Mt. Yoshino in Nara is Japan’s best location for viewing cherry blossoms! You can enjoy 30,000 cherry blossom trees!

Mt. Yoshino has many cherry blossom trees as well as 200 different other types of trees.
These cherry blossom trees are called Hitome-Senbon(一目千本), and you can view thousands of cherry blossom trees at a glance.
Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range(紀伊山地の霊場と参詣道), which contains Mt. Yoshino, was registered as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2004.
You can enjoy visiting various World Heritage Buildings with cherry blossoms including the Yoshino Mikumari Shrine(吉野水分神社), Kinpu Shrine(金峯神社), Kinpusenji Temple(金峯山寺) and the Yoshimizu Shrine(吉水神社).

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Mt. Yoshino

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!

Shiroyamazakura(シロヤマザクラ)
Shiroyamazakura(シロヤマザクラ)

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

Mt. Yoshino

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!

A rain of cherry blossoms
The best weather is when it’s a bit cloudy!

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!

cherry blossoms at night
Let’s enjoy cherry blossoms at night!

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.

spring event

Don’t miss some traditional spring events!

There are many other spring events at Mt. Yoshino.
Please click here for more info!
Temple/shrine Events

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kyoami

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I love Japanese folkcraft article, traditional handicrafts and antiques. I’m seeking the Japanese people’s religious outlooks and its origins that are behind Japanese people’s unique sense and techniques rooted in the ordinary life.

Information

Address Mt. Yoshino Tourist Association
2430 Yoshinoyama,Yoshino-city,Yoshino-district,Nara-Prefecture
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Access Take a train to Yoshino Station (Kintetsu Line) from Kyoto Kintetsu kyoto station / Osaka, Kintetsu Osakaabenobashi station/Nagoya, Kintetsu Nagoya station.
Phone Mt. Yoshino Tourist Association 0746-32-1007
Website Cherry blossom viewing information
http://www.town.yoshino.nara.jp/kanko-event/kanouki/
Yoshino town hall Industry
http://www.town.yoshino.nara.jp/kanko-event/welcome/
Mt. Yoshino Tourist Association
http://www.yoshinoyama-sakura.jp/english/
Kintetsu Railway
http://www.kintetsu.co.jp/foreign/english/index.html