Daisen National Park Center (Nature Park Foundation 0859-52-2165)
This magnificent information center, with pillars and beams made of local red pine and Daisen andesite, opened in 2003 in the center of the village.
On the first floor are a bus waiting area, changing rooms, public restrooms, and an office where visitors can obtain information about the local environment and outdoors; on the second floor is a sub-branch office of the Ministry of the Environment, a balcony overlooking the Sea of Japan and the Oki Islands, and a rest area with books, displays, and magazines about Daisen. The staff at the tourist center speak English and can make hotel reservations, provide information on events and activities, and recommend good restaurants.
This tourist information center was built with environmental protection in mind. Solar panels on the roof, a rainwater collection system in the bathrooms, and double-paned windows and excellent insulation throughout to reduce heating and cooling demands. In addition, the entire building is barrier-free and accessible to all visitors.
Daisen Museum of Nature and History (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 Treasures
Open 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.
There is a footbath using natural hot spring water along the approach to Daisenji Temple.
How about visiting on your way back from climbing a mountain?