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Where to Go in Tottori City

Tottori City is the capital of Tottori Prefecture and located in the Chugoku region of Japan. While the prefecture may be most famed for its sand dunes, you can rest assured there is plenty else to be excited by in Tottori City, from the ruins of a 16th century castle to a bustling seafood market.

  • Tottori Prefectural Museum

    Tottori Prefectural Museum

    Tottori Prefectural Museum

    The Tottori Prefectural Museum is home to a permanent exhibition which puts a spotlight on the local artists of Tottori Prefecture, as well as the rich natural history and folk history of this region. From the usual art and photography, to the unexpected fossils and traditional crafts on display, there is plenty to absorb in the museum’s permanent exhibition and carving out some time to spend here is highly recommended. The museum also keeps a busy schedule of temporary exhibitions which you can check on the official website.

  • Karoichi Seafood Market and Karo Harbor

    Karoichi Seafood Market and Karo Harbor

    Karoichi Seafood Market and Karo Harbor

    While making your way to and from the Karoichi seafood market, take some time to wander along the harbor and spot the local fishing boats bringing in the day’s catch. Tottori produces seasonal specialities year round - shrimp in the spring; oysters and white squid in the summer; horse mackerel and white sailfin in the fall; and snow crab in the winter. The bustling Karoichi seafood market is an absolute must-visit for all those seeking to sample the finest local seafood. Here, locals and tourists can buy fresh produce or eat at one of the various restaurants serving up expertly prepared seafood dishes.

    Karoichi Seafood Market and Karo Harbor

    Karoichi Seafood Market and Karo Harbor

  • Tottori Castle Ruins

    Tottori Castle Ruins

    Tottori Castle Ruins

    Originally built in 1532, Tottori Castle is survived today only by the ruins of the castle’s stone walls set into Mount Kyusho. Climbing up to the observation point will afford you an impressive view over the Jinpukaku Residence and wider Tottori City that’s begging to be uploaded to your Instagram. If you find yourself in Tottori City during cherry blossom season, the ruins are one of the best places to view the blossoms in this region as there are hundreds planted throughout the stone ruins.

  • Jinpukaku Residence

    Jinpukaku Residence

    Jinpukaku Residence

    Jinpukaku was built in the early 1900’s by the Ikeda clan - the feudal lords of this region from the Edo era. Built in a Western style, it was the first building in Tottori to have electric lights and it was a grand departure from the traditional Japanese architecture which dominated the area up to that time. The residence is now preserved as a museum which costs 150 yen to enter (free for high school students and younger). Once inside, you can learn about the history of the Ikeda clan and view the elaborate spiral staircase, leading to a view of the surrounding garden. If viewing the interior of the residence doesn’t interest you, there is plenty to enjoy in the serene Japanese style garden surrounding the property.

    Tottori
    Address
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Higashihonjichou
    Phone
    Tottori Prefecture Museum
    Address
    Tottori Tottori-shi Higashimachi 2Chome124
    Phone
    0857268042
    Tottori Harbor Seafood Market Karoichi
    Address
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Karochounishi 3-27-1
    Phone
    0857388866
    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
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