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?
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.