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 20th - May 24th, 2021

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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Okasai Procession Depart
April 10th, 2021


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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Participants pass through the temple gate during Kadō Matsuri at Daikaku-ji.
April 9th - 11th, 2021

Kadō Matsuri

Kadō Matsuri can be enjoyed at Daikaku-ji Temple in Saga-Arashiyama for a few days in mid-April, with the ceremony primarily based around a flower offering performed by the Saga Goryū School of Flower Arrangement.

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Toyotomi Hideyoshi arrives at Hōtaikō Hanami Gyōretsu at Daigo-ji.
April 11th, 2021

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 11th, 2021

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 11th, 2021

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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Poets work to the sound of koto music during Kyokusui no Utage at Jōnangū Shrine.
April 29th, 2021

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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Mibu-dera Nue Tightrope
April 29th - May 5th, 2021

Mibu Kyōgen

Unlike most kyōgen where the characters speak, Mibu Kyōgen is as a silent play with Buddhist chanting accompanying the performance.

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Sakura Mejiro Bird Cherry Blossom
April 1st - 30th, 2021

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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