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- This gorgeous national park, a quick train-ride from Tokyo, is a beautiful trip away from the rush and press of urban life. It has breathtaking waterfalls and lots of hiking trails that cater to different levels, and there are nearby temples if you want to sit and relax for a bit.Written May 7, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- On the north east peninsular of Hokkaido, it a bit difficult to reach. But the effort is really worth it,
A huge National Park, it has a mountain range on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. The forests are full of pine as well as deciduous tree.
We visited in May and snows were melting, so lots of little waterfalls were adding to the beauty. We also got fresh snowfall in the mountains.
The Visitor's centre at Rausau showed a well made and informative documentary about the fragile ecosystem of he area and is well worth watching.
We took a boat trip and saw one whale and a large pod of black and white dolphins close to our boat. The scenery was stunning.
Very limited options for staying and language is an issue, but the people are very helpful and friendly.
We saw local foxes and the fishing eagle and other sea birds too.
Lovely place for walking too.Written June 23, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Oze is a huge natural reserve, which extends to four prefectures: Gunma, Niigata, Tochigi and Fukushima. The highlights of Oze are Ozegahara and Ozenuma. But both places are far away, and since driving a car is restricted in the area, you have to walk for a long distance when you visit the park. However it is absolutely worth visiting.Written August 30, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Daisen-Oki National Park is the largest mountain in the Chugoku region in West Japan. From JR Okayama Station, the closest shinkansen stop where you will have to transfer to another train to take you to Yonago City, Tottori Prefecture where this mountain and national park overlook. Mt Daisen is 1729 meters which is half the height of Mt Fuji, but its location looking over the Japan Sea and the city below is beautiful and best to see in person. I never get sick of the changing scenes of this mountain.
However, I think the best way to enjoy this area is to drive. I have been visiting this mountain and park for close to 25 years, going at least a couple of times a year. The mountain has an aura about it which I believe is connected to its long history as a religious ties to the mountain. Centuries ago only spiritual leaders were able to enter this area. There are many shrines and temples scattered around the rim of the mountain.
One temple worth visiting is Enryuin Temple, it dates back around 1300 years and is associated with Daisen Temple. What makes this temple wonderful is the monk whose love of the area is apparent in the stories he tells. He also offers guided tours to introduce this temple and others within an 8km route. This temple also has a ceiling that is dedicated to comic artist Mizuki Shigeru, showing some of his last illustrations he did.
To get all the information you need about this area you should visit Daisen National Park Information Center, here you can find places to stay, where to eat, activities to do and guides if you are intending to hike.
Another great activity to do is horse riding where you can do within the horse park or they can take you on a trek near the foothills of Mt Daisen. This is a great family activity to do.
If you decide to stay in the National Park you are only 20 minutes away from Yonago City, which has a lot of great places to eat at, featuring seafood and other ingredients famous for this area.
Finally, after an exciting day of activities there are many hot springs to soak in. Usually accommodation in the Daisen area will have hot springs as part of the hotel, or there are some public bathing places in Yonago.Written April 2, 2020
- We reach the summit by cable car to marvel at the sweeping views of Hakone National Park. Due to snow, not much visibility. There is a shrine here as well. The weather cleared just enough to see the shrine. And, if the weather was clear, we should have been able to Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi. We did end up taking a boat cruise on Lake Ashi afterwards.
Travelled with my parents as part of a tour.Written August 20, 2020
- We stayed one night at Matsushima Tourist Hotel Misakitei and cross the highway up a small hill and got a fantastic sunrise view of many small islets of Matsushima and five bridges connecting the islands. Must visit and see.Written November 23, 2019
- Good for photographer or nature lover, can watch wild birds , deer, fox in close distance. Also can take canoe to travel.Written April 10, 2019
- The coast in this part of Shikoku is absolutely stunning and you could spend several days exploring the area. The views of Ashizuri Cape itself are incredible - be sure to check out nearby Kongofukuji Temple, number 38 on the 88 temple Shikoku pilgrimage.
