I have attended the guided tour to Mt. Daisen Natsuyama Summer Festival, conducted by Ms. Keiko Hayashi at Seren Environmental Education Office.
The program included
- JOINING THE TORCH PARADE WITH LOCALS
- NIGHT HIKING
- SLEEP OUTSIDE ONLY WITH A SLEEPING BAG UNDER THE STARS :)
- WATCH THE SUN RISE IN THE EARLY MORNING AT THE MOUNTAIN
For detailed itinerary, please see http://www.houki-town.jp/p/15/4/4/2/.
We had the small dinner in the back of the Ogamiyama shrine, waiting for the torch parade to proceed, and joined the parade at the tail of the procession.
You can see the fantastic photos of the torch parade at 大山王国 (DAISEN KINGDOM) website.
Then finally, we went for the night hike!
One of the highlights of the night hike was that we had some time on our own in the compete dark forest.
Six of us (all girls) scattered about (but not too far!), and spent some time alone.
I threw myself down on the ground, and kept watching the stars. It was amazing that my eyes gradually adjusted to the dark, and the number of stars I could recognize increased as time went by. I started to smell the soil, and become sensitive to the small sounds around myself. I felt scared, but it was a fantastic feeling.
In the morning at 7:00am, the program ended. Three Korean girls working at Eastern and Central Tottori joined the program. Thanks for coming all the way to Mt. Daisen!
Let's have fun soon again! :D
Seren Environmental Education Office offers educational and active eco-tours at Mt. Daisen. I will keep updating you at daisenguide.jp, or if you read Japanese, you can directly reach the information at セレン環境教育事務所 http://www.daisen-seren.net/