Daisen-Oki National Park Daisen, Tottori
Daisen-Oki National Park with its mountainous area and landscape of volcanic landforms, forests, and grasslands is the oldest, most sacred mountain in Japan.
Visit the Izumo Grand Shrine on the Shimane Peninsula, considered the oldest example of shrine architecture and an area of great importance for Japanese creation myth. The main deity kami enshrined at Izumo Taisha is Okuninushi no Okami. Okuninushi was the creator of the land of Japan and the ruler of Izumo and is also known as the deity of good relationships and marriage. Visitors can partake in the clapping ritual - clapping their hands four times; twice for themselves and twice for their actual or desired partners.
At the UNESCO Global Geopark Oki Islands you can hire a sea kayak and paddle and explore the caves and coastline. Tour the west-side and visit a waterfall that flows from a 40 meter high rocky cliff and offers a superb view of the Dōzen Islands. On the east-side you can visit a mysterious 800 year old cedar tree. Oki Shrine is dedicated to Emperor Go-Toba, who was exiled to Oki about 800 years ago. Guided by a priest you can say a nighttime prayer and make a wish at the altar. A Guided Night Walk Tour of the shrine is also available.
From April to November nature and conservation enthusiasts have the chance to join an eco-tour and accompany a researcher and be a part activities of the conservation of the Japanese Giant Salamander, the world’s largest amphibian.
Different seasons at Daisen-Oki National Park mean different activities - in summer there's river trekking surrounded by a dense beech forest and in winter experience Mt. Daisen in the snow for skiing or for those who'd rather use their legs, snow shoeing is available.
- Visiting the Izumo Grand Shrine, the oldest example of shrine architecture
- Joining an eco-tour and accompany a researcher and be a part activities of the conservation of the Japanese Giant Salamander
- River trekking in the summer and snow shoeing in winter
- Exploring the Global Geopark Oki Islands by land and sea kayak
- Not all activities run all year round. Check the website for details
Take the JR Shinkansen Super Express Nozom from JR Shin-Osaka Station (about 45 minutes).
There is no entry fee or permit required for Daisen-Oki National Park. Please check the website for individual activity prices.
Some activities require a medium level of fitness.