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Nara Prefecture is full of cherry blossom attractions. You can see beautiful Sakura everywhere. There several spots to enjoy Sakura including the many shrines and temples, Mt. Yoshino which becomes covered in pink when the flowers bloom, as well as many others. Many of these spots are illuminated and you can enjoy fantastic sights.

Cherry Blossoms in Nara

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Nara Prefecture is dotted with landmarks ideal for Sakura viewing. Many tourists visit during the cherry blossom season and you can often see a bustling crowd. Hasedera in Sakurai City has plenty of flowers to view, and in Uda City, you can see 300-year-old trees covered with plump cherry blossoms called Matabee Sakura. At Nara Park in Nara City, there is a wide variety of Sakura, and you can enjoy them while sightseeing. 

Sakura on Nara’s Mt. Yoshino

Photo courtesy of Nara Prefecture Visitors Bureau
Photo courtesy of Nara Prefecture Visitors Bureau

Mt. Yoshino is one of Japan's leading Sakura viewing spots. There are about 200 varieties and a total of 30,000 cherry blossom trees, with the Shiroyamazakura being the most prominent and popular. The whole mountain is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for it’s beautiful scenery. In the cherry blossom season, you can see the most beautiful sights of the mountain The most ideal time of the year to visit is from early to mid-April. Shiroyamazakura are densely planted in four places; under the mountain, in the middle of the mountain, on top of the mountain, and at the back of the mountain. The cherry blossoms that bloom on Mt. Yoshino are also referred to as "Hitome Senbon," meaning a place where one can view a vast number of Sakura at a glance. The flowers bloom starting from the bottom of the mountain making their way to the top, giving a bigger time window to enjoy the view. During Sakura season, the trees are illuminated to allow visitors to enjoy viewing at night. 

How to Enjoy Cherry Blossoms in Nara

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The best time to view cherry blossom trees in Nara varies by area. The earliest time to find flowers in full bloom is usually around late March Nara Park, near Nara Station and has easy access, and has trees in full bloom from late March to late April. 

Average Temperature in Nara

Spring in Nara is a season to spend enjoying the calmness. The temperature in the morning is around 5℃ and in the afternoon it can rise to around 25℃. As this is a large difference in temperature for one day, please take caution.

Nara's Climate

Nara is considered to be a relatively low rain area compared to the rest of Japan.

Appropriate Clothing for Nara Weather

In Nara, a coat may be necessary for late March. April can also be rather chilly, so wearing cardigans, sweaters, or jackets is recommended.

Access to Mt. Yoshino

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To access Mt. Yoshino from Tokyo, take the Shinkansen from Tokyo Station and get off at Kyoto Station. Take the Kintetsu Limited Express from Kyoto Station, transfer at Kashihara Jingumae Station, and get off at Kintetsu Yoshino Station. From there, the area at the base of the mountain, called Shimosenbon, is just a short walk. 

Spot Information

  • Spot name:Mt. Yoshino
  • Street Address:Yoshino-cho, Yoshino-gun, Nara Prefecture
  • Access:A short walk from Kintetsu Yoshino Station to Shimonosenbon (Mt. Yoshino’s base)
  • Wi-Fi: Available (available at 11 locations including shrines and temples in the area)
  • Language:Japanese Only
  • Ticket:Free
  • Credit cards:No Creditcard accepted