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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

TOTTORI Daisen

A paradise for leisure and outdoor sports enthusiasts

One of western Japan's best-kept secrets, awe-inspiring Mt. Daisen evokes comparisons with Mt. Fuji. With far fewer visitors, and pristine forests supporting a rich environment, the mountain provides fantastic hiking throughout the year, and some of the best skiing on the west coast in the winter.

Don't Miss

  • Amazing hiking trails
  • Spectacular views of the Sea of Japan
  • Viewing seasonal foliage from the observatory point at Kagikake Pass

How to Get There

Mt. Daisen is accessible by bus from Yonago Station.

Local buses operate around 5 times a day between Yonago Station and Mt. Daisen. A loop bus runs from Yonago Station to Daisen's main tourism spots during peak season, weekends and holidays.

Quick Facts

The mountain has an elevation of 1709 meters

Its name means “Great Mountain”

Considered one of Japan's top three peaks

Better than Mt. Fuji?

In a survey conducted by NHK, the national public broadcasting organization, Mt. Daisen ranked third in its “Japan's Greatest Summits' rankings, behind Mt. Fuji and Mt. Yari.

However, with far fewer visitors than Mt Fuji, rich history and vegetation stretching to its peak, this ‘mini-Fuji' Mt. Daisen is, for many visitors, a more rewarding and personally enriching trip.

Spectacular hiking trails

The mountain is crisscrossed by a network of hiking trails that vary greatly in length, and technicality. You can find basic maps and instructions at the Daisen Information Center for the most popular and easily navigated courses.

Local guides are highly recommended for the more adventurous and remote courses. Daisen's highest peak has become unstable following earthquakes in recent years and access to it is dangerous and thus forbidden.

Tackling the peaks

The Natsuyama hiking course is a good choice for a first climb of the mountain. Head across the Daisen-ji Bridge (next to the Montbell store), then follow the road around as it curves around to the left. The Natusyama Climbing Course will be on your left and starts up a short path and then some steep stone stones past a temple.

The course continues through beech forest and patches of yew until you reach the tree line. From here continue up steep rocky paths until you reach a series of boardwalks which take you to Misen Peak. From here, enjoy views of the Sea of Japan and Miho Bay to the north and the peaks of the Chugoku mountain range to the south.

The journey down can be customized, a loop route leading across a beautiful stony river plain, through the woods to Ogamiyama Shrine, and down a cobbled and ancient road to Daisen-ji Temple.

Allow around 3-5 hours for the return journey, with extra time needed for the loop route.

Hitting the slopes

Mt. Daisen is Western Japan's number one ski destination and a popular playground for locals and Osaka's cool kids alike. The spectacular views across the ocean, several miles of manicured slopes and abundance of powdery snow make Daisen a winter wonderland.

Based around the Daisen White Resort, the mountain has everything from black diamond ski runs to small practice slopes. In recent years, a number of companies have begun offering snowshoeing tours through the forest and along ridges. For more information call in at the information center.

Sacred isolation

Mt. Daisen, or “Great Mountain,” has been worshipped for millennia. Formerly known as Ogamiyama, or “Mountain of the Great God”, the god in question is Kagutsuchi-no-mikoto, the god of fire.

The holy mountain was an important training site for mountain ascetics and public access was strictly prohibited until the late 19th century. As a result, the beech forests were able to flourish. These forests act as an important filter for the mountain's famous water supply which is bottled and sold all over Japan.

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