関西在住の外国人家族のための遊び場情報サイトです。
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NATIONAL HOLIDAY & EVENTS IN APRIL.

  • kik_title-1.gif●Apr. 29th Green Day
  •  It is the birthday of Emperor Showa and the start of Golden Week.

Apr. 1st-30th

Miyako Odori in Kyoto

http://www.miyako-odori.jp/top.html
TEL:075-541-3391
Dance performances of maiko & geisha in Gion.

Kyoto Imperial Palace

9:00-3:00
The palace is opened to the public twice a year, in the spring & autumn.
It is possible to enter during these times without an appointment.
Kyoto Office of the Imperial Household 
TEL:075-211-1211

Apr. 8th

Buttane Shitennoji Temple in Osaka

Shitennoji 四天王寺

April 8th is celebrated as the Buddha's birthday.
Visitors are invited to drink amacha tea.

Apr.15th

Ikuta Festival in Hyogo

Ikuta Shrine

There is a procession of 1 000 people or more with portable shrines.
It is a festival that signals spring to Kobe.
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Himeji Sweets Festival in Hyogo

4/18-5/11
Free for 12 years old & under.
There are many, many SWEETS!!

Apr.22th

Shoryoe Shitennoji in Osaka

http://www.hanatouro.jp/index_e.html

Shitennoji

TEL:06-6771-0066
It is the memorial day of Shotoku Taishi's death.

The end of April-The beginning of May

The Botan (peony) Festival in Nara

Hase Temple

TEL:0744-47-7001
This temple has been involved in the cultivation of peonies for over 1 100 years.
Over 7 000 peonies bloom in the garden.
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Taimadera Nakanobo

TEL:0745-48-2001
This temple garden is famous for peonies & is one of the oldest in Nara.

Himeji Sweets Festival in Hyogo

4/18-5/11
Free for 12 years old & under.
There are many, many SWEETS!!

Apr. (The Sun. following the 20th.)

Shinkosai in Kyoto

Matsuotaisha

TEL:075-871-5016
There is a traditional ceremony from the Heian era that has continued for 1 300 years.
http://www1.neweb.ne.jp/wa/matsuo/english/english01.html

Azalea are in full bloom

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Azalea are in Bloom* Kyoto

Mimurotoji Temple_Kyoto(Uji)

20,000 trees
A 15 min. walk from Keihan Line Mimuritoji Stn.
TEL:0774-21-2067

Nagaoka Tenmangu

It is a showplace in Kyoto.
Kirishimatsutsugi of Nagaoka Temmangu Shrine makes the surrounding full in red.
TEL:075-951-1025

Toji

A 15 min. walk from JR Line Kyoto Stn.
TEL:075-691-3325

Azalea are in Bloom* Osaka

Satsukiyama Park

The azalea of 50,000 trees is splendid.
TEL:072-751-1005

Kyuanji in Osaka

Ikeda
TEL:072-752-1857
The azaleas bloom at the end of April to May. It is famous all year round
as a flowers temple.

Azalea are in Bloom* Nara

Katsuragi Yama

It is a splendid azalea in the Mt. Kongo-san ground and Mt. Katsuragi.
TEL:0745-62-5083

Azalea are in Bloom*Hyogo

Sumarikyu Park

10 000 trees
TEL:078-732-6688

Hirota Shrine Nishinomiya

It clusters about a big azalea tree. The azalea of 20,000 trees is splendid.
TEL:0798-74-3489

Cherry blossoms in Kyoto

Central Kyoto

Nijo Castle World Heritage

400 trees

FNijo-jo-cho, Nishi-hairu, Horikawa Nijo-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
TEL: 075-841-0096
Nijojo-Mae Stn. on the Tozai Subway Line
Around the 9th there is a tea ceremony party held under the cherry blossoms.
The castle & park are lit up at night from Mar 24th to Apr 16th.
Nijo Castle is one of Kyoto's UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Hirano Shrine

400 trees

Apr 10th
There is a parade of Heian & Kamakura costumes.
Cherry blossoms have been enjoyed here by the people for over 985 years when the festival started in Kyoto. The shrine is also famous for being lit up at night.

Kyoto Gyoen

1 000 trees

It is famous for having about 30 famous weeping cherry trees & having a great view.

Kyoto Imperial Palace

TEL:075-211-1215
By Karasuma Subway Line to Imadegawa Stn or Marutamachi Stn.
The Imperial Palace is open to the public in the middle of April.
Southern Kyoto and Uji

Daigoji Temple

1 000 trees

22 Todaiji-cho, Daigo, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto
TEL:075-571-0002
A 10 min. walk from Daigo Stn. on the Tozai Subway Line
On the second Sunday of April there is a procession commemorating the era of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. It was his favourite place to view cherry blossoms & was chosen in the top 100 cherry blossom viewing places in Japan.
TEL:075-571-0002
Eastern Kyoto

Kiyomizu Temple

1 000 Yoshino cherry trees

1-294, Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
TEL:075-551-1234
By bus from JR Line Kyoto Stn, get off at the Kiyomizudo or Gojozaka bus stop, then walk for 10 min.
You can see the cherry blossoms by light at night..
The cherry blossoms here have been loved by the people since the Muromachi age.
One of Kyoto's UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Kodaiji

The garden is beautifully shone with 1 000 lights. It is best to go there in the evening.
TEL:075-561-9966
By bus from JR Line Kyoto Stn, get off at the Higashiyamayasui bus stop, then walk for 5 min.

