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The Foothills of Mt. Daisen Hiking Course

The Foothills of Mt. Daisen Hiking Courseの写真
Type:
hiking
Time Required:
2 h
Distance:
7.2 km
Explore nature and spiritual power spots in the foothills Mt. Daisen.

Course Outline

On this hiking course, you can visit Mt. Daisen's most popular historical spots, including Daisen-ji Temple and Ogamiyama Shrine Okunomiya, as well as explore nature in the beech forest. On the approaching path to Daisen-ji Temple, turn towards Daisen-ji Bridge to visit the Amida-do Hall, the oldest structure in the Daisen-ji Temple complex. Continuing on, pass through the beech forest, cross the dry riverbed of Nankogawara and pay a visit to the Daisen-ji Temple's main sanctuary. On the path towards Ogamiyama Shrine Okunomiya, which is the longest natural stone path in Japan, take a detour to see the Kinmon Gate, a sacred spot with one of the best views of Mt. Daisen's north face. Afterwards, head back to the path toward and visit Ogamiyama Shrine Okunomiya. Next, go through the beech forest once again and down to the Nakanohara Grassland, which becomes a ski resort in winter. For your last stop, take a break at the café that offers a view of the Sea of Japan. This course can be even more enjoyable if you go with a guide.

Highlights

The longest natural stone path in Japan
The longest natural stone path in Japan

The stone-cobbled approach to Ogamiyama Shrine Okunomiya

The Miyuki Sando is the longest natural stone path in Japan, stretching 700 meters from the entrance of Daisen-ji Temple to Ogamiyama Shrine Okunomiya. The path is believed to have been originally constructed during the Kansei Era (1789–1801) of the Edo Period. On either side of the cedar trees that line the path, you can find the historical remains of the living quarters used by Chumonin sect priests and a mid-Edo Period Yoshimochi Jizo statue carved from rock. The copper shrine gate further down the path was relocated from Bakuroza.

The chikaraishi on the path to Ogamiyama Shrine Okunomiya
The chikaraishi on the path to Ogamiyama Shrine Okunomiya

The chikaraishi (lifting stone) of the soldier monks

This stone is one of the natural stones used in the cobbled path to Ogamiyama Shrine Okunomiya. Legend tells that the 3,000 warrior monks who resided at Daisen-ji Temple 500 years ago used the chikaraishi in strength competitions, lifting it to show who was the strongest. Next to the stone sits the Hohoemi Jizo ("smiling Jizo") statue.

The view of Mt. Daisen's north face from the Kinmon (Golden Gate)
The view of Mt. Daisen's north face from the Kinmon (Golden Gate)

Kinmon (Golden Gate)

The Kinmon (Golden Gate) is a natural opening in a rock wall that was regarded as a sacred gate. Daisen-ji Temple's warrior monks engaged in their ascetic training here.
The incredible view of the rugged north wall of Mt. Daisen from between the towering rock walls of the Kinmon (Golden Gate) is truly a sight you do not want to miss.

Course Map

The Foothills of Mt. Daisen Hiking Course

Course Time

Starting Point
1
Bakuroza Parking Lot
10 min.
0.6 km
2
Daisen-ji Bridge West End
15 min.
0.9 km
3
Amida-do Hall
25 min.
1.4 km
4
Daisen-ji Temple Main Sanctuary
6 min.
0.4 km
5
Kinmon (Golden Gate)
4 min.
0.3 km
6
Ogamiyama Shrine Okunomiya
40 min.
2.5 km
7
Nakanohara Ginrei (inn)
15 min.
0.9 km
8
Sunset Café Komorebito
5 min.
0.2 km
9
Bakuroza Parking Lot
Terminus
*Course time and distance are estimates.