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If you are looking for the most famous cherry blossom area in Japan, than you have to visit Yoshino town and especially Mt. Yoshino.
Imagine a place with over 30000 cherry trees in full bloom in the end of March till beginning of April. It is my must-see recommendation for you.
Yoshino-yama belongs also to the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Zao-do Hall of Kimpusen-ji Temple, a national treasure, is another highlight of the area.
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Since 2004 I travel nearly every year to Japan. The rail pass made my life easier to discover all those amazing places in my favourite country. There is only one wooden structure in Japan larger than Zao-do Hall and this is Daibutsu-den Hall at Todai-ji Temple in Nara. More great temples areas in Yoshino are Yoshimizu-jinja Shrine, Yoshino-jingu Shrine and Yoshino Mikumari Shrine.
Yoshino-yama was for many centuries the center of Shugendo mountain worship/asceticism. En-no-Gyoja, founder of this Buddhism sect, gave the order to built Kimpusen-ji Temple's Zao-do Hall during the 8th century. Within the 14th century the town was also used as a refuge for Emporer Go-Daigo. Yoshino is since 2004 a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Yoshino is located at the center of the Nara Prefecture along the river Yoshino-gawa.
Address: Yoshinoyama, Yoshino-cho, Yoshino-gun, Nara
How to get to Yoshino?
- 105min from Kyoto Station to Yoshino by Kintetsu Kyoto line or
- 75min from Osaka-Abenobashi Station to Yoshino by Kintetsu Minami-Osaka line
Mount Yoshino (Yoshino-yama) - Best cherry blossom spot in Japan and you can enjoy 8 km of paths through wonderful nature. Mt. Yoshino belongs to the Omine Renzan mountains.
Kimpusen-ji Temple - Is a symbol of Mt. Yoshino and the centre of Shugendo sect. The temple complex is a World Heritage Site and National Treasure of Japan. Part of the complex is the Zao-do Hall, second largest wooden building in the world.
Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)
Hanakueshiki festival (12th)
Hanakueshiki is one of the most famous cherry blossom festivals in Japan with a history of over 1000 years. It is also a huge event for followers of the Shugendo faith. Enjoy the great atmosphere, good food and the wonderful nature.
Where to stay near Yoshino?
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