Yoshino’s cherry blossoms – Five carefully selected sightseeing points for a good walk


Introduction of Yoshinoyama

Yoshinoyama (Yoshino) is in the Nara Prefecture Yoshino-gun, Yoshino-cho, is the generic name of Sanryo ridge continued.
Is a famous cherry tree from ancient times, known as the attractions of the country’s leading cherry tree, Yoshino is well that is being designated as a national scenic spot, nationally designated historic site, has also become a World Heritage Site.
I would like to carefully select and describe how to enjoy Yoshinoyama.

Yoshinoyama Sightseeing

Yoshino cherry tree

First of all, the reason why there are many cherry blossoms in Yoshinoyama is that there are various theories, because the sacred tree of Zao Gongen is said to be “Sakura".

The role of the founder of Shugendo, Enno-Ozuno * Personal name *, but when he trained at Mount Kinmine, Kongo Zao Bosatsu appeared.
At this time, it is said that the Zao rights development was carved, but the tree used was said to be cherry blossoms.

Since then, the practitioners have learned to sculpt and worship Gongen using cherry wood.
In the first place, I think that the word “sa" represents the mountain god.

The site of the shrine is called “ Kaidai ", but there is a boundary between God and us humans, the boundary between God and humans is “ Sakai (border) ", and the fence is “ Saku (fence) " It is to say.
The path that God descends from the mountain to Sato (sato) is “Saka (hill)" and “Sanae (Sanae)", and the time of rice planting (May) is “Satsuki (May)".
The long rain that is indispensable for rice production is called “Samidare (May rain)", and the young woman planting rice is called “Saotome (Saotome)".
The gods who live in the mountains are “ monkeys ", “ wander " in the mountains (the territory of the gods), and “ sasa (sasa), " which is still indispensable to rituals “And" Sakaki “are sacred plants.
The most commonly used offering was the “salmon (liquor)" made from rice, which was put in the “kazuki (cup)" for the purpose of “giving" the sacrifice (sacrifice) to God. .
You can add “fish" to the “sara (plate)".
God’s banquet at the time of the festival was called “Sajiki", and the common people sat on the ground grass, so the word play was born.
It means having a child celebrate by saying “get (give)" and happy or happiness by saying “fortunately."
“Sachi (Sachi)" means that we want God to gather a lot.

The god of Sa was thought to be a god of the “mountain" and to fall in the mountains in the winter and come down to the village when it gets warm.
In late March, when the weather becomes warmer, “Sakura" blooms.
As such, there has been a religion as a mountain god since ancient times.
In this way, Mt. Yoshino was a mountain sacred place and training place that continued to Mt.

Therefore, cherry blossoms are sacred trees, and in Yoshino it seems that there was a strict rule that breaking a branch would cut a finger, and Sakura has been protected as a subject of worship.
When praying to Zao Gongen, donating cherry seedlings was considered the best memorial service, and many cherry trees have been planted since the Heian period.

Even now, when cherry blossoms bloom from late March, tourists from all over Japan come.
It is lit up at night, so you can enjoy cherry blossoms at night.

In 1594 (Bunroku 3) during the Sengoku period, Taiko and Toyotomi Hideyoshi visited with 5,000 people and enjoyed cherry blossom viewing at Mt.
“Taiko Hanamizuka" remains as a place where Hideyoshi Toyotomi saw cherry blossoms, but it is on a mountain east of Mt. Yoshino.
For this reason, you can see that instead of climbing Yoshino and seeing Sakura from a very close distance, he entered another mountain with a view and saw cherry blossoms in the form of a view of Mount Yoshino.

Yoshinoyama may have a parking lot, but there is not much due to lack of space on the mountain.
The road is not very wide.


Therefore, it is good on Saturdays and Sundays, but car traffic restrictions are also set during the Sakura season.
It is wise to go on a sightseeing tour or on the Kintetsu / Yoshino Line.
If you need to drive by car during a crowded time, such as on weekends and holidays, stop at the “No. 1 parking lot" near Yoshino Elementary School at the foot and ride a bus ride to Mount Yoshino.
There are two park and bus ride courses: one for the lower Yoshinoyama sightseeing parking lot and one for the higher elevation Nakasenbon Park.
Therefore, it is a good idea to get on the sightseeing by taking the Nakasenbon, going downhill to the cherry blossoms while watching the cherry blossoms, and going down to Kinmineyamaji Temple and Shimosenbon.
On weekdays, parking near Nakasenbon Park is available, but the parking fee during the season is 1500 yen. (Free except season)

Again, during the cherry blossom season in Yoshino, it is easier and safer to visit on a tour bus.
Or, take the Kintetsu to Yoshino Station, be prepared to walk.

To avoid congestion as much as possible, it is best to arrive early in the morning when no tours are available.
There are many small inns and guesthouses in Mt. Yoshino, so if you have the time and budget, it is good to stay and tour slowly.

