Maruyama Park Weeping Cherry Tree Illumination

6:00pm – 10:00pm

The light-up event of the weeping cherry tree (Shidare-zakura in Japanese) at Maruyama Park in Kyoto is a must-see annual tradition.

What happens?

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 23 to March 31.

There are some food stalls open during the day as well. | Photo by Maria Danuco

During the day, there are also plenty of people about. Some food stalls are open too, so it’s worth stopping by even if you can’t make it in the evening for the illuminations.

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.

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