The aristocratic culture personifi ed the aesthetic consciousness of the Japanese people and can still be found in many of the historic buildings including shrines and temples, gardens, artworks and traditional festivals. Th e cherry blossoms in spring and the colorful leaves in autumn attract many tourists.
In Kyoto, cherry blossoms are at their best from late March through early April. Maruyama Park, Gion Shirakawa, along the Kamo River, Tetsugaku no Michi (Path of Philosophy), Heian Jingu Shrine in eastern Kyoto, Ninnaji Temple and Arashiyama in western Kyoto, and other popular viewing places are crowded with visitors viewing the lovely cherry blossoms. Illuminated cherry blossoms also are a fascinating sight in the evening.”