If you plane to visit Kyoto in early to mid April, why don’t you take this route? You could see fantastic views of SAKURA at many places. I would recommend getting a one-day unlimited train ticket *500yen for RANDE to take a stroll around Arashiyama and northwest Kyoto. If you don’t have enough time or you get tired from walking, you can pass No.6 and No.7 as the both of them are not close to the stations. Anyway, it’s a madhouse wherever you go in Kyoto during SAKURA season every year. Don’t get a TAXI, bus or car when you move in the city. You might want to get around by train. Also if you want to hang around in a tranquil Kyoto, I would recommend visiting here on weekdays.
2. Go back to Kurumazaki-Jinja station and get on the train, get off at Uzumasa-Koryuji station, then go to Koryuji on food, which is in front of the station.
3. Go back to Uzumasa-Koryuji station. Then get on a train and go back to Katabiranotsuji station, Change to Kitano Line at the station. You could see exceptional views of beautiful Sakura on both sides between Narutaki station and Utano station which is like a Sakura Tunnel. You must be ready to take great photos ! The length of the tunnel is approx. 200m.
5. Back to the station, get on a train and get off at Myoshinji station. Go to Myoshinji on food. It has a lot of small temples on site as you can see the google map. This is like a film studio for samurai dramas. You must be so excited while taking a walk in Myoshinji. I’ve visited there so many times, but still never get bored.
7. Go to Tojiin from Ryoanji, approx.20min walking. The temple has a beautiful traditional garden. It’s worth seeing if you are keen on Japanese authentic gardens. The best season to view the garden would be in mid to late November.
8. Go back to Tojiin statio. It takes 15min on food. Get on a train and get off at Kitano-Hakubaicho station. Go to Kitano-Tenmangu,10min walking. The best season to visit here would be in mid to late March as Japanese apricot blossoms are in full bloom.