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Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

History

Yoshino-jingu Shrine 吉野神宮

## Yoshino-jingu Shrine offers a taste of Japanese history in Nara

Yoshino-jingu Shrine was built as a tribute by the restored Emperor Meiji to Emperor Godaigo, who attempted to topple the shogunate regime in the 14th century. The serene atmosphere of its spacious precincts makes this shrine a worthwhile stop during any exploration of Yoshino.

Don't Miss

  • The magnificent buildings made of attractive cypress
  • The many varieties of cherry trees that dot the Yoshino area

How to Get There

Yoshino-jingu Shrine is near Yoshino Station in Nara.

From Tokyo, take the JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line to Kyoto Station. The journey takes about two and a half hours. Change at Kyoto Station for the Kintetsu Line, which reaches Yoshino Station in about an hour and 45 minutes.

If you are coming from Osaka, take the Kintetsu Minami-Osaka Line from Abenohashi Station to Yoshino Station. The trip takes about an hour and 25 minutes.

A tribute from one emperor to another

Seated at the foot of Mt. Yoshino, Nara, Yoshino-jingu Shrine is a relatively new shrine constructed in 1899 at the instructions of Emperor Meiji. The shrine is dedicated to the 14th-century Emperor Godaigo, who fought a bitter battle against the shogunate, which had threatened to diminish the power of the imperial court.

Emperor Godaigo's success in toppling the Kamakura Shogunate was short-lived due to the rise of the Ashikaga warrior clan. Godaigo fled to Yoshino, setting up the so-called Southern Court to rival the Ashikaga-backed Northern Court established in Kyoto. He died shortly afterward. Emperor Godaigo is viewed as a tragic figure in Japan's history, and Emperor Meiji in particular admired him for his efforts to restore glory to the country's imperial house during the two-year period called the Kemmu Restoration.

The magnificent cypress structure

The current shrine is a reconstruction from the 1930s, but the magnificent cypress structure is harmonious with its forested surroundings, offering a peaceful sanctuary. The shrine is built facing the northerly direction of Kyoto, referencing Emperor Godaigo's long-held wish to return there to take up his rightful place at the seat of imperial power.

Things to do near Yoshino-jingu Shrine

From Yoshino-jingu, it is convenient to visit the other sites that make up the World Heritage area of Yoshino, including Kinpusen-ji Temple, the center of the Shugendo religion, and Yoshimizujinja Shrine. Emperor Godaigo's mausoleum is also nearby.

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