Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
  • Hokkaido
Sub-zero temperatures and the greatest of outdoor environments, complemented by sizzling soul food and warm-hearted welcomes. 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
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Sleek apple-red and electric-green shinkansen whisk you up to a haven of fresh powder snow, fresh fruit and fearsome folk legends Fearsome festivals, fresh powder and vast fruit orchards—the rugged northern territory of Tohoku offers a fresh perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
Mountains and sea meet in one of Japan's wildest regions, and the result is sheer beauty. Once largely inaccessible, Hokuriku is now reachable by shinkansen from Tokyo in a matter of hours An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Characterized by the constant buzz of the world's most populous metropolitan area, the Kanto region is surprisingly green with an array of escapes that include mountainous getaways and subtropical islands Experience diversity at its fullest, from the neon of Tokyo to the ski slopes of Gunma, exotic wildlife of the Ogasawara Islands and cultural heritage of Kamakura
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Served by the shinkansen line that connects Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the Tokai region provides plenty of interesting diversions and easy excursions Tokai means "eastern sea," and this region stretches east from Tokyo to Kyoto and includes blockbuster attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
From raucous nights out to outdoor thrills to peaceful reverie, trying to categorize the Kansai region is a futile task The Kansai region is one of extreme contrasts—the neon lights of Osaka and glittering Kobe nightscape, the peaceful realms of Shiga, Wakayama and Nara, and the cultured refinement of Kyoto
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Less-traveled and delightfully inaccessible at times, the Chugoku region is a reminder that the journey is sometimes more important than the destination Welcome to Japan's warm and friendly western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Providing the stage for literary classics, fevered dancing and natural wonders Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
Easily reached by land, sea and air, the dynamic Kyushu prefectures are bubbling with energy, culture and activity The southern island of Kyushu is home to volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky, succulent seafood, steaming hot springs and the country's hottest entrepreneurial town
  • Okinawa
Ruins and recreated castles of the Ryukyu kings nestle amid magnificent beaches in Okinawa, a diver's paradise teeming with an amazing array of coral and undersea life 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


Mt Yoshino 吉野山

Where mountain worshippers and mystical ascetics strive for enlightenment

Mt. Yoshino is the most stunning of the Omine Renzan mountains. The natural vistas change with the seasons, and each one is equally spectacular. Visit Mt. Yoshino to discover a place of deep spiritual importance and natural beauty. Whether you like hiking, or just want to immerse yourself in nature, Mt. Yoshino will not disappoint.

Don't Miss

  • One of the most sacred spots for Shugendo, Japan’s folk religion
  • See the stunning seasonal changes on the mountain
  • Ride the ropeway to get the best view from the mountain

How to Get There

Access Mt. Yoshino by train from Nara, Kyoto, or Osaka and then explore on foot.

Using JR trains, you can get to JR Yoshino-guchi Station from JR Nara, JR Kyoto, and JR Osaka Stations. From there, you must take the Kintetsu Railway train to Yoshino Station (30 minutes). Yoshino Station is at the base of Mt. Yoshino. Once you’ve arrived at the station, you can walk up the steep incline or hop on the Yoshino Ropeway. A bus also offers a speedier tour of the mountain.

Quick Facts

Mt. Yoshino is famous for its approximately 30,000 cherry trees

The mountain can be divided into the lower, middle, upper and inner sections of trees

Seasons of Mt. Yoshino

Beauty in every season

Mount Yoshino is renowned for its stunning seasonal views. There is always something new to see, and every season brings a fresh experience. Ride the Yoshino Ropeway, one of the oldest in Japan, to experience some of the most breathtaking views of the mountain.

The mountain’s cherry blossoms are particularly famous, so spring is one of the best times to visit. Dating as far back as 1714, each of the lower, middle, upper and inner sections of the mountain are said to have more than 1,000 cherry trees.

These four groves were planted so that they would flower at separate times, extending the flower-viewing season. Not surprisingly, the mountain is famed for its spring blossoms in traditional waka poetry, folk songs, and in other arts, and is commonly on lists of the top cherry blossom locations in Japan.

But regardless of the season, Mt. Yoshino offers gorgeous, awe-inspiring views.

Nyoirinji Temple

A spiritual paradise

In addition to its beautiful scenery, the mountain is also home to one of the most important spots for the folk religion known as Shugendo. Stop to rejuvenate your spiritual side at Yoshino Mikumari Shrine, Kinpu Shrine, Kinpusenji Temple, and Yoshimizu Temple.

In particular, Kinpusenji Temple is the most iconic symbol of the mountain and plays a central role in Shugendo.

The mountain and surrounding area is host to many festivals and events throughout the year. Visitors can enjoy anything from a hydrangea festival in June, to a festival involving monks walking through flames in November.

Be sure to set aside several hours to view the mountain, shrines and temples, and the panoramic view at leisure.