Type: Historical Preservation District
Location: Kurayoshi city, Tottori Prefecture, JAPAN
Date of Visit: December 28, 2012
Access: JR San'in Main Line - Kurayoshi Station (山陰本線ー倉吉駅)
The Shirakabe Dozogun [白壁土蔵群] or Utsubukitamakawa [打吹玉川] as it's officially known is a "Group of Traditional Building" or in Japanese a 重要伝統的建造物群保存地区. Basically, it's a historic district of warehouses dating back to Edo period that have been preserved over the years. The beautiful neighborhood can be explored in a half day and has many small, and tasty looking, cafes hidden throughout the area. Small shops aimed towards the tourist trade are mixed among local shoe stores and boutiques. Even in the rain we had a great time wandering around the small streets.
Free parking and, lucky for us, free umbrella rental is available near the tourist information office.