Discover craggy cliffs, deep caves and sunken caverns. Scale sacred peaks punctuated by the scars of volcanic activity. Explore the peaceful ponds and lush forests that are blanketed in snow in winter. Beyond the coast are the islands of Oki and their diverse mix of local culture. Read more about Daisen-Oki National Park.
Daisen-Oki National Park, like all of Japan's national parks, has no entrance fees, no opening and closing hours, and no permit is required to enter or stay in the park. The national parks of Japan differ from national parks worldwide in that the land within the national parks is not exclusively designated for national park use and is made up of private property as well as public and protected areas. Visitors are free to enter and leave at any time.
Daisen-Oki National Park is a park of contrasts. It is marked by a variety of landscapes, from mountains made up of volcanic landforms and highlands covered in forests, to the coastal areas and islands.
The mountainous area encompasing Mt. Daisen, the Hiruzen Highlands and Mt. Sanbe consists of dynamic volcanic landforms, rich forests, and a vast grass-covered plain. The coast and islands are home to a variety of flora and fauna.
The Oki Islands off the coast of Tottori and Shimane prefectures are a designated UNESCO Global Geopark. These Islands were formed as a result of volcanic activity 10,000 years ago and are characterized by dynamic coastal scenery, cliffs, sea caves and beaches.
In this area of Daisen-Oki National Park you can enjoy camping on the beach, sea kayaking, sunset cruises, the stunning 275-meter-high Maten-gai Cliffs of the Kuniga Coast, and commanding views of the archipelago.
The Shimane Peninsula has a number of historical landmarks which serve as the center of ancient Izumo culture, including the Izumo-taisha Shrine, Hinomisaki-jinja Shrine, and Kakanokukedo. Visit Hinomisaki Beach on the westernmost tip to see Hinomisaki Lighthouse and Hinomisaki-jinja, or take a sightseeing boat tour of the spirtual wave-eroded caves of Kakanokukedo.
Mt. Daisen, the highest peak in the Chugoku region, is covered with forests and is marked by one of the largest natural beech forests in western Japan. Hike to the summit, walk through the beach forests, or cycle down to the Sea of Japan.
At 500 to 600 meters above sea level, this highland area lies at the foot of Hiruzen Sanza, a mountain range consisting of Mt. Kamihiruzen, Mt. Nakahiruzen, and Mt. Shimohiruzen noted for the beauty of its gentle curves. The yamayaki or "mountain burning" in the Hiruzen region is an annual tradition in spring.
Mt. Sanbe is a group of peaks surrounded by three ponds. Muronouchi Pond emits volcanic gases, while Ukinunoike Pond was formed by the blockage of a river from volcanic activity thousands of years ago. Himenoga Pond is particularly beautiful when thousands of rabbit-ear iris grow on the pond's floating islands in May and June.