Tottori Castle 鳥取城
Picture Donated by Raymond W.
Founder Yamana Nobumichi
Year 1532
Type Mountaintop
Condition Ruins
Alternate Name Kyusho-jo, Kyushosan-jo
Admin's Rating ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Historical Site National Historic Site
Historical Value Top 100 Castles
Location Tottori, Tottori Pref.
Map Google Map
Access Tottori Sta. (San'in Line, 5 minute bus, 5 min walk; 30+ min walk to the top of the mountain and the honmaru
Website Tottori City Sightseeing
Notes viewer donated
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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  • suupaahiiroo    January 03, 2017 at 11:58 PM
    Only two stars? No yagura or tenshukaku, but these castle walls are among the most impressive I have seen in Japan. Highly recommended.
  • kiddus_i2003 on My Page    May 17, 2014 at 10:26 PM
    Shame there is so little left to see.
  • RaymondW    April 27, 2012 at 09:13 PM
    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.
  • furinkazan on My Page    April 27, 2012 at 03:49 PM
    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.
  • Raymond    July 28, 2009 at 02:49 PM
    Oops...forgot to include my name in the above comment. Eric, I will send you a few photos when I get them sorted.
  • Anonymous    July 28, 2009 at 02:47 PM
    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.
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Tottori Castle views
stone walls, moats
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gosankai yagura stone foundation ninomaru
stone walls stone walls and stairs
the ido(well) of the honmaru the remnants of the main keep foundation
a view from the Honmaru with the sand dunes afar map