I'm in Kyoto now - the blossoms are lovely but the crowds are intense. I went to the Silver Temple then "walked" the Philosophers Path. Neither were the least bit Zen - more line Disney World during spring break! I then hit temple light-ups at Kiyomizu and Kodiji. Both were gorgeous but again - walking in a continual line of people isn't my idea if really experiencing these sites.
If you have never visited Japan I still recommend you go and see some of the famous flower viewing spots, because they are wonderful. At the same time, you should not expect a truly genuine experience of hanami.
I propose you make an excursion to Tajimi. We have a countryside treat waiting for you.