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Tottori Prefecture Overview

  • In the west of Japan’s main island Honshu looking onto the Sea of Japan lies Tottori Prefecture which is celebrated as the home of the country’s largest sand dunes as well as many notable national parks. Along the border, the highest of the Chugoku mountain range, the volcanic Mount Daisen gives the area its picturesque backdrop.

    Seasonal changes are thoroughly celebrated in Japan and Tottori Prefecture is well-known for being a great destination to visit all year round. View cherry blossoms in Kyusho Park in Tottori City and Minatoyama Park near Yonago; During summer, laze around the beaches and enjoy beer festivals, fireworks, and fire processions; Take in the richly coloured autumn leaves in the popular spots of Masumizu Kogen and Kagikake Pass; and winter brings snow sports, sparkling illuminations, and seafood feasts.

    Seafood season starts around November and is kicked off by a crab festival in Tottori City’s Marinepia Karo where free portions of crab soup are served up. The event also marks the start of fishing for Tottori’s juiciest speciality, snow crab.

    As well as its famous snow crab, Tottori Prefecture’s specialities include gyukotsu ramen, a rich flavored beef bone broth, a specially processed tofu, and Kakinohazushi, a type of trout sushi marinated in vinegar and seasoned with a little sansho pepper. Tottori Prefecture is also famous for its large, juicy nashi pears which are regularly shipped out to all the major cities across Japan.

    For some of the best views in the area, visit the castle ruins in Yonago which look over Lake Nakaumi, the fifth largest lake in Japan, and Mount Daisen. The Tottori Castle Ruins also offer commanding views overlooking the impressive Jinpukaku, a Western-style French renaissance style house built in the early 1900s as a residence for the 14th lord of the Ikeda clan.

    The natural beauty of the Tottori Sand Dunes are ever-changing with the winds coming in from the Sea of Japan. Climb to the top for stunning views, and visit the Sand Museum which sees sand sculptors visit from around the world to create beautiful, thematic sculptures that are open to the public from April onwards.

    Tottori
    Address
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Higashihonjichou
    Phone
    Kyusho Park
    Address
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Higashimachi
    Phone
    0857223318
    Yonago Castle Ruins
    Address
    Tottori Pref. Yonagoshi Kumechou
    Phone
    0859235436
    Daisen Masumizu Highlands
    Address
    Tottori Pref. Saihakugunhoukichou Ouchi Masumi Kogen
    Phone
    Kagikake Pass
    Address
    Tottori Pref. Hinogunkoufuchou Okawara
    Phone
    Mt. Daisen
    Address
    Tottori Pref. Saihakugundaisenchou Daisen
    Phone
    Tottori Castle Ruins, Kyusho-koen Park
    Address
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Higashimachi
    Phone
    Jinpukaku Mansion (National Important Cultural Property)
    Address
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Higashimachi 2-121
    Phone
    0857263595
    Tottori Sand Dunes
    Address
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Fukubechouyuyama
    Phone
  • Tottori Sand Dunes Sand Museum
    Address
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Fukubechouyuyama 2083-17
    Phone
    0857202231
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