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Mt. Daisen

Natural Beauty Preserved as a Divine Presence

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As a unique feature of Japanese faith, it is said that the highest-ranking deities are said to dwell in the lone mountains that tower above their surroundings. Since the dawn of history, Mt. Daisen has been thought of as a mountain where the gods reside. When Buddhism was introduced to Japan and mixed with the original spiritual thinking that existed here, Daisen-ji Temple was found on the slopes of the mountain, and it prospered as a temple where priests could confront nature as part of their spiritual training. Throughout history, this mountain has been revered by the people who lived around it, and as a result, it was untouched, allowing a rich natural environment to remain. Many of the natural forests in rural areas near economic centers like Tokyo and Osaka have become ruined scenery where building materials and industrial waste products are strewn about. However, when driving in this area, you won’t come across that type of depressing sight. Wouldn’t you like to experience this area with the same sensation as those people long ago who felt that this natural beauty was a god?

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    Experience a winter wonderland during a snowshoe hike

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    Make some unforgettable memories of your travels as you enjoy time beneath a star-filled sky

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    Walk through the Mt. Daisen beech forest and purify your spirit

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    Enjoy cycling on an electric assist bicycle

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    Short walking tour of Daisen

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    Daisen Trivia Climbing

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    Find your inner balance through Zen meditation

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    Try some shojin ryori dishes that make the most of the bountiful natural ingredients found on Mt. Daisen

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    Kansho-in Sanrakuso, a shukubo (temple guesthouse) located at the heart of Mt. Daisen

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    Experience Mt. Daisen as if you lived there

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    Enjoy an elegant meal made with local ingredients cooked by a private chef as you look out on stunning scenery

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    Enjoy the bounties of Mt. Daisen, Mt. Daisen Gibier (Wild Game)

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    Accomodations where you can share in the mountain village lifestyle and the kindness of others

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    Wild game dishes and smoked food you can only enjoy at Cafe・Temari

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    A place to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

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    Daisenji Temple

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    Ōgamiyama Shrine

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    Tottori Prefectural Flower Park

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    Akaiwa Shrine

Travel Report

We were lucky to arrive at the peak of the autumn leaves season and see the spectacular Daisenji Temple and Ogamiyama Shrine melting into the flashy colors of the autumn foliage. If you have more time, I suggest you hike around this mountain as it features one of the most picturesque trails in Tottori.