Yoshino Mountain

  • Name: Mount Yoshino
  • Location: Nara Prefecture
  • Must-see season: Spring (Sakura season)

Mount Yoshino (吉野山, Yoshinoyama) is located in Nara Prefecture. For many centuries this amazing location has been Japan’s most famous cherry blossom viewing spot. It is said that the first trees were planted more than 1300 years ago, and today the mountain is covered by approximately 30,000 cherry trees of many different varieties.

The mountain is divided into four areas: the Shimo Senbon (base of the mountain), Naka Senbon (half way up of the mountain), Kami Senbon (upper side of the mountain) and Oku Senbon (top of the mountain). Although famous for its spectacular view of the Cherry Blossom (Hanami), Mount Yoshino is also famous for its sacred architecture. We will find many ancient temples, such as Kinpusenji Temple (main symbol of Mount Yoshino and centre of Shugendo Zaoudou.)

In 2004, Yoshino, along with Mount Koya and Kumano, was named cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site, called the “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range”. (You can read in more detailed here.)

HOW TO GET TO YOSHINO:

  • From Nara: The rail distance from Nara Park to Mt. Yoshino is just 53 kilometers (33 miles). The one-way fare from Kintetsu Nara Station on the local, rapid and express service trains is just ¥850, and the regular train services take less than 2 hours to complete the trek with two easy train changes at Yamato Saidaiji and Kashihara Jingumae Stations. Faster and more comfortable special express train services, complete with reserved seats, are also available for an additional ¥900 special express and reserved seat fee. The special express service still requires train changes at Yamato Saidaiji and Kashihara Jingumae Stations but it completes the run from Nara to Yoshino in less than 90 minutes and grants riders a high level of comfort. The rail distance from Nara Park to Mt. Yoshino is just 53 kilometers (33 miles). The one-way fare from Kintetsu Nara Station on the local, rapid and express service trains is just ¥850, and the regular train services take less than 2 hours to complete the trek with two easy train changes at Yamato Saidaiji and Kashihara Jingumae Stations. Faster and more comfortable special express train services, complete with reserved seats, are also available for an additional ¥900 special express and reserved seat fee. The special express service still requires train changes at Yamato Saidaiji and Kashihara Jingumae Stations but it completes the run from Nara to Yoshino in less than 90 minutes and grants riders a high level of comfort.
  • From Kyoto: Getting from Kyoto to Yoshino is almost a direct shot. Local, express and special express train services complete the run from Kintetsu Kyoto Station (in the same building as the bullet train and JR Lines) to Yoshino Station, with a single train change at Kashihara Jingumae, in between 1 hour and 40 minutes and 2 hours 20 minutes. There are 12 departures per hour at peak travel times and the one-way base fare is ¥1,230. Riding the special express service, which includes a reserved seat, adds ¥900 to that price.
  • From Osaka: The trip from Osaka to Yoshino is the easiest and quickest route of all. Local, express and special express trains run from Kintetsu Osaka Abenobashi Station straight to Yoshino in as little as 1 hour and 15 minutes. The one-way base fare is ¥970 and a reserved seat on a special express train adds ¥510 to the price but cuts the travel time down to the shortest from any major city in the Kansai region.  (Source)

 

 

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3 Replies to “Yoshino Mountain”

    1. Aw thanks so much! 😀 I am really glad you like the blog, your comment really means a lot! I´ll keep posting short posts about magical places to explore in Japan. Thanks again for your comment and for stopping by!

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