Archive for the ‘About Yurihama ・ 湯梨浜紹介’ Category



2017.09.20 (Wed)


Appointed by Yurihama Mayor Masamichi Miyawaki as a
one of the town’s community revitalization coordinators in April 2017,
Yoshimoto comedian Kato Appli (加藤アプリ) has been living and growing 20th Century pears in the Miyauchi district of Yurihama while working to promote Yurihama and its delicious and juicy pears to people all throughout Japan for the past 5 and a half months.

Kato Appli came to Yurihama as part of a joint project with the Yoshimoto Creative Agency Co. Ltd. meant to contribute towards efforts to advance sixth-sector industrialization (which involves vertical integration by agricultural producers by combining the processing and distribution of their products into their operations ) and promoting pear sales. The ultimate goal includes helping the rural farm industry improve profitability as well as helping to secure the next generation of farmers.

As the pear season kicks into full swing, Appli has been busy spreading the word about Yurihama and its appetizing pears while harvesting his own crop of 20th Century pears.

With 10 years of experience as a chef under his belt, Appli has additionally worked with Yurihama’s Restaurant Kikka to create the “Yurihama Triple Ramen,” which introduces Yurihama’s shijimi clams and hirame (flatfish) to the region’s famous gyūkotsu beef broth ramen. He also makes regular appearances at local events, where he has showcased Yurihama puns, including “arigatōgō “ (a play on words using “arigatō (thank you)” and Tōgō) and “Yurihamax.”


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2017.09.13 (Wed)


A play on words between the word for to love (愛す・aisu) and ice cream (アイス・aisu), Yurihama Loves ice cream is made using an assortment of ingredients from Yurihama.

With a wide range of flavors, from sweet fruity flavors to Japanese sake, available in single serving cups, Yurihama Ice Cream is the perfect way to cool down from the lingering heat of summer☆




I ❤ Yurihama アロハ・カーニバル

2017.06.14 (Wed)



The Tourism Division of the Yurihama Chamber of Commerce and Industry is working with the Tourism Association and Ryokan Union to put on this year’s Aloha Carnival. Featuring an array of water sports, Hawaii-inspired menus, and special events, it’s the perfect way to include a bit of fun, sun, and aloha into your summer!

Enjoy the sunshine while canoeing on the lake, trying to keep your balance in the Lake Tuber, stretching your body with yoga on the terrace, or gliding over the water on a stand up paddle board, and then refuel with one of the special menus available at participating locations, including the Aloha Rice Bowl (based off of loco moco), Aloha Burger, and more!

Check back for more information or keep up to date with the latest information and events on the executive committee’s Facebook page (Japanese) at:



花見: Sakura Viewing in Yurihama

2017.03.31 (Fri)


It’s that time of the year again where the sakura cherry blossoms are getting ready and beginning to bloom all throughout Japan. According to the Cherry Blossom Forecast (see link below), Tottori’s sakura are expected to bloom a bit later than last year, budding around April 2, and are predicted to be in full bloom around April 8✾

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy the beautiful sakura blossoms found throughout Yurihama and central Tottori!❤


Cherry Blossom Forecast Website (Japanese):



2017.02.22 (Wed)


  Yurihama’s Genki Ume (peppy plum) brand uses locally grown Japanese plums (ume) in a variety of %e3%81%92%e3%82%93%e3%81%8d%e6%a2%85%ef%bc%92delicious and unique local creations sold at several locations throughout the town. The brand was devised to bring out the vitality of the region, guided by the idea that the spirit and energy of the community is intrinsically linked to the spirit and energy of its citizens.

The original products sold under the Genki Ume brand are made with Nokyō Bungo Japanese plums, which is a large type of plum grown in the area. These large Japanese plums not only make a sweet and tasty treat, but are also said to help in relieving fatigue and increasing energy and vitality

%e3%81%92%e3%82%93%e3%81%8d%e6%a2%85%ef%bc%91   You can choose from everything from desserts, ice-cream, and pound cakes to syrups, vinegar, and jams! The sweet tartness of the plums makes a surprisingly satisfying and delicious contrast when matched with the other ingredients of these local creations.


See more at (Japanese only):


Happy Valentine’s Day!❤。・

2017.02.14 (Tue)




Yurihama’s Shitori Shrine was an important shrine of the Hōki Province and is said to enshrine the goddess Princess Shitateru, shitori-shrinewho was known for both her beauty and intelligence. As such, the shrine has become known as a power spot for women seeking to increase their feminine charm or find a good match.

As you head towards the shrine, you will also find the “Anzan Iwa,” which is a large boulder said to answer prayers for safe childbirth.


While you’re there, don’t forget to get your Kahori Bukuro, which are cute and fragrant protective charms sold at the shrine.


You should offer one of these as you pray at the shrine and keep the other with you to bring about the blessings of Princess Shitateru.

There are 3 types, each said to have a different effect on the holder:

miyabiThis blend of pink and red roses enhances the holder’s beauty and grace.

kokoroThis blend of rosemary and marigold brings about rejuvenation and spiritual rebirth.

nukumoriThis blend of orange peels and marigolds is said to help bring the kindness and warmth of Princess Shitateru to the holder.



This onsen hot springs footbath is found on the shores of Lake Tōgō. You will know you found the right place when you see a monument of two koi (carp).
It is said that lovers should touch their feet to the bottom of the statue to solidify their koi (love). Couples wishing for a child could then pray to the nearby Jibo Kannon (Loving Mother). According to legend, you are supposed to pray from the right side of the statue for a boy and from the left for the girl.


For everyone with someone special, there are many wonderful cafes and restaurants to enjoy in Yurihama- not to mention the beautiful and romantic sunset over Lake Tōgō!




2017.02.01 (Wed)


Winner of the 40th Tottori Prefecture Cultural Publication Award (sponsored by the New Nihonkai Shimbun Company in cooperation with the Tottori Printing Industry Association), The Hōki Province’s Legend of the Celestial Maiden’s Heavenly Robes (伯耆国羽衣天女伝説) both tells and discusses the local legend of a celestial maiden said to have descended atop Yurihama’s Mt. Ueshi, where her heavenly robes were stolen (and thus preventing her from returning home), and later ascending back to the heavens beyond Kurayoshi’s Mt. Utsubuki, where her children played their flute and drum in hopes their mother would return.

Mr. Tohru Notsu presents the story in context of the area, including beautiful and striking images of the spots where the events were said to take place, and compares the local legend to similar stories found throughout Japan.

Readings are included for the more difficult kanji that appear in the book and while the book is rather academic, it was written with the general public in mind in an easy-to-understand manner, making it very accessible for non-native Japanese speakers and learners. It is a recommended read for those interested in Japanese myths, legends, culture and history!!celestial-maiden-robes2

If you are interested, The Hōki Province’s Legend of the Celestial Maiden’s Heavenly Robes is available through the
Continuing Education and Human Rights Promotion Division
(生涯学習・人権推進課 TEL: 0858-35-5368) at the Yurihama town hall for 2,000 yen (tax incl.)!