On April 28, 2018, the Yoshino Ropeway was closed for a long time due to the accident that a gondola touched the station and abnormalities were found on wire ropes and gondola wheels.
Prospect of flight resumption does not have standing.
If you do not use the ropeway and climb the slope, it will be a 20 minute walk to the upper road.

Yoshinocho cherry blossoming information

Kinbongsan Temple

Kinpousenji is the head temple of Shugendo, which can be said to be a symbol of Mt. Yoshino.
The main ancestor is Zao Gongen (secret Buddha), and the origin is known as the role played by the actor (Enno Gyoja).


The sect is its own Kinmineyama Shugenhon sect.

During the Heian period, mountain worship, esoteric religion, Buddhist philosophy, and Pure Land worship fused to collect worship, and many royal and noble worshipers continued to visit.

When the Kamakura shogunate was overthrown, the army of the Kamakura shogunate was attacking because Yoshio Goro made up Yoshino Castle based on the Zao temple at Kinmineyama Temple.
During the North-South Dynasty, Emperor Godaigo entered Mt. Yoshino and became the home of the South Dynasty.

In the Edo period, the monk of the Tendai sect, Tenkai , became the head of the Kinmineyama Temple in 1614, ordered by Ieyasu Tokugawa .

The Niomon Gate, which was built in 1456 during the Muromachi period, still exists and has been designated as a “national treasure."
It was under restoration when I visited.


The main hall (Zao-do) was donated by the Toyotomi family in 1592 during the Warring States period, and is also designated as a “National Treasure."

In addition, there is Weitoku Tenman-gu Shrine near Zao-do.
The shrine is said to have been renovated by Toyotomi Hideyori , built during the Momoyama period .


Yoshimizu Shrine

Yoshimizu Shrine is also one of the World Heritage Sites.


The main priest, Emperor Godaigo, is enshrined by the Tadashi of the Southern Dynasty, Masanari Kusunoki , and the Yoshinobu Munenobu Hoshin.
In the adjacent Shoin, there is a room where Emperor Godaigo’s Emama Tamama and Yoshitsune Minamoto are hidden, and they are designated as Important Cultural Properties.

Nyoirinji Temple

Nyoirinji is a temple of the Jodo sect, but when Emperor Godaigo entered Yoshino during the North and South Dynasty, it became a royal court.

In 1339, Emperor Daigo, who dreamed of returning to Kyoto, broke down and was buried in a mountain behind the main hall.

Later, in December 1346, when Masayuki Kusunoki’s eldest son, Masayuki Kusunoki, set out in the Battle of Shijonawate, he was said to have visited Emperor Godaigo at the Ichizokuro Party.

Although it is located on the hillside away from Mt. Yoshino, free parking is fully equipped, so it is easy to visit if it is a car.
I would be grateful if you could refer to our original map for the location.

Brain Tenjin

Yoshino-Benten-Okami is the name of the shrine and is officially called Brain-Tenjin Ryuouin.

There are many worshipers who improve their scholastic ability and pass the entrance examination, cure the sickness, and pray for business prosperity.
Indeed, it can be said that it is a power spot that matches modern times.

In addition, Brain Tenjin is not along the ridge of Mt. Yoshino, but along the river in a valley that descends from Mt. Yoshino.

Therefore, the way to get there is to go west from Zao-do of Kinmineyama-ji Temple and go down about 450 stone steps.

The line is good because it is descending, but the return is a 450 step uphill.

There is a free loan of “cane" under the Kinpousan temple, so let’s use it.

It is alleged that the brain god of worship worshiped a large snake whose head had been broken.

At the shrine office, you can give a gomaki (300 yen) and get a boiled egg of God’s crab.
There was also a place where you can visit Baidu as shown below.


There were places where you could practice waterfalls, but use is a must.

The stairs on the way home were really heart-breaking and tough, but strolling through the divine is a space that can be said to be a different dimension, and I was glad I went.

The time required for sightseeing is about 50 minutes round trip from Kinmineyama-ji Temple.

By the way, there are 5 carefully selected places, so I will stop here, but Yoshino is well known for “Yoshino Kuzu", and there are souvenir shops and restaurants.
The view from Mt. Yoshino is as follows.


Transportation to the Yoshinoyama

As for transportation access to Yoshino Station, if you visit Yoshino by train from the Nagoya area, it takes about 3 hours by Kintetsu Limited Express on the Kintetsu / Nagoya Line (Osaka Line) and transfer at Yamato-Yagi Station.
From the Osaka area, it is the Kintetsu / Osaka Line, but it takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes by direct express from Osaka Abenobashi Station.
It takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes to transfer from Kashihara Jingumae Station on the Kintetsu Kyoto Line from Kyoto.

From Kansai Airport, you may take a limousine bus bound for Yamato-Yagi Station and head for Kintetsu.
Map of Yoshino’s cherry blossoms