Area of traditional warehouses
A town where you can enjoy the contrast of red tiles and white lime plaster walls slowly at your own pace
The white-walled warehouses can be found near the Tama River, Kurayoshi City, in central Tottori Prefecture. Most of the warehouses were built in the Edo Period (1603-1868) to Meiji Period (1868-1912). Yakisugi (burnt cedar), which is burnt and carbonized cedar boards, are 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 is a merchant's house roofed with red, cold-resistant tiles preserved along Hon-cho Street. The red-tiled buildings, numbered from 1 to 16, are used as cafes and galleries while maintaining the appearances that had when they were used for soy sauce making and sake brewing. The scenery of the good old days in Japan can be enjoyed while you stroll the streets, and you can also enjoy shopping, eating and drinking once you set your foot inside 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.