Tourism

Unwind and enjoy the sites of central tottoriUnwind and enjoy the sites of central tottori

In the central region of Tottori Prefecture, discover a variety of attractions such as the historical townscape of Kurayoshi (white-walled storehouses), Nashikkokan (Japan’s only pear museum) and Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory’s collection and works of the author of “Detective Conan”. The region also features a large onsen (hot spring) resort comprising of four Onsen (Misasa, Sekigane, Hawai and Togo) . Enjoy fine food and savor some of the most delicious seafood from the Sea of Japan and fresh wild vegetables picked from the mountains.
Local gourmet dishes such as beef bone ramen and Ago flying fish cutlets are a must try!
This is the place to soothe your tired legs between and after the races and enjoy quality time of relaxation!

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Kurayoshi Shirakabe Dozogun

KURAYOSHI

The city is the gateway as well as the heart of Central Region of Tottori, which greatly developed as a castle town especially in Muromachi Period including Utsubuki Castle constructed by the Yamana clan. Kurayoshi still retains the atmosphere of those years, for the Shirakabe Dozo traditional warehouses stand along Tamagawa River. Strolling this town always attracts the visitors. Another must-see landmark is Utsubuki Park, one of the best cherry blossom viewing spot. Kurayoshi is full of traditional beauty of Japan.

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Kurayoshi Shirakabe Dozogun

Kurayoshi Shirakabe Dozogun

Along with the Tamagawa River, standing in neat rows, the Shirakabe Dozogun buildings were mostly built in Edo and Meiji periods around 1600s-1800s, and the area is designated as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings. Stone bridges over Tamagawa, plastered white walls, and akagawara red roof tiles – strolling the historical streets will make you feel comfortable more than you imagine.

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Nijisseiki Pear Museum

Nashikkokan, Tottori Nijisseiki Pear Museum

This is the only museum in Japan that features pears, which amusingly introduces the history of pears and its industry with interaction between consumers and producers. A very popular place where you can sample three different varieties of pears throughout the year!

Kurayoshi 
Figure Museum

Kurayoshi Figure Museum

This building was the oldest round-shape school building in Japan. But now it revives a figure museum.You can enjoy exhibits of popular TV characters, heroes, animals including dinosaurs, as well as activity corners! On the roof, you can view the beautiful townscape of Kurayoshi City.

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HOKUEI

HOKUEI

This is the hometown of Gosho Aoyama, the creator of Detective Conan (Case Closed), one of the most popular manga & anime in Japan. Hokuei Town has attractive Conan spots such as “Conan Street” and “Conan’s House Beika Shopping Street.” Specialties of the town are Daiei Watermelon, Sandhill Chinese yam, grapes, rakkyo (Chinese scallion) and so on. 9 windmills standing along the coastline are the Hokuei’s symbol of eco-friendly.

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Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory

Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory

Gosho Aoyama is one of the most popular creator of “Detective Conan (Case Closed)” and other manga works. His works and items in the manga are exhibited in this facility, which is must-see for anybody.

CONAN'S HOUSE BEIKA SHOPPING STREET / Conan Street

CONAN’S HOUSE BEIKA SHOPPING STREET / Conan Street

Beika Shopping Street has a café, a fastfood restaurant, a gelato shop and a souvenir shop, which is likely to be in the manga world. From JR Yura Station (Conan Station) to Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory, lots of statues of the characters are welcoming the visitors.

蜘ヶ家山 山菜の里

Mt. Kumogaiyama Wild Vegetable Village

Located on the top of Mt. Kumogaiyama (Elevation: 177m), the Wild Vegetable Village, whose total area is 89,000㎡, has a wide range of plants including wild vegetables and flowers for all four seasons. Why not enjoy forest bathing while discovering species of plants, refreshing your body, mind and soul? You can also gaze at the star-studded sky at night♪

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MISASA

MISASA

Misasa Town provides any visitor with the unique and rich experience, since the town has the historical heritage, the great onsen, and the beauty of nature. Welcome to the spa resort for relaxing and healing.

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Misasa Onsen

Misasa Onsen

Misasa is one of the most outstanding onsen in San’in Region with more than 70 spring sources, which has 850-year-old history. Take a leisurely stroll around the onsen town of Misasa in Yukata, which makes you relax and feel the good old days of Japan. Take it slow and relax your body and mind.

