Depart from Osaka and head to Mt. Yoshino, where about 30,000 sakura cherry blossom trees carpet the mountainside and valleys with flowers. The best time for cherry blossom viewing is particularly long at Mount Yoshino, as trees begin blossoming at the base of the mountain, gradually moving upwards over the course of about 1 month. Head up to the mountain top via Yoshino Ropeway, the oldest existing ropeway in Japan. Here you'll find the symbol of Mount Yoshino, Kimpusenji Temple. The main hall is one of the largest wooden structures in Japan, second only to Todaiji Temple's Great Buddha Hall in Nara.