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

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.

Facility Name
Tottori
Address
Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Higashihonjichou
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Tottori Harbor Seafood Market Karoichi
Address
Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Karochounishi 3-27-1
Phone
0857388866
Hours
9:00-17:00 (Eating and drinking establishments vary from store to store)
Closed
Irregular holidays
Fees
Free
Parking Lot
Available(159spaces)
Credit Card
Available (Available
VISA, JCB, Ion card, others used in some shops)
Smoking
Not available
Wi-Fi
Available (Available in some restaurants)
Vegetarian Menu
Not available
English Menu
Available (Available in some restaurants)
Introduction
This marketplace is right near Karo Harbor in Karo Town, Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture. Both visitors and locals come here to purchase seafood caught fresh from the Japan Sea. Local shipments are available as well. There are cooking classes for children as well as tuna slicing demonstrations, a matsuba crab festival, and a variety of other events held throughout the year. Visitors can also enjoy the farmer’s market, souvenir shop, a fresh squid sashimi arranged in the original shape, and a restaurant that offers fresh seafood cuisine.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Tottori Castle Ruins, Kyusho-koen Park
Address
Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Higashimachi
Introduction
This is an urban park built around the Tottori Castle ruins, famous for Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s starvation tactics. At the summit of Mt. Kyusho there are ruins of the tower and outer citadel, keeping the appearance of a mountain castle. At the base is Kyusho-koen Park, where there are many sights such as the Jinpu-kaku Mansion and a prefectural museum. Selected as one of Japan’s top 100 cherry blossom spots, there are approximately 240 cherry blossoms including the Yoshino cherry variety and in spring the area is teeming with stalls and cherry blossom viewers.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Jinpukaku Mansion (National Important Cultural Property)
Address
Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Higashimachi 2-121
Phone
0857263595
Hours
9:00-17:00 (Admission is until 16:30)
Closed
Monday, The next day of the public holiday
Fees
[Admission fee] 150 yuen, Fees for groups 120 yen (20 or more), High School Students or less/those who are over 70 years old (Over 65 HOT cooperation period) are Free
Parking Lot
open everyday
Credit Card
Available (VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX, DinersClub, DISCOVER, QUICPay, UnionPay)
Introduction
Jinpukaku Mansion is a villa constructed in 1907 by Marquis Nakahiro Ikeda, the grandson of the last lord of the Tottori domain, to provide accommodation for Crown Prince Yoshihito (later the Taisho Emperor) during his tour of the San’in region. It is a two-storey white wooden building with a tiled roof, the design of which was inspired by the French Renaissance style; it has been designated as a National Important Cultural Property. The Jinpukaku Mansion now houses a museum, with displays on the history of the Tottori domain and the Ikeda family. The second floor offers superb views of the Horyu-in Garden, which has been designated as a municipal Place of Scenic Beauty by Tottori City Government.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN

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