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Maruyama Park

Maruyama Park is the main center for cherry blossom viewing in Kyoto, Japan, and can get extremely crowded at that time of year (April).

It also becomes busy in the New Years Eve Festivals. The park's star attraction is a weeping cherry tree (shidarezakura) which becomes lit up at night. The main entrance to the park is through Yasaka Shrine, which sits at the eastern end of Shijō-dōri in the Gion District.

Maruyama Koen is a public park next to Yasaka Shrine in the Higashiyama District. In the first half of April, when the cherry trees are in full bloom, Maruyama Koen becomes Kyoto's most popular and most crowded spot for cherry blossom viewing parties (hanami). The centerpiece of the park is a tall shidarezakura (weeping cherry tree), which gets lit up in the night.

Maruyama Koen is a public park next to Yasaka Shrine in the Higashiyama district. In the first half of April, when the cherry trees are in full bloom, Maruyama Koen becomes Kyoto's most popular and most crowded spot for cherry blossom viewing parties (hanami). The centerpiece of the park is a tall shidarezakura (weeping cherry tree), which gets lit up in the night.

Maruyama Park can be reached by bus from Kyoto Station in about 20 minutes. Take number 100 and 206 and get off at Gion bus stop. The park is just behind Yasaka Shrine. Alternatively, the park can be reaxhed in a 15+ minute walk from Kiyomizudera through the narrow lanes of the Higashiyama ("Eastern Mountain") district.
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