Night Cherry Blossoms Emerge against Illuminated StageSpring Special Night Opening Starts on March 2221 March 2013 - Sightseeing/Events
Prior to the special night opening in spring, an illumination test was run at Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, on the evening of March 21. In addition to the stage of the temple's main hall and stage, a National Treasure, the Important Cultural Property, "Koyasu-no-to" pagoda, which was painted brilliant colors after the completion of repairs at the end of last year, and other structures were illuminated.
The special night opening is held every spring and autumn, and a laser-beam-like ray of light, called "Kannon Jiko," is beamed into the western sky during the event. There are approximately one thousand cherry trees in the precincts, including "Someiyoshino," or Yoshino cherry trees, and "Yamazakura," or mountain cherry trees.
The cherry blossoms will be at their best in early April, and visitors should be able to enjoy the night cherry blossoms illuminated by approximately 500 lights.
The special evening opening is from March 22 to April 7. Admission hours are from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The admission fee is 400 yen for adults and 200 yen for elementary and junior high school students. A parade called "Sei-ryu-e" will be also held at 2:00 p.m. on April 3.(translated by Galileo, Inc.)