Maruyama Park (円山公園) is one of Kyoto’s (京都) most popular parks and located in the city’s Higashiyama district (東山).
It lies not far from the famous temple Kiyomizudera (清水寺) , allowing you to combine the two in one visit.
Maruyama Park is filled with Cherry Trees, the most prominent one being a weeping cheery tree (shidarezakura (しだれ桜)) in the center of the park.
In late March/early April, when the annual Cherry Blossom season begins, Maruyama Park becomes the most popular and crowded viewing spot in all of Kyoto.
So, if you plan on coming here during that time, come early and prepare for masses of visitors!
I went to Maruyama Park in July 2017 and there wasn’t an unbearable amount of visitors. It’s mostly fine during off-seasons.
Visiting Maruyama Park
I very much enjoyed the visit even without the Cherry trees in bloom. The park’s great location allow for easy visits in addition to the park itself.
Yasaka shrine and multiple temples, one with a giant entrance gate which looks breathtaking.
I highly recommend coming here, at any time of the year. It can easily fill a whole afternoon with all the temples and shrines near it.
With that said, thank you for reading! This was a shorter one as there’s really not much to say about it other than go see for yourself!
Down below, I will give you a brief rundown on how to get to Maruyama Park.
How to get to Maruyama Park
From Kyoto Station:
Take bus number 100 or 206 and get off at Gion bus stop. From there it’s only a few minutes’ walk.
The bus ride takes about 20 minutes and costs 230 Yen (1,77€/$2.09).
Alternatively, if you’re planning to go to Kiyomizudera first, you can also walk to Maruyama Park from there. It’s a very pleasant 20-minute walk through the Higashiyama district.
That’s what I did when I visited and I highly recommend it.
See you in my next post!