Mitokusan Sanbutsuji Temple
Mitokusan Sanbutsuji Temple is a mountain temple on the premises of 900-meter high Mt. Mitoku. The rear temple, called "Nageire-do," is a designated National Treasure and is a rare structure built into a depression on a sheer vertical cliff face. It's unclear when exactly Nageire-do was built, but legend has it that the structure was thrown up ("nageire" in Japanese) from the level ground through the spiritual power of En no Ozuno, the founder of the mountain asceticism-shamanism tradition Shugendo.
While it's necessary to climb a difficult mountain path in order to see Nageire-do up close, there is an observation point located on a road at the mountain base where it can be seen. In addition, Mt. Mitoku and Misasa Onsen were designated as Japan Heritage sites on April 24, 2015 as "Places of purification of the six roots of perception and healing of the six senses - Japan's most dangerous national treasure and one of the world's finest radon hot springs."
- 1010 Mitoku, Misasa-cho, Tohaku-gun, Tottori Prefecture
- Around 40 minutes by route bus from JR Kurayoshi Station
- Reception: 08:00-15:00
- Apr., May
- Travel in groups of 2 or more if climbing the mountain. Wear sturdy climbing shoes, athletic shoes, or straw sandals as a safety precaution.
* Straw sandals are available for purchase.
◇ The mountain may be closed due to inclement weather. (Entrance is prohibited when there snow is on the mountain.)
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