Situated on the Sea of Japan coast, Tottori is a delightfully unspoiled area stretching from mountain to sea. It is a land of legend and folklore featuring heavily in the ancient myths of the Japanese gods. Traditional crafts and customs continue to be practiced in their original form. Mt. Daisen and Mt. Mitoku have for centuries been sacred centers of ascetic training. Tottori also has a rarity in Asia—a stretch of sand dunes.
Express trains and highway buses connect Tottori with many of western Japan's major cities such as Kyoto, Osaka, Himeji and Okayama. You can also fly into one of two local airports. Once there, a rental car makes getting around easy.
Tottori's two main transport hubs are Yonago City and Tottori City. From Tokyo, Osaka and other stations on the JR Tokaido and JR Sanyo shinkansen lines, change at Himeji and take the Super Hakuto Limited Express to Tottori City (approximately 90 minutes). For Yonago City, take the JR service from Okayama Station (two hours). Highway buses connect Tottori and Yonago to Osaka and Hiroshima in between three to four hours. Yonago Kitaro and Tottori Sakyu Conan airports handle several ANA flights per day to and from Tokyo Haneda.
Tofu and minced whitefish are mixed at a 7:3 ratio and steamed into a tube shape. Similar in appearance to a giant ri...
It smells like a pear, but Tottoris "Twentieth-Century Pear" is round and has the crisp skin of an apple. T...
Matsuba Snow Crab
The sweet meat of the Matsuba snow crab is delicious grilled, boiled or even raw. The richly flavored innards also pa...
Just like denim, Yumihama gasuri is an indigo-dyed textile originally used to make workwear. Woven from locally grown...
Elaborate festivals and a titanic tug-of-war mean spring has sprung in Tottori. Cherry trees bloom a little later than in warmer Pacific-facing areas—the end of March through late April.
The Uradome coast and the wider San-in Kaigan Geopark attract kayakers and those wishing to escape the summer heat. Cool mountain air and alpine flowers await hikers atop Mt. Daisen.
Spectacular fall foliage paints the slopes and valleys of Mt. Daisen and Mt. Mitoku from late October. Walk on fire at a special festival at Sanbutsu-ji Temple.
Mt. Daisen becomes a snow covered playground for western Japan. Illuminations at the Tottori Sand Dunes light up the sky and sandy hills.