Yoshino in Nara Prefecture is one of the best spots to see cherry blossom in Japan. With over 30,000 cherry blossom trees lining Mount Yoshino, the view is spectacular. Many say it’s the best area in Japan to see cherry blossoms.
Some of the trees were planted over a thousand years ago and the whole mountain has been registered as a World Heritage Site.
The trail starts at the bottom of the mountain near Yoshino Station. There is a convenient cable car that takes you up the mountain, or you can climb up the steep incline. Although exhausting, the walk takes you through thousands of cherry blossom trees and is quite beautiful.
World Heritage Sites
Kimpusen-ji Temple is the iconic symbol of Yoshino. It’s the second biggest wooden structure in Japan after Todai-ji in Nara. It was founded in the 7th century, but burnt down many times. The current structure dates back to 1592.
Yoshimizu Shrine was founded in the 8th century. It famously served as a temporary Imperial Palace for Emperor Go-Daigo in the 14th century. During cherry blossom season, there is a beautiful view from the shrine.
Mikumari Shrine was built in 1604 by the son of Hideyoshi, one of the three great unifiers of Japan.
When to Go
Cherry blossom season at Yoshino typically starts in early April. The blossoms reach full bloom around mid-April. The exact date varies each year, so be sure to see the official forecast.
How to Get There
To get to Yoshino, take the Kintetsu line to Yoshino Station. It takes a little less than an hour from Kashihara-Jingu-Mae in Nara Prefecture.
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