LEGEND JAPAN KYOTO/HYOGO/TOTTORI A CORRIDOR OF TIME AND SEA

Suggested Plans

Model Course2 Two nights and three days in spots charged with mentally healing powers

  • Amanohashidate Shrine, Miyazu City, Kyoto Pref.
  • Kinosaki Hot Springs, Toyooka City, Hyogo Pref.
  • Hakuto Shrine, Tottori City, Tottori Pref.

For those days when the rush and stress of daily life wear you out, locales of legend and tradition are just the right thing. Travel to places whose mysterious powers and thermal baths heal both mind and body are ideal for couples and families.

Touring Amanohashidate Places of Power

Touring Amanohashidate Places of Power

Kyoto
1Amanohashidate ShrineSTART
2Motoise Kono Shrine
3Manai Shrine

Places of Power in Hyogo

Hyogo
4Genbudo
5Overnight Stop at Kinosaki

5Tajima Highland Botanical Garden

7Roadside Station, Muraoka Farm Garden

Places of Power in Tottori

Tottori
7Hakuto Shrine
2Roadside Station, "Village of Myth, White Hare"
1Chinese Garden
      Strolling through Kurayoshi City

Overnight Stop at Misasa

11Mitoku MountainGOAL

Day One

KyotoTouring Amanohashidate Places of Power

Amanohashidate Shrine

Amanohashidate Shrine
Along Amanohashidate is a quaint shrine that takes the name of the land bridge itself. This shrine is one of several “power spots” in the Tango area. 
Amanohashidate is host to many stories about dragons, and the king of the Eight Dragons is enshrined here. 
Beside the shrine is one of Japan’s most famous water springs – the Isokiyoshisui (pure water of the beach). Despite being right on the seashore, this freshwater spring adorns the shrine as the purifying well for travellers to wash their hands in before approaching the shrine.
Location Monju-amanohashidate-kouen, Miyazu-shi, Kyoto
For Further Information Amanohashidate Tourist Association

Motoise Kono Shrine

Motoise Kono Shrine
Motoise Kono Shrine is an old shrine that has a strong affinity with the famous Ise Shine in Mie Pref. It is said that the goddess of agriculture, Toyouke-Ōmikami, who once resided in this area was called to Ise Shrine by the sun goddess, Amaterasu-Ōmikami, and has since been enshrined at Ise Shrine.
Along the railing in front of the main shrine there are five colored suedama, a Shinto motif of which only two shrines in the country are permitted to use – Ise Shrine and Kono Shrine.
Within the shrine grounds there is a suikinkutsu, a Japanese garden ornament that produces a beautiful sound like a koto harp, as water drips into an underground cave. Its mysterious tones echo from underfoot and it is as relaxing as it is beautiful.

The legend of the floating bridge from heaven

In ancient times the god Izanagi went to and from the heavens to see the goddess Izanami via the Bridge to the Heavens (Amanohashidate). Now this area is known as the land where men and women can be bound to one another like Izanagi and Izanami were.
Location Ogaki, Miyazu-shi, Kyoto
For Further Information Amanohashidate Tourist Association

Manai Shrine

Manai Shrine
Manai Shrine, the inner precinct of Kono Shrine, is also known as the Kushihama-no-Miya, the kushi of which means a source of mystic, miraculous power. Behind the main shrine building there is an ancient ritual stone, or Iwakura, which has preserved its original form for 2,500 years. At it, a number of deities, including Toyouke no Okami and Amaterasu Omikami, are venerated.

Access: From Miyazu City, Kyoto Pref., to Toyooka City, Hyogo Pref. on National Highway No. 312

HyogoPlaces of Power in Hyogo

Genbudo

Genbudo Park
Genbudo is lava flow from a volcanic eruption that happened about 1.6 million years ago. It formed columnar basalt joints as the waves washed over it. A cave has formed from people mining the rocks. The beauty of the joints is one of the great mysteries of the world. It has also been designated as a national natural monument. Visitors can see five caves: Genbudo, Seiryudo, Byakkodo, Minami-suzakudo and Kita-suzakudo.

Access: From Toyooka City, Hyogo Pref., to Kinosaki Town, Toyooka City, Hyogo Pref. on Prefectural Highway No. 3

Overnight Stop at Kinosaki

Public Baths at the Kinosaki Hot Springs

Public Baths at the Kinosaki Hot Springs
Famous since the Heian Period, with a history of 1,300 years, the Kinosaki Hot Springs are especially noted for a circuit of seven public baths. Bathers moving among the seven wear cotton kimonos called yukata and considered proper attire at Kinosaki. A hot-spring town along the Otani stream connecting the seven sets of baths is graced with willow trees along the banks. Thermal footbaths and hot-springs drinking fountains are positioned throughout the town. The short story “At Kinosaki,” by Naoya Shiga is set in this town.
Location Yushima, Kinosaki-cho, Toyooka-shi, Hyogo
For Further Information Kinosaki Onsen Tourist Information Center

