Spots in Tottori Area

  • Hakuto Shrine
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    4.0
    235 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Hakuto 603
    This ancient shrine is dedicated to the Japanese mythology “Inaba White Rabbit,” which is mentioned in the Kojiki, Japan’s Records of Ancient Matters. It is near Hakuto Beach in Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture. It is not clear when it was founded, but the current main building was reconstructed in 1896. Along the approach leading inside the shrine is Mitarashi Pond. Legends say that the deity Oku Ninushi instructed a rabbit whose fur had been torn by ferocious sharks to wash itself in the pond. Due to this legend, it is said that this shrine can heal skin ailments and burns, as well as provide good luck for marriages, among other benefits.

    Under the Sanin Campaign, Tottori prefecture is offering for foreign tourists a three-hour taxi drive with only 2000 yen which is available right in the information center of Tottori Station. Driving...

  • Roadside Station Shinwa-no-sato Shiro Usagi
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    3.5
    154 Reviews
    Transportation
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Hakuto 613
    This is a roadside station overlooking the Hakuto Kaigan Coast that is famous for the Japanese myth “Hare of Inaba”. Not only is local sake and specialty goods offered, visitors can also enjoy seafood overlooking the Sea of Japan in a restaurant with a large fish tank. Besides, sunset view from the observation square is particularly beautiful.

    Good food, famous for the fish cakes. There is a walkway to the other side of the highway, great photo opportunity there.

  • Tottori Harbor Seafood Market Karoichi
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    4.0
    100 Reviews
    Shopping
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Karochounishi 3-27-1
    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.

    I have been Japan for almost five years. I had tried a lot of seafood. Here is the best one I think. First, not so expensive. You can eat six kinds of fresh Sashimi here by just 980 yen...

  • Kansuitei Kozeniya
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    4.5
    97 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Eirakuonsenchou 651
    This facility is located near the center of Tottori City. The bath room of Hakkakuendo, closely resembling the octagonal Yumedono (Hall of Dreams) of Horyu-ji Temple, offers six types of bath, such as open-air baths and bath tubs made of Japanese cypress. Guests can casually enjoy the natural hot spring.

    We were at this hotel a few days before Christmas, Dec. 2019. We are a couple, and our friend had booked it for us. (She was also traveling with us.) One of the tricks to traveling light in Japan, is...

  • Jinpukaku Mansion (National Important Cultural Property)
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    4.0
    98 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Higashimachi 2-121
    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.

    The area is breathtakingly beautiful. We were walking around the building and so surprise that they allow us to enter the building. My education isnt un architechture, but I always have interested in...

  • Sanin Kaigan National Park Uradome Coast Island Cruise
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    4.5
    58 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Iwamiguniwamichou Otani 2182
    A 40-minute sightseeing boat tour along the Uradome Coast—one of San’in Coast’s leading scenic spots. You can see the beautifully grand seas, with a 25- meter-deep visibility, an awe-inspiring cave mouth and cliff walls, as well as areas around odd rock formations. And you simply must not missing hearing the friendly Captain’s guidance provided directly to you.

    Clear weather made the trip enjoyable. Close up view of stones. Clear water allows one to see the seaweed and life under water. No English translation.

  • Sakyu Kaikan
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    3.5
    95 Reviews
    Shopping
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Fukubechouyuyama 2164
    Sakyu Kaikan is a large drive-in restaurant situated just outside the entrance (east entrance) to the famous sightseeing spot of the Tottori Sand Dunes in Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture. There is a lot on offer here for tourists such as a restaurant suitable for large groups, a cafe area, and shops selling lots of specialty products from Tottori. The restaurant serves fresh seafood dishes with their most popular dish being the crab on rice with sand dune yam. The seafood rice bowl topped with a range of over 10 different kinds of seafood is also very popular. The cafe offers local treats such as pear flavored soft ice-cream and pickled scallion burgers.

    The is my happiness when I was travel to Tottori. I love sea food. soup was so delicious and reasonable price.

  • Beniya Cafe
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    3.5
    39 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tottori Tottori-shi Suehironsencho 151
    A coffee shop on the Tottori Hondori Shopping Street that runs between Tottori Station and Wakasa Bridge. The old-fashioned, retro shop sells a special curry that all the locals know about. It's the only food item on the menu at this small and cozy cafe. Their curry is dark, rich, and super creamy; one bite and the sweetness and subtle spiciness fills your mouth, and before you know it, you've eaten the whole thing. They have a wide selection of shaved ice that's popular summertime.

    This cafe was recommended by our hotel for the curry rice, and it lived up to our expectations. It is a small cafe and nothing fancy. But the curry rice was very tasty, the service was fast and...

