World Heritage: Mount Yoshino4.4
For many centuries, Mount Yoshino has been known as Japan's top viewing spot of cherry blossoms. Approximately 30,000 cherry trees, mainly of a Yamazakura variety, spread over the mountain slopes, ridges and valleys. With many clusters forming a beautiful floral carpet in spring, many poets, calligraphers and painters depict this spot for their artistic subjects.
You can enjoy a long period of floral viewing, as the blossom front gradually moves up from the mountain foot, then to Shimo (lower), Naka (middle), Kami (upper) and finally to Oku (inner) Senbon at the top.
During the cherry blossom season, the mountain usually brings 20,000 visitors a day, but when a special event like the rice-planting or flower memorial festival falls on weekend, the daily turnout reaches up to 400,000.
The area was designed as a National Special Place of Scenic Beauty in 1924 and formed a part of the Yoshino Kumano National Park declared in 1936. The mountain was selected as one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Viewing Sites in 1990. Yoshino is also part of "The Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range", designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.
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