With a population of 150,000 people, Yonago City is the second largest city in Tottori Prefecture. It lies on the far western edge of the prefecture, very close to the Shimane Prefecture border on the coast of Lake Nakaumi and the Yumigahama Peninsula.
Despite its modest population, Yonago is, in so many ways, the commercial center of the entire Sanin region of the Chugoku area. There are several reasons for this. Firstly, the city has become a hub of domestic and international travelers due to its proximity to Yonago Kitaro Airport, which handles flights from Korea and Hong Kong as well as a host of national routes.
Secondly, the city center is remarkably urban with a distinctly cosmopolitan feel. The streets that radiate from Yonago Station form an absolutely lovely cityscape full of fashionable shops, eateries and public spaces.
The traditional shopping arcade is lively and a great place to start from when exploring the heart of the city. You will find local people outside enjoying the atmosphere of the city. There are art installations, historic monuments and places where you can simply sit down and people watch.
Yonago is well-known for its abundance of hot springs and beautiful white sand beaches on the Japan Sea at the northern edge of the city, which also accounts for its wide selection and year-round supply of fresh seafood. Yonago’s proximity to Mt. Daisen makes it a popular hub for skiers in winter and hikers and campers in the warmer months.
Tottori Hanakairo is a huge flower park just south the city and is also highly regarded by both international and domestic travelers.
In addition to fresh crab, squid, shrimp, fish and other marine delicacies, Yonago City and the surrounding areas boast plentiful fruit and vegetable production, as well as craft beer and several traditional sake breweries.
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