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Located in Yoshino, 3.7 mi from Kinpusen-ji Temple and 8.7 mi from Mount Yoshino, Houtouji Temple provides accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning and access to a garden with a terrace. I really liked that the proprietors picked me up and dropped me off at the train station. The meals were wonderful and the staff very friendly.
Nestled in tranquil mountains, Miyoshino Sakuraann offers traditional Japanese-style accommodations that went through a renovation in 2014. The location was just a few minutes walk from the train station. The meals served was superb, and the owner of the ryokan was friendly and helpful. We will be coming back in autumn!
Set in Yoshino, 4.3 mi from Kinpusen-ji Temple, Hounkan features views of the mountain. The 2-star ryokan has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom and free WiFi. Staff are very serviceminded and attentive and make a great effort to make guests comfortable throughout the stay. An absolute must if you need a break from big cities in Kansai. The open air Onsen overlooking the mountains and the 5 star authentic homecooked japanese breakfast are winners! Across the street is the owners house with a friendly Shiba Inu dog welcoming you and making the experience completely japanese!
Chikurinin Gunpoen is located in the traditional garden of Chikurin-in Temple and the historical Mount Yoshino area. We had a great time at Chikurinin Gunpoen, the garden is beautiful and all staff are very friendly and respond very fast to our request. The Breakfast and dinner are awesome with a lot of selection. Beautiful place and view, relaxed ambience. Highly recommended.
Only a 7-minute walk from Kintetsu Asuka Station, Kotorian is a cozy Japanese-style holiday home that can be rented out entirely. It features a Western living room, a garden and a kitchen. The hosts were very gracious and left us with fruit/confections a couple different days of our stay. The property was very beautiful and makes you feel secluded from the neighboring houses. The garden is very well kept and much larger than we had imagined. Having a full kitchen was a huge benefit, plus the market was 5 minutes down the road. My favorite part of the stay was the bath, which was the largest I have ever seen. It appears to be made from cedar and has a very convenient automatic filling system that keeps the temperature steady. Overall, we had a wonderful stay. The property was the perfect jumping off point for our trip to Mount Yoshino.
Come during cherry blossom season, Yoshino town is famous for Mount Yoshino, a mountain full of cherry blossoms. The hike up to the summit from the trailhead takes about 2 hours, so plan accordingly. It is a relatively easy hike with asphalt roads and moderate inclination. There are also many temples and shrines along the way up. Parking is really expensive along the hiking route, so taking a bus is probably the best option.
A great place to experience Japanese nature and calmness. We went there off season and were the only tourists around! The temple is a world heritage site and really magical. Everything in the village closes at 4pm which was a bit annoying sometimes but also forces you to rest and come Down! Tip from us, definitely take the hike to the top of the mountains if the weather is nice, it’s super nice!
You need 2 nights and a full day here and you need to love mountains! On the first afternoon we walked from the ryokan down to the station and back using the cable car ropeway for the hard bit from the station. Lots of lovely shrines and templea and family run cafes. Day 2 get ready to hike up Yoshino mountain along paved road to see the remaining shrines and temples. From the ryokan it takes about 90 mins up and about 5kms. I am overweight with bad knees and i managed it so if you take it slowly you will be fine. Magnificent experience. When you get to the shrine number 11 on the local map, don’t do number 12 unless you are dead keen.my friend did that bit and he was scared at times. Narrow path. Rocky etc. I believe you can go on from the loop at the top which is about 30 mins to do another 4kms across to another temple. My advice is be happy with getting to 11, walk back down into the village and have a late lunch then go soak in your onsen!
Blossom time is simply stunning. It's very steep walking but the views are spectacular. There are limited bus services to get around the top of the mountain however the queues are really long. Make sure you eat a hearty lunch at one of the many eateries, as everything pretty much shuts down after 5pm or book a meal plan with your accomodation.
Worth visiting to get away from the urban. Very attractive lower mountain area. Cable car only 100m in front of Yoshino Kintetsu train station At Nov 16: 4 per hr, last one up 5-40pm Footpath up is to the right of the cable car.
Beautiful temples, but as we were there in the off season, the largest one was being renovated and so we did not get to see all of it. Would be a lovely area to go hiking, and enjoy the temples along the way.
Friendly people everywhere. We planned to take the ropeway from Yoshino station however it is no longer in service. It is getting dark and we do not know what to do. Luckily the shopkeeper (the shop nearest to the station) called Chikurinin Gunpoen to pick us up. Chikurinin Gunpoen provide free shuttle service for it guest. The dinner is great. Too much good food. All their staff are very experienced and take care of us well.
Room was spacious and had a kotatsu (I assume this is only during Winter and early Spring). Towel hangers were provided, and a beautiful cafe is right below the room you stay in. It has a great view of a nearby bamboo forest and is located on a hill overlooking Yoshino town.