  • Kaiyotei Restaurant with natural salt water fish tank
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    3.5
    43 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Karochounishi 3-27-1
    "This restaurant is next to the fish market “Karo-ichi"" at Karo Port. Visitors can taste cuisine made from the local seafood such as white squid, horse mackerel, and thread-sail filefish. The famous specialty is an extravagant dish using a complete, living white squid, served whole as sashimi. It is a delicious dish where the taste of the freshly caught squid fills your mouth with sweetness."

    Tottori itself is a very nice place, because its coastal line is between the sea and the forest. The air is wonderful. This venue is located within the local fresh-food market, which gives is a...

  • Tottori Sand Dunes
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Fukubechouyuyama
    Tottori Sand Dunes run along the Sea of Japan coast in Tottori City. They are the largest dunes in Japan and extend 16 kilometers from east to west and 2.4 kilometers from north to south. The landscape formed by the granite sand which is carried from the Chugoku Mountains due to the swift current of the Sendai River and the sea breeze from the Sea of Japan is beautiful. From the viewpoint of these dunes having characteristic topography, there are places with large depressions which are called “suri-bachi” because their shapes resemble that of an earthenware mortar, and it is said that large ones can be as much as 40 meters deep. It is also fun to ride a sightseeing camel through the sand dunes or glide over the sand on a sand board. The sand dunes were designated as a Natural Monument of Japan in 1955, and were selected as one of Japan’s top 100 geological features in 2007.
  • Ajiroya
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    4.5
    28 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tottori Iwami-gun Iwamicho Otani 2182
    This restaurant is at the boarding area for pleasure cruises of the San'in Kaigan Geopark's Uradome Coast. They serve fare featuring fresh seafood like you can only get in a port town. Their most popular item is the Uminosachi Teishoku meal set with an assorted sashimi platter, boiled fish, and fried items you can enjoy at one sitting. It has hearty portions and comes recommended, so if you're not sure what you'd like to eat, this is for you. Squid ink is a local favorite, and their squid ink curry and curry udon noodles are packed with the flavor of squid. They also have plenty of take-out items like flying fish cutlet burgers and squid cutlet burgers.

    A must try in the area for sea food lovers! The food has good quality and is speciality of the town. Also the ride after lunch is amazing option for having fun! You can feed the seagulls and its...

  • Ube Shrine
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Kokufuchoumiyanoshita 651
    This shrine is the first in the country to be used as a design on a monetary note and is said to have been established in 648. On the 21st of April annually, a “Kirin Lion dance” is performed, which is designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. Many people visit the shrine for safe delivery, longevity and good luck.

    鳥取市にある因幡国一之宮です。現在の社殿は明治31年に完成し、全国の神社で最初に五円紙幣に載せられたことから、お金にご縁があり、商売繁昌の神様とも言われています。社殿も本殿も趣きがあります。本殿の後ろの丘には御祭神昇天の霊跡と言われる「双履跡」があります。

  • Tottori Prefectural Museum
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Higashimachi 2-124
    This museum, located in a corner of Kyushou Park, conveys the nature and culture of Tottori. It exhibits material on the history of Tottori prefecture such as documents on the sand dunes and clan documents.

    The museum is unexpectedly good. I came late in the afternoon, and not many visitors, so its relaxing. It shows the history of Tottori, like how the prefecture (including its sand dunes) is formed...

  • Shungo Tatsumi
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tottori Pref. Iwamiguniwamichou Uradome 2475-240
    At Shungo Tatsumi, diners can enjoy seasonal fish and local sakes while enjoying the view of the Uradome Coast; the restaurant serves substantial portions at very reasonable prices. There is an extensive menu featuring seasonal ingredients, and whatever you order you are sure to be satisfied with your choice. The first floor has counter seating koagari (raised tatami-floored seating areas) and Western-style individual dining rooms, while the second floor has Japanese-style individual dining rooms and a large hall that can seat up to 38 people; the restaurant is thus able to satisfy a wide range of dining preferences. Shungo Tatsumi is located around seven minutes’ drive from JR Iwami Station.

    The lunch sets are very reasonably priced for the portion and quality. The menu is only Japanese but everything is displayed in pictures. My whole set including tea came to 1350 yen.

  • Kannon-in (Shusse-Kannon)
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Uemachi 162
    This is a temple located in Tottori City’s Uemachi Town in Tottori Prefecture which used to be the temple for the Ikeda family, the feudal lords of the Tottori domain. It is also the 32nd temple of the Chugoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage, a junrei pilgrimage route. The principal object of worship is an image of the Shokanzeon Bosatsu, or Kannon Bodhisattva, and it is believed to be a Shusse Kannon (the word ‘shusse’ in Japanese means ‘success in life’ or ‘moving ahead in your life/career”) since it reportedly became larger every time it was moved. Construction of the Kannon-in garden, which has been designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty, took ten years from 1650 to be completed, and is an example of Chisenkansho-shiki Teien style in which there is a large pond around which gentle slopes, stones and trees and bushes have been arranged. Visitors can partake of the matcha tea and sweets service to sit down and slowly appreciate the garden view.

