here is where mount yoshino is located :)
it took quite a few train rides and 2 and a half hours to get there from the shinosaka station (close to our hotel) but we finally got there, and started the long trek up the mountain!
mount yoshino is well-known for it's 30,000 cherry trees. it was a VERY beautiful hike! we made the mistake of going on a saturday though (and close to the end of the cherry blossom season, particularly for the lower 1000 trees) so it was sort of PACKED with people haha...
gorgeous views though!!!!!
once you get to the 2nd large group of cherry trees, there are a TON of souvineer places as well as restaurants so it took longer to get higher because it became quite cramped...but we couldn't help it, and stopped for some sakura ice cream!!!
as you can see, i took a bite out of mine before i was reminded to take a picture haha...i couldn't wait to try it! and it was so yummy!
then we saw this happen, but unfortunately we're not sure what was going on...
getting higher and higher though!
this part looked cool :)
LOVE this shot!
almost to our chosen hanami picnic spot!
the views up there were great!
LOADS of cherry trees in the distance
lots of people chose this spot for hanami, but it still wasn't packed which was really nice
our food erik had been carrying up the mountain this whole time for our picnic! haha
other people enjoying the cherry blossoms...and their gigantic bottles of sake!
heading back down...
and of course on the way down (it was really hot, okay?!) we got another ice cream cone haha...good thing we hiked off all the calories! this one was black sesame, and it was much stronger than the last one i had at himeji castle. it was really good :)
aaaaand then we took this uncomfortable train ride home hahaha...saturdays are bad travel days during cherry blossom season! hehe ;)