Cherry blossoms in early April and autumn leaves in late November are both splendid in Maruyama Koen Park. Located just east of Yasaka Jinja Shrine, it is a short 3-minute-walk from Gion Bus Stop. 680 cherry trees are scattered over 86,600 square meters of Japanese gardens, with people enjoying flower-viewing parties under the trees in spring. Then in autumn, maple and cherry trees change the leaves red, and the best season for taking pleasant walks comes. The park was built in 1886 for the citizens of Kyoto and visitors, and the Japanese garden was designed and built in 1912 by a prominent garden designer, Ueji VII. The entire area is open to the public throughout the year.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。