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
- From JR Kurayoshi Station, take a Hinomaru Bus on the Agei/Misasa Line (about 35 min.); get off at "Mitokusan Sando Iriguchi"
- [Nageire-do visiting reception hours]
- Entrance will not be permitted if rain, snow, or other event makes it too dangerous.
- [Mountain entrance fee]
(Adults) to Nageire-do: 600 yen; to main temple: 400 yen
(Elementary and junior high school students) to Nageire-do: 300 yen; to main temple: 200 yen
- All year
- [Points of caution]
If climbing to Nageire-do, please do so in groups of at least two. The use of both hands and the wearing of clothes that are easy to move in are required.
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