Mt.Mitoku-san in Misasa-cho Town, Tottori Prefecture. The origin of the name of this mountain comes from Buddhist terminology derived from three of “Hosshin”, “Hannya”, and “Gedatsu”. Sanbutsuji Temple’s national treasure “Nageire-do” is in the middle of the mountain. The way to here is known for being tough and can not be reached easily. That is why it is said to be a powerful sacred place, although there is merit.
There are some restrictions on going to the national treasure “Nageire-do” in Sanbutsuji Temple of Mt.Mitoku-san. First of all, you can not go mountain alone. It is necessary to go by some people. If you go alone, you need to join with other people before climbing.
There are regulations for shoes when climbing. You can not climb on the shoes with the worn back side. Climbing shoes and shoes with grooves firmly on the back side are required. Climbing is not allowed if it is judged as inappropriate shoes. If you still want to climb, you need to wear “Waraji” (straw sandals) that is prepared at the reception desk. So it is safe to have prepared firm shoes in advance. From the perspective of climbing road protection, shoes with metal fittings are also not allowed.
The climbing path is steep, but if you are an experienced mountaineer you will not have much problems. It is said that it is the national treasure in the most dangerous place in Japan, because there are several mountain trails like this.
Why is this on the steep mountain path because this is the place of “Shugendo” (*). “Nageire-do” is the Okunonin of Sanbutsuji Temple, according to legend, it is said that En no Gyoja, the founder of Shugendo in 706, made this place a place to practice.
There is the Japan’s most dangerous national treasure in Tottori. Mitoku-san Sanbutsu-ji is the mountains temple which has the precincts on Mt.Mitoku of 900 meters above sea level. Nageire-do, which is the Oku-no-in (inner sanctuary), was built in the hollow of the perpendicularly sheer cliff. It is an unprecedented building in Japan, and designated as the national treasure. The curvature of a roof, composition of the pillar supporting temple, etc, it is the building outstanding also from the view of construction beauty.
Although detailed construction time has not been clearly, but the tradition, that En no Gyoja who was the founder of Shugendo(*) threw the building in the whole from the flat ground by mystical power, is handed down from generation to generation.
* : Japanese mountain asceticism-shamanism incorporating Shinto and Buddhist concepts
There is the slippery place like a narrow and the ways to climb along a chain in Mt.Mitoku. In the case of climbing of its, it is recommended that you bring the property and the clothes which hands can be moved freely.
In order to see Nageire-do from a short distance, it is necessary to follow a severe mountain path, but you can also see it from “Nageire-do Yohaijo(*)” in the driveway of foot.
* : The place where worshippers offer prayers to a shrine from a remote location
You will be truly surprised if you see the real thing. You will think how he would build it in such a place. It is agreeable that there is the legend “It was threw in the whole from the flat ground by mystical power”. The journey is steep, but is surely worth being unmissable. By the way, you do not enter the Nageire-do. You can only look from the outside.
|Name:||Sanbutsu-ji Nageire-do (Thrown-in Temple)|
|Adresse:||Mitoku 1010 Tohakugun Misasacho, Tottori 682-0132 Japan|
|Access:||JR Sanyo-honsen Line “Matsuzaki-eki Station” (17 minutes by car)|
|Price:||800 yen (Adult)
400 yen (Under 15 years old)
Please refer the official web page.