Hirano Shrine

Honorable sakura cherished by the Emperor


Text:Kaniwa Hioki


Hirano Shrine is a sakura spot that even the  Imperial family had often visited for a sakura party during the Heian period (794-1185/1192). It is also prominent of the variety of around 60 different sakura, totaling up to 400 trees. You could enjoy sakura from late March to end of April, having different sakura trees taking turn in blooming. The rare collection of sakura; sakigake, kochou, nezame, gyoikou, hiranoimose, tsukubane, kinugasa, resembles the fact that many noble families dedicated sakura in the past. Of the many rare sakura, kinugasa can only be seen in Hirano Shrine, so don’t miss this tree when you visit.




This is also the only shrine in Kyoto that is prepared to welcome people to have hanami (picnic under sakura). People can enjoy sakura eating and drinking, with stalls and seating spaces. 



The early evening time is a dreamful moment with a blur of lights starting to lit up in the dusk. When the lanterns are gleaming in the night, the atmosphere gets all the more sacred. It is like a festival everyday during the sakura season.



The early evening time is a dreamful moment with a blur of lights starting to lit up in the dusk. When the lanterns are gleaming in the night, the atmosphere gets all the more sacred. It is like a festival everyday during the sakura season.




When you are there, also take a look at the beautiful architecture which is designated as a nationally important cultural property. You mustn’t also forget to check out the lucky charms with motif of sakura.


〈Hirano Shrine〉
ADDRESS: 1 Hirano Miyamoto-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto (map)
PHONE: +81(0)75-461-4450
HOURS: 6:00-17:00 (during sakura season ~22:00)
ENTRANCE CHARGE: Free
WEB: http://www.hiranojinja.com/ (in Japanese only)

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