Familiarize yourself with the rich history and culture of Yoshinoyama in this introductory tour. Located in the mountainous region south of the ancient capital of Asuka, the town of Yoshino is a place of deep spiritual and cultural significance in the history of Japan. Yoshinoyama, an ancient temple district constructed along a ridge line in the town of Yoshino, has for centuries been a base for ascetic mountain training and a gateway to the pilgrimage routes that weave through Okayama or the "deep mountains of Nara". In 2004, the area of Yoshinoyama was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage area as part of the "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes of the Kii Mountain Range." (About 3 Hour Tour).
Meeting location: Meet in front of Yoshino Station and take a taxi (costs about 4,000 yen per vehicle - not included in the price) to the Oku-senbon area of Yoshinoyama.
From Oku-senbon, participants will be guided to Kinpu-jinja Shrine and Yoshitsune Minamoto's old mountain hideout. From there the tour will continue on foot down the main street of Yoshinoyama to see the World Heritage locations of Mikumari-Jinja Shrine, Yoshimizu-jinja Shrine and Kinpusen-ji Temple's Zao do Hall. Participants will also be guided to Hanayagura view point (a great spot for taking photographs) and pass by Yoshinoyama's various traditional shops and ryokans.
Tour End: Tour will end in approximately 3 hours. Make your own way to the next destination.
- Not Included: Transportation to and from Yoshinoyama. Taxi fee up to the main street of Yoshinoyama. Fee for entering any temple or shrine in the area (if participants wish to enter a temple or shrine during the tour, they are responsible for any required fees).
- Bring enough water to stay hydrated, walking shoes, clothing that fits the season, rain gear.