Kyaku Shrine certainly makes it onto the list of Japan’s unique shrines. Also known historically as Ohara Shrine, it has taken on the nickname “Forest of Totoro” after the internationally acclaimed Studio Ghibli animated film.
The nickname is fitting because the somewhat diminutive shrine is located inside a mini forest that is surrounded by a sea of rice fields. Setting foot in Kyaku Shrine is like entering a hidden and secret world.
Access: Take the Super Yakumo from JR Okayama Station to JR Yonago Station. Take Kami Nagata Shakou bound bus to the Saihaku Byoin bus stop (Saihaku Hospital). Kyaku Shrine is about a 10-minute walk from the Saihaku Byoin bus stop.
About the Area
Western Tottori Prefecture is packed with places to go activities to experience. You can start up in the mountains of Daisen Town and of course make your way to the summit. On a clear day you might even be able to see the Korean peninsula in the distance.
Visit all the temples that are associated with Daisen-ji Temple and take part in their annual activities.Take a tour and treat yourself to a meal at one of the many fashionable restaurants to recharge your batteries before continuing on.
Nearby Heizu Town is a compact seaside enclave where you can spend the day learning about their interesting community. It is also a prime spot for delicious seafood.
Sakaiminato is a classic Japanese port city where angling is alive and well. Stop by the docks for a look at the colorfully flagged ships before they set out to sea.
Another important aspect of the city is the life and work of famed comic artist and writer Mizuki Shigeru. Walk down Mizuki Shigeru road and encounter many of his ghoulish creations.
Yonago is the urban center of the Sanin region and a hot spring destination as well. Some visitors come to the city just for the spas and the ornate traditional multi-course meals.
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