Mt. Daisen, situated in the western part of Tottori, was chosen as one of the best 100 mountains in Japan. It is actually the generic term for a chain of eight mountains with Mt. Tsuru-ga-mine, 1,711 meters above sea level, as its highest peak.
It belongs to Daisen-Oki National Park. It is the highest peak in the Chugoku region and has historically been regarded and worshipped as a sacred mountain.
Sheer cliffs stand out on the northern side of Mt. Daisen, but a view from Yonago reveals the elegance of the mountain that is also known as "Hoki Fuji." Daisen-ji Temple, located on the mountain, is an old temple which is said to have been established around the year 720, and the nearby Reiho-kaku Treasure Hall, Amida-do, and Okumiya of Ogamiyama-jinja Shrine are also considered to be holy sites. The towering cliffs on the eastern side of Daisen-ji Temple Hondo (the main inner temple) are called Kin-mon (Golden Gate), and this is the best spot from which to view the north wall of Mt. Daisen.
There are observatory spots, including the one on the Kagikake-toge Pass, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of virgin beech and oak tree forests that change colors from green in spring, to dark green in the summer, and then to glowing yellow in fall. In the vicinity is a selection of facilities that make the most of Mt. Daisen's nature, such as a blueberry farm for tourists, a dude ranch where you can enjoy a barbeque, a field athletic facility, and a horseback riding center from which you can go for a long-distance ride into the woods. You can enjoy skiing there in the winter, too.
Furthermore, at the Tottori Hanakairo Flower Park theme park you can view flowers all the year around. Borrowing from the scenery of Mt. Daisen, it is a floral paradise that blends beautifully with the nature around the mountains.
[Air] 1h 20 min from Haneda to Yonago Airport.
[Rail] 3h 15 min from Tokyo via Shin-Osaka to Okayama Station by JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Line, and 2h 10 min from Okayama to Yonago Station by JR Hakubi Line (limited express). 50 min from Yonago Station by bus for Daisen-ji.