Spring in Kyoto usually begins in the middle of March. For example, the highest temperature on March 17th was 19c (66f) and the lowest was 11c (51f).
I think it’s safe to say that spring started on that day, here in Kyoto. There is another metric to decide the beginning of spring: the plum blossoms.
Many people visit Kyoto during spring, and one of the biggest reasons is to see the Cherry Blossoms aka SAKURA. I wrote an article about how much we like to see the Cherry Blossoms the other day in “Cherry Blossom Fever in Kyoto“.
But you shouldn’t forget the Plum Blossoms either. They are as beautiful and possibly more colorful than the Cherry Blossoms. Also, it is very difficult to guess when the Cherry Blossoms season will start, but to guess the Plum Blossoms season’s beginning is relatively easy. Usually the second or third week of March is the best time for viewing the Plum Blossoms. So if you are lucky enough to come to Kyoto at this time of year, be sure to go to the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, which, in my opinion, is the best place for viewing the Plum Blossoms. I’ll post the pictures I took at the shrine bellow.