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Region
Chugoku
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Tottori
Population
613,229

Utsubuki Park

Travel off the beaten path and experience one of Japan’s top 100 cherry blossom viewing spots.

By Laura Payne

Located in Kurayoshi City in Tottori Prefecture (Japan’s least-populated prefecture), Utsubuki Park is an off-the-beaten-path destination that lets visitors enjoy cherry blossoms away from large crowds. Thousands of trees bloom here from late March to mid-April, and the park is counted among Japan’s top 100 city parks and cherry blossom viewing spots. Aside from cherry blossoms, the park has hiking trails, a pond garden and other seasonal views.

Best of all, public transportation makes this park accessible from other regional attractions such as the Tottori Sand Dunes and Mount Daisen.

Built for a Prince, Maintained for the People

Utsubuki Park

Photo by: PIXTA/dekoboko Hagoromo Pond

To commemorate Japan’s crown prince visiting the region, the park was constructed in 1904. Since then, it has become a place where visitors and locals of all ages can enjoy the outdoors.

The park sits at the foot of Mount Utsubuki—a 204-meter-high peak that was once the site of Kurayoshi City’s feudal castle. The park provides convenient access to mountain trails that lead to the former castle grounds, the mountain’s summit and observation towers.

The main area of Utsubuki Park has a playground, a zoo and a famous photo spot called Hagoromo Pond.

The Park’s Four Seasons

Utsubuki Park

Photo by: PIXTA/nisikawa Autumn in Utsubuki Park.

About 4,000 cherry blossom trees bloom annually and the flowers are welcomed with a spring festival. Food stalls in the park sell festival treats like yakisoba (stir-fried noodles with pork) and baby castella (mini sponge cakes). Lanterns are also installed in the park at this time, so visitors can enjoy the blossoms day or night. The festival continues as nearly 40,000 azaleas bloom later in April and stay through early May.

Summer brings the Utsubuki Festival, an event featuring fireworks and taiko drum performances. Utsubuki Park Street—located near the park as the name suggests—is one popular venue for festival events.

The canopies of Utsubuki Park transform into bright reds and oranges from late November to early December. Meanwhile, late winter welcomes camellia blossoms—some of which bloom on trees that are over 300 years old.

Nearby Attractions

Kurayoshi CityPhoto by: PIXTA/dekoboko

Kurayoshi is known for its historic townscapes, a pear museum, a bamboo forest and more in addition to Utsubuki Park. Whenever you visit Tottori, Kurayoshi is an accessible destination for day trips or overnight stays.

Things To Know

HOURS

Utsubuki Park is open 24 hours.

If you bring food or drinks into the park, please take your trash home with you.

Dogs are allowed in the park, but owners are asked to not bring their dogs near the park’s zoo as the animals may be frightened by dogs.

Maps and other information on Utsubuki Mountain hiking trails can be found at local tourism offices such as the Shirakabe Dozogun Tourist Information Center (located in the White Wall Warehouses district) or the Ekipal Kurayoshi Tourist Information Center (located in Kurayoshi station).

How To Get There

Address

By train

Utsubuki Park is accessible by bus from Kurayoshi station.

If traveling to Kurayoshi from outside the region, take the Limited Express Super Hakuto from Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe (Sannomiya station) or Himeji and disembark at Kurayoshi.

Within Tottori Prefecture, Kurayoshi station is accessible via local or express trains on the San’in Main Line.

Where To Stay

Kurayoshi City Hotel
  • 543-7 Yamane, Kurayoshi-shi, Tottori, 682-0023 Japan
  • ¥6,650 - ¥12,825
  • 4.08/5 (696 reviews)
  • 3.0 km
Hotel Ark 21
  • 2-4-6 Ageicho, Kurayoshi-shi, Tottori, 682-0022 Japan
  • ¥7,000 - ¥8,000
  • 3.79/5 (502 reviews)
  • 3.2 km
Misasa Onsen Misasa Royal Hotel
  • 1210 Oze, Tohaku-gun Misasa-cho, Tottori, 682-0121 Japan
  • ¥11,200 - ¥14,300
  • 3.8/5 (1,417 reviews)
  • 4.0 km
Misasa Onsen Misasakan
  • 174 Yamada, Tohaku-gun Misasa-cho, Tottori, 682-0122 Japan
  • ¥12,100 - ¥15,730
  • 4.44/5 (1,847 reviews)
  • 6.3 km
Misasa Onsen Seiryuso
  • 309 Misasa, Tohaku-gun Misasa-cho, Tottori, 682-0123 Japan
  • ¥9,405 - ¥25,760
  • 4.42/5 (681 reviews)
  • 6.5 km

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