted at Jōnangū Shrine in southern Kyoto twice a year in spring and autumn.

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Sakura Mejiro Bird Cherry Blossom
April 1st - 30th, 2018

Cherry Blossoms

Kyoto is known for the beauty of its cherry blossoms, and come April the sakura flowers all over the ancient capital offer a myriad of beautiful sights... But where should you go?

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