Tottori prefecture, together with Shimane prefecture is known as the Sanin region, meaning "the shady side of the mountains". There is a mountain range separating these two prefectures from Hiroshima and Okayama, which means that the weather here is drastically wetter than further to the south.
Tottori — The prefectural capital known for the Tottori Sand Dunes.
Kurayoshi — A small town with a quaint retro shops and a well-preserved historic district.
Sakai Minato — Westernmost city in Tottori and home of Mizuki Shigeru, creator of Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro
Daisen — The city of Daisen is home to Mount Daisen, a famous location for climbing, hiking, and skiing. The famous Daisen-ji Temple is also located on this mountain.
Misasa — Most famous for the Mitokusan Nageiredo, an old temple built on the side of a cliff. Nobody knows exactly how this temple was built, but it is a marvel to behold.
Yurihama — A lovely city containing one of Japan's best Chinese gardens and Lake Togo.
There are three daily flights from Tokyo's Haneda airport to Tottori airport with ANA. The flight takes about 75 minutes. Tel. 0120-029-222, 0857-23-3038.
Okayama Prefecture holds Tottori up from the south. [Tsuyama]] with the famous Kakuzan Park, Shurakuen Garden, and Joto Street is near the eastern region, while Niimi, famous for the Ikura Ravine and Maki Cave is near Western Tottori. Further south, you'll find the Kurashiki with its well-preserved historic district, Okayama which has one of Japan's Top 3, Korakuen Garden, and Takahashi, home to Bitchu Takamatsu Castle, Japan's highest castle, as well as one of it's only remaining original castles.
Shimane Prefecture stands beside Tottori on the Western border. The most famous sites are close to Tottori, so accessing them is quite convenient. Matsue is famous for Matsue Castle, one of Japan's few remaining original castles, and the Lafcadio Hearn Residence. The city of Izumo is home to the spectacular Izumo Shrine, the second most holy Shinto shrine in Japan. The Hinomisaki Lighthouse is also a famous icon of the city. Further out in the prefecture you'll find Tsuwano, where the last Christian martyrs were killed before ending the ban on Christianity and Iwami Ginzan, a World Heritage Site.