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​Misasa Onsen

Tottori

Misasa Onsen

Stay in Misasa Onsen with a hot spring with a history of over 850 years and experience the Buddhist asceticism

From JPY22,000

(The rate for 2 adults per room)

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Misasa Town located in the center of Tottori prefecture is home to Mitokusan Sanbutsu-ji Temple's Nageire-do Hall which is a national treasure and one of the three largest Nageire halls in Japan, as well as the scenic Ojika-kei, and Misasa Hot Spring Resort which is said to have the world's highest concentration of radon in its hot spring water. Misasa Onsen has a long history dating back more than 850 years to the Heian period (794-1185). In the dream of a samurai who saved a white wolf, Myoken Daibosatsu appeared and rewarded him the location of the hot spring in return for his help. Since then, it is said that the hot spring has been used to cure the villagers of their illnesses.

Mt. Mitoku which is located in the eastern part of Misasa Onsen has a unique landscape with its steep topography as a site for mountain asceticism and its unique architectural design and structure based on the Shinto-Buddhist syncretism, and its inhospitable austerity has been protected for 1,300 years. In the western part of the city is the Kurayoshi City Utsubuki Tamagawa Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings, where you can enter a nostalgic world of traditional machiya-style merchant houses and white-walled storehouses.

JPY39,940~93,140 per person

MYU Japan has combined hotel stay in Misasa Onsen with choice of local activities. Choose an accommodation and an activity which best suits your interest.

STEP 1 Select an accommodation

Choose between;

Misasa Onsen Izanro Iwasaki

or

Kagaribi no Yado Yuraku

STEP 2 Select an activity

Choose your preferred activity from Buddhist asceticism training at Mitokusan Sanbutsu-ji Temple to cultural experiences in Kurayoshi.

"Meditation experience at Mitokusan Sanbutsu-ji Temple"

"Shakyo (sutra copying) and Shabutsu (Buddha image copying) experience

at Mitokusan Sanbutsu-ji Temple"

"Uchibuki pottery experience in Kurayoshi"

"Hakota doll workshop in Kurayoshi"

 

Activities

Sanbutsu-ji Temple on Mt. Mitoku, a temple of the Tendai Buddhist sect of Shugendo is surrounded by high mountains and beautiful valleys. The area is designated as a historic site and a place of scenic beauty, as the mountain has cliffs and caves that are beautiful from season to season. Here you can experience Buddhist ascetic practice to wash your mind while being surround by beautiful scenery. The townscape of Kurayoshi with its white storehouses and red tile roofs was originally built in the Muromachi period (1336-1573) as the Jokamachi (castle town) of Uchibuki Castle, and was developed into a Jinyamachi (town around feudal lords residence) in the Edo period (1603-1868). The stone bridge over the Tamagawa River and the calm atmosphere of the town with its red Sekishu tiles and white plaster walls makes the time seem to flow slowly. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Kurayoshi.

 

Meditation experience at Mitokusan Sanbutsu-ji Temple

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You will experience the Shikan meditation, a type of meditation practiced by the Tendai sect of Buddhism. The steps will be explained you will be given a full guidance, so even those who have never done it before can participate with ease.

Period: Open all year round (no fixed holidays)

Meeting point: Information desk at Sanbutsuji Temple, Mt. Mitoku

Meeting time: Any time between 10:00 and 15:00

Duration: 50 minutes

Note

A separate entrance fee of JPY400 (to be paid on site) is required. For those who wish to go to Mt. Mitoku for Buddhist ascetic practice (climbing up to Nageiredo Hall), JPY800 will be charged in addition to the entrance fee of JPY400. Mt. Mitoku for Buddhist ascetic practice is to climb a steep mountain route.

