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Tottori City is the prefectural capital of Tottori Prefecture. It is located in the southern part of Tottori Prefecture, with the northern part of the city facing the Sea of Japan. The city, having its own airport, TV station, and a university, acts like a hub for the surrounding areas. On the other hand, there is also plenty of nature, and the city is visited by many tourists, who are especially attracted to the Tottori Sand Dunes that stretch out along the coast. The climate is mild from spring to autumn, but during winter the city sometimes experiences heavy snow.

Access to Tottori City

Arriving by plane:
Approx. 1 hour 15 min. from Haneda Airport to Tottori Airport.
Arriving by train:
Approx. 3 hours 10 min. from Tokyo Station to Himeji Station by a Shinkansen train, and then approx. 1 hour 35 min. from Himeji Station to Tottori Station by a JR limited express train.

Must-see Spots to Visit When Visiting Tottori City

Tottori Sand Dunes
Vast sand dunes that stretch out on the coast of the Sea of Japan, in the northern part of Tottori City. They are the largest sand dunes in Japan that can be visited for sightseeing, and they have been designated as a National Natural Monument. Many people are attracted by its magical scenery that looks unlike anything in Japan, camels, and its appearance that changes from season to season. You can also try out paragliding and sandboarding. It is known as a sacred place for people who play the popular smartphone game “Pokemon Go”, and some events have also been held there.

Tottori Castle Ruins
Tottori Castle is famous for being the castle where the feudal lord Hashiba (Toyotomi) Hideyoshi used starvation tactics during the Sengoku period. Today, it has been dismantled, with only the ruins of the castle tower and the outer citadel remaining. The surroundings of the castle have been made into Hisomatsu Park, which is a park famous for its cherry blossom trees.

Must-eat Dishes to Order When Visiting Tottori City

Matsuba Crab
Snow crabs that are caught in the San’in Region, including Tottori Prefecture, are called Matsuba Crab. It is a typical winter dish from Tottori, with a deliciously sweet and firm meat.

Horu Soba
While Tottori City has plenty of fancy dishes, like seafood and Japanese beef, there are also more affordable local dishes. Yakisoba (fried noodles with vegetables and meat), which has beef entrails (jap. horumon) is known as “Horu Soba”, and it is a dish that is loved by the locals. Each restaurant uses different type of entrails, noodles, and sauce, so you can try searching for your favorite one.

Must-get Souvenirs to Buy When Visiting Tottori City

20th Century Pears
A popular local specialty that is available from the end of summer until autumn. Souvenir shops are filled with these fresh, sweet, and juicy fruits, during the peak season. Desserts, like sherbet and Baumkuchen, that are made from these pears, are also popular.


Tottori City, which is famous for Tottori Sand Dunes, has also plenty of other cool things, like famous places, beautiful townscape, and delicious gourmet.