Mount Yoshino World Heritage Site

Mountain in Nara Prefecture, Japan

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Mount Yoshino
Cherry blossoms at Yoshinoyama 02.jpg
Cherry blossoms at Mount Yoshino
Highest point
Elevation350 m (1,150 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
Native name吉野山  (Japanese)
LocationYoshino-cho, Yoshino-gun, Nara, Japan
Mountain typespikey mountain
First ascent420 BC
Official nameYoshino and Ômine - Yoshinoyama
Part ofSacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range
CriteriaCultural: (ii), (iii), (iv), (vi)
Inscription2004 (28th session)
Area33.7 ha (83 acres)
Buffer zone916 ha (2,260 acres)
Coordinates34°21′24″N 135°52′14″E / 34.35667°N 135.87056°E / 34.35667; 135.87056Coordinates: 34°21′24″N 135°52′14″E / 34.35667°N 135.87056°E / 34.35667; 135.87056
Mount Yoshino is located in Japan
Mount Yoshino
Location of Mount Yoshino in Japan

Mount Yoshino (吉野山, Yoshino-yama) is a mountain located in the town of Yoshino in Yoshino District, Nara Prefecture, Japan that is a major religious and literary site. It is renowned for its cherry blossoms and attracts many visitors every spring, when the trees are in blossom. In 2004, Mount Yoshino was designated as part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the name Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range.

Mount Yoshino is famous for having more than 30,000 sakura flowering cherry trees.[1] These trees have inspired Japanese waka poetry and folk songs for centuries, including a waka in the 10th century poetry compilation Kokin Wakashū. Yoshino is also the subject of several poems in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu.[2]

Yoshino's cherry trees were planted in four groves at different altitudes, in part so they would come into bloom at different times of the spring. A 1714 account explained that, on their climb to the top, travelers would be able to enjoy the lower 1,000 cherry trees at the base, the middle 1,000 on the way, the upper 1,000 toward the top, and the 1,000 in the precincts of the inner shrine at the top.[3][4]

Several important religious and pilgrimage destinations are located around Mount Yoshino, including Yoshino Mikumari Shrine, Kimpu Shrine and Kimpusen-ji.

Famous products that can be found in shops in the area of Mount Yoshino include edible goods made from kudzu root and persimmon leaf-wrapped sushi (kakinoha-zushi).[5][6]

  1. ^ "Cherry, autumn leaves and hydrangea of Mt. Yoshino". Mt. Yoshino Tourist Association. Retrieved 2020-06-10.
  2. ^ Mostow, Joshua S., ed. (1996). Pictures of the Heart: The Hyakunin Isshu in Word and Image, p. 56.
  3. ^ Kaibara Ekiken. (1714). Yoshinoyama syokeizu Archived March 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Stokes, Henry Scott. "Cherry Blossom Time Puts Japan at Ease", The New York Times. March 6, 1983.
  5. ^ Shurtleff, William; Aoyagi, Akiko (1977). The Book of Kudzu: A Culinary & Healing Guide. Soyinfo Center. ISBN 9780394420684.
  6. ^ "Mt. Yoshino Tourist Association|souvenir". Retrieved 2018-06-19.

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