Daisen Travel Guide

  • Mount Daisen from Yasugi City
    Mount Daisen from Yasugi City
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    Look at all those hats!
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    On the Souhei Walk
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Daisen Things to Do

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    Jizou-Bosatsu

    by Rabbityama Updated Aug 7, 2010

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    Although Daisen is a very popular place to skii in the winter time, Daisen does offer a nice alternative, as well! I traveled here in the summer, so there was obviously no one skiing, but being here in the summer proved to be a good experience for a different activity.
    If you take a walk on the trails, you will find Daisenji Temple, which was originally built 1200 years ago, but due to fires, the current Daisenji Temple was built in 1951. The Jizou-Bosatsu is also on the trail. The jizou is said to lead dead souls out of hell (the Rikuro) and up to heaven. If you want a special blessing, sprinkle some water onto the statue!
    All of the temples, shrines, and other natural and man-made sites make Mount Daisen a walk to remember! If you go far (high) enough, you can even see the Sea of Japan!

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    The Longest Natural Stone Road in Japan

    by Rabbityama Written Sep 24, 2005

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    In Japan, Daisen is known for having the largest "gongen-zukuri" roof, located on the Ogamiyama shrine, and the longest natural stone road (picture) in the entire country.

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Daisen Transportation

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    by Rabbityama Updated Aug 19, 2010

    There is no train station directly by the mountain, but it is still not difficult to reach.

    You can take a train to Yonago Station and from the station, take a bus bound for Daisenji. Get off there (it will be the last stop) and you'll be just a short walk from the start of the trail. The bus ride should take slightly less than one hour.

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Daisen Local Customs

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    Look at all those hats!

    by Rabbityama Written Oct 10, 2005

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    I am not exactly sure of the reason, but the Japanese were very fervent about wearing a hat while walking on the trails to the shrines in Daisen. In many cases they put their hats on whenever they went outdoors. As we walked on the trail, they were constantly advising me to put on my hat (even the Canadian guide). I don't particularly like to wear hats, so I never put mine on. Nothing bad happened to me, but they really prefer everyone to wear some sort of hat. So, if you have a hat, then you should appease them and wear it.

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Daisen What to Pack

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    by Rabbityama Updated Sep 26, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Make sure to wear clothing and shoes that are appropriate for hiking on a trail. Don't wear anything that you would be upset to get dirty.

    Miscellaneous: Bring bug spray! The mosquitos are not a problem, but they are there, and for some reason, they seem to prefer foreign blood!

    If you take time to really look at all of the sights along the trail, you will probably end up spending quite a bit of time on the trail. I suggest that you bring some food/snacks and water with you to avoid discomfort while on the trail. It's a lot more fun to walk around when you're not hungry or thirsty!

    Also, for some reason, the Japanese always like to wear hats/caps when walking on this trail. They told me that I should have one, too, although I never did put mine on. So, I suppose you'll just have to use your judgement on this one.

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Daisen Sports & Outdoors

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    Mount Daisen from Yasugi City

    by Rabbityama Updated Nov 13, 2009

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    Mount Daisen is a very popular place in Japan to go for skiing. Those in the Chugoku area who enjoy skiing should seriously consider a trip to Mount Daisen in the wintertime!

    During the summertime, Mount Daisen is great for those who enjoy hiking.

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Daisen Favorites

  • by digitalparfait Written Jun 3, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Mt. Daisen is a dormant volcano in western Tottori-ken, and is a beautiful spot off the "beaten track" of most western tourists. It's lovely if you are into skiing, and is quite a gorgeous spot for hiking - very beautiful views of the Daisen-Oki National Park. Historically, Daisen has been worshipped as a sacred mountain, and is the home of Daisen-ji temple (built around 720AD). All in all, definitely worth a visit if you want a taste of the "true" Japan!

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