Nageire-do has an unbelievable scene. It is in a cave of the steep cliff near the top of Mt. Mitoku (899m). How was this building constructed 1300 years ago? It has not been completely explained yet. Visitors who could reach there after 1 hour trek would surely get divine feelings.
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Basically at your hotel
Nageire-do, enjoy the trek to this amazing building which is the most dangerous national treasure of Japan to see.
Enjoy the travel to the countryside by local express train and a walking old streets of a historic city.
Kurayoshi Station, Tottori prefecture
Nageire-do is in Mt. Mitoku area, Tottori prefecture. You can experience a refreshing atmosphere of the mountain worship of Buddhism. Nageire-do is said that it is the most dangerous national treasure to see among about 1000 national treasures of Japan, but it is not so dangerous with careful trek.
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We will meet at your hotel in Osaka or Kyoto in the morning. I will take you to the station (Osaka or Kyoto) by train or taxi. We will take "Super Hakuto" (limited express train) to Kurayoshi, Tottori prefecture. It takes about 3.5 hours. We will take lunch at some restaurant in Kurayoshi city and enjoy walking the old streets of the city. We will go to Mt. Mitoku area by bus (30minutes) and stay at a pilgrim lodging which is in the precincts of the Buddhism temple. Try a vegetarian dish (dinner).
We will enter into the mountainous area of the temple after finishing breakfast. Trekking for about 1 hour. You can explore some ancient buildings of mountain worship in the way of steep slopes. When you finally witness Nageire-do, you must be touched by its divine beauty. We will have lunch at the pilgrim lodging after returning from the trek. I will take you to the Kurayoshi Station by bus and you will take "Super Hakuto" to Osaka or Kyoto (Your guide won't take the train).
guide fee, hotel pick-up in Osaka or Kyoto area
transportation fee (you and guide): "Super Hakuto" around 9000JPY per person (one way, adult, guide does not need a return ticket) , bus or taxi fee
lunch (you and guide, 2 times)
accommodation fee (you and guide): around 8000～10000JPY per person (breakfast and dinner included)
admission fee of the temple (you and guide): 600JPY per person (adult)
The trek to Nageire-do has not been permitted since the big earthquake attacked this area last October. A short part of the route was destroyed by the earthquake.
But the repairing project will be probably completed at the end of coming April and the trek will be open to visitors. Therefore, this tour will be available from May.
You need to wear or carry clothes and shoes suitable for trekking. The trek route may be closed in a very bad weather. You can stay at a hot spring resort hotel near Mt. Mitoku area instead of a pilgrim lodging, but it is rather expensive.
Yes, no problem. Even an 8-year-old child can do it.
Yes. Then, we should stay at a hotel of Misasa hot spring resort. It is 10km away from Mt. Mitoku area and the accommodation fee is rather expensive (10000～20000JPY per person).
In general, a person who has a tattoo is not permitted to take a public bath in Japan. I will suggest some hotels which have rooms with a hot spring bath. I will give you one more tip. You can enjoy a free hot spring bath in Misasa hot spring resort. The bath tub is at a corner of the riverbed, and a tattoo will not bring any problem here. You may feel supreme happiness soaking in the hot spring with hearing a brook sound. But it is a mixed bathing. You may need a slight courage.
Shun met us at our Cruise Ship in Sakaiminato with a Taxi that he had prearranged for us. We drove to Matsue to visit the historical Matsue Castle and other sites in the Town of Matsue. After a terrific Japanese lunch in a converted Samauri Residence we then traveled on to the Adachi Museum and Gardens. Shun was professional and informative. We enjoyed his company and sense of humor. We learned a great deal about life in Japan from Shun and we will always remember fondly our wonderful day with him.
Thank you for your review. Two weeks already passed from the day we met, but I still remember how you enjoyed the tour so clearly. It was a little surprise for me that you were appreciating Japanese paintings more enthusiastically than gardens at Adachi Museum. In my experience, visitors generally just watch the displays perfunctorily there. I was glad to know that you really understood my, a little, specialized explanations. As for your words in the review "We learned about life in Japan", I suppose you mean that I talked about my family and religious customs. Especially, I'll never forget that you expressed hearty condolences to my lost of father's passing. Let me add one more comment. I found two Canadians, modest and decent.
Hi Shun-San was a pleasure to work with, very detail oriented before our arrival to Japan so we had a plan of what we would be seeing. We toured Matsue Castle, walked to old town. Went to a Samarai house and had the local special soba noodles. In the afternoon we went to Adachi Museum, a spectacular place! Overall, I would highly recommend. He was prepared, had great stories and knowledge or the area, a pleasure to work with. This area shouldn’t be missed.
Hi Cori-san, thank you very much for writing a review immediately. The honor is more than I deserve. To tell the truth, I had been concerned about your response. Since the weather was bad on the day, I supposed you couldn't have felt truly satisfied. However, Shimane is one of the least-unvisited prefectures in Japan, still largely undiscovered by international tourists. I wish you would visit this area again. Thank you, Cori-san.
Shun was a great guide with excellent knowledge of his surrounding. We appreciated his choices of what we saw. The Tea Ceramony was one of the highlights of the culture that we witnessed. Shun gave us an itinerary prior to us going so that we had some input. None of our input was required because of the great choices he made. Thank you Shun. See you on our return. GT
Thank you for your review. I am greatly honored by your words. To tell the truth, I felt worried because I had not been sure that you had really enjoyed the tour in Matsue. My recommendation for lunch, "Izumo soba noodles", were they good ? Traditional style tea ceremony, was it actually enjoyable? However, I'm jealous, you are incredibly nice family. You told me about your experiences of other travels. How interesting! I realized again that meeting people like you is one of the perks of guide. I'd love to see you again.
Before arriving Mr. Shun very communicative and made an effort to learn our preferences, so we could maximize our day in Kyoto. He picked up at Kobe Cruise Terminal and travel with us to Kioto. On the way he handed a printed itinerary to every person as well as a timeline with the history of Japan with the important sites that we were going to visit. Mr. Shun walks fast and was tireless, took us to the best places, told us funny stories and interesting facts about Japan culture, history and his own life in Japan. We learned a lot by using different means of transportation. We spent 10 wonderful hours with Mr. Shun. An unforgettable detail, Mr. Shun received us with a bag of Japan sweets. We recommend him 100%, and we definitely will hire him again, he also tours others cities in Japan.
Hi Martha, Thank you for your review . You gave me too many nice words about me. To tell the truth, I had been concerned that I might have guided you with too difficult topics. But I feel grateful now to have read your review. By the way, I tried to send you the photo we took at Kyoto, but I failed. I have no idea the reason so far. I'll try it again later if possible. Anyway if you will have a chance to visit Japan again, please contact me. Thank you again. I hope you will spend happy days in your country. Shun