Tottori Castle

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History

Yamana Nobumichi built Tottori Castle in 1545. The castle is well known for a famous attack that took place in 1581 when Hideyoshi laid siege to the castle for 200 days. After exhausting their supplies, Kikkawa Tsuneie, lord of the castle, gave up on the condition that his soldier's lives be spared. Miyabe Keijun took over the castle at this point, but was replaced by Ikeda Nagayoshi after the Battle of Sekigahara. Ikeda expanded or rebuilt much of the castle..

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English Name Tottori Castle
Japanese Name 鳥取城
Alternate Names Kyusho-jo, Kyushosan-jo
Founder Yamana Nobumichi
Year Founded 1532
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations Top 100 Castles, Top 100 Mountaintop Castles, National Historic Site
Historical Period Edo Period
Features gates, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Tottori Sta. (San'in Line, 5 minute bus, 5 min walk; 30+ min walk to the top of the mountain and the honmaru
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Time Required
Website http://www.torican.jp/famous/look/index.html#01
Location Tottori, Tottori Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 30' 27", 134° 14' 24"
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ARTHatamoto

3 months ago
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Added photos to gallery, including pictures of the inner citadel at the top of the mountain, and restored tenkyuu ishigaki.
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ARTHatamoto

8 months ago
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For people who like castle structures then this castle will disappoint with only one small remaining gate. However, for those who appreciate ishigaki, this mighty ruin is a very rewarding visit. Tottorijō's epic ishigaki (stone ramparts) stand at the foot of the castle, surrounded by the moat, and at the castle summit where they can be seen from miles away (I could see them from Kawaharajō). Tottorijō's most awesome feature is the Tenkyū ishigaki, a spherical shaped rampart. It is one of a kind. The trek to the summit is not trivial, but the climb is worth it for the view and the ishigaki around the honmaru (main bailey), including the tenshukakudai (donjon platform). The conspicuous western-style house at the foot of the castle was built by Meiji aristocrats and was the first building in Tottori to have electric lights. It now serves as a museum but we didn't have time to check it out.
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ARTHatamoto

15 months ago
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This site is amazing. I really do recommend it for anyone who visits castle ruins. Plus the restored tenkyuu ishigaki is like nothing you've seen before. It's a big site with a rewarding climb to the top and epic stone ramparts both at the foot of the castle and those that can be seen at the top from miles away (i could see them from Kawahara Castle).
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SuupaahiirooAshigaru

23 months ago
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Only two stars? No yagura or tenshukaku, but these castle walls are among the most impressive I have seen in Japan. Highly recommended.
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Kiddus i2003Gunshi

55 months ago
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Shame there is so little left to see.
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RaymondWHatamoto

80 months ago
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When I went to Tottori City, it was overcast and rainy. Apart from Tottori Castle Ruin, I also made it to the sand dunes, but I did not know about Watanabe Art Museum. Thanks for mentioning it here on Eric's website. I will definitely go back to Tottori City again because I have only done half of the castle site, and I still need to get my 100 Meijo stamp.
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FurinkazanHatamoto

80 months ago
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Normally i don't visit castlesites where there aren't buildings remaining or reconstructed, but since i was at Tottori to visit the Watanabe Art Museum, i did make a visit to this one. The weather was outstanding to go to the honmaru and so i did. The trail to the top is very small and steep, so Raymond you did well. I wouldn't have tried myself if it was raining. The ishigaki are nice and there are some portions still being reconstructed. The view from the honmaru is incredible. You even see the so famous sanddunes of Tottori.

The museum i visited contains alot of armors and weapons, but also ceramics, statues and more everyday stuff, even from other countries.
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RaymondWHatamoto

114 months ago
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Oops...forgot to include my name in the above comment. Eric, I will send you a few photos when I get them sorted.
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Anonymous user #1

114 months ago
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I went to this castle yesterday on a Monday. It is easily accessibly by public transport. You get there by taking the 100-yen Blue Course Mini-Bus from JR Tottori Station. The bus stop is in front of the station, and you get off at the Tottori Prefectural Museum Stop. The castle ruin is right there in front of you when you get off from the bus. The weather was poor, being mostly cloudy and rainy. I only went to the lower portion of this yamashiro (mountaintop castle) around the Ni no Maru or 2nd bailey as I did not feel like walking to the top of the hill with rain coming again. The Tenkyuu Maru was closed and off limits to visitors, and the San no Maru (3rd Bailey) is part of a high school now. There are plenty of original and restored ishigaki (stone walls) to see. Standing at any of the yagura ruins such as the Gosankai Yagura, you have a great view of Tottori City. The water moat remains on the western side of the castle. I can see how this castle was not stormed in an attack, but instead the defenders were starved out. If you like collecting castle stamps as a souvenir when visiting Japanese castles, be aware that the building (opposite the prefectural museum) where you collect the stamp is closed on Mondays. If you want the Tottori Castle stamp for your “100 Famous Japanese Castles”, you have to go and find the City Hall. Needless to say, I did not bother to do so. BTW, entry to the park / castle ground is free, and there were hardly anyone there. I will have to re-visit this castle on a sunny day and go to the honmaru at the top of the hill the next time I make it up to the Japan Sea side of Chugoku.