Don't you think that the cherry blossoms of Nara are exceptional compared to the many famous cherry blossom spots in Japan?Beginning with Japan's most famous cherry blossom spot Mt. Yoshino, the prefecture is filled with famous historic cherry blossom spots. This time I would like to introduce the magnificent cherry blossom spots of Nara where you can catch a glimpse of the original scenery of Japan. 1. Nara Park ｜The simple, beautiful cherry blossom viewing spot of the ancient city of Nara filled cherry blossoms and deer. The Nara Park is a popular spot for tourism in Nara.Not only is it a place of healing filled with deer that you can pet and feed, there are also many famous shrines and temples, such as the Kofuku-ji Temple, Todai-ji Temple, and the Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Normally the park is mainly for tourism, so there may be many people who just pass through it. However, in the vast area you can enjoy about 1,700 different kinds of cherry trees including Nara's prefectural flower "Nara-no-Yaezakura", the Yoshino cherry, the early-flowering Higan cherry, the mountain cherry, and the Nara Kokonoe cherry tree.Wherever you go in the park you can view simple but beautiful scenery including the Umiki-do Temple above the Sagi Pond, Mt. Wakakusa famous for mountain burning, and areas with many deer. 【Peak】Late March to late April More information on "Nara Park" 2. Mt. Yoshino ｜Japan's best cherry blossom spot where flower petals flutter like snow. The moment you exit the subway at Yoshino Station, cherry blossom petals will suddenly come fluttering down out of nowhere. There are 30,000 cherry trees planted in Yoshino, and these trees are often called the "Senbonzakura", meaning thousands of cherry trees.These historic cherry trees have been protected and worshiped as sacred trees from 1,300 years ago. It is said that many famous people of history loved and visited the area many times, including Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who brought 5,000 people along with him to view the cherry blossoms. The mountain is divided at different altitudes into the different areas named "Shimo Senbon (lower 1000 trees) "Naka Senbon (middle 1000 trees)", "Kami Senbon (upper 1000 trees)", and "Oku Senbon (inner 1000 trees)". The trees gradually begin to bloom starting with the Shimo Senbon, and so these cherry trees can be enjoyed over a long period of time. There are also restaurants and teahouses with nice views where you can take a rest if you are tired from walking through the mountain. 【Peak】Early April to mid-April More information on "Mt. Yoshino" 3. The weeping cherry tree of Hongo (Matabei Cherry Tree) ｜The single weeping cherry tree that captivates tens of thousands of people Legend has it that a samurai named Goto Matabei, who escaped safely from the Summer Siege of Osaka, became a monk in this area of Ouda Hongo, located in Uda Nara, and ended his life there. The 300 year old weeping cherry tree remains standing on what used to be property of the Goto family, and captivates those who come to view it with its dignified appearance. Every year many visitors come to the area just to see the one cherry tree. Perhaps you can get lots of spiritual power for overcoming adversity and living strong. 【Peak】Early April to mid-April More information on "The weeping cherry tree of Hongo (Matabei Cherry Tree)" 4. Koriyama Castle Ruins ｜Can't miss the historic cherry blossom festival. The cherry blossoms that gorgeously fill the castle ruins with its pink color. The Koriyama Castle, located at the core of Yamato Koriyama city, is a famous cherry blossom spot in Nara.At this castle that Toyotomi Hideyoshi's younger brother, Toyotomi Hidenaga built, many cherry trees were planted from when Hidenaga moved into the castle, and it is said that the people of the town enjoyed viewing the blossoms together day and night.During the Meiji period, 3,000 more cherry trees were planted and lights were put up, inviting many visitors from far away to enjoy the cherry blossoms together. At the "Yamato Koriyama Castle Festival", many traditional events are held, including a Buddhist memorial service where they have a 162 meters long rosary, and the "White Fox Crossing", a parade of people dressed up as white foxes.The period of this festival is from March 25th (Sun), 2018 to April 8th (Sun). 【Peak】Late March to early April More information on "Koriyama Castle Ruins" 5. Saho River ｜The row of cherry trees that seem to continue on forever The Saho river is famous as a Utamakura (a place with a poetic allusion) of the Manyoshu, an old collection of Japanese poetry. On each side, there are rows of cherry trees that continue on for about 5 kilometers.At night, you can enjoy an illumination of the cherry blossoms. The 160 year old "Kawaji Cherry Tree" was planted in the last days of the Tokugawa Shogunate, when Kawaji Toshiakira (magistrate of Nara) made an effort in greening the city of Nara.It is no exaggeration to say that Kawaji's will was inherited, and the kilometers of lined up cherry trees grew along the river. How about talking stroll through the endless pathway of historic cherry trees? 【Peak】Late March to mid-April More information on "Saho River" 6. Hasedera Temple ｜The temple of flowers filled with the romance of history The Hasedera Temple is well-known as the "temple of flowers", and it appears in classical literature such as "The Tale of Genji". During the spring the whole temple becomes filled with cherry blossoms, and its view is spectacular.Because it is located away from the urban areas, it feels like as though you slipped back in time. I highly recommend the view from the main shrine, where you can view the scenery of the temple grounds surrounded by the charming cherry blossoms. Be sure to fully enjoy the cherry blossoms at Hasedera Temple, where time goes by slowly. 【Peak】Early April to late April More information on "Hasedera Temple" So here are 6 famous cherry blossom spots within the prefecture of Nara. Why don't you go to visit the magnificent scenery of cherry blossoms that have been loved by many people for many years?