Yoshino is placed at south area of Nara prefecture. It has a lot of legend and historical events at Yoshino. This is the place of Shugendo and the place of shrine and temple. The other side of Yoshino is the place of escape. Prince Oama (emperor Tenmu) escaped and raised an army in 7c. Yoshitsune Minamoto ran away from his brother Yoritomo. During Northern and Southern Dynasties fighting in 14c, emperor Godaigo stayed here. Yoshino is the important place of historical interest in Japan.
Cherry blossoms at Yoshino. Yoshino is one of the most famous places for cherry blossoms in Japan.
Tonan-in temple. This temple was opened by Ennogyojya, so it was the old temple. In 1684, Basho Matsuo stayed here.
Zao Gongen’s chochin. The symbol is cherry blossom.
Yoshimizu Shrine. The grand chancellor, Hideyoshi Toyotomi held the party of cherry-blossom viewing in 1594. When I arrived at the gate, it was too early to open!
Katte shrine. Sizuka Gozen danced here after capturing when she parted from general Yoshitsune Minamoto in 1185.
cherry blossoms at Yoshino
Kinpu shrine. Michinaga Fujiwara who was the Great Minister of State (in late 10c) came this shrine to pray. The sutra case that he digged was discovered in recent years.
I walked up to Saigyo-an. It was steep!
The path through the woods to Saigyo-an.
Okuno Senbon Koke Shimizu spring
Okuno Senbon at Yoshinoyama
Cherry blossoms at Okuno Senbon
Saigyo-an. Saigyo used to be a samurai but he suddenly became monk, and traveled around Japan, and lived alone this deep in the mountains for a few years.
In the hermitage, there is a wooden statue of Saigyo. Saigyo loved cherry blossoms very much, and made many cherry blossoms poems. He might watch cherry blossoms.
I sat on the veranda and looked at the view in front of Saigyo-an.
There was no one around Saigyo-an, but ony bird was singing. It was very quiet world.
Cherry blossoms at Oku-no-Senbon in Yoshino
violet near Saigyo-an
the path from Saigyo-an
Yoshitsune Kakure To at Kinpu Shrine. In 1185, a Genji family’s samurai captain Yoshitsune Minamoto escaped from his brother Yoritomo Minamoto’s pursuers. He hid in this hall, and ran away.