Cycling, hiking and sightseeing in breathtaking Tottori.
Join Japan expert and award-winning cycling guide Richard Pearce for a special tour through the San-in region of Japan. San-in is a region of stunning beauty, rich in history and folklore. This region is of spiritual importance to the Japanese. San-in features heavily in Kojiki, the oldest surviving chronicle of the mythical origins of Japan and its gods. The Japanese see San-in as the birthplace of Japan. We follow a route in a famous Kojiki tale of the Deity Ōkuninushi and a white hare, between Inaba and Izumo, today Tottori and Izumo.
Our adventure begins near Tottori City. We start our journey along the San-in coastline on the Sea of Japan to Mount Mitoku, an ancient Buddhist temple complex. Here we visit Sanbutsuji Temple and have tea with the priests. We will spend the night in traditional lodgings in Misasa Onsen, a spa-town famous for the health-restoring properties of its water.
Our journey continues west to Yonago City, passing through rice fields, pear farms, and fishing villages in the shadow of the stunning Mount Daisen. The following day, we begin cycling from the top of the mountain. As we glide through beech forest and lush pastures, we can enjoy spectacular views over the Sea of Japan and of the majestic mountain itself. At the seashore, we ride along a newly opened coastal cycle path. The path will take us to the Sakaiminato ferry port via Ejima Bridge, the third largest of its kind in the world, and the small islands of Eshima and Daikonjima.
The next stage of our journey takes us by ferry to the remote Oki Islands, once a place of exile for former emperors, for a two-night stay. Here, we cycle on Nishinoshima and the Dogo Islands and walk the breathtaking Kuniga coastline.
Back on the mainland, we’ll go to the “power spot” Mihonoseki Shrine, where we can see the morning dances performed by the shrine maidens. We’ll continue ride along the stunning coastline en route to Matsue. We’ll spend the rest of the day exploring Matsue, its impressive, original castle, and the world-famous Adachi Museum. Finally, we continue west along beautiful farm roads to Izumo Taisha, Japan’s oldest Shinto shrine and our goal.
The minimum number of persons required for the tour to run is 1.
The maximum number of persons in a tour is 4.
More than 60 days: Full amount of your deposit
40 days to 60 days: 30% of tour price
15 days to 39 days: 60% of tour price
6 days to 14 days: 75% of tour price
No show to 5 days: 100% of tour price