Temple in Yoshino


A national treasure and Unesco World Heritage Site, this is the head temple of Shugendō, a sect based in Buddhism but borrowing liberally from other traditions. Check out the fearsome Kongō Rikishi (guardian figure …
Shinto Shrine in Yoshino


This shrine on the Unesco World Heritage List was for centuries a refuge for important historical figures. It now displays scrolls, armour, nō (stylised dance-drama) masks and painted fusuma (sliding doors) from tho…
Buddhist Temple in Yoshino


This marvelously atmospheric temple, about 30 minutes on foot from central Yoshino, preserves both the relics of Emperor Go-Daigo's unlucky court and his tomb. In the Hōmotsu-den (treasure hall) is a trio of scroll …