7 Photogenic Spots in Tottori, a Prefecture Full of Nature and Culture
Facing the Sea of Japan, Tottori Prefecture is filled with the wonders of nature and the beauty of Japanese culture. In addition to natural landscapes like the Tottori Sand Dunes and the Uratomi Coast, there are also places such as Shirakabe Dozogun and Juun Temple. In this article we will introduce some photogenic sites in Tottori that are definitely Instagram-worthy!
Mar 01 2019
1. Shirakabe Dozogun (Kurayoshi)
Take a trip into the past in Kurayoshi at Shirakabe Dozogun, a recreation of a traditional Japanese street. The warehouses on this famous street have white walls and red tile roofs, and the uniform buildings lined up along the street create quite an impressive sight. These warehouses used to be home to soy sauce and sake breweries, but they now house stylish cafes and galleries. There are even gift stores among them too!
The small river that runs alongside the warehouses is criss-crossed with stone bridges, and the water that runs beneath them is so clear, you can even see carp swimming around!
About Kurayoshi Shirakabe Dozogun
Access: Around 12 minutes by bus (City Line towards Nishi Kurayoshi) from Kurayoshi Station, then around a 5-minute walk from Akagawara & Shirakabe Dozo bus stop
Address: Aound Togiya-machi, Uo-machi, Higashi Naka-machi, Shin-machi 1-chome, Kurayoshi-shi, Tottori 鳥取県倉吉市新町1丁目、東仲町、魚町、研屋町周辺 (Google Map)
HP: www.apionet.or.jp/kankou/f/e/html/midokoro1.htm (English)
HP: www.apionet.or.jp/kankou/html/midokoro1.htm (Japanese)
2. Hanami Gatabochi (Akasaki)
Hanami Gatabochi is an expansive graveyard along the seaside. Its location wasn't intentional, but people gradually started building graves there over time and now the number of graves stands at over 20,000. Rather than looking like a graveyard, it feels more like a city of graves by the sea. It's a quiet place where you can hear the crashing of the waves as they roll in, and there are several great photo-taking spots where tourists can get a look at the entire site.
During the Obon Festival in August each year, the tombs are lit by lanterns at night. The soft glow from the lanterns illuminates the surroundings, creating a dreamy atmosphere. It's particularly beautiful at dusk.
About Hanami Gatabochi
Access: Around a 10-minute walk from Akasaki Station
Address: Akasaki, Kotoura-cho, Tohaku-gun, Tottori 鳥取県東伯郡琴浦町赤碕 (Google Map)
HP: www.kotoura-kankou.com/kankou-category/history_culture/hanamigata_akasakito/ (Japanese Only; automatic translation available)
3. Hanami Kaigan (Nariishi no Hama) (Akasaki)
Hanami Kaigan, also known as Nariishi no Hama, is an unusual, natural coastal area where the shore is made up of round stones. When the waves roll in, the stones knock against each other, producing a characteristic rattling sound. It’s also said that if you write a wish on one of the stones and throw it into the ocean, your wish will be granted. The beach is also known for its unique and and visually impressive tall piles of stones.
There is also a sunflower field along the coast! While it's not a big field, you'll still be able to take beautiful pictures of the sunflowers with the sea, so it's a popular place for tourists to visit, especially in the month of August.
About Hanami Kaigan (Nariishi no Hama)
Access: Around a 15-minute walk from Akasaki Station
Address: Akasaki, Kotoura-cho, Tohaku-gun, Tottori 鳥取県東伯郡琴浦町赤碕 (Google Map)
HP: www.kotoura-kankou.com/kankou-category/nature/nariishinohama/ (Japanese Only; automatic translation available)
4. Tottori Sand Dunes (Tottori)Indy DecoPon / Flickr
The Tottori Sand Dunes are the largest sand dunes in all of Japan and are designated as one of the nation's natural monuments. The dunes stretch as far as you can see, measuring 16km east to west and 2.4km north to south. The patterns created on the sand dunes naturally by the wind are not only beautiful but also provide a perfect photo opportunity.
It's nice to simply look out at the sea from the dunes, but you can also enjoy camel rides or sand boarding. You'll be able to enjoy the scenery from a higher vantage point while riding the camels. On the eastern side of the dunes, there's also the Sakyu Kaikan, where you can purchase souvenirs or take a rest.
