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Mt. Daisen – Expo 2025: Live to Travel, Travel to Live

Mt. Daisen

Mount Daisen offers leisurely hikes through a primeval beech forest encircled by lush greenery. The area has three courses, Nature, History, and Full Course, which allow you to enjoy the charms of Mount Daisen while immersing yourself in its natural and historical wonders. One of the mountain’s most tranquil spots is Ogamiyama Shrine Okunomiya. This nationally designated important cultural property features Japan's longest natural stone pavement approach and is beautifully crafted from white sandalwood—the largest of its kind in Japan.

Local insights

Kouichi Kuruma is the Secretary-General of the Daisen Tourism Bureau and is a certified interpreter and guide. With his expertise as a specialist tour guide, he caters to foreign tourists visiting Japan and effectively conveys the charm of Mt. Daisen and other attractions.

Mt. Daisen and Expo 2025

Exploring Mt. Daisen’s nature facilitates self-healing and promotes physical and mental well-being—aligning with the Expo theme, "Saving Lives."

Q1: How does this attraction bring tourists and locals together?

A: At Mount Daisen, visitors can join guided tours to learn about the history and highlights of Daisen-ji Temple and Okamiyama Shrine, while also experiencing the natural surroundings and local culture. Through interactions with local guides, travelers can gain insight into the region's culture and lifestyle, deepening their understanding of the area's allure. The area also makes efforts to facilitate smooth communication between the local community and travelers, such as providing English menus at local eateries and informational signs in English.

Q2: What kind of impressions have you got from visitors?

A: We've received numerous comments from participants that the tour was a highly valuable experience. They enjoyed both the magnificent nature of Mount Daisen and the easy to understand explanations of specialized information. Many visitors greatly appreciated the local guides’ abundance of insider knowledge, indicating that they had a truly enriching time.

Q3: Any message for visitors planning to see Expo 2025?

A: We invite you to visit not only Osaka, a city full of urban pleasures, but also Mount Daisen to connect with nature. You can enjoy a slightly deeper insight into Japan, including its history and Japanese sensibilities.

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