    It is a unique landmark. Its greenery and open spaces allow light to truly bring peace to your mind. Ive been told the scenery changes from season to season, so it will be beautiful whenever you...

  • Tottori Folk Crafts Museum
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Sakaemachi 651
    The Tottori Folk Crafts Museum was established with the aim of showcasing the way folk crafts have been able to make everyday objects both practical and beautiful; the Museum has around 6,000 folk craft artifacts on display, both from Japan and overseas. The Museum is housed in a visually-striking building that was designed with great attention to detail by Yoshida Shoya; with its plaster-on-clay external walls, it resembles a traditional Japanese storehouse.

    This is a small museum in a lovely old home near the train station. The floors and interior are beautiful, smooth wood. On display are local crafts mainly pottery and furniture. The furniture is...

  • Tottori Sand Dunes Sand Museum
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Fukubechouyuyama 2083-17
    This is an art museum on Prefectural Route 319 in Yuyama, Fukubecho, Tottori City where sand sculptures, sculptures carved from sand, are exhibited. Sculptures are produced and exhibited on differing themes each year under the concept of travel around the world in sand, such as “Renaissance in Italy” and “World Heritages in Asia”. The displays can only be appreciated during the exhibition as when the exhibition has finished the sculptures turn back into sand.

    11月に友人をこちらに案内しました。砂の美術館と同じ敷地内にあるので、美術館の見学後にこちらに立ち寄ることも可能です。売店のスペースはそこそこ広く、鳥取の土産物だけでなく美術館の砂像に関連したものも結構そろっています。砂丘入口にあるお土産物屋さんとは品揃えも違っているので、「定番」ではない鳥取のみやげものを求めたい方にもオススメです。

  • Mt. Oshiroyama Observation Deck Kawahara Castle
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    3.5
    23 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Tottori-shi Kawaharacho Tanihitotsugi 1011
    This tourist information center was opened in 1994 to serve as a local symbol as part of an area revitalization project. The reconstructed castle is built on the site where Toyotomi Hideyoshi placed his encampment during the subjugation of Inaba Province in 1580. Divided into three levels inside, the facility presents the history, culture, and plant and animal life of Tottori City's Kawahara-cho. From the terrace observatory on top of the castle, visitors can get a sweeping view of the area's seasonally changing scenery and, on clear days, see all the way to the Tottori Sand Dunes and the mountains of Chugoku. There are some 800 plum trees planted around the castle and in early spring many tourists come here to see their beautiful blossoms.

    Last year when I was traveling to Tottori city on JR (around Kawahara station), I saw, on a hill, this castle. Since then, I was so curious about it and decided to visit it this year. A few days ago...

  • Ginrin-tei seafood restaurant
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Hakuto 613 Road Station mythical villain rabbit 2F
    Ginrin-tei is a restaurant located in the Shirousagi roadside station, which faces the Hakuto Coast on San’in Road in the Hakuto district of Tottori City. Ginrin-tei serves seafood rice bowl and sashimi set meals made using seafood sourced locally in the San’in region, as well as squid sugatazukuri (seafood prepared so that it resembles the original, natural state of the creature), seafood banquets, and Usagi Sandan Tobi Don, a dish inspired by the legend of the White Hare of Inaba. In summer, diners can enjoy a range of dishes made using seasonal San’in fish and seafood, including White Squid Sugatazukuri and Iwa-gaki Oysters, etc.

    白兎海岸を眺めながら新鮮な魚を楽しめるお店 道の駅にありがちなフードコート的なお店ではなくしっかりとしたお店なので期待も高まります。 頼んだのはイカの定食と活アジの定食。 活アジは日替わりらしくいつもあるわけではないようですがピクピクとするほどの新鮮なアジ。 イカも口の中でとろけるような甘さがある新鮮なイカ。 これぞ海鮮というものを日本海を目前にお手頃価格で楽しめます

  • Fresh Seafood Karoko
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    2.5
    32 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Karochounishi 3-27-1 Tottori Port Seafood Market Kaiichi 1F
    This is a shop where you can eat fresh seafood from the Karo Port. The popular dish on the menu is a seafood bowl with generous portions of fish and seafood, best eaten with special sashimi soy sauce. There is also a ship-style tatami room to enjoy dining feeling as if you are on a ship.

    This restaurant is without doubt the worst one I have tried in a Japanese seafood market. The seafood don is way more expensive than what is charged outside (about 3x the price). It took them 30...

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Tottori prefecture is Japanese seasonal diversity at its best: Huge sand dunes cover the north coast, making for the perfect summer beach trip complete with the unexpected addition of camels; November brings the delectable snow crab, while winter around Mount Daisen, the Chugoku region's highest mountain, promises snow sports and magical views.

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