The Cherry Blossom Festival Begins!

Every year the Cherry Blossom Festival at Ninna-ji is scheduled to coincide with the bloom of the Omuro cherry trees. This year’s Festival starts tomorrow, April 14th! The Omuro cherries should be coming into full bloom in the next few days, but weather is always an important factor in the speed and longevity of the blossoms.

Festive Atmosphere near the east entrance

There were already some stalls out near the east gate last week! They offer a variety of souvenirs and tasty snacks.

Preparing for the Cherry Blossom Fesitval

Preparations were carried on earlier this week, even in the rain! There was no time to waste!

Starting tomorrow visitors coming to see the cherry blossoms will buy their tickets at the little booths to the left and proceed along the path through the Middle Gate. I hope many visitors will be able to come see the Omuro cherry trees in bloom this year!

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