Still quite under the radar for many Japan travelers, Tottori Prefecture's most popular tourist attraction is their sand dunes. If seasonal color is more your style over desert-esque landscapes, there are some great places to enjoy the best of spring's cheerful blooms in the region. This guide covers three of the prefecture's best spots for flowers at this time of year.
Kyusho Park sits on the site of what was once Tottori Castle, and it's home to around 400 cherry trees in several different varieties. It's one of the prefecture's top destinations to soak up the spring season, and for good reason – the park was named one of Japan's Top 100 cherry blossom viewing spots back in 1990.
2 Chome Higashimachi, Tottori, 680-0011
Tottori Flower Park
The Tottori Flower Park is well worth a visit at any time of year, but spring might just be the best season to plan a trip. There are tulips, cherry blossoms, spring roses, and more to enjoy, with several of the flower fields positioned in such a way that Mount Daisen serves as the perfect backdrop. The park is also home to an on-site restaurant, a garden shop where visitors can purchase potted plants, and other stores selling locally made products and souvenirs.
110 Tsuruda, Nambu, Saihaku District, Tottori 683-0217
Utsubuki Park has received a number of accolades for its springtime beauty. It's on the lists for Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom viewing spots and the Top 100 Urban Parks, and it's often regarded as the top sakura spot in all of the San'in Region. There are an impressive 4000 cherry trees on the grounds here, along with a range of other beautiful trees and flowers to enjoy – the azaleas that bloom a little later in spring are another highlight.
Nakanocho, Kurayoshi, Tottori 682-0824