A large Shinto shrine in northwest Kyoto
, not too far from the Golden Pavillion, Kitano Tenmangu
is the most famous spot in the ancient capital for plum blossoms. On your way, you can rub the cow statues for good luck with intellectual endeavors, or pay a visit to the sleepy, over-looked geisha district of Kamishichiken.
From JR Kyoto Station
, take express bus 101 to Kitano Tenmangu (¥230).