2019 Cherry Blossom Season Evening Hanami (Cherry Blossom Time) in Kyoto- Nijo Castle

SPECIAL LIMITED SEASONAL TOUR- Explore the local shops and the historic area around Nijo Castle for the feeling of true Hanami

Cultural Experience

Cherry Blossoms and Historical Sites

(Mon - Friday)

Starts promptly at 5pm


Nijo Castle and local area

Book Now for Cherry Blossom Season 2019

Available March 18th – April 12th 2019

The true Hanami spirit during Cherry Blossom season in Kyoto can be found away from some of the busier neighborhoods.  around temples and shrines (both big and small) and around Nijo Castle.  Join us on this walking tour of the area. Taste local treats and beverages, explore the history of the district, browse along a very local “Shotengai” Shopping arcade and finish up with a delicious foodie dinner experience- after viewing the elegantly lit blossoms around the castle grounds.

Sakura season is short, about one month from the first tiny buds to the finish of the season with the peak being about two weeks. It is impossible to predict exact dates each year but we will be offering this limited edition tour in the time period most famous for Hanami time. With our guide, learn about the history of the area, the meaning and reason behind the sakura season, and taste local specialties that are bound to be pleasing to the eye and to the palate. We will visit and gorgeous garden blooming with Sakura trees and of course the star of the evening will be exploring around Nijo Castle.

Nijo Castle was built in 1603 as the official Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo Period. The castle’s palace buildings were completed by his grandson Iemitsu, in 1626 and the castle was further expanded to include a five storey keep.

During the tour, we will spend time at along a very local and still very famous covered shopping arcade, aproximately 800 meters long and filled with neighborhood food stores, eateries and family run shops. We will try Tako-sen a local variation on a famous Kansai Street Food. We will have other locals snacks and finish up the evening with a dinner at a classic Kyoto style restaurant.

Minimum of 2 guests, Solo travellers please email us.

We have family friendly pricing on all our Arigato food tours- If you are traveling with children and need a price adjustment- please email our team at Bookings@ArigatoJapan.co.jp 


  • Babies and Toddlers 0 – 2 years old – free
  • Children 3 -12 years old – 50% of adult price
  • Children 13 and above – full price

Tour Highlights:

  • 3 hour tour including strolling around Shinsen-en Garden, Nijo Castle and Sanjokai Shopping Street
  • Try local snacks like Tako-Sen and Korokke
  • Experience a real Hanami stroll with our local guide, plenty of time and tips for taking great cherry blossom photos.
  • Browse the local shops along the way.
  • Finish up with local and seasonal dishes at a classic Kyoto restaurant in the area.

We have a strict policy about starting our tours on time. This is to protect the enjoyment of all our guests and restaurant partners. We are sorry to say that if you are not able to arrive at the meeting point by the departure time, the tour will start regardless and no refund will be provided. We are also unable to accommodate meeting up in any of the food stops once you’ve missed the start of the tour.

Arigato Tours are a great way to meet other travelers and food fans from around the world. However if you would prefer a private tour our rates are an additional fee of $75 per person.  Larger groups please contact us by email to arrange. 

Tour Schedule:


Monday – Friday in Hanami Season
Meeting Time Frame 4:45 – 5:00 pm
Start Time 5:00 pm
End Time 8:00 pm

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$139 / Person

Visiting as a tourist it is hard to find the true Hanami spirit. Thank you to Arigato for showing me the beauty of Sakura season! In Kyoto and Tokyo!

Marti R.

Tour Details


Meeting Location

The front of the Sizuya Bakery next to the 7/11 Heart-In inside JR Nijo Station

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Inside Nijo Station, 〒604-8418 JR 構内, Nishinokyō Higashitoganoochō, Nakagyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 604-8418

Our guide will be there holding an “Arigato Japan” sign.

We suggest wearing comfortable shoes as there will be walking involved.

Our guide will be there holding an “Arigato Japan” sign.

We suggest wearing comfortable shoes as there will be walking involved.

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