Kyoto Haradani-en Garden Cherry Blossoms

Kyoto Haradani-en Garden Cherry Blossoms

Haradani-en Garden (原谷苑) is a private garden located on a hill above Kinkakuji temple in north area of Kyoto city. The garden is privately owned and open only for limited time, usually for cherry blossom viewing in spring and autumn leave viewing in autumn.

Kyoto has numbers of beautiful cherry blossom viewing spots, but this one is often considered as the best place secretly. The little known garden is home to over 400 cherry trees in 20 varieties in the 13,000 square meters space. Visitors can enjoy the contrast of vivid pink, pastel pink and white cherry blossoms during the season.

The garden is best known for weeping cherry trees. Weeping cherry trees are late-flowering comparing to other cherry trees so the best viewing in the garden usually starts a week later than most parts of Kyoto City. The garden is home to approx 200 weeping cherry trees (Beni-shidare) which are over 60 years old. There are also many other spring flowers such as azaleas, apple and rhododendron which creates the magnificent view with cherry blossoms.

The best time to visit Haradani-en Garden for cherry blossom viewing is from late March to mid April. It’s located off the touristic route and slightly difficult to reach but totally worth to visit. Once you step into the garden, you will get lost in the flowery world surrounded by pink cherry blossoms and colourful flowers.

-Haradanien Garden (原谷苑)


Access: Bus (M1) from Kitaoji metro station or Kinkakuji Michi stop to Haradani stop

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00

Admission: 1,200 on weekdays/1,500 on weekends

*As it’s a privately owned garden, the admission fee and opening time can change without notice. Please check the official website for the latest information.

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