YONAGO & DAISEN travel guide & budget schedule

If you’re traveling to WESTERN TOTTORI soon, here’s our YONAGO-DAISEN travel guide with sample YONAGO-DAISEN ITINERARY, list of things TO DO, and budget breakdown. If you’re much more interested in TOTTORI CITY or KURAYOSHI CITY, check out this post instead: TOTTORI CITY travel GUIDE.

Even when I was severely struggling to walk, it was not challenging whatsoever to be in a contemplative mood. It was our first day in Daisen. The crisp air and the fresh snow were the first to greet us. just a few moments before, a quick dusting added another layer to the already thick blanket of snow. I am no ski-virgin, but this would be my first time to try snowshoeing. With snowshoes firmly fastened and ski poles lightly gripped, we began our trek through the bare forest to the temple up in the mountain.

Where I’m from, Mt. Daisen is unheard of. When we think of Japanese mountains, there typically is only one that pops in mind: the renowned snow-capped Mt. Fuji. but Japan’s wrinkled terrain is blessed with numerous other peaks. one of the most culturally significant is Mt. Daisen in Tottori Prefecture. At the best angle, it looks like Fuji too, only smaller, but its significance goes beyond appearances. The volcanic Mt. Daisen is the most revered mountain in the country. In fact, for many of its history, locals believed that the mountain itself is a god.

Mt. Daisen is a center of mountain worship in Japan. It is so sacred that up until the Edo period (Tokugawa era, 1603-1868), no one is allowed to climb unless accompanied by an assigned monk. It is of great spiritual significance to the Tendai sect of Mahayana Buddhism and the syncretic Shugendō religion.

Mt. Daisen is just one of the numerous destinations in store for you on this side of Tottori Prefecture!

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WHERE TO stay IN YONAGO CITYSearch for much more Yonago Hotels

HOW TO get around YONAGO CITYYonago Buses
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THINGS TO do in WEST TOTTORIYonago City Tour
Daisen White resort Skiing
Snowshoeing at Mt. Daisen
Daisenji Temple
Sakaiminato fishing Port Tour
Mizuki Shigeru road and Museum
Conan Town
Tottori Hanakairo flower Park
Other places to visit in Tottori Prefecture

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Yonago City and Daisen town are both on the western end of Tottori Prefecture. With only 500,000 residents, it is the least populated prefecture in Japan. It’s composed of four cities — Tottori City (the capital), Yonago, Kurayoshi, and Sakaiminato — and 15 towns, numerous of which lie in the foothills of its renowned mountains, including Mt. Daisen.

This isn’t Mt. Fuji. This is Tottori’s Mt Daisen!
Yonago City is the second largest and second many populous city in Tottori Prefecture, next only to Tottori City. It is the commercial and transportation hub of Western Tottori.

This travel guide focuses on Western Tottori, spanning the Yonago City, Sakaiminato, and Daisen. We also included Kurayoshi City because it’s easily available from there.

Tottori Prefecture enjoys a relatively low cost of living. compared to Tokyo or even Osaka, you’ll find your yen having much more purchasing power here because much of the produce is sourced locally, a testament to the richness of the area in natural resources. the best part is, things are less expensive but the quality is often better. For example, one of the prefecture’s essential products is Tottori beef, a premium-grade melt-in-your-mouth precursor to other highly revered but insanely expensive Kobe beef, Matsusaka beef, and Omi beef.

Other info you need to know:

Language: Japanese (Nihongo). The majority of the locals seldom speak English, but many of the signs and other traveler promotional materials have English translations.

Currency: Japanese Yen (JPY, ¥). JPY 1000 is around USD 8.80, SGD 12.2, EUR 7.80, PHP 466 (as of November 2018).

Modes of payment: cash is king here. numerous high-end establishments also accept credit report card transactions, but cash is still preferred.

Electricity Info: 100V. type A sockets. Plugs have two flat pins. type B is in some cases used but not that common.


Like many of Japan, Tottori enjoys a temperate climate, which implies four distinct seasons. The summer months of June and July are the wettest and hottest, while the winter season months of January and February the driest and coldest.

That said, compared to that of other essential Japan destinations, Tottori’s summer isn’t really that hot, and winter season not that harsh. check out the graph by the climate change knowledge Portal below.

Tottori Prefecture is a year-round destination. Each season provides different experiences. The “best” season depends on what you want to enjoy. For example, I’m a winter season guy, so I’m always partial to the cold months, even in Tottori. winter season brings fantastic ocean bounty including the highly sought-after matsuba-gani (snow crabs) and mosa-ebi (stalwart shrimps). I also delighted in skiing down the slopes of Mt. Daisen!


