What to See & Do


Mitokusan Sanbutsu Temple Nageire Hall (Japanese Heritage, National Park and National Treasure)

Most Dangerous National Treasure to See in Japan

This is a mountain temple with grounds on Mt. Mitoku at an altitude of 900 meters. There is a legend that Nageire Hall (the inner temple) was thrown down the mountain by En no Gyoja – the founder of Shugendo (Japanese mountain asceticism). This is a building unlike any other that has been built in a hollow on a steep precipice at a vertical. This has led to the building being listed as a national treasure. In addition, this temple was also listed as Japanese heritage together with Misasa Hot Spring as the “most dangerous national treasure to see in Japan and one of the world’s leading radon hot springs” in 2015. This is also an excellent building in terms of architectural beauty with a gently curved roof and a structure of pillars that support the hall.

Basic Information
Address 1010 Mitoku, Misasa-cho, Tohaku-gun, Tottori
Telephone Number 0858-43-2666
Website http://www.mitokusan.jp/
Directions Approx. 40 minutes by bus from JR Kurayoshi Station
Approx. 50 minutes by car from Innosho IC on the Chugoku Expressway
Approx. 50 minutes by car from Yubara IC on the Yonago Expressway