Spring in Japan: Mount Yoshino

Recently my entries have been very photo-heavy but this will probably be the last one for awhile.  I actually need a break from traveling!

When it comes to sakura season,  Mt. Yoshino is generally regarded to be the number one spot in Japan to view them.  Located in the heart of Nara, it takes around two hours to get there from where I am.  Due to the mild winter, the cherry blossoms were blooming a lot faster than expected.  Also, thanks to the crazy storm that hit Kansai the day after I went to Kyoto,  the sakura were dwindling fast.  Hearing that Mt. Yoshino’s sakura bloom a bit later, I decided to head over there with a friend.

Unfortunately, the sakura were mostly gone.  However, Mt. Yoshino was still a beautiful mountain to climb and with the remainder of the sakura trees, it gave out a pretty landscape:

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There are also a lot of cool stores that sell antiques, knick-knacks and a variety of things before you hike up:

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Smoking tanuki.

Smoking tanuki.

The view from the top was spectacular.  Combined with the sun going down, we got a lot of cool shots of us checking out the view below:

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While I didn’t get to see the endless amount of sakura in bloom, it was still a nice day trip.  Next year I definitely want to visit at the peak of sakura season.  If it was gorgeous now, I can’t even imagine what it looks like then.

The end of a good day.

The end of a good day.

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