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Tottori Prefecture

Tottori Prefecture in Chugoku DistrictTottori PrefectureTottori Prefecture is positioned at the northeast of Chugoku District, and faces the Sea of Japan.
Generally, the area along the Sea of Japan in Chugoku District is call "San'in", so Tottori Prefecture belongs to San'in area.

The total population of the prefecture is less than 600 thousand, and it is the prefecture with the least population in Japan.
Instead, this prefecture has the rich nature.

Many days are fine from spring to autumn, but most of the days in winter are rainy, snowy or cloudy.
In midwinter, most parts of the prefecture have heavy snow.

The main industries in this prefecture are agriculture and fishery.
Nijisseiki pear and Matsuba crab in Tottori Prefecture are well-known.

The prefectural capital is Tottori city, and is located at the east part of the prefecture.

There is Yonago city at the west end of the prefecture.
The main railroad line from Seto Inland Sea side and the expressway come there. And it has an airport.
So Yonago is the central junction of San'in area.
(Tottori Prefecture has no Shinkansen line.)

To visit Tottori Prefecture, we can use the various JR limited expresses.
From Okayama located to the south of Tottori Prefecture, some limited expresses are operated to Tottori and Yonago.
Some of them come directly from Osaka and Kyoto.

Tottori Prefecture has two airports.

Tottori Airport is located about 5 km northwest of Tottori city.
It has the flights from Haneda (Tokyo).

Yonago Airport is located about 15 km northwest of Yonago city.
It has the flights from Haneda (Tokyo) and Chubu (Nagoya).
Additionally, it has the international flights from Seoul.

Yonago Airport official website

The climate in Tottori city
Highest Temperature (deg C) 7.7 8.5 12.4 18.7 23.3 26.6 30.4 32.2 27.4 22.0 16.4 11.0
Lowest Temperature (deg C) 0.8 0.7 2.8 7.5 12.5 17.6 22.1 22.9 18.7 12.3 7.3 3.1
Mean monthly rainfall (mm) 202 160 142 109 131 152 201 117 204 144 159 154

Tourist spots in Tottori Prefecture

Tottori Prefecture map

Tottori city /1/
Tottori Sand Dunes /2/
Uradome Coast /3/
Utsubuki-Tamagawa old town /4/
Misasa hot spring resort /5/
Sanbutsuji temple /6/
Kaike hot spring resort /7/
Daisen volcano /8/

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Temple or Shrine / Museum or Laboratory / Market or Commercial facility / Factory /
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Main events in Tottori Prefecture

Nagashi-binaNagashi-bina (Around early April)

March 3rd is the day of the Dolls' Festival in Japan, and it is the festival for girls.
Families of girls display a set of dolls representing the emperor, empress, their servants, miniature furniture, and so on, on a five or seven-tiered stand.
But in ancient times, people used to float paper dolls down rivers on this day, believing the dolls would carry away their bad luck.
In Mochigase town located about 20 km south of Tottori city, this traditional custom is still kept.
A couple of paper dolls are put on a tray made of straw, and girls float them on Sendai River.
The day of the festival is based on the lunar calendar, so it is held in around early April.

Tottori Shan-shan FestivalTottori Shan-shan Festival (Saturday and Sunday in mid-August)

It is the main summer festival held in Tottori city.
"Shan-shan" is the sound of many bells, and the main event is the dance parade by thousands of citizens with the umbrella set up many bells.
The dance using the umbrella has been performed as call for rain in the east part of Tottori Prefecture since the 19th century.
This traditional dance was added to this festival in 1965, so it became the greatest event.

Local foods and products in Tottori Prefecture

Matsuba crabMatsuba crab

Matsuba crab are caught in the Sea of Japan around San'in area. It is generally known as "queen crab" or "snow crab".
To be exact, Matsuba crab is male of queen crab, so it is heavy and full of tasty meat.
The fishing season starts in November, so we can enjoy tasting the crabs in winter.
In Tottori Prefecture, we can get fresh Matsuba crabs and eat them as sashimi, grilled crab, shabu-shabu or one-pot cooking.

Nijisseiki pearNijisseiki pear

Nijisseiki pear is one of pear varieries.
It was found in 1888 by a boy at a garbage dump in Chiba Prefecture, by chance.
The skin is green. The fruit is juicy and tastes sweet and sour.
"Nijisseiki" means "twentieth century". This name was given in 1898.
Tottori Prefecture is one of the Japan's leading producers of pear, and about 80 percent of the pear production in Tottori are Nijisseiki.

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