For those with an itch to see azalea and wisteria, Jonangu Shrine in south Kyoto is a fine place to start.
The surrounding area is not easy on the eyes - were it not for safety issues, we would recommend horse blinders - but once inside the grounds of the shrine it is divine.
The shrine is well known for its gardens. Each represents four different styles from four periods in Japanese history: Heian, Muromachi, Momoyama, and Heisei.
One of the gardens is believed to have featured in Lady Murasaki's Tales of the Genji, and the Shrine boasts more than 100 types of flowering plants.
Hours: 9 am to 4:30 pm (last entry at 4 pm)
Entrance Fee: 500 Yen
For cyclists, it on the way - though a bit of a detour - to Fushimi. From Sumizome Station, it will take about 10 minutes.
Jonangu Shrine Cycling Map
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Photo © Kyoto Shinbun
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