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KYOTO【 KIYAMACHI 】 : Cherry Blossom Viewing in the downtown area

You can enjoy Cherry Blossom Viewing on KIYAMACHI - dori (street) in the downtown area. 


Where is KIYAMACHI ?

KIYAMACHI is a narrow alley runnning from Shijo-dori to Sanjo-dori next to *Pontocho Area. It's located near  Shinkyogoku / Teramachi Kyogoku Shopping Arcade and *NIshiki Market, so you can drop in  KIYAMACHI before or after shopping. 

Nearest stations are Kawaramachi (Hankyu line) and Gion Shijo (Keihan line).




*Pontocho : a dining area packed with a wide range of restaurands (from inexpensive ones to super expensive ones)

Kyoto Travel: Pontocho


*Nishiki Market : known as 'Kyoto's Kitchen' with full of shops and restaurants where you can find a wide varitey of Kyoto-ish things.

Kyoto Travel: Nishiki Market


How can you enjoy *Hanami in KIYAMACHI ?

You can walk along a canal (Takase River) lined with cherry trees. It's a bit crowded near Shijo-dori, but if you keep walking up the alley, it'll become relatively quiet. There are small bridges across the canal, where you can take beautiful pictures.

*Hanami- means 'cherry blossom viewing' in Japanese. 'Hana' means 'flower / blossom' and 'mi' means ' see / view'.


from a bridge across the canal near Shijo-dori


around Sanjo-dori


There are some cafes along the alley. Some chairs and benches are placed outside of TRAVELING COFFEE . If you buy a drink at the cafe, you can use one of them. Enjoy your drink, giving your feet a rest and viewing cherry trees in bloom.

 You also can take a close-up shot too :)


 Can you see a light in the picture above? Cherry trees are illuminated at night, so it may be a good idea to come to KIYAMACHI to enjoy a romantic atmosphere after having dinner in Pontocho area.


'yozakura' is  totally romantic. yozakura=夜桜. ' yo(夜)' means 'night' and 'zakura(sakura)桜' means 'cherry blossoms'