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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

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Ogamiyama-jinja Shrine Okunomiya 大神山神社 奥宮

## One shrine for winter and one for summer

Everything about Ogamiyama Shrine is captivating, from its history and design to its location. Situated in an ancient patch of forest on Mt. Daisen, the shrine is one of the places you should see in the Tottori area—so is the summer shrine, known as Okunomiya.

Quick Facts

Ogamiyama Shrine is actually two seasonal shrines

Okunomiya—the summer shrine—is registered as an Important Cultural Property of Japan

The original shrine was built around 1,200 years ago

How to Get There

Local buses operate around five 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. The shrine is a 30-minute walk from the bus stop. To get to Yonago Station from Kobe, Osaka, and Kyoto, take the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen heading to Hakata and switch to the Yakumo Limited Express at Okayama Station.

Shrines for all seasons

Ogamiyama Shrine is the main site of the Ogamiyama Shrine complex. Due to the heavy snowfall it receives each winter, an additional shrine was built at the foot of the mountain.

Okunomiya is known as the summer shrine since it is the main site for reverence during the summer months. Conversely, the Ogamiyama Shrine Honsha at the bottom of the mountain is called the winter shrine.

The history of the sacred mountain

Ogamiyama, which means “mountain of the great god,” is the former name of Mt. Daisen. The mountain was a major site of Shugendo, a Japanese Buddhist tradition of mountain ascetic practices that combines elements of Shinto, Buddhism, Shamanism, and mountain worship.

Mt. Daisen, considered a sacred mountain, was once a center for monks practicing Shugendo, which emphasizes living in the wild and abstaining from the trappings and comforts of modern existence. The shrine started out as a simple structure for the monks to worship at around 1,200 years ago during the Heian period (794-1185).

What makes Ogamiyama Shrine unique?

The shrine is also remarkable for two other reasons. It has the largest Gongen-style shrine in the country, and it features the largest example of byakudan nuri. Byakudan nuri is a special technique in which raw lacquer is painted on top of a silver foil to create a gold color through a chemical reaction.

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