Region
Kansai
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Nara
Population
1,442,862

Mount Yoshino

Discover the three faces of this mystical mountainous area and popular tourist spot for cherry blossoms.

Visiting Mount Yoshino and the surrounding town is like visiting three places at once in Nara Prefecture. The Shimo Senbon (lower), Naka Senbon (middle), and Kami Senbon (upper) areas of the mountain each offer different attractions and things to see.

Mount Yoshino was designated as part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004 called “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range.” It’s a rather leisurely hike with the mountain’s altitude at 350 meters.

Mount Yoshino Cherry Blossom light up in Nara

The cherry blossoms on Mount Yoshio look especially spectacular at night when they are lit up!

Shimo Senbom is where most people coming from Yoshino Station arrive and has some of the most spectacular cherry blossoms of the whole mountain. This is the departure point for the ropeway that travels to the top of the mountain in case you aren’t up for hiking.

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Osaka Castle Park
As this area also encompasses the outskirts of the surrounding town, most people use the route through town as their path up the mountain. It’s a great place to get some food before traveling upwards as all the best shops and restaurants are in this area. The town route also has the best sights, including the world-famous Kinpusen-ji Temple and Yoshimizu Shrine with its fantastic views.

Upward Mount Yoshino

Kami Senbom (upper area) is where the most common image of Mount Yoshino, as seen below, is usually shot. The best place to get this iconic snap is from a spot called Hanayagura. However, photography isn’t the only attraction as picnics can be enjoyed in the area’s many parks and simply walking around the natural terrain can lead to beautiful, isolated spots.

Mount Yoshino in Nara, Japan

The iconic shot of Mount Yoshino and the surrounding area you’ve more than likely seen.

One of the best-kept secrets of Mount Yoshino is also here, the Oku Senbon area. This area has cherry blossoms that bloom later than the flowery wonders elsewhere due to the high altitude. This gives people who missed the peak season a second chance to see the spring blossoms.

While Yoshino can get crowded, especially at cherry blossom time, there are still plenty of lesser-known locations dotting the area, waiting to be discovered.

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How To Get There

Address

Japan, 〒639-3115 Nara-ken, Yoshino-gun, Yoshino-chō, Yoshinoyama, 県道15号線

By train

Yoshino Station is the closest station. You can start your trek from there, or take a shuttle bus to the Naka Senbom area during cherry blossom season. The Yoshino ropeway near the station costs ¥450 one way and is also an option. Expect a long wait during cherry blossom season, however.

Where To Stay

Taikoban Kam Kam
  • Yoshinoyama 2041 Yoshino-Gun Yoshino-Cho, Nara 639-3115
  • 0.3 km
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Chikurinin Gunpoen
  • Yoshinoyama 2142 Yoshino-Gun Yoshino-Cho, Nara 639-3115
  • 8.3/10
  • 0.5 km
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Hounkan
  • Yoshinoyama 2340 Yoshino-Gun Yoshino-Cho, Nara 639-3115
  • 8.8/10
  • 0.6 km
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Yukawaya
  • Yoshinoyama 440 Yoshino-Gun Yoshino-Cho, Nara 639-3115
  • 8.9/10
  • 1.4 km
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