Some 30,000 cherry trees of about 200 varieties are now in peak bloom on Mount Yoshino in this west Japan town, turning the UNESCO World Heritage mountain pink.
From floating golden temples to ancient pilgrim routes, there is much to be discovered.
The National Parks of Kansai: From Mountain Trails Linking Holy Sites to Seascapes Both Rugged and Peaceful; nippon.com
Kansai’s national parks offer a famed cherry blossom-viewing site, pilgrimage routes over mountains and across gorges, sand dunes, and seascapes both rugged and peaceful.
Surrounded by eight peaks and suspended high in the mountains, Koya-san’s 117 temples evoke a spiritual experience like none other.
Answers to the most frequently asked questions about hiking the Kumano Kodo in Japan. Understand the different routes, what gear you need, and more!
Kansai Guide: Walk amidst the gods and nature on the old Kumano Kodo, a World Heritage Site; LIVE JAPAN
Kumano Kodo [Old Road] is one of the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range and is also registered as a World Heritage Site. Popular as a power spot, the writer walked this road so rich in history and natural beauty with a storyteller guide.
Visiting the Kii Mountain Range in Japan is easy—either day trip from Osaka or walk the sacred UNESCO sites along the pilgrimage route. Here’s how what you should know before you go.