Jinpukaku Guest House
With its handsome white exterior, elaborate interior decoration, and beautiful verdant surroundings, Jinpukaku is sure to bring peace to your soul.
(c) Tottori PrefectureJinpukaku is a handsome Western-style building featuring white walls, white pillars, and large windows. It was built in 1907 as the country residence of the Ikeda clan, which ruled this province. The two-story wooden building constructed in the style of the French Renaissance is a nationally-designated Important Cultural Property. The area currently open to the public was renovated in 1974, restoring it to its former glory.
It was designed by Katayama Tokuma (1854-1917), who was involved in the design of many famous buildings, including the Kyoto National Museum and the State Guesthouse (formerly Akasaka Palace). It was once used as accommodation for Emperor Taisho, and each room is called by the name it was given at the time, such as the Gozasho (Emperor's Room) and the Ekkensho (Imperial Chamber). In addition to the external appearance, the interior is also elaborately designed, with meticulous attention to detail apparent even in such features as the curtain boxes and mantelpieces.
The first floor of the building has an exhibition concerning the history of the Ikeda clan. On the second-floor balcony, a view of the beautiful garden and lake awaits you. The area around the building is a park, with splendid views of cherry blossom in spring and russet and gold leaves in the fall. You will undoubtedly feel at peace as you linger in this historic building amid the greenery.
Address: Higashimachi, Tottori City, Tottori
Hours open to visitors: 09:00-17:00
Admission Fee: 150 yen (general), free (high school students and below)
Closed: Mondays and the day after a national holiday
Directions: Train: About 6 minutes from Tottori Station (about 2 hours 50 minutes by shinkansen from Shin-Osaka) on the JR San'in Main Line by Nihon Kotsu / Hinomaru Bus (destination Sakyu); alight at Nishi-machi, then about 5 minutes on foot
Car: About 1 hour 30 minutes from the Sayo interchange on the Chugoku Expressway