Byodoin Temple Offers Nightly Viewing With Sakura In Bloom

Byodoin temple offers nightly viewing with sakura in bloom

UJI, Kyoto Prefecture--For a limited five-night run, the World Heritage-listed Byodoin temple's 1,000-year-old Hoo-do, or Phoenix Hall, and cherry trees will be illuminated for the public in a mystical setting.

The night viewing will start from the evening of April 5 and continue through April 9. A media preview was held April 4.

While the somei-yoshino cherry trees in the Buddhist temple are past their peak bloom, weeping cherry trees are now in full bloom.

The temple will be open for night-time viewing between 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Admission is 600 yen ($5.65) for adults, 400 yen for junior and senior high school students and 300 yen for elementary school students.