Access: From Toyooka City, Hyogo Pref., to Kami Town, Mikata District, Hyogo Pref. on National Highway No. 178 to National Highway No. 482 then to National Highway No. 9

Day Two

Gigantic Katsura Tree of Wachi, Tajima Highland Botanical Garden

Gigantic Katsura Tree of Wachi, Tajima Highland Botanical Garden
The Tajima Highland Botanical Garden protects a gigantic Katsura tree, thought to be more than 1000 years old. The tree, standing near the source of the Takasaka River, has given birth to the legend that the water flows out of its roots. There is a mysterious atmosphere to this whole scene.
Location Muraoka-ku Wachi 709, Kami-cho, Mikata-gun, Hyogo
Months of Operation From the beginning of April to the end of November
Business Hours 9:00~17:00
Days Closed Open 7 days a week during gardening season
Fees Adults 500 yen, High school students 400 yen, Junior high school and Primary school students 100 yen
For Further Information Tajima Highland Botanical Garden

Tajima Beef Gourmets

Tajima Beef Gourmets
At Muraoka Farm Garden Roadside Rest Area in the northern part of Hyogo, you can enjoy gourmet meals of local beefburgers, hamburger steaks, steaks, and croquettes using the famous Japanese Tajima beef.
Location Muraoka-ku Onuka 32-1, Kami-cho, Mikata-gun, Hyogo
Business Hours Restaurant/9:00~19:00
Days Closed Open 7 days a week
For Further Information Roadside Station, Muraoka Farm Garden

Access: From Kami Town, Hyogo Pref., to Tottori City, Tottori Pref. on National Highway No. 178

鳥取Places of Power in Tottori

Hakuto Shrine and Legend on White Hare of Inaba white hare

Hakuto Shrine and Legend on White Hare of Inaba white hare
This shrine is famous for the legend of the "White Hare of Inaba," described in the ancient creation myths Kojiki* and Nihonshoki*. Its waters are known for their healing powers against skin diseases and burn injuries. You can see "Ike Gama," where the hare bathed in the waters and rolled in the cattails to heal its injuries.
*Very old documents, role book
Location Hakuto Miyagoshi 603, Tottori-shi, Tottori
For Further Information "Tour to the eight shrines to pray for better fortune" to visit the shrine that bears such an auspicious name (Tottori Tourist Confederation)
"Tour to the eight shrines to pray for better fortune"

Roadside Station, 'Village of Myth, White Hare'

Roadside Station, "Village of Myth, White Hare"
Roadside Station, in the Village of the White Hare Myth, where the Hakuto Kaigan coast stretches before you. You will enjoy cuisine made from delicious local products served at the fish preserve seafood restaurant on the second floor. Plenty of souvenirs associated with Hakuto are sold also.
Location Hakuto 613, Tottori-shi, Tottori
営業時間 7:00~22:00
Days Closed Open 7 days a week
For Further Information Roadside Station, "Village of Myth, White Hare"

Chinese Garden, 'Enchoen'

Chinese Garden, "Enchoen"
This is an authentic Chinese garden built along the shores of Lake Togo. The garden has the harmony of a wall painting with colors in tune with surrounding nature. The experience is summed up in a single word: "wonderful." The garden invokes the atmosphere of an imaginary fairyland: "Togenkyo."
Location Hikichi 565-1, Yurihama-cho, Tohaku-gun, Tottori
営業時間 9:00~17:00
Days Closed The 4th Tuesday of the month, from December to March (If it falls on a holiday, the garden will be closed the following day.)
料 金 Adults 500 yen, Children 200 yen
For Further Information Chinese Garden, "Enchoen"

Tottori Chinese noodles with cattle bone soup

Tottori Chinese noodles with cattle bone soup
The local ramen noodles are made from cattle bones. The soup is rare in Japan, but has been available in the central part of Tottori for 50 years. A delicate taste of soy sauce forms the base of the soup. With its distinctive taste and flavor, the soup is growing more popular in all parts of Japan.

Access: From Tottori City, Tottori Pref., to Misasa Town, Tottori Pref. on National Highway No. 9

Overnight Stop at Misasa

Day Three

Mitoku Mountain and Nageiredo Hall

Mitoku Mountain and Nageiredo Hall
Mitokuyama Mountain is known as a hallowed mountain and a training site for Buddhist monks. It is worshipped by many people. Nageiredo Hall is the only building in Tottori designated as a national treasure. Legend has it that an ascetic priest, using the powers of the Buddha, threw the temple into the crevice of the cliff at the foot of Mitokuyama. Because of heavy snow, it is impossible to enter the mountain in winter (December to March).
Location Mitoku 1010, Misasa-cho, Tohaku-gun, Tottori
Business Hours 8:00 to 15:00 Time of offering prayers to Nageire Hall
Fees As the gift for entering mountain: (Offering prayers to Nageire Hall) Adults 600 yen, Children 300 yen; (Only up to the main hall) Adults 400 yen, Children 200 yen
For Further Information Sanbutsuji Temple, Mitokuyama
Misasa Onsen Tourist Association

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