Founded in the 8th century by Gyoki, a monk whose name is venerated in Buddhism even today, Zenpuku-ji Temple is a temple steeped in history and lineage. Majestically standing in the temple’s garden are four cherry blossom trees exceeding 270 years in age.
Every year in the beginning of April, visitors come in large numbers to enjoy the beautiful sight of these trees in bloom. These cherry blossom trees are called the “trees of the Kobe people” as well as “Kobe’s prized trees.”
This year, the Cherry Blossom Tea Ceremony Nights are held from April 6th to 9th. The weeping cherry blossom trees of Zenpuku-ji Temple can be enjoyed all lit-up in the evening, along with green tea, Japanese sweets, and views of geisha dances.
Cherry Blossom Tea Ceremony Nights
Dates: April 6, 2017 – April 8, 2017
Times: 19:30 to 21:00
Location: Zenpuku-ji Temple (A 5-min walking from Arima Onsen Station)
Admission: 1,000 yen per person
Zenpuku-ji Temple and the cherry trees lining Arima River are lit up in the evening, creating a magical atmosphere for cherry blossom viewing.
Cherry blossoms illuminated in Arima
Dates: April 1, 2017 – April 15, 2017
Times: From sunset to 22:00
Location: Zenpuku-ji Temple and the cherry trees lining Arima River
Bidding farewell to the bitter cold, our thoughts turn to spring and the arrival of cherry blossoms along the Japanese archipelago. In most years at Arima Onsen, we delight in the splendor of cherry blossoms from the end of March until around mid-April.
This year, the Arima Cherry Blossom Festival is held on April 2nd and all the local people of Arima gather at the river site to participate in the merriment. Stalls, performances and geisha dances are all part of this local festival.
Arima Cherry Blossom Festival
Dates: April 2, 2017
Times: 12:00 to 15:00
Location: Arima River Shinsui park (A 3-min walking from Arima Onsen Station)