Yoshinoyama in winter does not see many visitors but if you love nature, temples and shrines, walking and eating, then you will enjoy a weekend here in January or February.
Here you will find the Zao Do, the main hall of Kinpusen-ji Temple. The large wooden structure visible from afar is Japan's second largest wooden building after Todai-ji Temple in Nara City. How about joining the Yamabushi monks at their morning or evening prayer at the Zao Do?
Don't miss the Setsubun (welcoming of spring) celebrations on Yoshino Mountain on February 3!
A perfect time for a quiet retreat on top of this 350m mountain, which is the gateway to the Okugake, an ascetic training trail for Yamabushi mountain monks.
Yoshinoyama and the Okugake trail, as well as the Kumano Kodo and Koyasan, are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range".