6. MUSEUMS AND OTHER FACILITIES
Daisen Information Center (Daisen Jouhou Kan, 0859-52-2502)This handsome post-and-beam information center, built with local red pine and volcanic andesite rock from Mt. Daisen, opened in the village center in 2003.
The first floor has a bus waiting room, changing room, public bathroom, and office where you can get information about the local environment and outdoor activities. Upstairs on the second floor you’ll find the tourist information center, a branch office of the environment ministry, a balcony with great views over the Japan Sea and Oki Islands, and a public rest area stocked with books, displays, and magazines featuring the Daisen area. The staff at the tourism center speak English and can help you make hotel reservations, find information about events and activities, or recommend a good restaurant.
The information center was built with environmental protection in mind. There are solar panels on the roof, a rainwater collection system used to supply the bathrooms, and double-pane windows and excellent insulation throughout to reduce heating and cooling demand. The entire building is also barrier-free and accessible to all visitors.
Daisen Nature and History Museum (Daisen Shizen Rekishi Kan)Located just across the street from the information center, this free museum run by Tottori Prefecture features two floors of displays on Daisen’s history, culture, and natural environment (text is in Japanese only). Browse the exhibits of regional plants and animals to indentify what you noticed on the hiking trail, or check out the “Birth of Daisen” corner for a glimpse of geological history. Museum staff also lead free nature walks (no reservation needed), craft workshops for kids, and reservation-only outings to search for insects in summer and explore by snowshoe in winter.
Museum of Daisen Temple TreasuresOpen from April through November, this storehouse of treasures from Daisen Temple gives visitors insight into the temple’s long history as well as a chance to view Buddhist artwork dating to the late 7th century, when lavish support from the imperial court led to a blossoming of religious scholarship, architecture, and art.
The Kadowaki Family Home(0859-54-5212) is a traditional thatched-roof farmhouse open to the public for just one week each spring, summer, and fall. Displays of household goods and writings give a glimpse of life at the end of the Edo period (1603-1868). Designated as a national important cultural asset. Admission is 500 yen for adults, 300 yen for high school students, and 200 yen for junior high and elementary school students.
Public FootbathA footbath fed by a natural hot spring is scheduled to be built alongside the road leading to Daisen Temple in 2011.