A Walk Under the Cherry Blossoms
Cherry blossom (sakura) season is my favorite time in Japan, and Kyoto is my favorite place to view them. Every temple and shrine in Kyoto overflows with these beautiful and delicate flowers in April, but the Philospher's Path, or Tetsugaku no Michi, is the ideal place for viewing.
This stone path winds its way along a canal from Ginkakuji to Nanzenji, and the cherry blossoms line both sides, creating a stunning canopy above. Petals drift lazily like snowflakes on the breeze, and the rays of sun streaming through the branches dance on the water. Shops, restaurants, and cafes also dot the path, providing rest and victuals to travelers.
The path is often full of people during full bloom (mankai), but don't let that deter you. Walking along this path, you will rarely notice others as you will be wrapped up in your own soft pink reveries.
The walk under the blossoms is delightful, and I highly, highly recommend it.