Why Mount Yoshino, Japan's top cherry blossom viewing spot is so overrated

Why Mount Yoshino, Japan's top cherry blossom viewing spot is so overrated

Mount Yoshino (吉野山, Yoshinoyama), in Nara Prefecture, is covered with 30,000 cherry trees of different varieties, and is considered to be Japan's most famous cherry blossom viewing spot. However, after visiting there, I can truthfully say that it is also the most overrated.

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Ninnaji Temple, Kyoto: find late blooming cherry blossoms here

Ninnaji Temple, Kyoto: find late blooming cherry blossoms here

I made the mistake of booking my trip to Japan to see the cherry blossoms months in advance. I was relying on cherry blossom forecasts made by Japan travel blogs, and accordingly planned to be in Kyoto for five days in the middle of April. I also booked my flight tickets which were already getting very expensive, and my accommodation on Airbnb as most of the hotels were either over-priced or sold out for my dates.

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Ibis Styles Kyoto Station, review

Ibis Styles Kyoto Station, review

Hotel Ibis Style Kyoto Station is located directly opposite the Kyoto train station (the JR railway station), and is a very convenient hotel to stay especially if you are traveling solo. It is also ideal for those travelers who want to keep Kyoto as their base and do day trips to Osaka, Nara or Yoshino. It is a budget hotel with great service, the only downside being that the rooms are small.

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FUJIMI KOTOKU KOEN (PARK), a secret spot for cherry blossoms viewing (sakura) in Fuji

FUJIMI KOTOKU KOEN (PARK), a secret spot for cherry blossoms viewing (sakura) in Fuji

The Fujimi Kotoku Park is a secret spot for viewing cherry trees with Mt. Fuji views in Fujiyoshida. It is off the beaten track and tourists may not know about this place. The park also has a shrine and a recreational walking trail. It is a…

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Cherry Blossoms (sakura) at Lake Kawaguchiko, Mount Fuji, Japan

Cherry Blossoms (sakura) at Lake Kawaguchiko, Mount Fuji, Japan

Lake Kawaguchiko, also known as the hot spring resort town, is located at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan and is the second largest of the Five Fuji Lakes. It is also the most easily accessible of the Five Fuji Lakes with direct train and bus connections to Tokyo. It has some of the best sakura/cherry blossoms…

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HOTEL MYSTAYS Fuji Onsen Resort: the top hotel to stay in Fuji

HOTEL MYSTAYS Fuji Onsen Resort: the top hotel to stay in Fuji

After a long day of travel from Kyoto, changing trains and buses, I arrived at Hotel Mystays Fuji Onsen Resort very late in the night. The front desk team was warm and hospitable and after check-in, helped me book a massage later in the night at their favorite salon…

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Top 5 Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Spots around Mt. Fuji, Japan

Top 5 Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Spots around Mt. Fuji, Japan

Japan is one of the topmost countries in the world for cherry blossom or sakura (as the Japanese call it) viewing. Each spring the cherry trees blossom for a very short time in different parts of Japan. Starting from Japan's southern subtropical islands of Okinawa…

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