“Yoshino” The Mysterious Mountain

Have you ever heard “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range”?  Its too long  to remember.Let’s try to say “SPM”.SPM is actually the name of a world heritage site which resistered to the list in 2004 .

Yoshino-yama mountain and the Omine Okugakemichi path (both are located in Nara) are the key heritage sites among SPM.

Yoshino-yama is famous for its spring scenic view covered with cherry blossom.But the real reason that the mountain and the path were appriciated as world class property is prayer history.You could see Shugendo practicing monk in this area.They have kept their own way to pray in this deep mountain range which is very strict and mysterious. 

Kimpusenji is the most famous  temple in Yoshino area at which the founder monk of Shugendo “En-no-Gyoja” seized the feature of  three bodied Zao-Gongen,bodhisattva said to have control over all evil.

I collect “Go-Shuin-Cho”.It’s like stamps of famous places.A young buddhist nun wrote it down.

Train is the most reasonable way to visit  Yoshino-yama mountain.From Osaka please take a limited express at Kintetsu Abenobashi St.(same as JR Tennouji St.) bound for Yoshino.It takes about 1h and 10minutes.From Nara please take a train .


About kojiyoshimoto

Born in 1979 and grew up in Nara.Working for a city hall in Nara prefecture after 3 years carrier as an editor of design magazine in Tokyo. Hope my posts you inspire to go abroad to Japan!
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