Welcome to Yoshino
At the northern end of the Kii Mountain Range, Yoshino (吉野) is famous throughout Japan as the country's number-one spot for cherry-blossom viewing due to its hito-me-sen-bon (1000 trees at a glance) viewpoint. The mountain hamlet has also played an outsize role in Japanese history and culture: it was here that emperor Go-Daigo held his rival southern court during the schism of the 14th century; even earlier, Yoshino's temples incubated Japan's unique Shugendō religion, a belief system rooted in both Esoteric Buddhism and pre-Buddhist nature worship, influenced by Taoism and famous for its ascetic practices. Throughout April, when the cherry trees bloom (in strata along the slope of the mountain), Yoshino gets very, very crowded; otherwise it's pretty sleepy, drawing only visitors with a keen interest in the local history and culture.
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Strolling around the Mountain Village of Yoshinoyama
Yoshino, famous for its cherry...
Cultural & Theme Tours
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