Heian Shrine

Okazakinishi Tenno-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
TEL:075-761-0221
A 10 min. walk from Higashiyama Stn. on the Tozai Subway Line.
The garden's many weeping cherry trees are in full bloom.
Sometimes concerts are held on the grounds.

Tetsugaku-no-michi Path of Philosophy

450 Yoshino cherry trees

It is a small road of about two kilometres from Ginkakuji Temple to Nyakuo-ji Shrine.
One of Kyoto's most popular spots for cherry blossom viewing in spring.

Maruyama Park

1 000 trees

TEL:075-561-0533
Cherry blossoms of the 78 year old trees are famous & fill the park.
Western Kyoto

Arashiyama

1 000trees

TEL:075-861-0012
The cherry blossoms make the entire mountain a pink color.
We can enjoy cherry blossoms on the evening train & see them
from the Togetsukyo Bridge.
It is chosen in the top 100 cherry blossom viewing places in Japan.

Tenryuji Temple

TEL:075-881-1235
Cherry blossoms have been viewed here for over 670 years.

Haratanien (It is a small hill that is privately owned.)

TEL:075-461-2924
You can enjoy a lot of cherry blossoms from the Yoshino cherry trees for the whole month of April.

Uzumasa Eigamura

TEL:075-864-7716
There are many events and entertainment for the whole family.
Northern Kyoto

Ryoanji World Heritage

13 Goryo shita-machi, Ryoanji, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
TEL:075-463-2216
By city bus from JR Kyoto Stn. & get off at Ryoanji-Mae Bus Stop
The rock garden harmonizes with cherry blossoms.

Ninnaji Temple World Heritage

TEL:075-461-1155
It is chosen in the top 100 cherry blossom viewing places in Japan.

Ohara, Sanzenin Shrine

500 Yamazakura and Satozakura cherry trees.
TEL:075-744-2531
100 weeping cherry trees

Kuramadera Temple

300 Yamazarkura and Satozakura cherry trees.
TEL:075-741-2003

Botanical Garden

500 trees

There are over 50 000 varieties of flowers & plants such as tulips, azaleas, alpine roses etc. It
is very beautiful in spring.

Kamigamo

There are beautiful red and white cherry blossoms.
TEL: 075-781-0011

Hieizan Mountain Driveway

About 1 000 Yoshino, Yamazakura and Satozakura cherry trees located in Okuhiei.

Bishamondo

You can have a tea ceremony party while viewing cherry blossoms.

Kasagi-yama Wildlife Park

3 000 trees

It is chosen in the top 100 cherry blossom viewing places in Japan.
TEL:0743-95-2301

Cherry blossoms in Osaka

Mint Cherry Blossom Viewing

370 trees

http://www.mint.go.jp/eng/index.html
1-79, Temma 1-chome, kita-ku, Osaka
TEL: 06-6351-6150
A 10 min. walk from Tenmabashi Stn. on the Tanimachi Subway Line.
10:00 am-9:00 pm (weekdays)
9:00 am-9:00 pm (Saturday & Sunday)
In 1883 the Mint was open to the public for cherry blossom viewing.
There a lot of varieties of cherry blossoms in bloom from the middle of April when a lot of people walk the path of 560 m. to view them.
A lot of people visit the passage of 560m in around the middle of April.
It is chosen in the top 100 cherry blossom viewing places in Japan.

Osaka Castle Park Plum Tree Festival 大阪城公園

Osaka Castle Park 600 trees

http://www.ocsga.or.jp/osakapark/hfm_park/02osakajo/
1-1, Osaka Castle, Chuo-ku, Osaka
TEL:06-6941-1144
A 9 min. walk from Osakajyo Koen Stn. on the JR Loop Line.
A 3 min. walk from Tanimachi 4- chome Stn. on the Chuo Subway Line.
It is the most famous place to view the cherry blossoms in Osaka.
Many people have picnics on the grounds.
It is chosen in the top 100 cherry blossom viewing places in Japan.

Expo Park

5 500 trees

http://www.expo70.or.jp/e/index.html
TEL:06-6877-7387
There are fireworks held on March 25th & 26th & April 1st & 2nd.
Many families have picnics under the cherry blossoms.
It is chosen in the top 100 cherry blossom viewing places in Japan.
Adult 250 yen Child 70 yen

Ibarakigawa Ryokuchi Park (Sakuradori)

2 200 trees

A 15 min. walk from Ibaraki Stn. on the Hankyu Kyoto Line.
It was chosen as one of the top 100 in Osaka in Midori's Osaka Best 100 book.

