Sewari Park Sakura Tunnel
Although Sakura season is over for another year, I'd like to share with you all this shot from one of the best Sakura viewing spots in Kyoto, if not all of Kansai. It was taken last year (2013) at the Sewari Park Sakura Tunnel which is on a narrow stretch of land between two rivers (the Kizugawa and Ujigawa) in Yawata city, Kyoto Prefecture. These rivers join up with the Katsuragawa in the same area to form the mighty Yodogawa which flows all the way down to Osaka.
The Sakura tunnel is about 1.5km long, here's a shot from the inside of the tunnel. On each side of the tunnel there is plenty of green grass to sit on for a picnic. While the Sakura are in bloom it can get pretty crowded, especially around midday. There are also a number of temporary shops where you can try all kinds of food or buy some handcrafts. There are even some buskers performing there at certain times of the day.
The easiest way to get to Sewari Park is via Keihan Railway's Yawatashi station. The park is only about a 5 minute walk from the station. However if you're staying nearby why not cycle there via one of the cycle ways along the rivers. There's plenty of space to park bicycles and it's free to do so. Car parking on the other hand costs 1000yen for the day, and the traffic is pretty heavy in the area during the Sakura season, so I wouldn't recommend driving there.
While you're in the area consider checking out the nearby Otokoyama (Mount Otoko) where you can get a good view of the tunnel and see the ancient Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu (a Shinto shrine). This photo was taken with a Nikon D700 and an AF Nikkor 50f/1.8D with a circular polarising filter. No post processing has been done on this image.