Cherry Blossom from FIVE Different Angles

Kid Friendly in Yoshino

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Special selections of the best Sakura Viewing Spots in Japan for many centuries. These places are hard and time consuming to access by public transportation.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Mt. Yoshino, Yoshino-cho, Yoshino-gun, Nara Prefecture, KinkiMt. YOSHINO has been Japan’s most famous cherry blossom viewing spot for many centuries. It is said that the first trees were planted along its slopes more than 1,300 years ago, and today the mountain is covered by approximately 30,000 cherry trees of many different varieties, especially of the Yamazakura variety. Rather than a free standing mountain, Yoshinoyama is a north-facing mountain slope. It’s decided into four areas: the Shimo Senbon (lower 1,000 trees) at the base of the mountain, Naka Senbon (middle 1,000 trees), Kami Senbon (upper 1,000 trees) and Oku Senbon (inner 1,000 trees) at the top of the mountain. Visitors can enjoy the cherry trees as they ascend the mountain, passing Yoshino’s touristy town with its various temples and shrines, and enjoying hanami in the parks and viewpoints along the way. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Hasedera Temple, Sakurai, Nara Prefecture, KinkiThis temple is on the slope of a small mountain outside the city of Nara, and is famous as a temple where beautiful flowers bloom each season. It is often referred to as “Hana No Otera” (Temple of Flowers). You have a magnificent view of the cherry blossoms below from the butte stage that is built jutting out from the cliffs. The view that looks as if a pink carpet has been laid out is prettier than words can describe. Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Nara Park, Nara, Nara Prefecture, KinkiA popular tourist destination with World Heritage Sites such as Todaiji, Kofukuji and Kasuga-taisha within its massive grounds. The park has approximately 1,700 cherry trees of different varieties including Higan cherry, Yoshino cherry and Yamazakura mountain cherry, Narakokonoe cherry, weeping cherry and Satozakura cherry. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Himuro Shrine, Nara, Nara Prefecture, KinkiThe weeping cherry at this shrine is referred to as Nara Ichiban-zakura and is said to be the first cherry blossom to bloom in Nara. The tree that has the most magnificent flowers is a 100-year-old tree in front of Shikyaku-mon gate. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Koriyama Castle, Yamatokoriyama, Nara Prefecture, KinkiKORIYAMA Castle, built in 1580, is one of the best sakura viewing spots in the prefecture. It is known as the gotenzakura (“cherry tree area of the palace”), adored by the people for over 400 years. Yamatokoriyama Castle Festival is held here, and visitors enjoy events such as the illumination of cherry trees, goldfish exhibitions, and parades. Duration: 30 minutes

What’s included

  • Private transportation

What’s not included

  • Lunch