Prefecture Nara Prefecture
Area 95.96 km²
Local time Sunday 7:38 PM
Population 9,397 (1 Sep 2007)
|Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
Weather 11°C, Wind N at 11 km/h, 79% Humidity
City hall address 80-1 Ōaza Kamiichi, Yoshino-machi, Yoshino-gun, Nara-ken; 639-3192
Yoshino (吉野町, Yoshino-chō) is a town located in Yoshino District, Nara Prefecture, Japan.
- Map of Yoshino, Yoshino District, Nara Prefecture, Japan
- Surrounding municipalities
- Notable places
Map of Yoshino, Yoshino District, Nara Prefecture, Japan
As of September 1, 2007, the town had an estimated population of 9,397 and a density of 97.93 per square kilometre (253.6/sq mi). The total area was 95.65 km2 (36.93 sq mi).
The town of Yoshino is located in the northern portion of Yoshino District. Most of the area is mountainous, but the section along the Yoshino River is somewhat flatter and contains most of the town's roads, train tracks and houses.
Yoshino is most famous for its proximity to Yoshino Mountain, famous for its many thousands of sakura trees; much poetry has been written on the subject by several famous authors, including Chiyo and Uejima Onitsura. These flowering cherry trees were planted in four groves at different altitudes, in part so that the trees would be visible coming into bloom at different times in the spring. An account of Yoshino written in about 1714 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.
Sacred For adherents of Shugendo, Yoshino mountain is the traditional beginning of the Mount Ōmine pilgrimage trail, although nowadays many hikers begin and end their trek in the Dorogawa district of Tenkawa Village.