Satsukiyama

35 000 trees

http://www.ikedashi-kanko.jp/satsuki.html
Ikeda Stn. on the Hankyu Takarazuka Line.
TEL:0727-52-7082
The mountain becomes pink with cherry blossoms.
There are hiking courses, a zoo & a Green Center.

Settsukyo Park

3 000 trees

http://www.city.takatsuki.osaka.jp/new/syoko/syoko/settukyokoen.html
A 10 min. walk from the bus stop. It is a popular place to go hiking and have BBQs.
TEL:072-675-5671
There are many seasonal attractions to be enjoyed
Take a bus from JR Takatsuki Stn. & get off at the Tsukawaki/Shimonokuchi Bus Stop.

Kema Sakuranomiya Park

4 700 trees

http://www.ocsga.or.jp/osakapark/hfm_park/08kema_sakuranomiya/index.html
Subway Tenmabashi Stn.
Keihan Tenmabashi Stn.
JR Osakajo-Kitazume Stn.
The park is famous for cherry blossoms along the Okawa River in central Osaka.

Kishiwada Castle

170 trees

TEL:0724-36-0914
April 1st-15th /Castle Festival

Cherry blossoms in Hyogo

Zuihoji Temple

The park has been chosen by Kobe as one of its 50 designated places to see beautiful cherry blossoms.

Oji Zoo

800 trees

http://www.ojizoo.jp/
TEL:078-861-5624
A 3 min. walk to the west from Hankyu Oji Koen Stn.
A great cherry blossom viewing spot.

Himeji Castle

1 000 trees

68 Honmachi, Himeji
TEL:0792-85-1146
10 min. walk from JR Himeji Stn.
In the middle of April there is a Genji's Samurai Parade under the cherry blossom trees.
Cherry blossoms wrap around this world cultural heritage site.
It is chosen in the top 100 cherry blossom viewing places in Japan.
Adult 600 yen Child 200 yen

Akashi Park

A 3 min. walk from the JR Akashi Stn. on JR Line.
TEL078-912-7600

Shukugawa Park

2 000 trees

TEL:0798-35-3321 NISHINOMIYA CITY Tourist Association
The row of cherry blossoms on the banks the Shukugawa are very beautiful.
It is chosen in the top 100 cherry blossom viewing places in Japan.

Sumaura Park

3 200 trees

TEL:078-731-4283
It is the historical site of the fight between the Genji & Taira.

Carpet of flowers/Sanda City

Turf cherry blossoms
TEL: 0795-66-0446
There are 5 000 gradual hills with 100 million cherry blossoms in bloom.

Ashiya River

TEL:0797-38-2007

Satsukiyama Park

TEL:072-752-7082
The mountain is painted pink.

Cherry blossoms in Nara

Yamato Koriyama Castle Festival

1 000 trees

Apr. 6th
TEL:0743-52-2010
A festival of the full-bloomed cherry blossoms under the Yamato Koriyama Castle is held.
It is chosen in the top 100 cherry blossom viewing places in Japan.
A 5 min. walk from the Kintetsu Yamato-Koriyama Stn.

Todaiji Temple World Heritage in Nara Park

1 700 trees

A 5 min. walk from the Kintetsu Nara Stn.
TEL:0742-22-0375
It is a famous cherry blossom spot where many varieties of cherry trees can be seen.
It is chosen in the top 100 cherry blossom viewing places in Japan.

Yoshinoyama

About 30 000 blossoms bloom all over the mountains.
It is chosen in the top 100 cherry blossom viewing places in Japan.

Hasedera

6 600 trees

731-1 Hatsuse, Sakurai, Nara
TEL:07444-7-7001
A 15 min. walk from Kintetsu Osaka Line Hasedera Stn.
It has been a famous place for cherry blossom-viewing for over 1 000 years

Tanzan Shrine

1 000 cherry trees

319 Tonomine, Sakurai, Nara
TEL:0744-49-0001

Tsukigase

2 000 trees

TEL:07439-2-0300

Cherry blossoms in Wakayama

Wakayama Castle

1 300 trees

TEL:073-435-1044
Wakayama Castle was constructed in 1585.

Kimii-dera Temple

900 trees

http://www.kimiidera.com/
1201 Kimii-dera, Wakayama
TEL:0734-44-1002
A 12 min. walk from Kimii-dera Stn. on the JR Kisei Line
Mar. 20th-April 20th
Kimii-dera Temple is famous for its cherry blossoms.
Also famous as the first place in the Kansai region to have cherry blossoms bloom.
It is chosen in the top 100 cherry blossom viewing places in Japan.

Negoroji Temple

7 000 trees

2286 Negoro, Iwade-cho, Naga-gun, Wakayama
TEL:0736-62-1144
It is chosen in the top 100 cherry blossom viewing places in Japan.