Kyoto’s cherry blossom is in bloom from late March to early April. In some parts you can enjoy the flowers until late April depending on the weather. The city is filled with cherry blossoms in this season but the best spots are Ninnaji-Temple, Gion, Path of Philosophy, Heianjingu-Shrine, Maruyama Park, Jizouzenin, Daigoji-Temple, Kiyomizu-Temple and Arashiyama area. You could also visit Nara Yoshino to see one of the three best cherry blossom sights in Japan. Cherry blossoms can be enjoyed at day time but night time flowers also have a special beauty and are a stunning sight. The weather in Mid-April to May after the cherry blossom season is very pleasant in Japan.
Wakayama (Shirahama), Hyogo (Awaji Island & Toyooka), Tottori, Kagawa and Tokushima are the popular destinations for short trips in summer to visit the beach. Okinawa is known worldwide for its beautiful beaches and clear ocean. However, it is distant from Kyoto and many times hit by typhoon in August and September. Hokkaido is also highly recommended to visit during summer to enjoy the cool weather. Flights to Okinawa and Hokkaido from Kansai airport take about two hours.
TOctober to November, the weather is comfortable with not too much rain throughout Japan including Kyoto. Autumn foliage in Kyoto is at its peak during mid-November to early December. Kiyomizu-temple, Tofukuji-temple, Arashiyama area, Eikando-temple, Nanzenji-temple, Kodaiji-temple, Kinkaku-temple, Sanzenin-temple, Kibune-shrine and Jingoji-temple are the top destinations. Illuminated leaves at night are a must see. Outside Kyoto, Miyajima (Hiroshima) is another famous destination for autumn leaves."
In winter, the best places to be are hot springs. Here in Kyoto, Arashiyama and Yunohana are the recommended hot springs. Typical food in Kyoto is Yudofu (boiled tofu); it is especialy good in winter. The spots you can see snow are Kibune, Kurama, and Takao area located in north part of Kyoto. Kenrokuen in Kanazawa, a real Japanese type garden, is highly recommended to see. Nagano and Hokkaido are also recommended for hot springs and skiing. Kyusyu area is highly recommended for those who seek warmer weather and hot springs.