Kyoto Gion Shirakawa canal walk

Sakura and sweet things that tweet in the night

By Bonson Lam    - 1 min read

Come springtime in the evening, Kyoto’s cherry blossoms put on a beautiful display for the Sakura illuminations under the moonlight.

It is for a fleeting moment, during the last week of March and first week of April.

While there are no grassed areas for a Hanami picnic, strolling the Shirakawa Canal just five minutes north of Gion high street is a beautiful way to start your evening. Mineko Iwasaki, a geisha who was referenced in the book and film, “Memoirs of a Geisha”, used to live in a house moments from here. There are also restaurants with waterfront tables overlooking the canal, should you wish to linger a little longer.

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Bonson Lam

Bonson Lam @bonson.lam

I knew my future was destined to be with Japan the moment I flew from Sydney to experience the atmospheric lane ways of Kyoto last century. From the skies above Sapporo to the old charm of Naha's alleyways, I have been enchanted by the beauty and variety on every island. I am humbled to have met many distinguished people in my role as Regional Partner, especially the national living treasures of Japan, such as the doll maker to the Imperial Family. From sushi cooking classes to Ninja training grounds I welcome your ideas on what you like from Please visit us in Kyoto or Osaka and have some green tea or sake with us.