Kyoto Spring – Things to Do in Kyoto in Spring

Kyoto in spring is a dream, so don't miss out. Use our guide to discover the best of what Kyoto in spring has to offer.

The Kitano Odori

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The Kitano Odori is an annual dance performance by maiko and geiko of the Kamishichiken district, held between March 25 and April 7th. You can enjoy the traditional dance with Matcha tea and immerse yourself in traditional Kyoto entertainment. 

Price: 4,800 yen with matcha green tea (4,300 yen without tea)

Hours: From 01:30pm- 04:00

Address: 742 Nishiiri Mori Makoto, Imadegawa Tsunana, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 

Aoi Festival

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The Aoi Festival is one of the three largest festivals in Kyoto. It is held in mid-May and dates back to the 6th century when Emperor Kinmei ordered a ceremonial festival to help alleviate famine. The highlight of the festival is a huge, elegant procession that departs from the Kyoto Imperial Palace and proceeds to Kamigamo Shrine via Shimogamo Shrine.

Price: 2,050 yen for a reserved seat at the Kyoto Imperial Park or Shimogamo Shrine. 3,500 yen for a reserved seat with English earphone guide (Imperial Park only)

Access: Aoi Festival Route: Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gosho) 10:30—–Marutamachi-dori-—- Kawaramachi-dori—–Shimogamo Shrine (Arrival: 11:40; Leaving: 14:20) —–Kamigamo Shrine (Arrival: 15:30)

Kyoto Spring Food

Kyoto is known globally for its fine foods with spring offering a particularly delectable range of seasonal treats. 

Sakura Mochi

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Photo Credit: Se7en via Flickr cc

Featured in our Japanese traditional desert article, Sakura mochi is one of the most popular sweet treats in spring.

Shimokobai

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Shimokobai was first cooked up in 1699 as an edible expression of the glories of spring.  

Sakurayu

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Photo credit: Suguri F [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Common

Sakurayu is made by mixing pickled cherry blossom petals with boiled water to create a kind of herbal tea. Spring in a bowl. 

Haru Otabe

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Haru otabe is a traditional wagashi (traditional confection) from Kyoto. It is a cherry-colored Domyoji with a cherry paste made of glutinous rice and cherry-flavored strained bean paste. Delicious.  

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