3 days
Plan your visit carefully and allow plenty of time for your activities in the park. Always check the latest weather information, and avoid overexerting yourself if you feel unwell.


A Journey Through the Spiritual Heartland of Daisen-Oki National Park

Daisen-Oki National Park is an area where nature and religion are deeply entwined and part of the fabric of everyday life. Explore the landscapes of Mount Mitoku and Mount Daisen, as well as the port town of Mihonoseki, on this exciting journey through a spiritual heartland.

Itinerary Highlights

  • A thrilling journey to the cliffside mountain shrine of Nageiredo Hall.

  • Relaxing on a guided nature walk through the Japanese beech forest of Mount Daisen.

  • Exploring the port town of Mihonoseki and completing the two-shrine pilgrimage known as Ebisu-Daikoku.

Trip Overview

A heart-pounding pilgrimage to Nageire-do Hall
Finding tranquility in the forest
The seaside town of Mihonoseki and the Ebisu-Daikoku pilgrimage
Day 1

A heart-pounding pilgrimage to Nageire-do Hall

After arriving at Tottori Airport in the morning, thead to Mitokusan Sanbutsuji Temple where you'll have a Shojin-ryori (Buddhist cuisine) bento lunch. In the afternoon, you'll make a pilgrimage to Nageiredo Hall, a location known as the most dangerous National Treasure in Japan, with an expert guide leading the way. The path to Nageiredo Hall entails traveling around large rocks and through caves until reaching this site built into the sheer cliffside of Mount Mitoku.

Later in the afternoon, drive to Misasa Onsen and check into your hotel. This ancient hot spring has long been associated with Mount Mitoku, and its waters are rich in minerals that refresh your body and enhance your natural antioxidizing capabilities.

Day 2

Finding tranquility in the forest

Head out from Misasa Onsen in the morning for Daisenji Temple on Mount Daisen. While in the area, stop by the Daisen Museum of Nature and History, where you can learn about the wildlife of Daisen-Oki National Park and local attractions to check out during your visit.

For lunch, try the local specialty Daisen okowa, a dish of sticky rice with chopped meat and vegetables. You'll be powered up and ready for a guided nature walk through the Japanese beech forest. This itinerary takes you on the longest natural stone pavement in Japan, leading straight to the tranquility of Ogamiyama-jinja Okumiya Shrine.

After your stroll through the mountain forest, head back to your hotel by car and relax for the evening.

Day 3

The seaside town of Mihonoseki and the Ebisu-Daikoku pilgrimage

Check out of your hotel in the morning and travel to the town of Mihonoseki for a walking tour of this historic port. A local guide will bring you to Miho Shrine, the picturesque Aoishidatami (Blue Cobblestone) Street, and other cultural sites. Next, hop into a sightseeing boat to explore the mysterious Kukedo Caves, an area near the Shimane Peninsula that inspired the writer Lafcadio Hearn. You'll get to see firsthand why this breathtaking natural environment has inspired so many myths.

Find a lunch spot in town to try the regional specialty of Izumo soba. Afterward, drive to Izumo Grand Shrine and learn about the significance of visiting this site in conjunction with Miho Shrine in the morning. Known as the Ebisu-Daikoku pilgrimage, named for the deities worshiped at the shrines, a visit to both shrines is thought to be especially auspicious. You can arrange for a volunteer guide to give you a full tour of Izumo Grand Shrine with advance notice. After seeing the shrine, head to Izumo Airport for your return flight. The sights and sounds of Daisen-Oki National Park are sure to leave a lasting impression even as you prepare for departure.

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