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Yoshimizu Shrine (吉水神社)

This Shinto shrine is dedicated to Emperor Go-Daigo, Kusunoki Masashige, and Soshin Hoin. Prior to the official separation of Buddhism and Shintoism in the country, the shrine was served as the quarters for the priests of the Kinpusen-ji Temple. In addition to having served as a hiding place for Emperor Go-Daigo when he secretly traveled to Yoshino, the temple is also famous as the place where Minamoto no Yoshitsune, who was being pursued by Minamoto no Yoritomo, escaped safely to together with Benkei and Shizuka Gozen, among others. Also a famous location for viewing the cherry blossoms, the temple displays various articles from the time when Shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi spent several days here enjoying the cherry blossoms. In spring, all of Mt. Yoshino blooms with some 30 thousand cherry trees consisting of 200 different varieties.


Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama 579 (YoshinoArea)

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9:00-17:00 (until Reception 16:30)

Review of Yoshimizu Shrine

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Reviewed:2019/09/29 Hidden gem
This shrine was where Emperor Go-Daigo stayed during his fight with North Court in 14th Century. It also has two screen panels used by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in display.

Besides the significant...
Reviewed:2018/04/14 Come here for one of the best view in the mountain during Cherry Blossom season
This is a must visit not for the shrine itself but for the top view of the cherry blossom colours in the mountain during bloom season. Entrance is free if you just wanna take a pic. The viewpoint is...
Reviewed:2016/06/29 Ancient imperial palace
This shrine used to be the imperial palace of the Southern Dynasty. You have to pay for the entrance for the exhibition inside. But in my opinion, it is worth to visit. There is a imperial throne of...

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Nara Pref. Yoshinogunyoshinochou Yoshinoyama 579 [map]
9:00-17:00 (until Reception 16:30)
[Shoin Admission fee to worship] Adults/University students 600yen, High School Students/Junior High School Students400yen, Elementary School Students300yen
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          Nara Areas


          With a reputation almost as stellar as that of Kyoto, Nara is a must-visit for those searching for the remains of "traditional Japan." The largely green Nara city holds the majority of the prefecture’s treasures, such as the iconic Todai-ji Temple, in which a 15-meter tall Great Buddha sits, and Nara Park, where deer flock to befriend passersby. While mountains are by no means hard to come by in this area, for hiking with a reward, head to the Kii Mountains’ Yoshino district in spring, when the hillsides put on an impressive display of white and pink cherry blossoms.