Daisen Natsuyama Festival

 In Japan's Tottori Prefecture, Mount Daisen is the most popular hiking destination. Every June, at the start of the rainy season, the mountain hosts the Natsuyama Festival. During the two-day festival, Shinto priests from Daisen’s ancient Ogamiyama Shrine pray for a safe hiking season. In fact, Ogamiyama Shrine marks the start of one of the [...]

3 fire festivals in Tottori and Shimane you should not miss

In Japan, Tottori and Shimane often get a bad rap. The shinkansen doesn't go there so they must be pretty backwater places. Au contraire, my friend, au contraire!  There's always something going on, if you know where to look. Like other prefectures in Japan, Tottori and Shimane have their own quirky light and fire festivals. [...]