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Maruyama Park - Kyoto

Located at Higashiyama District in Kyoto City, Maruyama Park is a vast public park next to Yasaka Jinja Shrine. It is designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty.

Kyoto Maruyama Park
Maruyama Park

Also called Maruyama Koen, Maruyama Park is a famous spot for cherry blossom viewing parties locally known as hanami. Hence, the park tends to be very crowded every first week of April. The park is also a popular spot during New Year's Eve.

Maruyama Park and Yasaka Jinja is separated by this Torii gate

Maruyama Park's manhole cover

Despite having plenty of sakura trees, the star attraction and centerpiece of the park is its shidarezakura also known as a weeping cherry tree in English. To fully appreciate this tree, try visiting the park at night when it is lit up. You'd surely love the illuminated tree which stands out among the other trees in the park.

Asakura Kyoko's 1958 Statue of a Working Boy

Time explore Maruyama Park

Maruyama Park's Weeping Cherry Tree

Seems like my dad saw a crow in Maruyama Park

Maruyama Park Hyotan Pond

Hyotan Pond's bridge

Maruyama Park's timepiece

Maruyama Park Map

The statues of Ryoma Sakamoto and Shintaro Nakaoka

For those who plan to visit the park but will miss the sakura season and New Year's Eve, don't fret, there are still plenty of things to see and do in the park. You might want to try out the open-air tea shops and restaurants inside the park vicinity.  There is also a picturesque pond that if angled and composed well will rake in those likes and hearts in your social media accounts. 

Team Nicerio in Maruyama Park

I got to visit Maruyama Park with my family on the 4th day of our 2019 Japan trip. It was our second destination (the first was Yasaka Jinja) of our Higashiyama District walking tour itinerary. Since we visited the park on a December we, of course, missed out on the cherry blossoms and most of the trees also lack foliage. The good thing about this, on the other hand, is that there were very few parkgoers during our visit. 

Maruyama Park Admission Fee:

Maruyama Park is free to visit.

Why Visit Maruyama Park?

Maruyama Park is best visited during the cherry blossom season or during fall. Its spring and autumn foilage is a must-see. Since I visited during winter of 2019, I would definitely revisit Maruyama Park someday soon to see with my own eyes the beauty of the park during spring and autumn.

Getting to Maruyama Park:

From Kyoto Station, ride bus number 206 or 100. Board down at Gion bus stop. From there, walk through Yasaka Shrine until you reach the park. 
Travel time: 20 -25 minutes
Fare: 230 yen



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