A shrine of the highest sanctity, a tribute from one emperor to another, to offer a taste of Japanese history and a commanding view.

Yoshino-Jingu Shrine(吉野神宮神社) is located on the northeastern base of Mt. Yoshino, Nara. The shrine is a relatively new shrine constructed in 1899 as a tribute by the Emperor Meiji to the Emperor Godaigo. Yoshino-Jingu Shrine is dedicated to The Emperor Godaigo who fought a battle against the shogunate. The Emperor had tried to diminish the power of the imperial cout in the 14th century. However, the restoration of glory to the imperial house during the 2 years period, The Emperor Godaigo passed away shortly afterwards in Yoshino.

The current shrine building is a reconstruction in 1932. Even though the magnificent cypress building is harmonious with its beautiful surrounding nature and gives us a peaceful sanctuary. The shrine is built facing towards the direction of Kyoto, as The Emperor Godaigo’s wish to return there and take back the imperial power again.


A beautiful scenery over the valley of Yoshino

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Yoshino-Jingu Shrine, the magnificent cypress structure stands in a spacious precincts with a tranquil atmosphere. It’s worth to visit while exploring of Yoshino. Visitors can enjoy a commanding view over the valley. With seasonal colours, such as cherry blossom in spring and autumn colours are wonderful sights.

Access : 20-minute walk from Yoshino-jingu station on the Kintetsu Yoshino line

Address : 3226 Yoshinoyama, Yoshino, Yoshino District, Nara 639-3115

Hours : 8:30 to 17:00

Admission : Free