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72 Hours Route

2 nights, 3 days

Mountain Temples, Outdoor Activities, Hot Springs and History

This 3-day sample route will let you explore hidden temples on mysterious mountains, enjoy nature activities and relax at beautiful hot spring towns. Stretching from Tottori to Shimane Prefecture, this itinerary is perfect for the adventurer/traveler who is also interested in local history and culture and off-the-beaten-path destinations.

Itinerary

Day 1

07:55 AM
Arrival at Tottori Airport
10:30 AM
Sanbutsu-ji Temple
01:00 PM
Lunch by Sanbutsu-ji Temple
03:00 PM
Kurayoshi
Visit the charming White Wall Warehouses district.
05:30 PM
Misasa Onsen
Spend the night and relax in a picturesque hot springs town.

Day 2

10:30 AM
Daisenji
Visit an ancient temple with more than 1,000 years of history.
11:30 AM
Zazen Experience
12:30 PM
Lunch at Mori no Kuni
Try the juicy meat from chicken raised at the foot of Mount Daisen
01:30 PM
Mori no Kuni
07:30 PM
Kaike Onsen
Enjoy hot springs on the seaside with a beautiful view of the ocean.

Day 3

08:30 AM
Yasugi
12:30 PM
Lunch in Matsue
02:30 PM
Matsue matcha and sweets
Stop at one of the many cafés to enjoy matcha tea with sweets
05:00 PM
Departure from Yonago Airport
  • 1Sanbutsu-ji Temple

    Take a pilgrimage to the Nageiredo Hall, an architectural treasure perched on a rocky wall, through a very difficult but rewarding climbing route.

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  • 2Kurayoshi

    Immerse yourself in old Japan in Kurayoshi, a historic town once home of the provincial government of the Houki region. Stroll along the picturesque white-walled storehouses along the Tamagawa River. Near the storehouses, many traditional houses from the Edo Period have been restored and turned into beautiful shops and cafes. There are very few tourists here and walking the streets is a relaxing experience. Small museums and temples are also scattered around the town.

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  • 3Misasa Onsen

    More than 850 years old, Misasa Onsen will put your body and mind at ease with the natural hot spring waters. Rich in radon, the waters are said to boost your immunity and have natural healing powers. You can even drink the spring water from its source!

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  • 4Zazen Experience

    Try the ancient practice of Zen meditation under the guidance of a monk from Daisenji Temple. Climb the time-worn stone staircase to Daisenji's Amidado Hall, a beautiful wooden hall immersed in a forest of beech trees. Here, sitting on the floor in the semi-darkness, you will listen to the history of the temple and the once-sacred mountain where it stands. Meditating to the sounds of the forest is a soul-refreshing experience.

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  • 5Mori no Kuni

    Mori no Kuni is a nature experience park located at the foot of Mount Daisen. Inside the park, you can play with giant swings, a massive green slide and a variety of field athletics courses, all while gazing up at Mount Daisen. There is also a barbecue corner, camping facility and a variety of activities to try. Some of the most popular are downhill cycling, hiking in the beech forest and shower climbing.

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  • 6Wakou Museum

    At this museum in Yasugi city you will learn everything about the ancient Japanese steelmaking technique called Tatara. Tatara is the traditional iron smelting furnace that was used to make steel for Japanese swords. Katana swordsmiths in Japan still use steel made with this technique to this day. Here you can walk through interesting displays with English explanations, learn the making process of Japanese swords and even hold a real katana.

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  • 7Adachi Museum of Art

    Gaze at the masterpieces of modern Japanese paintings at the Adachi Museum of Art. Take a stroll through the meticulously kept garden and sit back with tea and sweets from one of the various cafés. With free, direct shuttle buses, it's easy to access, and is one stop you can't miss.

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  • 8Matsue Castle

    Visit one of the few remaining original castle towers in Japan. The castle grounds are like a big park where you can walk leisurely under the shade of the trees and the castle walls. Hidden within the grounds are shrines and tea houses. Enjoy the view from the tower and then get on a river boat cruise around the castle moat. Also make sure to visit the samurai residences around the castle.

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Route Guide;

It takes about two hours by bus from Tottori Airport to Sanbutsu-ji Temple, changing in Kurayoshi. Be sure to be at the temple by 2:30 pm or you might not get to climb the mountain. Kurayoshi is connected by direct bus to Sanbutsu-ji (approx. 50 minutes) and Misasa Onsen (approx. 30 minutes). It takes about 3 hours between buses and train from Misasa Onsen to Daisenji, so be sure to leave reasonably early in the morning. Kaike Onsen is about a 1-hour bus ride from Mori no Kuni and a 1-hour bus and train ride from Yasugi. From Yasugi to Matsue Station it's an easy 25-minute ride on the JR San-In Line train. From Matsue you can take the Yonago Airport Limousine Bus (46 minutes) directly to Yonago Airport.

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