Tottori, Chugoku

Adorable spirit monsters known as 'yokai' welcome you to the admirable port city of Sakaiminato. Yonago, a representative commercial city of the San'in region.

The city of Sakaiminato is located in the western section of Tottori Prefecture. Sakaiminato is known from old as an outstanding fishery city on the Sea of Japan side, and it thrived as a base for trade with the Asian Continent. Even today, it boasts of having one of the largest hauls of crab and tuna in Japan. The Yumigahama Peninsula, with its green pine trees growing along a stretch of white sand shaped like a bow, is known for its beautiful scenery and is a mecca for marine sports.

The city's landmark is the 43-meter-tall Yumeminato Tower that stands in Yumeminato Park. The observation room on the top floor offers a magnificent 360-degree view, which of course includes the Sea of Japan and the majestic Mt. Daisen. As you walk through the city, you will be greeted by bronze statues of 'yokai,' the adorable apparition that in recent years has become the new face of the city. Sakaiminato is the hometown of Shigeru Mizuki, a Japanese 'manga' comic author best known for his horror manga "GeGeGe-no-Kitaro." The city has named its main road the "Mizuki Shigeru Road," and about 100 bronze yokai statues now line the street. The sight leaves animated cartoon fans speechless.

Next door to Sakaiminato is the city of Yonago, a representative commercial city of the San'in region. With both air routes and sea routes, the city serves as a gateway to the entire region. The city has a long history of commerce, and it has continued to prosper since the days that it served as a castle town during the Edo Period.
Many remnants of its long history can be found throughout the city. A stroll along the Kamo River will take you past traditional white-walled storehouses and 'nagayamon,' a gate of tenements. The Yodoe-cho district is known for its clear water, which bubbles up at several locations. There is a walking course that passes by many sites of interest, and even 'ashiyu (hot spring foot baths)' along the way for you to enjoy.

At the Kaike Onsen, located about 15 minutes from Yonago Station, you can soak in the soothing waters springing forth from the sea. The hot spring can even be enjoyed as part of a day trip, so please be sure to visit there.


From Tokyo:
[Air] 1h 15 min from Haneda to Yonago Airport.
[Rail] 12h from JR Tokyo to JR Yonago Station by "Izumo" or "Sunrise Izumo" (express trains with sleeping berths). 45 min from Yonago to Sakaiminato Station by JR Sakai Line.
From Osaka:
[Rail] 46 min from Shin-Osaka to Okayama Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line "Hikari," and 2h from Okayama to Yonago Station by JR Hakubi Line (limited-stop express).

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