1 day itinerary

Ultimate Guide to Mt. Yoshino

Beginning with temples and shrines that have been registered as World Heritage sites, take a stroll on Mt. Yoshino with its many sightseeing spots. April is a superb time to be there as the area is known as Japan’s No. 1 site for cherry blossoms. But basically the time between March and November is a fine season for tourism.

Day 1

Kintetsu Yoshino Station ( 10:00 AM ~ 10:00 AM )
Kinpusen-ji Temple Zao-do Hall ( 10:30 AM ~ 11:00 AM )
Yoshimizu Shrine ( 11:10 AM ~ 12:30 PM )
Chikurin-in Gumpoen ( 12:45 PM ~ 01:00 PM )
Hanayagura Observatory ( 01:20 PM ~ 01:35 PM )
Yoshino Mikumari Shrine ( 02:00 PM ~ 02:15 PM )
Kinpu Shrine ( 02:30 PM ~ 02:50 PM )
Kintetsu Yoshino Station ( 03:00 PM ~ 04:00 PM )

Day 1 - Nara

10:00 AM 10:00 AM   -   Kintetsu Yoshino Station

Walk 3 minutes from Kintetsu Yoshino Station to the cable car stop Senbonguchi Station. You will reach Yoshino-san Station in about 3 minutes by cable car. Please note that operation conditions for buses and cable cars will change due to events such as cherry blossom season. Also note that buses will not operate from December to the end of February due to snow and that the cable cars will also not be operating on the weekdays during this period.

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Address 奈良県吉野郡吉野町吉野山6261 See map
Website http://www.kintetsu.co.jp/foreign/english/

10:30 AM 11:00 AM   -   Kinpusen-ji Temple Zao-do Hall

Zao-do Hall is a World Heritage site that has a stately majesty and is said to be the symbol of Mt. Yoshino. There is a visitor center nearby so you can collect any tourist information. In the vicinity, you can enjoy shopping at any of the shops. It’s also recommended to have the famous kakinohazushi (persimmon leaf sushi) for lunch.

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Business Hours Everyday ( 08:30 AM ~ 04:30 PM )
Price Adults/university students 500 yen
High school/junior high school students 400 yen
Elementary school students 300 yen
*During the kaicho (special public viewing of religious objects) a separate fee will be charged
Address Yoshinoyama,Yoshinocho,Yoshino,Nara See map
Telephone 0746-32-8371
Website https://www.visitnara.jp/venues/A00532/

11:10 AM 12:30 PM   -   Yoshimizu Shrine

Walk over to Yoshimizu Shrine, a World Heritage site where many legends of historical heroes have remained. Tour the main hall and the beautiful drawing room. The tour will last around 20 minutes. There are few restaurants beyond this area so if you want to have lunch, you will want to do so in the area around the shrine.

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Business Hours Everyday ( 09:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Price Shoin viewing admission
Adults/university students 400 yen
High school/junior high school students 300 yen
Elementary school students 200 yen
Address 579 Yoshino, Nara See map
Telephone 07463-2-3024
Website https://www.visitnara.jp/venues/A00533/

12:45 PM 01:00 PM   -   Chikurin-in Gumpoen

Visit Chikurin-in Temple which is also known as venerated lodgings for visitors. Tour the famous garden that is known as the Yamato Sandai Teien.

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Business Hours Open:
8 am ~ 5 pm

Closing days:
No scheduled holidays

Price Garden
300 yen
*400 yen from 2018
Address 2142 Yshinoyama, Yoshino-cho, Yoshino, Nara See map
Telephone 0746-32-8081
Website http://www.chikurin.co.jp/e/home.htm

01:20 PM 01:35 PM   -   Hanayagura Observatory

A splendid spot to take in that panoramic view of Mt. Yoshino. During cherry blossom season, the splendid scene of the blossoms all opening at once on the side of the mountain spreads out. It’s a fine place to take a break when having that bento box lunch. However, during cherry blossom season, it’s difficult to relax since there are huge crowds.

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Price Adults: FREE
Child: FREE
Address 1711 Yoshinoyama, Yoshinocho, Yoshino, Nara See map
Telephone 0746-32-1007
Website https://www.visitnara.jp/venues/A01231/

02:00 PM 02:15 PM   -   Yoshino Mikumari Shrine

Head over to the World Heritage site of Yoshino Mikumari Shrine and tour the buildings with historical traces of Momoyama culture which was known for its splendor.

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Business Hours Open:
Open every day
8am – 4pm
8am – 5pm only in April
Price FREE
Address 1612 Yoshinoyama, Yoshinomachi, Yoshino, Nara See map
Telephone 0746-32-2717
Website https://www.visitnara.jp/venues/A00534/

02:30 PM 02:50 PM   -   Kinpu Shrine

Walk to another World Heritage site, Kinpu Shrine where a mysterious atmosphere exists of ancient cedar trees and cherry trees. It is known as the site where the local god of Mt. Yoshino is enshrined.

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Business Hours Open at all times for worship
Price FREE
Address Yoshinoyama,Yoshinomachi,Yoshino,Nara See map
Telephone 0746-32-8167
Website https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinpu_Shrine_(Yoshino)

03:00 PM 04:00 PM   -   Kintetsu Yoshino Station

Walk 5 minutes from Kinpu Shrine to the bus stop Okusenbon from where you can take a bus to the cable car station Yoshino-san-Guchi.(Please be careful not to be late since the 15:03 bus is the final bus! *according to the 2016 operating schedule). Buses operate once per hour. Head down the mountain via cable car for Kintetsu Yoshino Station.

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Address 奈良県吉野郡吉野町吉野山6261 See map
Website http://www.kintetsu.co.jp/foreign/english/

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By Midori