I consider this dinner failed because it’s supposed to be a dinner under the cherry blossom, but since we arrived one week earlier in Kyoto, all we got was cherry buds. I think mid to last week of April is the best time. Maruyama park is the oldest park in Kyoto and most popular for cherry blossom viewing. The centerpiece of the park is a tall weeping cherry tree that lights up at night.
It’s one of the main reasons why I wanted to visit Kyoto. It’s a bucket list to eat under the cherry blossom. Before the trip, I was already imagining how magical it’s going to be. However, it was still a nice experience. There’s food street as you walk all the way to this dining area where we were seated. While walking, we’ve also tried few light food from the street.
The food here is limited, there are only four food stalls available. And it’s not allowed to bring food from outside. The food from the street is more interesting. You can picnic around the area too if you don’t want to dine in here.
The main entrance to the park is through Yasaka Shrine, also known as Gion Shrine, is one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto.
SOME FOOD STALLS AROUND THE AREA
YASAKA SHRINE (GION SHRINE)
MAIN ENTRANCE OF THE SHRINE
Maruyama Park is free and open 24 hours. It can be reached by bus from Kyoto Station in about 20 minutes. Take bus number 100 or 206 and get off at Gion bus stop, then 1 minute walk to the shrine. If you take the train it’s 15min walk from Gion Shijo Station, Keihan line.