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Hanayagura Observatory

If you're looking to see cherry blossoms, head to this spot! It's an observatory in Yoshino that offers an unparalleled scenic view.

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Mt. Yoshino, known for its approximately 30,000 cherry trees in bloom, is a famous cherry blossom spot. A popular viewing location is the Hanayagura Observatory, reached by climbing the steep, curvy Shishiozaka slope. It is said that here, Sato Tadanobu, a retainer of Minamoto no Yoshitsune, once shot arrows at enemies pursuing them from the mountain's base to facilitate Yoshitsune's escape.

Located at an elevation of about 600 meters, the observatory offers a panoramic view that includes the sakura of Kami-Senbon and Naka-Senbon, the Zaodo Hall of Kinpusen-ji Temple, and the town itself—making it one of the best scenic spots in Yoshino. It also provides a breathtaking view of Mount Kongo on the border of Nara and Osaka and the surrounding mountains.

During the cherry blossom season, the Komorichaya tea house opens temporarily, offering visitors local specialties like shiitake rice, oden, and kudzu-based desserts like kuzumochi and kuzuyu, allowing them to enjoy the fantastic view while indulging in local cuisine. The outdoor seating, projecting out into the open air, is especially recommended for an immersive experience.


  • An observatory in the Kami-Senbon area of Mt. Yoshino.
  • Offers a comprehensive view of Yoshino, particularly popular during the cherry blossom season.
  • A tea house operates temporarily during the viewing season.


  • The view during the peak cherry blossom season is an unparalleled sight.

    The view during the peak cherry blossom season is an unparalleled sight.

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Are there restrooms available?


No, there are not.



Name in Japanese
Postal Code
1711 Yoshinoyama, Yoshinocho, Yoshinogun, Nara
0746-32-3081 (Yoshino Town Office, Industry and Tourism Division)
Open every day
Always open
From Yoshino-San station, take a 20-minute bus ride to "Oku-Senbon-guchi" from Yoshino-Omine Cable, then a 30-minute walk.
Credit Cards
Not accepted
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)