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. Continue reading “Yoshino Mountain”

Tanabata: The Star Festival

Tanabata, also known as the “star festival”, takes place on the 7th day of the 7th month of the year, when, according to a Chinese legend, the two stars Altair and Vega, which are usually separated from each other by the milky way, are able to finally meet (according to legend, this day really commemorates the romantic story of two lovers represented by the stars Vega and Altair.) Continue reading “Tanabata: The Star Festival”