Maruyama Park is the oldest public park in Kyoto and a popular springtime cherry blossom viewing spot. It opened in 1886 and is located next to Yasaka Shrine in Higashiyama District.
The park was laid out by the well-known gardening expert Ogawa Jibee (1860–1933). As it is one of the most popular places for hanami in Kyoto, it can get quite crowded during the high season in April. The main attraction of the park is a beautiful weeping cherry that is illuminated at night.
In the southwest of the park is the Chorakukan Villa, which the Japanese tobacco king Murai Kichibee had built. This property is now used as a hotel.
This gorgeous weeping cherry tree is the star of the park. The blossoms in spring offer a beautiful scene to everyone in the park. It is also known as the Gion weeping cherry tree.
These two famed rogues fought against the Bakufu and Shinsengumi during the Bakumatsu period. Their likeness stands in the park now, cast in bronze.
15-minute walk from Kawaramachi Station on the Hankyu Line or 10-minute walk from Gion Shijo Station on the Tozai Line.
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Comfortable hotel with spa bath in a room and free breakfast, in the center of Kyoto.
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