 

Shakyo (sutra copying) or Shabutsu (Buddha image copying) experience at Mitokusan Sanbutsu-ji Temple

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Originally, the purpose of sutra-copying was to disseminate the sutras to the world, but since the Lotus Sutra and other sutras teach the merits of sutra copying, it has come to be used for various purposes, such as praying for prosperity and peace in the world, the fulfillment of one's own wishes, and praying for the repose of one's ancestors' souls. Buddha image copying is the act of copying the image of Buddha. It is a way to feel closer to the Buddha and to have a sense of gratitude to him.

Period: Open all year round (no fixed holidays)

Meeting point: Information desk at Sanbutsuji Temple, Mt. Mitoku

Meeting time: Any time between 10:00 and 15:00

Duration: 50 minutes

Notes

  • Please choose between Shakyo (sutra copying) or Shabutsu (Buddha image copying) experience

  • A separate entrance fee of JPY400 (to be paid on site) is required. For those who wish to go to Mt. Mitoku for Buddhist ascetic practice (climbing up to Nageire-do Hall), JPY800 will be charged in addition to the entrance fee of JPY400. Mt. Mitoku for Buddhist ascetic practice is to climb a steep mountain route.

 

Uchibuki pottery experience in Kurayoshi

(free Retro Street coupon)

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At the pottery hall which is a renovated old house, you can create your own vessels and cups by the handbuilding technique. The finished product will be delivered to your home after being baked and glazed (delivery fee to be paid on delivery). This tour plan also includes a Retro Street coupon that can be used at about 30 stores around the Shirakabe storehouses!

Period: Open all year round (except Wednesday)

Meeting point: Togeikan Akagawara Building No. 11 (1-2443 Shinmachi, Kurayoshi, Tottori) Meeting time: Anytime between 09:00 and 15:00

End point: Togeikan Akagawara Building No. 11 (1-2443 Shinmachi, Kurayoshi, Tottori)

Duration: Approximately 2 hours

Notes

  • You will be able to make your own pottery before it is unglazed. After that, the pottery will be baked and glazed at the pottery center before being delivered to your home.

  • Payment on delivery is required as the delivery fees vary depending on the region.

  • The Retro Street coupon can be exchanged at Kurayoshi Shirakabe Dozo-gun Information Center (08:30-17:00). The coupon is valid only on the day of the date stamped on it. Coupons without a date stamp on the back will be invalid. Some stores close early, so please ensure plenty of time for shopping. ・No change will be given, and no refunds or exchanges will be made.

 

Hakota doll workshop in Kurayoshi

(free Retro Street coupon)

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Hakota Doll is a protective charm that have been handed down in Kurayoshi since the Edo period (1603-1868) to wish for the safe growth of children. At the workshop, you can try your hand at drawing a face on a Kurayoshi papier-mache doll as well as a Hakota doll. This tour plan also includes a Retro Street coupon that can be used at about 30 stores around the Shirakabe storehouses!

Period: Open all year round (except Wednesday)

Meeting point: Hakota Doll Workshop (2529 Uomachi, Kurayoshi, Tottori)

Meeting time: Anytime between 10:00 and 16:30

End point: Hakota Doll Workshop (2529 Uomachi, Kurayoshi, Tottori)

Duration: Approximately 30 minutes

Notes

  • The coupon can be exchanged at Kurayoshi Shirakabe Dozo-gun Information Center (08:30-17:00). The coupon is valid only on the day of the date stamped on it. Coupons without a date stamp on the back will be invalid. Some stores close early, so please ensure plenty of time for shopping.

  • No change will be given, and no refunds or exchanges will be made.

 

Hotels

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Misasa Onsen

Izanro Iwasaki

An onsen ryokan with 100 years of history which has hosted renowned guests including the royal family and famous poets and artists

JPY29,700~35,200 per person

(For 2 adults in a room)

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Kagaribi no Yado

Misasa Onsen

Yuraku

Enjoy an open-air stone bath to heal your body and soul, and taste the local seasonal delicacies

JPY27,500~33,000 per person

(For 2 adults in a room)