There are countless ways to make the most of cherry blossom season in Kyoto — hanami (blossom viewing) picnics, strolls along the Kamogawa River, and boat rides down the Okazaki canal. The canal connects the Kamogawa with Lake Biei, just over the border in Shiga Prefecture, and is lined with hundreds of sakura trees.
During cherry blossom season, traditional-style boats called jikkokubune depart every 15 minutes from Nanzenji Boat Pier for a 3km (25 minute) round-trip canal cruise.
You can purchase tickets at the pier on the day but during the peak of cherry blossom season, it is recommended to book in advance online from their official website (sales start from February 29)Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.