In the hills above Ninnaji Temple is one of Kyoto's most beautiful gardens.
Haradani-en is also one of the city's newer gardens, having been planted from 1956.
Haradani-en is moreover packed with tourists during the cherry viewing season.
And boy do the buses and taxis ferry in the tourists.
As it is higher in elevation than Ninnaji and most of Kyoto, it offers a second chance at seeing the blossoms.
In addition, the garden has many species of other flowering bushes. There are also plum trees (mid- to late-February), Japanese maples (early November), so those times of year are also busy.
It is best known though for its huge collection of 24 species of cherry trees.
If at all possible, get there before opening.
Admission is a steep 1200 yen. The ride is a steep uphill 2 km up from Ninnaji.
Hours: 9 am - 5 pm
Tel: 075 492 1963
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