Beautiful cherry blossom in Yoshino

The most beautiful cherry blossoms in Japan?

A couple of weeks ago, my friend and I took the train from Kyoto to Mount Yoshino in Nara Prefecture. About one and a half hours later, we arrived at Yoshino, which is said to be the most famous sakura viewing spot in Japan. The cherry trees there are said to have been planted during the 700th century, and the mountain is covered by many different varieties of cherry blossoms now.

When we arrived, we took the cable car up the mountain and walked up the rest of the way. We had udon for lunch at a small local restaurant which had low tables on tatami mats and a spectacular view of the town and mountain. After a while, we arrived at the famous Kane-no-Torii, which is said to have been made from the same metal as the Big Buddha in Todaiji in Nara. It is one of the three most famous torii gates in Japan, along with the one at Itsukushima-jinja in Miyajiima, and the one at Tennoji in Osaka.