Last weekend I was lucky to find time for my family to take them out for cherry blossoms viewing. Kyoto is undoubtedly the best place in Japan for viewing cherry blossoms and it is just 30 minutes drive from my home in Osaka. Former capital of Japan, Kyoto is very famous for its scenic beauty and it is a pleasure for eyes to watch its enhanced beauty during the Cherry Blossoms season.
Cherry blossom are special highlights of spring in Japan. Very few countries have the pink cherry trees which get covered wholly by flowers. Though Cherry blossom can be seen only for week or so around April first week, those few days are the most glowing days of kyoto. Many tourists visit Japan specially to experience the beautiful cherry blossoms also known as Sakura in Japanese language.
Japanese people love to sit under the cherry trees with their friends and families and watch the beautiful blossoms while eating and drinking – this style of flower viewing is also called as Hanami. In Kyoto, the main attraction is “Cherry Blossom” festivals which take place everywhere in Kyoto during this time. Apart from this, “Cherry Blossom Dance” is another attraction of this season. Different places in Kyoto experience different types of cherry blossom viewing. Heian Shrine experiences ‘weeping cherry-blossom’ trees while in Path of Philosophy one can leisurely walk through the shelter of blossoms.
The short lived beauty of cherry blossoms has inspired many poets and philosophers in Japan. The Philosopher’s path or ‘Tetsugaku no Michi’ in Kyoto is the special street lined by cherry trees, where many poets and philosophers indulged in their creative pursuits.
If you are coming to Osaka for buying Japanese cars from the used car auctions, you must have a visit to Kyoto in your itinerary. It is here you can get to know the real old Japanese culture. Kyoto’s beauty also attracts many film makers to carry out shooting in its beautiful locations. Kyoto’s cuisines are equally famous for their taste. In Kyoto can also get numerous types of delicacies which can be Buddhist due to its great influence in Kyoto and also different varieties of vegetarian food.