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Sewaritei Yodogawa Riverside Park


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Walk through a magical 1.4km-long tunnel of cherry blossoms

Yawata City Hall, Kyoto Prefecture


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Just half an hour by Keihan Line train from central Kyoto, you can experience strolling through a 1.4-kilometer tunnel of pale pink sakura cherry blossoms every April.
The sakura tunnel is located in Sewaritei Yodogawa Riverside Park, a relaxing green space which is a popular retreat from the bustle of Kyoto City in springtime. In Yawata, three different rivers—Uji-gawa, Kizu-gawa and Katsura-gawa—meet to form the Yodogawa River, creating an unusual landscape with rich, fertile soil that’s perfect for growing tea.
Unsurprisingly, you’ll find plenty of places to enjoy a relaxing cup of tea in town, perfect after a blossom viewing. As well as the usual sencha and matcha, you can try local specialty tencha, a type of green tea where the leaves are steamed and dried but not rolled. Locals sometimes call it hamacha, meaning ”shore tea,” after the lush green tea fields which line the Kizu-gawa.
When the cherry trees bloom (usually starting at the end of March), stalls serving local foods and drinks are set up near the sakura tunnel, so you can enjoy your snacks outdoors while admiring the delicate blossoms. Nature and relaxation await.


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How to get there

10-minute walk from Keihan Iwashimizu Hachimangu Station, which is 35 minutes by train from Shin-Osaka Station to Yodoyabashi Station on the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line, transfer to Keihan Railway.


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