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Tottori

Majestic sand dunes and a whole lot more

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Tottori City

Tottori City

Is it a city near the sea or the sea near a city? It's your choice I guess. Tottori City is the expected and unexpected really. The capital of Tottori prefecture with around 200,000 residents and the first thing I realized was that none of the buildings seemed to be more than two stories high...

Yonago

Yonago

When you arrive in Yonago as I did for the first time your first thought may be, "this shouldn't be here". It's not the capital of the least populated prefecture of Japan but it is bustling. Arriving at night by bus, I really thought that even as Tottori's second city..

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Kaike Onsen's Toukou-en Ryokan

Kaike Onsen's Toukou-en Ryokan

Kaike Onsen is located along the Sea of Japan, very close to the border between Tottori and Shimane Prefectures. Toukou-en is one of 30 accommodation choices in the area. This ryokan-hotel is a wonderful choice for travelers to the area. It is set ba..

Misasa Royal Hotel

Misasa Royal Hotel

Situated right in the valley between the mountains of Misasa town in Tottori Prefecture, the Misasa Royal Hotel might seem like your nondescript hotel from the outside, but step inside the hotel and your impression of it changes instantly. The spacio..

Yanagijaya Campground

Yanagijaya Campground

I spent two days with my family in the city of Tottori, beautiful for so many reasons. The Japan Sea is at its doorstep and a mountain forest encircles this magical place. We did Tottori on a budget, so we decided to look for a campsite. We foun..

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The Fantastic Tottori Trip - Day 2

The Fantastic Tottori Trip - Day 2

The traditional style ryokan named Izanro Iwasaki is located deep in the Misasa onsen valley and although sporting more than 7 floors it still looks very historic. The main floor features an amazing and quite large lobby and outside it has a very Jap..

The Fantastic Tottori Trip - Day 3

The Fantastic Tottori Trip - Day 3

The last day in Tottori started with a buffet breakfast at Hotel Harvest in Yonago and a short walk to the nearby bus station from where you can take a free shuttle bus to the Hanakairo flower park. The ride is very comfortable and before you know it..

Tottori Sand Museum - South America

Tottori Sand Museum - South America

This is Japan's only museum showing sculptures made out of sand. Each year, an international team of artists get together and using the sand readily available from the nearby sand dunes pack and then sculpt major works of art. They all work toget..

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About tottori

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionChugoku
IslandHonshu
CapitalTottori
Population588,667
Area3507.05 sq. km

The Japanese prefecture with the lowest population, the first thing that comes to the minds of many when they think of Tottori is its majestic sand dunes.

But there's more to Tottori than just that. Daisen is Tottori's other major symbol and an excellent hike, as well as the site of the holy Daisen-ji. The Nageire-do of Sanbutsu-ji is built into the side of a cliff and is a sight to behold.

Tottori is also famous for its numerous hot springs and the Kurayoshi District, with its preserved warehouses dating back to the Edo Period. A lesser known fact is that some of Tottori's mountains become good ski slopes in the winter.

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