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Ben and I were so glad that the cherry blossom season wasn’t over before we got to Kyoto.
Heian Jingu is well known for its weeping cherry blossom garden. We got to the garden around 4:30, which was a romantic twilight hour in the garden (but not very good for photography).
The garden was full of sakura trees, the grounds were littered with petals.
The weather in Kansai is perfect right night, warm days, cool enough to wear a sweater, but not so cold you need one. The nights are cool, and feel great when you cozy into a warm bed.
Jingu means shrine, but is reserved for places that enshrine the souls of emperors.
Heian Jingu, though beautiful, is easily overlooked next to its beautiful gardens, especially during sakura season.