Last Day of Hanami in Kyoto

According to people, hanami ends when the petals start falling.  

That started 3 days ago.

It was a gloomy and rainy week so when the weather brightened up last Wednesday, me and my friends went to Arashiyama to see the cherry blossoms.

We decided to take the Randen line, which is Kyoto’s only road train.  A unique feature of the Randen line during hanami is that you get to see the cherry blossoms tunnel im between stops 3 and 4.  It was a wonderful experience and I got a shot of it towards the end of my video.  

I got a one-day pass for 500 Yen since I also wanted to visit  Maruyama park for its famous cherry blossoms.  The pass gives you unlimited use of the Randen Arashiyama and lines which crosses through Kyoto from the West to Shijo-Omiya.  Doing so on a tram makes it more enjoyable.

Maruyama park was really, really pink! And a lot of tourists and locals were camping and eating beneath the cherry blossoms.  

 

The fantastic view from Arashiyama’s viewing deck. The whole mountain was studded with cherry blossoms!
  
Kiyamachi had a lot , too!
  
Bordering Oi River
  
  
A weeping one at the center of Maruyama!
  
I was wondering what time they got there. Both the trees and the people. I should know better next year.
  
Up close and in full bloom!
 

And a short video to show you the sights and sounds! 

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