Tottori Prefecture has two commercial airports, and both are extremely cool: the Tottori Sanyu Conan airport in Tottori City and Yonago Kitaro airport in Sakaiminato. Both airports were named after well-known Japanese manga, Detective Conan and GeGeGe no Kitaro.

Although the name suggests otherwise, the Yonago Kitaro airport is actually located in Sakaiminato, not in Yonago, but it’s still pretty accessible. It connects the area to mostly domestic destinations and Hong Kong and Incheon (Seoul).

Many travelers visit Yonago as part of a grander Japan itinerary. Usually, they come from Tottori City, Osaka, or Hiroshima.


To get to the city center, you have plenty of options. Let’s use JR Yonago station as your destination in the city. travel time is 30 minutes.

En train. walk to JR Yonago station and take the JR Sakai Line to YONAGO. Fare: ¥240.

En bus. Fare: ¥590.

En taxi. Fare: over ¥4000.


If you’re coming from Tottori City and you want to travel by train, you have 3 options from JR Tottori Station:

Limited express very Oki or very Matsukaze. travel time: 60-65 minutes. Fare: ¥1660. Seat Fee: ¥1500 if reserved, ¥1180 if non-reserved.

Tottori Liner. travel time: 102 minutes. Fare: ¥1660. No seat fee.

JR San-in Line. travel time: 140 minutes. Fare: ¥1660. No seat fee.


Hong Kong Airlines, Asiana Airlines, and All Nippon Airways can all take you to Yonago but with a stop in Hong Kong, Incheon and Tokyo respectively. If you book with ANA, be aware that they fly to Yonago from Haneda. For a much more problem-free journey, make sure that you’re connecting at the same airport.

Another way to reach Yonago from Manila is to fly to Osaka or Fukuoka. A lot of Airlines connect Manila to Kansai Airport, including Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines.

From Kansai airport or Fukuoka, you need to take a bus to the city center and then take another bus to Yonago City.


From Kansai Airport

From Osaka City center (Namba OCAT)

From Fukuoka Airport

From Fukuoka City center (Hakata Station)

From Hiroshima


Yonago City is a great base for travelers who want to see much of Tottori Prefecture. It’s surrounded by other interesting destinations like Daisen and Sakaiminato, which are all easily available from here.

You ought to also consider spending at least one night in Daisen if you plan on doing lots of snow activities or explore much of Mt. Daisen.

Here are the budget-friendly properties in YONAGO with the best reviews on Agoda.

Yonago Washington hotel Plaza. check rates & Availability.

Super hotel Yonago Ekimae. check rates & Availability.

Ou Hotel. check rates & Availability.

Kaike Tsuruya Hotel. check rates & Availability.

Hotel harvest in Yonago. check rates & Availability.

Toyoko Inn Yonago Ekimae. check rates & Availability.

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Tottori is the least populous prefecture in Japan, so transportation options are quite limited. but it’s still easy to get around if you know your way.

Please note that IC Cards like ICOCA and PASMO/SUICA are currently only accepted in limited areas in Yonago, Higashiyamakoen, Hoki-Daisen and Neu, all of which are on the western side of the prefecture. Yonago station and a few stations have automatic ticket gates for IC card. Tottori station and Kurayoshi station don’t have them yet. Buses in Tottori don’t either. It is still a bit behind in terms of IC card usage.

Yonago Buses

For tourists, there are three buses that you’re many likely gonna use to explore Yonago City.

Dandan Bus, aka Yonago loop Bus. This will take you to many essential spots in Yonago city. Fare: ¥150.

Donguri Korokoro Bus, aka Yodoe-cho loop Bus. Yodoe-cho used to be a separate town but was merged with Yonago City in 2005. Fare: ¥150.

Daisen loop Bus. This will take you from Yonago to essential attractions in Daisen. It’s a SEASONAL SERVICE. It does not operate all year, but only from late April to late November. It typically runs on weekends and holidays only. but it has daily servicE Dans les périodes suivantes: la semaine d’or du Japon, de fin juillet à la mi-août et de fin octobre au début novembre. Tarif: ¥ 160- ¥ 720. Si vous prévoyez de prendre ce bus souvent, obtenez un laissez-passer. Une réussite d’un jour coûte 1000 ¥. Passe de deux jours, ¥ 1300.

Passe de bus illimitée

Si vous passez 3 jours dans la préfecture de Tottori, vous pouvez marquer de grosses économies si vous achetez une passe de conduite sans limite (AKA en bois de 3 jours), ce qui vous permettra de faire autant de trajets en bus que vous le pouvez autour de la préfecture. Oui, il ne se limite pas à Yonago City. Vous pouvez utiliser ce laissez-passer même dans les villes de l’est et du centre de Tottori.

