2024-02-07 | Recommendations

Top Cherry Blossom Illuminations in Kyoto

Elegant, quiet, peaceful, wabi-sabi…There are many words that can describe the beautiful atmosphere in temples and shrines in Kyoto that you should not miss. You can enter beautiful gardens, feel the zen atmosphere and discover Japanese traditional architecture during the day, but what about at night?

During the spring season, Kyoto is illuminated with lights all over the city, including at temples and shrines which have many cherry blossom light-up events. Even if you go in early spring when the cherry blossoms aren’t in full bloom yet, you will still enjoy the illuminations.

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Our Recommendations in Early Spring

Kodai-ji and Entoku-in

Kodai-ji and Entoku-in are our staffs’ favorite spots! These small but elegantly well-designed temples are located just 15 minutes away from The Millennials Kyoto so don’t miss a visit even if you’re staying one night! You may purchase the tickets separately or as a set for a lower cost.

Date: March 17 to May 7
Time: 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Price: Kodai-ji: 600 yen/ Entoku-in: 500 yen

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Located just near Gion, Shoren-in has a mysterious, peaceful and sacred atmosphere. It only takes 10~15 minutes walking distance from The Millennials Kyoto so make sure you make a visit maybe after a dinner in the area.

Date: late March to early May
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Price: 800 yen

Photo by Hotice Hsu


To-ji is famous as one a world heritage site and is beloved by people because of its beautiful and historical garden. It is only open in the evening twice in a year – spring and autumn. Although it a little bit far from our hotel and you need to take bus to get there, you should not miss this spot.

Date: March 20 – May 25
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Price: 500 yen

The Millennials Kyoto is the ultimate high-tech capsule hotel experience located in Kyoto’s bustling Kawaramachi district. IoT integration, and a lobby that doubles as a coworking space.

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