The weird and wonderful rock formations at Tatsukushi are really fun to explore and the bright pink Ashizuri Kaiteikan Underwater Aquarium is not only a truly whimsical piece of retro-architecture, it offers a good view of the many, many tropical fish that swim in the crystal-clear waters around here.Written March 8, 2020
- I feel lucky and happy to meet few deers and wild monkeys on the road. Those animals are so relaxed, and not afraid of people at all. The scent and the colors of the forest are amazing, such a power spot area!Written September 21, 2020
- Visited with a friend. Wonderful quiet time surrounded by art. Had a nice outdoor path with large artwork against the backdrop of trees. Parking fee for each entrance, next t it's entrance.
A nice restaurant within its ground an accessible without museum ticket too. There is a separate cafe in the lounge area as well.Written December 10, 2021
- Went on this nice hike with Steve from YES tours. It was amazing. Steve has amazing knowledge of the area and awesome guide. Hike is tough at certain locations but very enjoyable. On the day I went there was a slight drizzle but the canopy provided enough cover, in addition to the rain gear I was wearingWritten August 12, 2021
- The Lake Omani/Mount Karakuni loop (9km return) is a great half day hike with rewarding views of a giant crater lake (Lake Omani) or being able to summit the highest mountain in national park (Mount Karakuni, 1700m).
Can’t wait to return to discover the rest of the trails that the national park has to offer.Written October 25, 2019
- Art, Nature, History, People, Food and Culture is Just Scraping the Surface of This Magnificent RegionSetonaikai (aka Seto Inland Sea) National Park spans a vast area from Wakayama Prefecture to Oita Prefecture in Kyushu, which accounts for 11 prefectures out of 47 in Japan. It was the first designated national park in Japan, established in 1934.
I have been visiting this area for close to 30 years as I live in one of the prefectures with easy access to the many hundreds of islands. Before the famous Benesse Art Festival made this region world famous, it was already a lively area where each island offered a unique ecosystem rich in culture and history.
There are many ports of entry to visit the area and depending on your travel time, budget and preferences it will be very hard to select where to go first. I have meet people in my travels to these islands that have been coming back to Japan yearly to visit a new island in the long archipelago.
If you have limited time and want to see as much as possible, I would recommend renting a private boat to visit as many islands as possible. Using public boats or ferry routes is doable but you are restricted to the time schedules they operate under. The prices can vary for private charters depending on the class of boat you want to charter, but there are options of fishing boats up to a 200 person ferry liner to choose from.
Some of the islands I have visited and especially like are Inujima (an art island where you need to walk around to see the island and get to the museum), Shodoshima (this is the second largest island in this region, renting a car is best and spending a number of days here is advised to get a better feel of the island), Maeshima (a good island for meeting locals, driving is better here but if you are an avid cyclist then the hills are probably no problem), Shiraishi (lots to do here and lots of information created by local international author to tell you what’s possible), and Nagashima (an island with a dark history but very important to see and learn about). These are easily accessible from Okayama Prefecture.
Next are the islands off Hiroshima Prefecture, the group of islands from Onomichi City to Imabari City (this can be crossed on the Shimanami Expressway, many people use the cycle route which allows you to visit the islands, weaving up and down cycle path), Okunoshima (aka Rabbit Island but this island is more than cute rabbits, having a dark wartime history which is fascinating to learn about), and the group of five islands off Kure City, Shimo-Kamagari, Kami-Kamagari, Teshima, Osaki-Shimozima and Okamura (these islands used to be accessible by boat but with the recent construction of bridges that now link these islands making it easy to drive or cycle there. There are lots to see and do, with some great museums, walking around the small villages, or eating from island to island).
These islands vary in size and tourist facilities available but to me this is part of the attraction and adds to the adventure.Written April 2, 2020