Traveling around Japan this time I opted to buy a Kintetsu Rail Pass because the 5 day pass practically pays for itself with one Osaka to Nagoya trip. Doing a destination a day, I had some extra days with unplanned cities. Choosing a place to go based on the limits of the Kintetsu pass, I ended up in Yoshino, a small town in the Nara prefecture.
When telling my Airbnb hosts my next destination was Yoshino their reaction was a confused, "where's that?" haha. Indeed, only after visiting did I realize only those keen on hiking, cherry blossoms, and UNESCO world heritage sites would have heard of Yoshino.
I went on a Sunday with only 1000 yen cash on me. Japan's still a pretty cash based society, so..... this will probably be a pretty depressing and stressful experience. A locker to store my luggage already ate half that budget. I really wanted to have some soft serve shown above, but would have to make do with the snacks I brought along.
And that's Yoshino! Not very interesting in itself, but mainly because I was so inadequately prepared. Only takes about a half day to explore, but one way takes 2-3 hours to reach from Nagoya by semi-express train. Next destination is the highlight of my fall Japan solo trip. Any guesses where? Hint: I've been before!