The light-up event of the weeping cherry tree (Shidare-zakura in Japanese) at Maruyama Park in Kyoto is a must-see annual tradition.
Maruyama Park is both Kyoto’s most popular hanami spot and a local favorite, so it’s definitely more lively than peaceful. The weeping cherry tree grown from the seed of its 200-year-old predecessor will be illuminated from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and there will also be a small — we mean really small — bonfire from March 29 to April 7.
How to get there
Maruyama Park is a 10-minute walk from Gion-Shijō Station (Keihan Main Line), a 14-minute walk from Kawaramachi Station (Hankyu Line), and a 15-minute walk from Higashiyama Station (Subway Tōzai Line).Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.