Japan Kyoto Gion

Maruyama Park

A celebrated spot for cherry blossom viewing in Kyoto’s historic Higashiyama district.

Photo of Maruyama Park, Japan (円山公園 (Maruyama Park) by Carles Tomás Martí)

Maruyama Park is a beloved urban park in Kyoto, known for its cherry blossoms and beautiful landscapes in the Higashiyama district. This green space is a favorite during the cherry blossom and autumn foliage seasons, attracting visitors for its natural beauty.

About Maruyama Park

Adjacent to cultural landmarks such as Yasaka Shrine and Chion-in Temple, Maruyama Park is a notable location for its shidarezakura (weeping cherry tree). In April, the park becomes a hub for hanami, the traditional cherry blossom viewing, with the tree’s nighttime illumination being a highlight among Kyoto’s evening attractions.

The park also offers a picturesque setting in autumn and features elements like a duck pond and streams, providing a tranquil escape in the city. While Maruyama Park is popular for New Year’s Eve events, its main draw is during the spring for cherry blossom admirers. With no admission fee and open access, it is a welcoming place for casual visits and planned outings.

Situated in the Southern Higashiyama district, Maruyama Park is a preferred spot for relaxation or a picnic amidst sightseeing. Although it may become crowded during peak seasons, the park is a valued green area for locals and tourists. Recognized as a Place of Scenic Beauty, it symbolizes Japan’s appreciation for natural and cultural heritage.

Evening visits to the illuminated weeping cherry tree are recommended for an unforgettable experience. The park’s duck pond and streams are also worth enjoying for their peaceful ambiance. With its location and proximity to historical sites, Maruyama Park represents the integration of nature and culture in Kyoto.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Maruyama Park

T 10

 Kyoto Tozai Line

 10-20 minute walk (1.0km)
KH 39

 Keihan Main Line

 10-20 minute walk (0.9km)
HK 86

Hankyu Kyoto-kawaramachi
 Hankyu Kyoto Main Line + 1 more

 10-20 minute walk (1.2km)
K 09

 Karasuma Line

 20-30 minute walk (2.2km)

Around Maruyama Park

Maruyama Park

Park in Kyoto

open 24 hours
closed Irregularly


円山公園, 京都

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