A walk through the Kyoto Imperial Park

The Kyoto Imperial Park occupies a wide space of 700 meters from east to west. It has 1.3 kilometers from north to south in the very center of the ancient city.  From 1603 to 1868 the emperor lived here in a beautiful palace.
Then, in 1949 it was designated as a National Park.
Today it is a space where Kyoto people and tourists come to walk and relax. It is also one of the busiest parks in spring. There are about 1,100 cherry varieties.

Spring cherry trees

Also, in the large interior space of the park, there are historical buildings, that are an ideal place for visiting.

The cherry trees of the shidarezakura variety located in the ruins of the former residence of the Konoe family, one of the five noble families that descended from the Fujiwara clan, are especially famous. The place is located in the northwestern area of the park where they also bloom numerous itozakura along with other varieties planted in the place.

Itozakura shows thin branches like threads covered with pinkish flowers that radiate an elegant beauty when rocked by the wind. The branches grow horizontally as if they wanted to cover the sky, and if one looks up, one will have the impression of being under a vault of cherry blossoms. The branches also reach a nearby pond, causing the color of the flowers to be reflected on the surface of the water.

Kyoto Imperial Park

Walking under the itozakura in flower is a pleasant experience.

A cherry tree is known for its beauty and another for an anecdote

The Kyoto Imperial Park also has other famous cherry trees. The first one is the demizu no shidare-zakura. The other one, near the Nakadachiuri gate, is the kurumagaeshi-zakura.

In addition,  you can find other cherry varieties such as yama-zakura or kasumi-zakura are also planted on the park’s extensive grounds, allowing visitors to enjoy an extended flowering period from mid-March to early May. The best time to observe the flowers is usually between late March and mid-April.