Area of traditional warehouses
A town where you can enjoy the contrast of red tiles and white plaster walls at your own pace
The white-walled warehouses can be found near the Tama River in Kurayoshi City, in central Tottori Prefecture. Most of the warehouses were built between the Edo Period (1603-1868) and the Meiji Period (1868-1912). Yakisugi, which are burnt and carbonized cedar boards, have been used for the exterior walls of the warehouses. Many warehouses are lined up on the street for about 400 m along the Tama River. Also, there are merchant houses with red, cold-resistant roof tiles preserved along Hon-cho Street. The red-tiled buildings, numbered from 1 to 16, have been renovated into cafes and galleries while maintaining the appearances they had when they were used for soy sauce making and sake brewing. The scenery of the good old days in Japan can be experienced as you stroll the streets, while shopping, eating and drinking can be enjoyedinside the buildings.
One of the reasons this place is strongly recommended is that although it is well known as a historical town of earthen-walled warehouses, the place is not overcrowded with tourists. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery made of white walls, black boards, and red roofs to your heart's content at a comfortable pace.
Address: Higashinakamachi, Kurayoshi City, Tottori
Phone: 0858-24-5371 (Kurayoshi Tourism MICE Association)
Directions: (Train) 18-minute bus ride from Kurayoshi Station on the JR San-in Honsen Line (2 hours 50 minutes from Shin-Osaka Station). (Car) Kurayoshi Interchange on the Hojo-Yubara Bypass.