Tottori Castle Ruins
A 360-degree panoramic view from the ruins of the castle keep at a height of 263m above sea level
Tottori PrefectureThe ruins are of a mountain castle that used the natural geography of sheer Mt. Kyusho. The ruins of the castle keep remain at the top of the mountain, as well as the ruins of ninomaru, the castle gate, the stone wall, and a well. They are rare ruins of a castle where the remains of two ages, the Middle Ages and the modern age, coexist. They are a national designated historic site.
The ruins are famous as the place where Hideyoshi Hashiba (later Hideyoshi Toyotomi; he changed his family name from Hashiba to Toyotomi after his lord, Nobunaga Oda, died) starved the enemy out in 1581. There is a famous historic anecdote that has been passed down to the present-in order to take control of an impregnable castle built on steep Mt. Kyusho, Hideyoshi adopted a strategy whereby he did not fight by military means but plundered weapons and food that were to be brought into the castle. Many tourists thus visit the castle. In addition, the stone wall that partially remains is also fancy, and it alone is reminiscent of the Sengoku Period.
The ruins of the castle keep at the top of the mountain are at a height of 263 m above sea level. The ruins of ninomaru are a 5-minute walk away. You can enjoy a view to a satisfactory extent from there. If you climb to the ruins of the castle keep at the top of the mountain by walking for 30 minutes, you can have a 360-degree panoramic view covering from Tottori City to the Tottori sand dunes. It is necessary to go up a steep slope, so make sure to wear appropriate shoes, etc. if you climb there.
Jinpukaku, which is one of the Important Cultural Properties located at the foot of Mt. Kyusho, is a white Renaissance Western-style building that was built in 1907. The building is of the Meiji Period (1868-1912) while the ruins of Tottori Castle are of the Sengoku Period (1493-1590). At the Tottori City Historical Museum, you can learn about the history of Tottori Prefecture. It is recommended to also visit such neighboring facilities because you can totally understand Tottori from the Sengoku Period to the present.
Address: 2 Higashi-machi, Tottori-shi, Tottori
Phone: 0857-22-3318 (Tottori City Tourist Information Center)
Admission Fee: Free
Directions: Take a Hinomaru/Nikko Bus bound for Sakyu from Tottori Station (two and half hours from Shin-Osaka) on JR Sanin Main Line, ride for 6 minutes, get off at Nishi-machi, and walk for 5 minutes, or take an A course Loop Kirinjishi Bus from Tottori Station, ride for 8 minutes, get off at Tottorijoato, and walk for 2 minutes. (Car) 1 hour and 20 minutes (70 km) from Sayo Interchange on the Chugoku Expressway