Sanbutsuji is a mountain temple on the premises of 900-meter high Mt Mitoku. The temple, built into the mouth of a cave on a sheer precipice, is a one-of-a-kind national architectural treasure further renowned for the beauty of construction in its jaunty roof and hall support beams. The precise date of construction is unknown, but legend has it that the structure was built from the ground up through the spiritual power of the founder of the mountain asceticism-shamanism tradition Shugendo, En no Ozuno.
Viewing the temple up close requires traversing a rather rough mountain road, but a perfectly agreeable vista is possible from the safety of one’s vehicle at the nageiredo yohaisho.
Climbing to Mitokusan Sanbutsuji Temple
The path up Mt Mitoku has some narrow ways and chain-guardrail drops, as well as slippery places. Visitors are advised to wear clothing that permits free movement of both hands, to use gloves or towels as needed, and to stay hydrated.
Admission: Adults 800 yen, children 400 yen
When ascending the mountain, visitors are asked to enter the temple grounds from the climbers’ office (tozan jimushitsu) and to enter in pairs or groups. For safety, non-slip climbing or work shoes, or traditional straw sandals, are recommended.
Note: To preserve the beauty of the mountain environment, visitors are asked to refrain from climbing with walking sticks or wearing shoes with metal spikes.
(Traditional straw sandals, called warazouri, are available for sale.)
(Guided tours are available for groups of two or more. The tour lasts approximately three hours and requires a reservation and a fee. Inquire for details.)
Info Mitokusan Sanbutsuji Temple TEL 0858-43-2666
Please do not enter restricted areas.
Firearms are not permitted.
Off-limits during inclement weather (entrance forbidden during avalanche).
Please direct inquiries regarding further points of caution to the office below.
Mitokusan Sanbutsuji Temple TEL 0858-43-2666 http://www.mitokusan.jp/
Misasa Onsen Tourism Association Mitokusan Sanbutsuji Temple TEL 0858-43-0431 http://www.spa-misasa.jp/
Note: Number of persons, fees, etc. may vary with location; contacting each specific facility in advance is recommended. In some cases it may not be possible to visit a particular location, and published information is subject to change without notice.
1010 Mitoku, Misasa-cho, Touhaku District, Tottori
|TEL||0858-43-2666 (Mitokusan Sanbutsuji) | 0857-43-0431 (Misasa Onsen Tourism Association)|
|Access||40 min. by highway bus from Kurayoshi Station. 50 min. by car from Chuugoku Expwy Innoshou IC to Rt. 179; 50 min. from Yonago Expwy Yubara IC to Rt. 313 to Rt. 482 to Rt. 179.|