I went to the Heian Shrine garden this afternoon. I was really surprised that there were hardly any people around. For quite a while, I had the place to myself.
The weather was cold and partly cloudy today. The occasional gust of wind made me shiver, but the days seem to be becoming warmer gradually. It is still very cold at night, so remember to don your hat, gloves, scarf and coat before venturing out.
Although the plum trees are pretty much in full bloom at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in the northwest of Kyoto right now, they are just coming into bloom at Heian Shrine. I thought you might be interested in seeing some of the amazing garden at Heian Shrine. I also thought that you might appreciate a couple of pictures of the lovely blossoms. So I made a quick little video for you. It is a shame that I am unable to capture and share the gorgeous fragrance of the plum blossoms!
Spring flower season:
The blooming of the plum trees marks the beginning of the spring flower season. In Kyoto, we can look forward to Baikasai (the plum blossom festival) at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine tomorrow (February 25), and the illumination of the garden in the evening. Then, the 2017 Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatouro will be held from March 3 to March 12. If you walk the route in the evening, from 6-9pm, you can experience the illuminations that have made it famous.
And of course, soon after that, the cherry blossoms will begin to bloom. This year they are forecast to begin blooming towards the end of March in Kyoto. Everyone is looking forward to the milder spring weather that heralds the arrival of cherry blossom season!
I plan to visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine soon, so keep an eye on the Ebisu’s Kyoto Instagram (ebisuskyoto_guesthouse) and Facebook (@ebisuskyoto) feeds for more photos.
Check out our newest video: A walk through the Heian Shrine garden
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