Tarif: 1800 ¥
Validité: 3 jours

Vous trouverez ci-dessous une liste de bus qui acceptent ce laissez-passer:

Bus à roues fixes desservant la préfecture tottori (c’est-à-dire Nihon Katsu, bus Hinomaru)

Dandan Bus (Yonago Loop Bus)

Donguri Korokoro Bus (Bus de boucle Yodoe-Cho)

Bus de boucle de dausen

Bus de navette de l’aéroport de Yonago (gare de la station de Yonago)

Loop Kirinjishi Bus

Bus Kukuri (Bus circulaire de la ville de Tottori)

Bus de la ville iwami-cho

Bus de navette de l’aéroport de Tottori (Bus Kirinjishi Bus de la station de l’aéroport de Tottori)

Vous pouvez en obtenir un aux endroits suivants.

Yonago City

Terminal de bus devant la gare de Yonago

Centre d’information de Yonago City Traveler

Centre d’information sur l’aéroport de Yonago

Hakuho pas de sato

Kaike Onsen Ryokan Union


Centre d’information de Dausen Traveler

Ville de Tottori

Terminal de bus devant la gare de Tottori

Bureau d’information de la ville de Tottori

Aéroport de Tottori

Kurayoshi / Misasa

Nihon Kotsu Kurayoshi Bus Center

Misasa Hot Springs Tourism Association

Plaza de bus

Hôtel St. Palace Kurayoshi

Choses à faire à West Tottori

Tour de Yonago City

Voici quelques endroits que vous voudrez peut-être vérifier à Yonago City.

Kaike Onsen. Il s’agit d’une zone de source chaude le long de la côte de Yonago, bordé d’une douzaine de spas et de bains. L’attraction principale ici est l’eau tiède qui vient du fond marin, qui a des avantages de guérison, entre autres.

Ruines du château de Yonago. Au Japon, de nombreuses grandes villes ont eu leur propre château à un moment donné de leur histoire. Mais comme la ville de Tottori, le château de Yonago ne se tient plus. Le château de Yonago a été détruit à la fin des années 1800 à temps pour la restauration de Meiji. Ce qui reste, ce sont les structures de base.

Yonago City Museum of Art. Situé à Nakamachi 12, il s’agit d’une galerie d’art qui abrite des collections permanentes de photographies des talents locaux de Tottori comme Teikō Shiotani et Shōji Ueda. Il présente également plusieurs peintures et autres pièces. Ouvert: jeudi-Tuesdays, 10h-18h. Fermé: les mercredis. Frais d’entrée: 310 ¥.

Castle de Kotobuki de bonbons. Cette boutique de souvenirs est construite après l’image du château de Yonago dans la journée. À l’intérieur se trouve un magasin vendant des desserts et des produits de fruits de mer et un café. Ouverture des heures: quotidiennement, 9h-18h.

Ski de station blanche de Dausen

Emplacement: Dausen

Les pentes de la montagne abritent plusieurs stations de neige. Que vous soyez un débutant ou un skieur beaucoup plus assaisonné, vous trouverez une station de ski qui correspond à vos besoins. Si vous êtes comme moi qui commence, vous pouvez embaucher un instructeur de ski.

L’un des plus populaires est Daisen White Resort, qui est à quelques pas du centre d’information de Daisen Traveler et de l’arrêt de bus. C’est là que j’ai appris à skier.

Frais de levage

Billet à 1 jour (week-end, vacances): 4 900 ¥ Adulte, ¥ 3500 Enfant

Billet à 1 jour (en semaine): 4 300 ¥ adulte, ¥ 3500 enfant

Billet de 2 jours: 8600 ¥ adulte, ¥ 6500 enfant

Billet parent-enfant: 7300 ¥

Billet d’une demi-journée: (9 h à 13 h ou 11 h 30 à 17 h): 3700 ¥ adulte, 2200 ¥

Nighta Ticket (17h-21h): ¥ 2500

Long Night Ticket (15h-21h): ¥ 3000

Un dépôt de sécurité et de sécurité de 500 ¥ est également collecté par personne.

Veuillez noter qu’il y a des périodes de l’année où la remise en semaine n’est pas appliquée.

Tarifs de location

Ensemble de ski (ski, bottes): 3 800 ¥ le week-end et vacances, 3400 ¥ en semaine

Ensemble de snowboard (planche, bottes): 3 800 ¥ le week-end et vacances, 3400 ¥ en semaine

Songe d’usure (ensemble supérieur et inférieur): 3 800 ¥ le week-end et vacances, 3400 ¥ en semaine

Daisen White Resort est généralement ouvert de fin décembre à mars.

Comment y arriver: de la gare de Jr Yonago, prenez le bus de Loop Daisen pour Dausenji. De l’arrêt de bus, vous pouvez marcher jusqu’à Dausen White Resort. Trame

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