If you can visit Japan anytime, Spring is always the best season. It is the time the weather is comfortable, not crowded with students or Japanese tourist and of course the season of the cherry blossoms.
Cherry blossoms are everywhere in Japan and you will see the tiny pale pink flowers all over the country in late March to early April. And what about at Fushimi Inari? Let’s find out when, where and how to see the cherry blossoms at this famous shrine.
Can you see Cherry blossoms at Fushimi Inari?
There are around 10 cherry blossoms trees at Fushimi Inari. Which is not enough to call them the best place to see cherry blossoms in Kyoto, but it is special to see the main red gate, the main hall and cherry blossoms all together.
Although there are not many blossoms tree, you can see two popular types of cherry blossoms at the shrine. The most common Somei Yoshino and weeping cherry blossoms called Shidare Sakura.
When is the cherry blossoms season in Kyoto?
The same as the most part of Japan, the cherry blossoms flower in late March to early April in Kyoto for about 2 weeks from the first one start to open.
The date could depend on the temperature and they might open early when warm, or late when cold.
Where to see cherry blossoms at Fushimi Inari?
Most of the cherry blossoms are around the halls and there are none at the mountain. If you want to see more cherry blossoms close to the shrine, there are some trees along the canal behind JR Inari station.
There are quite a lot of cherry blossoms tree along this Lake Biwa canal, and it is a nice walk if you are looking for something different to do rather than guidebook style sightseeing.