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  • Maruyama Park In Kyoto

  • Maruyama Park In Kyoto

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Maruyama Park is the oldest public park and a nationally-designated Place of Scenic Beauty in Kyoto near the Yasaka Shrine in the Higashiyama district. It covers an area of 86000 square meters and is home to appr. 680 cherry trees. During the cherry blossom season (beginning of April) Maruyama Park is the most famous hanami spot and a must-see for every visitor of Kyoto. Best Ryokans in KyotoExplore Ryokans in Kyoto
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The centerpiece and main attraction of this beautiful park is an tall shidarezakura (weeping cherry tree). The tree gets illuminated at night. The famous tree is also called Gion no Yozakura (Night-time Cherry Blossoms of Gion).

  • Maruyama Park:
  • Opening Hours - 24 hours, every day of the year
  • Admission Fee - free

History

The Maruyama Park (Maruyama Koen) area was once covered with several temples which were destroyed during a huge fire. The park was created by the 7th Jihei Ogawa (1860-1933), a famous Japanese landscape designer. The construction took from 1886 till 1889.

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Maruyama Park is located behind the Yasaka-jinja Shrine to the south and the Chion-in Temple to the north within the Gion / Higashiyama District in Kyoto.
Address: 473 Maruyama-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto

How to get to Maruyama Park?

  • 20min from Kyoto Station to Gion bus stop by bus number 100 or 206 and
  • 5min walk from Gion bus stop to Maruyama Park (behind Yasaka Shrine)

Sightseeing spots

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Shidarezakura (weeping cherry tree) - the tall cherry tree (40-foot) is over 80 years old and the main photo attraction during the cherry blossom season

Park area - contains Japanese restaurants, rest houses, small orchards, large stroll garden, a music hall etc...

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)

April

Cheery Blossom Season (beginning of April)
Maruyama Park can get really crowded during the most beautiful time of the year. Enjoy the illumination of the cherry trees at night and try out the tasty food along your walkway.

Miyako Odori (1st - 31th)
The traditional annual spring dance of the Kyoto district Gion Kobu performed by Geiko and Maiko is a must-see on your Kyoto visit. Don't miss the most popular dances the Miyako Odori "Cherry Blossom Dances" or "Dances of the Old Capital" at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater (located close to Gion Corner).

May

Aoi Matsuri (15th)
The highlight of this festival is a large parade from Imperial Palace through Shimogamo Shrine to the Kamo Shrines. More than 500 people wearing aristocratic costumes from the Heian Period (794 - 1185). The Aoi Matsuri belongs with the Gion Matsuri and Jidai Matsuri to the three most famous festivals in Kyoto.

July

Gion Matsuri (whole month)
The month July is full of different events like the Yoiyama - Kyoto's Magical Night (locals in kimonos look at the giant Gion floats the day before the parade) or the famous Yamaboko Junko (float procession on the 17th of July).

October

Jidai Matsuri ("Festival of Ages") (22nd)
People celebrate with a large parade between Imperial Palace to Heian Shrine the anniversary of the foundation of Kyoto. App. 2000 participants wearing historical costumes from different time periods. Enjoy this great festival which last around 2 hours.

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