Mount Yoshino is also well known for a huge amount of Cherry blossom trees planted on the slopes which makes it exceptionally beautiful in spring. It is said that there are over 30000 sakura trees. Actually, the place is so famous that calling it the best and the most famous cherry blossom viewing spot of all time wouldn’t probably even be an exaggeration. There are a lot of very popular sakura spots in Japan and based on what I see, Kyoto as a whole is probably the most visited city during the cherry blossom season. Still I would argue that the first place should go to Yoshinoyama. First of all, it has been considered as such for over 1000 years in the classical literature. Starting from beginning of written history of Japan, that is to say 8th century Nara period, the place has been associated with the sakura and constantly praised for its beauty. The second criteria for such nomination should be the actual beauty of the place right now in reality. This is very subjective but as someone who has spent over 3 years already in total in Japan, lives in Kyoto and have been to Yoshino three times, from all beautiful sakura spots I have visited, I would give the crown without any doubt to Yoshino. I haven´t seen any other place that would come even close to the amount of sakura trees seen from one spot. Also, the surrounding nature and idyllic atmosphere of a small town with old temples add its own spice.
Our goal for this trip has been to go as far as we can by walking without use of public transport, so that we could provide a good overview of the whole area to anyone who is planning their own trip. This video is intended to be a cinematic vlog and a travel guide at the same time. We hope that you will be able to get some taste of the exceptional beauty of Yoshino by watching our travel vlog! Both of us are very interested in this part of Japan and you can expect a lot more vlogs from this area in the future. At the moment of posting this video we have filmed already three days, three parts long vlog from Kumano Kodo, where we went deeper into the mountains, hiked pilgrimage routes and explored more shrines.