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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.

Yoshino's cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms at Yoshino. Yoshino is one of the most famous places for cherry blossoms in Japan.

Tonan-in temple

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

Zao Gongen’s chochin. The symbol is cherry blossom.

Yoshimizu Shrine

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

Katte shrine. Sizuka Gozen danced here after capturing when she parted from general Yoshitsune Minamoto in 1185.

cherry blossoms at Yoshino

cherry blossoms at Yoshino

Kinpu shrine

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!

I walked up to Saigyo-an. It was steep!

The path through the woods to Saigyo-an.

The path through the woods to Saigyo-an.

Yoshino's mountains

Yoshino’s mountains

Okuno Senbon Koke Shimizu spring

Okuno Senbon Koke Shimizu spring

Okuno Senbon

Okuno Senbon

Okuno Senbon

Okuno Senbon at Yoshinoyama

Okuno Senbon

Cherry blossoms at Okuno Senbon

Saigyo-an

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.

statue of Saigyo

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.

at the Saigyo-an

I sat on the veranda and looked at the view in front of Saigyo-an.

at the 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

Cherry blossoms at Oku-no-Senbon in Yoshino

violet near Saigyo-an

violet near Saigyo-an

the path from Saigyo-an

the path from Saigyo-an

Yoshino's woods

Yoshino’s woods

stone Jizo at Yoshino

stone Jizo

Yoshitsune Kakure To

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.