Mt. Mitoku, Sanbutsu-ji Temple

Mt. Mitoku, Sanbutsu-ji Temple

Sanbutsu-ji is a temple dedicated to Tendai Buddhism and Shugendo. In 849CE, Ennin, also known as Jikaku Daishi, a priest of Tendai Buddhism, made and placed three Buddhas in the temple: Siddhartha Gautama, Amida and Vairocana (respectively Shaka Nyorai, Amida Nyorai, and Dainichi Nyorai in Japanese). That is why the temple is called Sanbutsu-ji literally “temple of the three Buddhas”, and the temple is the starting point of the road to Nageiredo Hall, as well as the base of faith for Mt. Mitoku.

Misasa Violin Museum

Misasa Violin Museum

The concept of the museum is to exhibit stringed musical instruments, focusing on how it’s made and played, which is much rare in Japan. The gallery on the 1st floor displays the process and the materials of the instruments, and provides the violin making experience. Concerts are also offered on the 2nd floor.

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YURIHAMA

YURIHAMA

Yurihama Town surrounds the Lake Togo, one of the best eight views in the San’in Region. The name “Yurihama” comes from its features: Onsen springing out from the Lake Togo, Nijisseiki pears grown in the town, and white sand beaches facing the sea. The two onsen resorts “Hawai Onsen” and “Togo Onsen” also make four distinctive and beautiful seasons more attractive and enriching, as well as the town offers fresh delicious seafood from the coast.

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Hawai Onsen

Hawai Onsen

Located in the West coast of the Lake Togo, one of the best eight views in the San’in Region, Hawai Onsen gets its water from the source at the bottom of the lake. This abundant quantity of water makes it possible to flow directly from the source, which is much popular among the visitors. On the shores of Lake Togo, you can see traditional anchorages for fishing boats. The view of the boats on the lake is a seasonal feature.

Togo Onsen

Togo Onsen

Located in the Southeast coast of Lake Togo, the town still has the Legend of Hagoromo Tennyo (A Heavenly Maiden and Her Robe of Feathers). Hot spring water has been seen bubbling beneath the lake since Edo Period and it is said that Togo Onsen originated when locals began requesting the use of these therapeutic springs.

中国庭園 燕趙園

Chinese Garden Enchoen

This authentic Chinese garden was built as the sign of friendship between Tottori Prefecture and Hebei Province in China, which is presented as the royal gardening style loved by successive Chinese Emperors. The creators dedicated efforts to its design, material supply, and processing done in China.

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KOTOURA

KOTOURA

Mt. Senjosan, Emperor Go-Daigo’s fateful place, and other historic sites are scattered throughout the town. Kotoura also has mysterious nature such as Daisendaki Falls, selected as one of Japan’s Top 100 Waterfalls, and giant trees, having lived for more than 1000 years. The town is on the south shore of the deep blue sea, where Akasaki Fishing Harbor, one of the busiest port in San’in Region, is located. The visitors can enjoy eating and buying abundant fresh seafood at various tourist spots. Come and feel the spectacular nature with the sea and the mountain of Kotoura.

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Nariishi no Hama, The Beach of Sound Stones

Nariishi no Hama, The Beach of Sound Stones

Located in the west side of Kotoura Coast, Nariishi no Hama beach is armored with oval-shaped pebbles called gorota stones. Waves crash against the shore make a clatter sound like “kara-koro” on a rough day at sea. This unique beach attracts countrywide attention.

Kanzaki Shrine, Sanbo-Kojin (Guardian Deity)

Kanzaki Shrine, Sanbo-Kojin (Guardian Deity)

The main shrine was built in 1853, and the front shrine with the “Sculptures of Dragons” on the ceiling was in 1879. The sculpture of the main shrine and the dragon carved in the worship hall are powerful to the viewer. The shrine is known as “Kojin-san” to the townspeople, and has been attracting as the guardian of fisheries, shipping, horses, and cattle.

Michi no Eki Port Akasaki

Michi no Eki Port Akasaki

Local seafood and vegetable markets, play areas and information desks are some of the many charms of Roadside Rest Area Port Akasaki! With also a convenience store and a restaurant, it’s a great place to stop by! Japan-Korea Friendship Park, Japan-Korea Friendship Museum and Korean Product Store are located next door♪

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