Yoshino – Japan 2015

Mum and I decided on McDonalds for breakfast before heading off on our trip up to Yoshinoyama.  I ordered what I thought was a Sausage and Egg McMuffin, but it turned out to be so much more amazing – egg, cheese and sausage between two maple flavoured.. pancakes? Incredible.  A taste sensation.  I never want to even look at an english muffin again.


Although we arrived in Japan a bit too late to view the cherry blossoms at their peak, we headed out to Yoshinoyama to see if there were still any on the trees.  It’s quite a bit colder up the mountain, and as one of Kansai’s prime viewing spots I figured it was worth a try.  Yoshino is located in the Nara prefecture and is easily accessible via train from Osaka.

The cable car from the station to midway up the mountain is covered in sakura print, and the view from the car is beautiful.  yoshino



Yoshinoyama is gorgeous.  The scenery and temples are beautiful, and the decorations around the town are really cute.





Many of the stores in Yoshino sell sakura flavoured food and treats


We stopped for lunch on our way back down to the cable car.  There were only a few restaurants open for business on the mountain and this place had a few ladies out the front warmly welcoming guests.


Sakura flavoured ice cream!


We made a quick stop for pancakes on the way back to Osaka, where we were headed to Neko No Jikan – my favourite cat cafe.




We ended the day with dinner at Tako Tako King, and a walk around Osaka.


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