Yoshinoyama Cherry Blossoms
Yoshinoyama, covered with approximately 30,000 cherry trees, is well-known as Japan’s most popular cherry blossom viewing spots. In the spring, beautiful cherry blossoms bloom over a period of one month, from the Shimo Senbon (lower 1,000 trees) around the base, Naka Senbon (middle 1,000 trees), Kami Senbon (upper 1,000 trees), to Oku Senbon (inner 1,000 trees) at the top of the mountainous area. These trees were originally planted not for viewing but for expressing devotion to mountain worship. Local people thus take very good care of these trees even today. Either way, the vernal landscape of cherry blossoms with grace and dignity attracted lots of people from the ancient days to date: one good example of this is that lots of Yoshino-related poems were collected for the Kokin Wakashu Anthology made in the 10th century.
In 2004, the areas including holy places and pilgrimage destinations from Yoshinoyama, Mt. Koya, to Kumano were registered in the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site as the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range.