Feel the history of Tottori

Tottori Castle Ruins

tottori city, tottori prefecture, visitwestjapan
Photographer | Takuma Kimura

 

Tottori Castle Ruins are nestled on a mountainside about 9 minutes by 100 yen bus from Tottori Station. A short walk past the Prefectural Museum of Art and the Jinpukaku Mansion, the ruins offer a great view of the city.

The castle that stood on the site of the ruins was a citadel or what might be considered a fort which was purposefully built on a mountain to ward off invaders.

The images of the castle that remain show white walled structure with several outer buildings that stretched across a somewhat narrow yet long piece of land. The main building itself had three levels with an overall size akin to Bitchu Matsuyama Castle in Takahashi City.

Tottori Castle was dismantled during the Meiji Era as the restoration of the Emperor brought with it a belief that these castles were no longer necessary. Many of the materials taken from the castle were recycled or used in other structures. 

What can be seen by visitors today are multi-tiered walled embanks of stone which appear to be golden on a sunny day. Restorations and repairs often take place so depending on the time you visit certain areas of the grounds may be off limits.

Tottori Castle has taken its place as an international tourist destination with a local appeal. You will encounter students from across the region as well as people struck by the curious specter of what was once a mighty citadel.

What remains can only be viewed from afar but it is easy to imagine the structure that was once there. Hopefully, at some point in time, access to the actual spot where the castle stood will be allowed. Until that time, visitors can enjoy the lovely grounds of this special cultural zone.

Access: Take the loop bus from Tottori Station (about 11 minutes).

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