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Hanami (Cherry Blossom), Kyoto, from 16 March 2014

The ancient traditional of hanami, a Japanese custom of appreciating the transient beauty of flowers during Spring’s cherry blossom, has become a popular celebration across South East Asia and the United States in recent years but nowhere captures its spirit more impressively than Kyoto.

Hanami Kyoto

One of the most popular spots to enjoy hanami in Kyoto is Maruyama Park, a nationally designated area of scenic beauty. Special events are held here during hanami to celebrate the magnificence of the cherry blossom, the park is decorated with glowing paper lanterns, the famous weeping willow is illuminated in the evening and locals sit under the cherry trees to enjoy cheerful saké feasts with authentic Japanese cuisine including bento and sweet dumplings.

Local tour guides can also be arranged to show you other key hotspots to enjoy stunning architecture and magnificent natural landscapes during the most beautiful time of the year including the Philosophers Path, Daikakuji Temple, Heian Shrine, Okazaki Canal, Njio Castle and many more.

This year’s forecast for optimal viewing of hanami in Kyoto is from 31 March to 10 April 2014.

To enjoy Kyoto during hanami, please contact your Insignia Lifestyle Boutique personal assistant.

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