Tottori Castle Ruins

鳥取城跡

The castle stood in the middle ages. From Japan’s Period of Warring States (1467 ~ 1568) to modern times, it was known as Yamana and Kikkawa Castles, and functioned as the center of Inaba. It is architecturally important for the way the natural steep slope was employed for protection.

Tottori Port

鳥取港

Located at the mouth of the Sendaigawa River, Tottori Port (formerly Karo Port) served as both an entry and exit point for river traffic. The port was an important port-of-call for ships sailing the Japanese islands. It is extensively used today, being divided into commercial, fishing and private zones.

Amedaki Waterfall

雨滝

Nestled amidst a thick virgin forest, these falls are beautiful throughout the year. In summer, it is the perfect place to escape the blazing heat, while the fresh greenery of spring and tinged foliage of autumn are sights worth seeing. 100 m downstream from Amedaki Waterfall are the Nunobiki Waterfall that drops 20 m. A 800 m hike north takes you to the 2-stage cascades of the Hakodaki Waterfall. Furthermore, farther upstream are several more waterfalls, some of which can be seen from the Chugoku Nature Trail.

Waji

上地

Mt. Ogino was formed to its current height of 1,309 m by volcanic activity. The lava flows from eruptions headed in three directions – north, northwest and south – burying the valleys that once existed and forming plateaus like the Kawaidani Plateau. Waji, at the foot of Mt. Ogino, was sea bottom some 17 million years ago. And, based on the shell fossils that have been found in the area, the sea is believed to have been very deep. The soft seabed that contained the fossils turned into rock and eventually rose above sea level. That particular strata is called Middle Miocene Tottori Group Fuhangi Mudstone. This name comes from Fungan-ji Temple in Jikkoku, Kokufu Town where similar mudstone was found to contain Myricaceae fossils that identify the period. A wonderful hike in the woods is an intriguing opportunity to discover the sea bottom of long ago.

Shikano and Yoshioka Faults

鹿野・吉岡断層

Just south of Yoshioka Onsen can be seen the Yoshioka Fault running along the skirt of the mountain. The fault scarred the surface in 1943 when the Tottori Earthquake leveled the city. Traces of the Shikano Fault that broke the surface in that same earthquake can be seen in the crooked water channels and stone fences that resulted.

Pot hole of Iwatsubo

The Sunami River is a tributary of Sendai River and its source is enshrined in Iwastubo Shrine. A small mountain stream with a small waterfall is close to it. The waterfall's water grinded off the rock (Japanese "iwa") so much that it got the shape of a basin (Japanese "tsubo"), and so this region became to be called Iwatsubo. This basin is called pot hole and the water pouring into it gathered in the crevices what produced hollows. Stones inside these hollows were rotating in the swirling current and grinded off the rock, and so gradually enlarged the round shaped hole.

Azo Forest Park

The Azo Forest Park is halfway up on Mount Takayama (1050m elevation, highest mountain in Tottori City) and offers a 360° panoramic view and is rich in nature. Young and old can get into contact with mother nature and enjoy it throughout all seasons while doing wooden handicraft works, going camping, or going out for a walk in the surrounding areas. The view of the sea of clouds as well as the night sky are additional highlights.

Nagaobana

Nagaobana is a cape in the boundary of Aoya-cho and Ketaka-cho, both parts of Tottori City. In its neighborhood, there are many plateau landforms which were formed by lava that flew into the Sea of Japan during volcanic activities. At the tip is Nagaobana with its cliff (sea cliff). This cliff was created by erosion caused by the rough waves of the Sea of Japan and so shaped a grandiose scenery. The whole area around the cape is blessed by lots of fishes as well, making it a famous place for fishing.

Uomidai

Uomidai is located on the plateau landform that shapes Nagaobana. The whole picturesque scenery of the Inaba Region can be viewed from this naturally formed heights, from the Tottori Sand Dunes and the Hakuto Coast to the Tajima Coast in the far distance. In former times, when large sardine shoals approached, fishermen observed the weather situation and the fishes from here. As they flew a white flag fastened on a bamboo cane when they discovered fish shoals in order to notice the boats about the shoal's position, this height became to be called Uomidai ("fish watching plateau").

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