Highlights Throughout Tottori Prefecture / Izumo Region
Visiting these charming tourist destinations will elevate your memorable trip to another level.
When you stay at Kiya Ryokan, please explore the vicinity of Misasa Onsen Town, picturesque sceneries offered by all areas of Tottori prefecture, and some of many spiritual power spots such as Izumo Ōyashiro Shrine.
Tottori Sand Dunes
When we speak of Tottori, Tottori Sand Dunes come to mind first. It is one of the largest sand dunes in Japan, stretching 2.4 km from north to south and 16 km from east to west. The beautiful ripple marks created by the wind from the Sea of Japan and the sand from the sand dunes captivate the hearts of those who see them.
This is the first art museum in the world to exhibit sculptures made from sand. The sand art "Sand Sculpture", which combines danger and ephemerality, is exquisite and beautiful, and allows you to explore the different facet and charm of the Tottori Sand Dunes. The nursing room is available. A barrier-free facility. You can also experience creating sand sculptures, and you can enjoy it with peace of mind even with children.
Ube Shrine (Inaba no Kuni Ichinomiya)
It is said to have been built in the 4th year of Taika period (648) by Emperor Kōtoku. This shrine is printed on the five-yen banknote along with the statue of Takenouchi no Sukune no Mikoto, the enshrined deity. Surprisingly, it is the first shrine in Japan to be used in the design of Bank of Japan notes. This shrine is believed to bring good luck with money, and it is famous as a god of business prosperity.
The white hare god (Shirousagi no Kami), famous for the legendary tale “The White Hare of Inaba", is enshrined here. It is known as the birthplace of Japanese medicine and veterinary medicine. This area is also known for the oldest love story in Japan, which appears in the Kojiki (an early Japanese chronicle.) The story is about Ōkuninushi no Kami, who was still called Ōnamuchi in his adolescence, traveling from Izumo to present-day Kawaramachi, Tottori City, to propose to his future wife, Princess Yagami.
It is the oldest sacred mountain in Japan that can be seen in literature, and appears in the legend of Kunibiki in "Izumo Fudoki" (an ancient local gazetteer) as "Fire God Peak of Hōki.” The majestic view from the summit of Mt. Daisen and the autumn foliage of Kagikake Pass on the south wall seen from Daisen Hiruzen Skyline Kagamiganaru are spectacular. This is the production area of Suntory’s mineral water "Okudaisen" and the location of Hikaru Utada's commercial. Kita-za is home to Daisenji Temple, Ōgamiyama Shrine, and Hinokami Onsen Gōen Yuin.
Mizuki Shigeru Road
177 bronze statues of yōkai monsters and Showa retro shops line the 800-meter path from JR Sakaiminato Station to the Mizuki Shigeru Museum, creating a nostalgic yet mysterious world. It's definitely an Instagrammable spot!
This museum has the best Japanese gardens in Japan. Their collection includes beautiful Japanese gardens, modern Japanese paintings by Taikan Yokoyama, pottery by Rosanjin Kitaoji and children's paintings. The contrast with the garden seen from the window is an exquisite design!
This legendary shrine is said to have originated when Susanoo built eight fences to protect Princess Kushinada from Yamata no Orochi (eight headed & eight tailed dragon.) The oldest waka poem in Japan, "Clouds are celebrating, I will build eight fences to protect my wife, yes, eight fences." written by Susanoo, is famous. In the back of the precincts, there is a mysterious pond called "Mirror Pond" where you can experience a rare fortune-telling.
Izumo Taisha Shrine
Izumo Taisha Shrine enshrines Ōkuninushi, the god of marriage of Kumoizurukuni "Izumo". It is said that the main hall of 48m high wooden building existed in the Yayoi period, taller than the Tokyo Dome. In October, each shrine in Izumo holds the “Welcoming of Gods Festival,” “Celebration of Gods Festival”, and “Sending off Gods Festival” to see off the gods all over Japan. Izumo area becomes mystical in October.