Nature experience

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Rafting (Oboke and Koboke valleys)
 
 
     
 
Thrilling river-rafting through Yoshino River
At the Oboke and Koboke valleys at the upper reaches of Yoshino River, you can enjoy river-rafting on a rubber boat. The course goes through one of the strongest currents in Japan, and is full of thrills, as you get splashed by huge sprays in a plunge of at least 2 meters. As there is a guide for every course, even beginners can feel safe to take on a challenge. There are also pleasure boats operating nearby and many hot spring spas.
       
●Open/Apr.-Nov. 8:00-19:00, Dec.-Mar. 9:00-17:00
●Closed/[Outdoor & Rafting Safari]
Open all year
  ●Fare/Enquire for details  ●Tel/0883-76-0745
◆Access/10 min. drive from JR Awa Ikeda Stn.
       
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Hashikuiiwa Rocks and Cape Shionomisaki
 
 
     
 
Magnificent natural beauty looking out on the Pacific Ocean
Kushimoto is known for its beautiful seaside landscape. Hashikuiiwa Rocks in particular, which is a group of pointed rocks standing in line for 850 m long on the seashore, make for magnificent scenery. There is Shionomisaki Kanko Tower at the southernmost point of Shionomisaki which juts out into the Pacific Ocean. The 360 degree panoramic view of the horizon and mountain ranges from the tower gives the impression of a truly spherical earth. You can also enjoy whale watching nearby.
       
●Tel/0735-62-3171(Kushimoto Town Tourism Association)
◆Access/[Hashikuiiwa Rocks] 
A short walk from Hashikuiiwa bus stop by Kumano Kotsu bus from JR Kushimoto Stn.

[Cape Shionomisaki] 
A short walk from Shionomisaki bus stop by Kumano Kotsu bus from JR Kushimoto Stn.
       
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Tojinbo
 
 
     
 
The view of the majestic cliffs
The rugged cliff eroded by rough waves stretches about 1 km. It has a tremendous scene of the cliff, making visitors feel week at the knees, with the cliff continually washed by aggressive waves of the Sea of Japan. The enormous rock pillar made of columnar jointing of pyroxene andesite is the only one of its kind in Japan, but there are only two others in the world. It is designated as a natural monument. The gigantic 25 m-high and 1 km-long precipitous cliff makes one of the best landscapes in the Kansai area.
       
●Open/[Tojinbo sightseeing pleasure boat]8:00-17:00
●Fare/Junior high school students and over ¥1,200, Children ¥600  ●Tel/0776-81-3808(Tojinbo Sightseeing Cruise)
◆Access/By Keifuku bus from Keifuku Railway Mikuni Stn.
       
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Tottori Sand Dunes
 
 
     
 
Artistic beauty of nature created by the sand and wind
The Tottori Sand Dunes offer various sceneries, which are sometimes dynamic and other times tranquil. Visitors will find fumon, saren, and other picturesque patterns formed by the wind on the sand. These patterns change every time the wind blows, creating an artistic beauty of nature. Especially in the early morning, visitors may be overwhelmed by the scale and beauty of the dunes, whose entire surface is embellished with the wind-swept patterns newly created on the sand overnight and not yet walked upon. The dunes also offer a breathtaking view of the sunset over the Sea of Japan, enabling visitors to enjoy the subtle and constantly changing colors of the sea and sky.
       
●Tel/0857-20-2231(Tottori Sand Dunes Information Center, Sand Pal Tottori)
◆Access/20 min. by bus from JR Tottori Stn.
       
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Nageiredo Hall of Mitokusan Sanbutsuji Temple
 
 
     
 
A national treasure-designated, miraculous structure built on a precipitous cliff
Nageiredo Hall, or "Thrown-in Hall," was built as if suspended on a precipitous cliff. Legend has it that an ascetic named “En-no-Gyoja” threw the hall into the hollow from the foot of the mountain, using his mystical powers. The structure is so miraculous and even seems to be humanly impossible that it is no wonder such a legend remains alive. Nageiredo Hall fascinates visitors with its beautiful appearance, which varies according to the season. The entire vicinity has been designated as a place of historical interest and scenic beauty.
       
●Open/Open (temple): 8:00 - 17:00 Climbing to Nageiredo Hall: 8:00 - 15:00
Climbing prohibited during rough weather and the winter season.
●Closed/Open all-year round  ●Fare/Fare (temple): Adults 400, Elementary and junior high school students 200

Fare (Mountain entrance): Adults 200, Elementary and junior high school students 100  ●Tel/0858-43-2666(Mitokusan Sanbutsuji)
◆Access/40 min. by bus from JR Kurayoshi Stn.
       
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Mt. Daisen
 
 
     
 
Chugoku district’s highest mountain, located in Daisen-Oki National Park
Mt. Daisen is also called “Hoki Fuji” because of its noble, impressive appearance that resembles Mt. Fuji. Around the top of the mountain, Daisen Kyaraboku (type of needle-leaf tree), a protected plant species, grows wild. The entire base of Mt. Daisen is home to a variety of alpine plant and wild bird species, and has been designated as Daisen-Oki National Park. Many people visit Mt. Daisen, which offers various seasonal attractions. In spring, it is fun to view the lush greenery and to gather bracken. In summer, people enjoy camping and mountain climbing. In fall, the mountain is covered with beautiful red and yellow leaves. And in winter, Mt. Daisen serves as one of western Japan’s best ski resorts.
       
●Tel/0859-52-2502 (Daisen-cho Tourists Information Center)
◆Access/30 min. by bus from JR Yonago Stn.
       
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