By Holly Stark
Whether you’re looking for autumnal Zen gardens or sublime sunlit temples, Kyoto has something to offer whatever the weather. Kyoto transforms from a frosty, sublime paradise of ornamental shrines and traditional teahouses to a high-season buzzing masterpiece of a modern city. With four definitive seasons, Kyoto welcomes city dwellers and nature lovers alike. Kyoto in spring brings the budding sakura (Kyoto’s cherry blossom season) trees, which align the Kamogava river. You can find pink tunnels at the heights of the Inari mountain, a mild breeze, colourful flowers and lush shaded spots. Each season has a distinct feel and Kyoto weather changes a lot, but with many of the city’s cultural attractions, atmospheric temples, stunning shrines, craft-beer bars and old-school noodle joints being open and accessible year-round, Kyoto makes a great travelling spot whatever the day.