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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 early to mid April.

After the end of the feudal age in 1907, the former lord 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 for 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 50 km from Daijoji Temple, Kansuitei Kozeniya offers accommodation in Tottori with access to a hot spring bath. It is set 7.4 km from Tottori Sand Dunes and provides luggage storage space. The ryokan features rooms with air conditioning, free private parking and free WiFi. The units at the ryokan are fitted with a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. A fridge and kettle are also available. All units have a shared bathroom, slippers and bed linen. Guests can relax in the garden at the property. Ajiro-k? is 16 km from the ryokan, while Arayu is 37 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tottori Airport, 9 km from Kansuitei Kozeniya.
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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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    • Green Rich Hotel Tottori Ekimae (Artificial hot spring Futamata Yunohana)
      Mid-range
      Green Rich Hotel Tottori Ekimae (Artificial hot spring Futamata Yunohana) is located in Tottori, within 49 km of Daijoji Temple and 6.9 km of Tottori Sand Dunes. This 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. The accommodation provides a sauna, hot spring bath, restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property. Guest rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, free toiletries and a desk. Each room is fitted with a private bathroom with a shower, a hairdryer and slippers. Ajiro-k? is 15 km from the hotel, while Arayu is 36 km away. The nearest airport is Tottori Airport, 8 km from Green Rich Hotel Tottori Ekimae (Artificial hot spring Futamata Yunohana).
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    • Y Pub & Hostel Tottori
      Budget-friendly
      Y Pub & Hostel Tottori has a shared lounge, terrace, a restaurant and bar in Tottori. The property is situated 49 km from Daijoji Temple, 6.7 km from Tottori Sand Dunes and 15 km from Ajiro-k?. The accommodation features a shared kitchen and free WiFi. At the hostel, the rooms have a balcony. Featuring a shared bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer, rooms at Y Pub & Hostel Tottori also feature a city view. All rooms have bed linen. Arayu is 36 km from the accommodation, while Tottori-k? is 6.2 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
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      Set within 50 km of Daijoji Temple and 7.3 km of Tottori Sand Dunes, Super Hotel Tottori Ekimae offers rooms in Tottori. With a shared lounge, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Private parking is available on site. At the hotel, each room includes a desk and a flat-screen TV. At Super Hotel Tottori Ekimae all rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels. Ajiro-k? is 15 km from the accommodation, while Arayu is 36 km away. The nearest airport is Tottori Airport, 9 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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    • Guest House Hamada-en
      Budget-friendly
      Offering a garden and mountain view, Guest House Hamada-en is situated in Tottori, 42 km from Daijoji Temple and 3.9 km from Tottori Sand Dunes. This 2-star guest house offers a 24-hour front desk and a shared kitchen. The guest house features rooms with air conditioning, free private parking and free WiFi. The guest house offers a seating area with a flat-screen TV and a shared bathroom with a hair dryer, free toiletries and bidet. At the guest house, each unit is fitted with bed linen and towels. Guests can also relax in the shared lounge area. Ajiro-k? is 8.2 km from the guest house, while Arayu is 29 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tottori Airport, 10 km from Guest House Hamada-en.
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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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    • Tottori Washington Hotel Plaza
      Mid-range
      A 2-minute walk from Tottori Station, Washington Hotel Plaza features 2 restaurants and rooms with free wired internet. Laptop PCs are available for rent. Compact rooms are fitted with an LCD TV, a small fridge and an alarm clock. The en suite bathroom comes with a bathtub and a hairdryer, while a toothbrush and a shaving kit can be provided at the front desk. The Washington Tottori offers laundry and fax services, and arranges home deliveries. Drink vending machines are on-site, and the hotel has charged parking. The Chinese restaurant China Table offers authentic Chinese food that you can easily enjoy. The Japanese restaurant Ginza serves Japanese cuisine such as seafood from the Sea of ??Japan. Breakfast is a Japanese and Western buffet style. We have a wide selection of Japanese and Western dishes such as grilled fish, simmered dishes, bread, and salads. Please enjoy your favorite menu as much as you like. Tottori Washington Hotel Plaza is a 15-minute drive from Tottori Airport, and a 20-minute drive from the Tottori Sand Dunes.
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