- The History of Mt. Yoshino
- I’ll introduce you to a great spot to view cherry blossoms
- Let’s take a walk at Mt. Yoshino!
- Don’t miss some traditional spring events!
The History of Mt. Yoshino
The mountains near Yoshino, especially Kinpusen(金峯山), were the center of shugendou(修験道) practice.
The shugendou(修験道)is a Japanese mountain asceticism-shamanism which incorporates Shinto and Buddhist concepts.
According to legend, the founder of the tradition, En no Gyouja(役行者), initiated the use of these mountains in ascetic practice in the 7th century and called out to the deity Zaou Gongen(蔵王権現).
En no Gyouja(役行者) is a semi-legendary holy man noted for his practice of mountain asceticism during the second half of the 7th century.
In the late 7th century, En no Gyouja(役行者) enshrined the statues of the deity Zaou Gongen(蔵王権現), which were made of cherry blossom trees, and built the Kinpusenji Temple(金峯山寺).
For this reason, cherry blossom trees became sacred at Mt. Yoshino, and many cherry blossom trees were planted during the Heian period (794 – 1185).
There are 30,000 cherry blossom trees now!
I’ll introduce you to a great spot to view cherry blossoms
There are a lot of Shiroyamazakura(シロヤマザクラ) around the Shimo, Naka, Kami, and Oku areas.
The Shiroyamazakura(シロヤマザクラ) is an indigenous plant of Japan.
Simo-senbon, Naka-senbon, Kami-senbon and Oku-senbon all bloom in chronological order starting from early April through late April.
From this, you can enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms for a long period of time.
I recommend that you go to Mt. Yoshino when the Naka-senbon is in full bloom!
You can check information about the cherry blossom season at Mt. Yoshino below.
2017 cherry tree flowering information
I recommend that you go and see the cherry blossom trees at Mt. Yoshino after a good rain on a cloudy day. The scenery is fantastic!
You can see beautiful scenery from the Hanayagura Observation area at Mt. Yoshino. The cherry blossom petals are blown by the wind and fly up to the sky.
Don’t miss a photo opportunity!
Let’s take a walk at Mt. Yoshino!
You can enjoy hiking and visiting many World Heritage Buildings during the full bloom season at Mt. Yoshino!
You can enjoy the beauty of cherry blossoms at night.
The trees in Shimo-senbon, Naka-senbon, Kami-senbon areas are lit up in the evening from April 4th to April 24th, from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.
The dates will change depending on the weather.
Don’t miss some traditional spring events!
There are many other spring events at Mt. Yoshino.
Please click here for more info!