About Tottori Castle ruins
Tottori Castle is a terraced castle located on the top of Mount Kusatsu in Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture, Japan. It was built around the time of the Toshinomi period (1532-1555) and was the feudal lordship of the Tottori domain during the Edo period. It is one of the 100 most famous castles in Japan, making clever use of the natural topography of Mt. Hisamatsu. Through the years, all that remains are the remains of the Tensokaku and Ninomaru terraced castles, which are designated as national historical sites in Japan and one of the most representative tourist attractions in Tottori City.
Tottori Castle has been subjected to many wars and changes in ownership throughout its history, including Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s military and food offensive. 1873 saw the implementation of the Japanese decree to abolish the castle, and although Tottori Castle was saved from demolition, most of the unnecessary buildings were removed in 1877, leaving only Tensho-dai and Ishigaki. Today, Kusatsu Park has been built around Tottori Castle and has become a favorite resting place for Tottori residents, especially in spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom and many visitors come to enjoy the flowers every day. In addition, many azaleas are planted in the square at the foot of Mount Hisamatsu, and they are also popular among visitors because they bloom after the cherry blossoms have faded.
How to get there
10 minutes by bus from Tottori Station
Unfortunately, there were only the ruins of the castle, but we climbed up the stone stairs, gasping for breath. The surrounding facilities are closed on Mondays, so we could not visit them, but it was nice to have a panoramic view of the city of Tottori. The 100-yen bus was very convenient.