Traveling to Japan is fun, but it can be easy to stay within the different cities connected by bullet trains as it is conveniently reasonable and less-time consuming. However, the best-kept secrets are usually situated far from the main cities, which means you need to get off trains and do some good old-fashioned exploring!
One recommended place to do this is the San’in (山陰) region, which is located in the western area of Honshu (本州). The place is not only popular for its sand dunes, but also for its breathtaking scenery, including trees that change color throughout the year.
San’in region is a mountainous area with a few plains. Its name is derived from two kanji characters which mean “mountain” and “yin” (from yin and yang). It is considered the “shady side” of the mountain.
Its history is deeply rooted in the Shinto religion, so don’t be surprised if you see the most important Shinto shrines in Japan in this area. The place has no administrative authority and is generally referred to the prefectures of Shimane (島根), Tottori (鳥取), and the northern area of Yamaguchi (山口).
The length of the region is noticeable with a long coastline of the Japan Sea (日本海). Its landscape remains rural and unindustrialized. The population in the area is not high as its aging society is increasing at a faster rate than anywhere else in the country. However, because of its broad coastal and mountain areas, it has become a popular tourist destination. It is also a major cultural center showcasing Japan’s very early history. It founded traditions such as sumo wrestling, bull fighting, and yabusame (流鏑馬) archery. The place is also boasting many writers and storytellers so don’t be surprised if you hear a lot about them there! Writers draw their inspiration from the region’s local folktales.
Though transportation is relatively underdeveloped in the region, there are still many places to visit in the area. The YouTube channel San’in JAPAN released a 4K ultra-HD video showcasing the best and most beautiful areas of the region.
In the video, you can see the majestic dunes of Tottori, which are the largest in the country. You will also see the gorgeous nature of the place from the deep blue sea to the surrounding mountains such as Mount Daisen (大山). The video also shows the rich history of the region from traditional crafting techniques to temple visits. You’ll also see some preserved sections of the town during the Edo (江戸) period. The video captures the captivating part of the region through all four seasons. The shots are awesome and are surely enticing to tourists who’d want to come to the place.
Next time, when you get to travel Japan, forget about the popular places connected by bullet train. Yes, they may be easier and convenient but that shouldn’t stop you from exploring hidden gems. Head to remote areas such as San’in and you’ll definitely get a breathtaking surprise of a lifetime. You can visit the place any time of the year as it is just magnificent all year round!
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