About Tottori Sand Dunes
Access: Board the bus headed to Tottori Sand Dunes from Tottori Station, get off at Sunaoka Kaikan bus stop (the Loop Kirinjishi bus operates on weekends and public holidays) and walk to the dunes
Address: Yuyama, Fukube-cho, Tottori-shi, Tottori 鳥取県鳥取市福部町湯山 (Google Map)
HP: sakyu.city.tottori.tottori.jp/ (Japanese Only)
5. Yonago Mizutori Sanctuary (Yonago)
The Yonago Mizutori Sanctuary (Yonago Mizutori Koen) faces the Nakaumi Lake, which sits between Tottori Prefecture and Shimane Prefecture and is the 5th largest lake in Japan. Located near the Sea of Japan, this park is home to many fishes as well as stunning migratory birds.
When winter comes, you'll see as many as 1,000 white swans flocking to the area. You'll also see wild geese, ducks, and species designated as natural treasures, such as the white-tailed eagle and Taiga bean goose. It may be a little far from the train station, but it’s well worth the trek.
About Yonago Mizutori Sanctuary
Opening Hours: (April - October) 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM, (November - March) Weekends, Public Holidays 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM, Weekdays 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Closed: Tuesdays (closed on the following day if Tuesday is a public holiday), day after public holiday (except for weekends), between December 29 - January 3
Price/fee: Nature Center entrance fee: Adult 300 yen, Elementary and Middle School Students Free (*park entrance is free)
Access: Board the Uchihama route bus heading to Shimoyoshizu (10 trips a day) from Yonago Station, get off at Norikoshi bus stop (approximately a 20-minute ride) and walk for 20 minutes to the park
Board the Oki Renraku-sen Setsuzoku Bus (multiple trips day) from Yonago Station, get off at Yonago Mizutori Sanctuary Entrance bus stop (approximately 10 minutes ride) and walk for around 15 minutes to the park
Address: 665, Hikona Shinden, Yonago-shi, Tottori 鳥取県米子市彦名新田665 (Google Map)
HP: www.yonago-mizutori.com/ (Japanese Only)
6. Juun Temple (Nawa)
Also known as Fuji-ji Temple, Juun Temple was established back in 1334. The temple is well-known for its wisteria trees and many come to catch a glimpse of the beautiful flowers. The view of the beautiful wisteria flowers hanging from the branches of the trees is a spectacular sight you should definitely go to see!
The Fuji Matsuri Festival is held every year from the 3rd to the 5th of May. During the festival, there are many events, such as Taishogoto (Nagoya harp) performances. Seats are prepared under the wisteria trees, and you can enjoy tea and Japanese sweets in this lovely environment.
About Juun Temple
Access: Around a 25-minute walk from Nawa Station
10 minutes by car from Daisen IC on the San-in Expressway
Address: 513, Komido, Daisencho, Saihaku-gun, Tottori 鳥取県西伯郡大山町古御堂513 (Google Map)
HP: www.daisen.jp/p/kankou/4/umigawa/65/ (Japanese Only)
7. Uradome Coast - (Iwami)
Uradome Coast (Uradome Kaigan) is known for being a rias-style (sawtooth shaped) coast. Here, you can see naturally formed caves and interesting rock formations. In fact, it's one of the top scenic spots along the Sea of Japan. You can walk along the coastal path and enjoy the gorgeous views before you. There are many coves, so you can admire the different topography as you take in the surroundings!
In summer, the shore gets crowded with people who come to swim. The water is crystal clear so it's great for snorkeling as well.
About Uradome Coast
Access: Board the town bus headed for Tajiri at Iwami Station, get off at Uradome Coast Guchi bus stop. The beach is a short walk from there.
Address: Iwami-cho, Iwami-gun, Tottori 鳥取県岩美郡岩美町 (Google Map)
HP: www.iwamikanko.org/places/view/86 (Japanese Only; automatic translation available)
There are many scenic spots in Tottori prefecture. They're all beautiful, and the scenery changes with the seasons as well. This makes them charming locations that are great photo opportunities all throughout the year!
The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.