Daisen is located about one hour by car or bus from the city of Yonago, Tottori Prefecture, on the central west coast of Japan’s main island. Yonago is easily accessible by trains, express highway bus, or airplane. To head to the mountains from there, you can catch a bus or rent a car.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) offers flights from Tokyo and Nagoya to
Yonago; travel time is about 1 hour and 15 minutes. For
more information, call 0570-029-709 from within Japan, or 1-800-2FLY-ANA from the United States or Canada.
Japan Airlines (JAL) has daily flights from Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, and Fukuoka to the city of Izumo, just west of Yonago. Call 0570-025-071 for information and reservations.
Japan Rail (JR) offers a number of options for reaching Yonago. The bullet
train (Nozomi) from Tokyo to Yonago takes 5 hours 20 minutes, with a
transfer in Okayama; from Osaka to Yonago takes about 3 hours. An overnight express train, with sleeping berths, will get you from Tokyo to Yonago in about 11 hours. Exact route information from these cities as well as others is most easily found at www.hyperdia.com
Affordable Express busses run daily between Yonago and many major cities. The overnight bus from Tokyo takes approximately 10 hours 30 minutes. For information, call the Nihon Kotsu bus company at 0859-33-9116.
Buses run between Yonago train station and Daisen Temple five times a day, as well as between Yonago airport and train station. Call Nihon Kotsu bus company (0859-33-9116) or Hinomaru Bus Company (0859-32-2121) for more information.
On weekends, holidays, and peak touring seasons, a loop bus runs
from Yonago train station to Daisen’s main tourism spots. Be sure to call Nihon Kotsu bus company (0859-33-9116) to check the schedule, as the bus does not run year-round.
A taxi from Yonago train station to Daisen Temple costs about 5,000 yen and takes 30 minutes. The following taxi companies serve the Yonago and Daisen areas:
Kaike Taxi (0859334331)
Yonago Daiichi Kotsu (0859-22-2175)
Tsubame Taxi Company (0859-22-5103)
Wakatori Kotsu (0859-44-0345)
Aozora Kotsu (0859-22-3939)
Daisen Taxi (0859-27-0918)
Parking lots near Daisen town center can accommodate 800 cars in summer and 500 in winter. Free in summer only.
Limousine service/ hotel shuttle bus
Most hotels and inns in the Daisen Temple area will send a shuttle bus to pick up guests from nearby locations. Contact the hotel ahead of time for details. For groups, shuttle service from Yonago station is also available.
The following rent-a-car companies operate in Yonago. Most have branches at both the airport and train station:
Nippon Rent-A-Car (0859-32-0919)
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