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Tottori Castle was originally built in 1532 and served as the regional center of power during Japan's era of warring states. Later it served as the seat of the Ikeda Clan who ruled the powerful Tottori fiefdom during the Edo Period. Unfortunately, the castle fell victim to the modernization policies of the Meiji Period government and was subsequently destroyed.

Today the Tottori Castle Ruins are all that remain on the side of Mount Kyusho at the northeastern end of the city center, with only the castle's stone walls and a single wooden gate still standing. Visitors may climb up the castle courtyards to an observation point that offers a commanding view over Tottori City. There are also hundreds of cherry trees planted along the stone walls which make the ruins one of the city's more popular cherry blossom viewing spots around mid April.

After the end of the feudal age in 1907, the former lords constructed a European style building at the base of the castle ruins. Named Jinpukaku, the white wooden building features open verandas, brick fireplaces and a beautiful wooden spiral staircase that has become a key feature of its architecture.

The building was the first in Tottori to have electric lights and served as a symbol of modernization. Over the years it was also used as a guest house of the visiting crown prince, as a public hall, reception hall and a prefectural museum. Today it houses a small museum about the Ikeda Clan and serves as a public event space, while the Tottori Prefectural Museum moved to a larger complex nearby.

Getting there and around

Take the green line of the 100 Yen Kururi Bus from Tottori Station and get off at bus stop number 12 from where it is a few steps to the Castle Ruins. The bus ride takes about 10 minutes and costs 100 yen. Buses depart every 20 minutes. Alternatively, the ruins are a 30 minute walk from the station.

