Yoshimizu Shrine
Yoshimizu Shrine
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amooafshin
Dubai, United Arab Emirates159 contributions
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Apr 2023
As soon as you enter the courtyard, a very beautiful view of the Yoshino valley is in front of you, which is full of white and pink flowers in Hanami season. But this shrine owes its greatest fame to the time when Emperor Go-Digo was sent to this area and thus in the history of Japan, as mentioned earlier, the Southern Court was formed and from this time (14th century) this temple It became an imperial palace. Yoshimizu Temple became a shrine during the separation of Buddhism and Shinto in the Meiji period. Now it houses various treasures including historical documents, weapons, paintings and other art objects in its main building. Its entrance fee is 600 yen and one hour is enough to visit it.
Written May 22, 2023
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FengXueSG
Singapore, Singapore1,611 contributions
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Sep 2019 • Family
This shrine was where Emperor Go-Daigo stayed during his fight with North Court in 14th Century. It also has two screen panels used by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in display.

Besides the significant historical status, it also has the infamous “一目千本" sight during cherry blossom season (means one sight with a thousand cherry blossom trees). Although we visited in September, I can imagine how splendid it would when I looked out into the mountain in the view platform.

Its entrance is 5 mins walk from Kinpusen hi, but could be very easily missed. Look for a stone Tori on your left right after the Tonan-in temple.
Written September 29, 2019
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Vermont7,511 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Couples
We came to Yoshino for sakura, not temple visiting; we did not pay the ¥400 entrance to the temple, but we took advantage of wonderful views from the temple grounds

The temple is about a 20 minute walk from the ropeway station. To get to the temple, it requires a long walk down from the main road. At the bottom of this walk we found several lovely views toward the Niomon, along with many photographers taking advantage of this. Then there was a long climb up to the shrine itself.

From one spot just before the forecourt of the temple there is a spectacular view of hillsides covered with sakura blooming in all stages, from blown ones at the bottom to the budded ones at the top on this day in the second week of April There were a gazillion people photographing from this location and we joined them. At some point a priest in full regalia arrived and took out his camera and began shooting as well.

This proved to be the most expansive view of sakura in Yoshino, but we were not as amazed nor transported as we had expected to be. Still, it’s no wonder that this view, shot on a crisp clear morning, is the poster child for Yoshino - it was one of the best unobstructed views of our visit here.
Written February 9, 2015
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Cat_Family120824
Hong Kong, China52 contributions
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Mar 2015 • Family
Very ancient temple. Didn't have a chance to see it's full "face" as it is under renovation. We can imagine the magnificent view from the front garden if the flowers are fully blooming.
Written April 4, 2015
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Chuzaa
Vancouver, Canada3,491 contributions
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Apr 2015 • Couples
The Yoshimizu Shrine is a popular place in the spring time to enjoy one of the best views of cherry flowers in full bloom. They say a glance can command a thousand cherry trees in front of you.

When we visited in early April, we were in fact able to enjoy a great view of beautiful cherry blossoms from a viewpoint in front of the Shrine.

The shrine is a small one but with a long and interesting history. Once a temple in the early days, but it was made the imperial court by Emperor Go-Daigo when he had to establish a separate court (the South Imperial Court) in this remote mountain village after being defeated by his rival imperial family members and supporting samurais in Kyoto (the North Imperial Court) in 1336 (till 1392). This was the beginning of the "Period of South & North Imperial Courts" in the history of Japan.

In 1875, this temple complex was converted to a shrine by the Meiji government and was named the Yoshimizu Shrine. It enshrines Emperor Go-Daigo and his loyal samurai Kusunoki Masashige.

It charges an admission fee of JPY400 (US$4) per person. It is a small place and it won't take any more than 30 minutes to walk through the whole building.

At first glance, it doesn't appear to be any different from many temple buildings one probably has seen in Kyoto or Nara. But it is important to note that this was one of the first and therefore oldest buildings in existence built in this style (the shoin style) which became popular later and up to today for regular Japanese dwellings.

With a few interesting paintings and objects displayed in some of the rooms, plus the above-mentioned historical significance, it's worth visiting this complex spending no more than one hour in total.
Written May 17, 2015
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore12,849 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Solo
This is a must visit not for the shrine itself but for the top view of the cherry blossom colours in the mountain during bloom season. Entrance is free if you just wanna take a pic. The viewpoint is almost right after the entrance. To visit the inner part of the shrine, will need to pay. In my opinion, you can just give it a miss.

There was some performance at the public area (no need to pay) when i visited on 1 Apr. Interesting.
Written April 14, 2018
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Kimitaka S
Taichung, Taiwan15,001 contributions
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Apr 2016
This shrine used to be the imperial palace of the Southern Dynasty. You have to pay for the entrance for the exhibition inside. But in my opinion, it is worth to visit. There is a imperial throne of Emperor Godaigo, and some other displays are quite interesting. If you have a knowledge about Japanese history, I ma sure that you can enjoy much more.
Written June 29, 2016
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HotEarth
Melbourne, Australia682 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
It came as a surprise that a 200 yen compulsory "donation for the shrine repairs" was charged. The view from here, as with many other spots around the mountain was excellent. For this, I am not rating it any higher.
Written April 5, 2016
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Wennie W
Singapore, Singapore865 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Friends
The views of the mountains offered by this shrine is magnificently unobstructed, offering a wide expanse of green foliage. The shrine itself is smaller compared with the nearby kipusenji and it inner halls are closed when we visited so we could view some of the artifacts inside. Nonethless it is worth spending an hour or so to take in the views here.
Written September 26, 2015
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myopia2015
Nagoya, Japan4,467 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
It was originally built as Kisui-in, a monk's quarters for Kinpusen-ji Temple, but became a shrine dedicated to Emperor Godaigo following the Shinto-Buddhist separation law of the Meiji era.
When Toyotomi Hideyoshi held cherry blossom viewing parties in Yoshino, Kisui-in was used as the headquarters, and the grounds also contain a garden that is said to have been created by Hideyoshi himself.
Behind the main hall is a shoin study built in the Kamakura period, and among the remains are the throne room where Emperor Go-Daigo used to stay as a temporary palace (karimiya) and where Toyotomi Hideyoshi stayed, as well as the retreat room where Minamoto no Yoshitsune is said to have hid after being exiled from the capital.
I don't know much about the architecture, but it is said to be a masterpiece of early shoin-zukuri style, and it certainly has a dignified structure. The partition and folding screen paintings are also magnificent.
There is also a lot to see at the shrine, with Emperor Go-Daigo's calligraphy and armor said to have belonged to Minamoto no Yoshitsune on display.
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Written August 22, 2023
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