Attractions

Temple in Yoshino

Kimpusen-ji

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

Yoshimizu-jinja

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

Nyoirin-ji

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 …