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Hotels around Tottori

    • Mansuirou
      A genuine ryokan in Misasa Onsen in Tottori. Free pick-up from JR Kurayoshi. One hour to Sand Dune. Free Wi-Fi available.
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    • Kansuitei Kozeniya
      Mid-range
      Situated in Tottori, within 8 km of Tottori Sand Dunes and 16 km of Ajiro-k?, Kansuitei Kozeniya features accommodation with a garden and free WiFi as well as free private parking for guests who drive. The property is around 8 km from Tottori-k?, 9 km from Tottori Karo Kanikkokan Aquarium and 14 km from Hakuto Shrine. The ryokan has family rooms. All guest rooms in the ryokan are fitted with a kettle. Rooms include a shared bathroom with slippers and a hairdryer. The rooms will provide guests with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV. Guests at Kansuitei Kozeniya can enjoy an Asian breakfast. At the accommodation guests are welcome to take advantage of a hot spring bath. The nearest airport is Tottori Airport, 9 km from Kansuitei Kozeniya.
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    • The Beehive
      Budget-friendly
      The Beehive offering free WiFi and is conveniently located a 6-minute walk from Tottori Station and is a 15-minute drive away from Tottori Airport and Tottori Sand Dunes. Each room is secured by key card access. A shared lounge with Japanese comics and flat-screen TV is available 24 hours for guest's entertainment. Sunaba Coffee cafe is available.
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    • Ryokan Marumo
      Budget-friendly
      Only a 5-minute walk from JR Tottori Train Station, Ryokan Marumo offers Japanese-style accommodations with traditional garden views. Free Wi-Fi is available at the lobby and guests can soothe in the spacious public hot-spring bath. The rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. Each comes with a flat-screen TV, a fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags. Japanese Yukata robes are provided for all guests. Room includes a private toilet but bathrooms are shared. Ryokan Marumo is a 15-minute drive away from Tottori Sand Dunes and a 10-minute drive from Jinpukaku Hall. Tottori Airport is a 20-minute drive away. Photocopying services and a safety deposit box is available at the front desk. Luggage storage is offered as well, and ironing facilities and a trouser press can be borrowed. Free parking is on-site. A Japanese set-menu is served for breakfast. A traditional multi-course dinner can be requested but is subject to availability. Meals are served at the dining room.
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    • Y Pub & Hostel Tottori
      Budget-friendly
      Situated in Tottori, 8 km from Tottori Sand Dunes, Y Pub & Hostel Tottori provides air-conditioned accommodation and a bar. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a shared kitchen and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi. The property is located 8 km from Tottori Karo Kanikkokan Aquarium and 12 km from Hakuto Shrine. At the hostel, rooms come with a balcony with a city view. Y Pub & Hostel Tottori features some units that have a safety deposit box, and the rooms have a shared bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer. All rooms include bed linen. Continental and American breakfast options are available each morning at the accommodation. Y Pub & Hostel Tottori offers a terrace. Ajiro-k? is 16 km from the hostel, while Tottori-k? is 7 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tottori Airport, 8 km from Y Pub & Hostel Tottori.
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    • Super Hotel Tottori Ekimae
      Mid-range
      Set in Tottori, 8 km from Tottori Sand Dunes, Super Hotel Tottori Ekimae offers accommodation with free bikes, private parking and a shared lounge. This 3-star hotel offers luggage storage space and free WiFi. The hotel features family rooms. At the hotel, all rooms are fitted with a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. The units will provide guests with a fridge. A buffet breakfast is available every morning at Super Hotel Tottori Ekimae. Ajiro-k? is 16 km from the accommodation, while Tottori-k? is 8 km away. The nearest airport is Tottori Airport, 8 km from Super Hotel Tottori Ekimae.
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    • Drop Inn Tottori
      Budget-friendly
      Drop Inn Tottori is situated in the centre of Tottori city, only a 5-minute walk from Tottori Station and a 3-minute walk from Tottori Station Bus Terminal. Tottori Airport is a 15-minute drive, while the Tottori Sand Dune is a 15-minute drive from the hotel. The accommodation boasts dormitory rooms that come equipped with single beds and storage space, a safety box and TV. Guests will also find power sockets and USB sockets, as well as small shelves and clothes hangers for their convenience. All rooms are locked automatically, and guests can enter their rooms with card keys. Every floor features 2 toilets, 2 shower rooms and a powder room. Laundry machines can be found on the 2nd and 4th floors. Free bath amenities such as makeup removers, cotton pads, hair dryers and hair straighteners are provided. The on-site cafe serves meals and beverages including alcoholic drinks.
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    • Hotel Monarque Tottori
      Mid-range
      Situated 600 metres from JR Tottori Train Station, Hotel Monarque Tottori features an indoor hot-spring bath and a restaurant. All rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi, LCD TV, private bathroom and toilet with washing machine. Tottori Airport is 10 km from the hotel. Jinpukaku is 1.9 km away, Tottori Sand Dunes is 7.3 km away, and Hakuto Coast is 13 km away. On-site parking is free. Guests of Hotel Monarque Tottori can enjoy a massage, relax in the hot springs, or check out the hotel's shops. Luggage can be stored at the front desk. You can enjoy a variety of meals at the restaurant "Patlier".
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    • Natural Hot Spring Super Hotel Tottori Eki Kitaguchi
      Mid-range
      Set in Tottori, 7 km from Tottori Sand Dunes, Natural Hot Spring Super Hotel Tottori Eki Kitaguchi offers rooms with air conditioning. The property is situated 15 km from Ajiro-k?, 7 km from Tottori-k? and 8 km from Tottori Karo Kanikkokan Aquarium. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. At the hotel, all rooms are fitted with a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. All guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. A buffet breakfast is available every morning at Natural Hot Spring Super Hotel Tottori Eki Kitaguchi. The accommodation offers a hot spring bath. Hakuto Shrine is 13 km from Natural Hot Spring Super Hotel Tottori Eki Kitaguchi. The nearest airport is Tottori Airport, 7 km from the hotel.
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    • Bird Stay Hotel
      Mid-range
      Bird Stay Hotel is a hotel located in Tottori. Popular points of interest nearby include Tottori Sand Dunes, Ajiro-k? and Tottori-k?. The accommodation provides a hot spring bath, free WiFi throughout the property and a shared lounge. At the hotel, every room has a desk. Every room comes with a shared bathroom with a bidet, free toiletries and a hairdryer. All rooms include a wardrobe. Guests at Bird Stay Hotel can enjoy a Continental breakfast. Hy?nosen-Ushiroyama-Nagisan-kokutei-k?en is 30 km from the accommodation. The nearest airport is Tottori Airport, 10 km or a 20-minute drive from Bird Stay Hotel.
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    • Tottori City Hotel
      Mid-range
      Offering simple air-conditioned rooms with an LCD TV and a private bath, City Hotel is a 10-minute walk from JR Tottori Train Station. The hotel has rental bicycles and a Japanese restaurant. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Each room at Tottori City Hotel includes a private bathroom with a bathtub and amenities. You can enjoy satellite TV channels or pay programmes with a cup of hot green tea. The hotel is located by the Fukurogawa River, where guests can enjoy cherry blossoms in the Spring. The cityfs entertainment district is just 100 metres away. The Tottori Sand Dunes are 5.5 km away. The lobby has a shared-use microwave and a free-use internet terminal with printer. A coin launderette is on site. Shunkashuto Restaurant serves a Japanese lunch and dinner, and a buffet breakfast is on offer at the hotelfs banquet room.
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