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Squid-fishing vessel at Sakai Port

Sakaiminato (境港市 Sakaiminato-shi) on the western border of Tottori Prefecture is an active fishing port and host to a Japanese Self Defense Forces base. The locally-caught crab is especially good, but the big attraction is as the home of Mizuki Shigeru, creator of the popular manga Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro.

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By plane[edit]

  • 1 Miho-Yonago Airport (米子鬼太郎空港 YGJ IATA), 1634 Sainokamicho (Straddles the border of Yonago and Sakaiminato, about 15 km from central Yonago), +81 859-45-6121. In spite of its name, Yonago Airport is actually located here in Sakaiminato, not Yonago. ANA operates flights to/from Tokyo and ASIANA operates flights from Seoul three days a week. Miho-Yonago Airport (Q1141913) on Wikidata Miho-Yonago Airport on Wikipedia

By train[edit]

Sakaiminato can easily be reached by train. All train stations in the city are located along the JR Sakai Line, which connects to Yonago.

By boat[edit]

Get around[edit]

No matter where you go in Sakaiminato you will always be within walking distance of a train station. In spite of the city's small size, there are six stations within city limits; Yonagokuko (Yonago Airport), Nakahama, Takamatsucho, Amariko, Agarimichi, and Sakaiminato Stations.

Taxis are available at Sakaiminato Station.

See[edit]

Mizuki Shigeru Road

Walk down Mizuki Shigeru street and marvel at the many paintings and sculptures of the bizarre universe of monsters that are part of Kitaro's world.

Do[edit]

  • 1 Chiyomusubi Brewing (千代むすび酒造 岡空本店), Taisho-chō 131, +81 859-42-3191. Tours M-F at 11:00 and 14:00; Sa Su holidays 10:00, 11:00, 14:00, and 15:00. Daily tours of this excellent sake producer. The kura or sake brewery features a nice gift shop, a small restaurant for tasting, and of course fine sake.

Buy[edit]

Kitaro-related souvenirs of all types are available everywhere. Anything related to the Medama Oyaji or Eyeball Daddy character seems especially popular.

Eat[edit]

Local crab is excellent in season, but any fresh seafood here will be a good choice.

  • 1 Iroha Sushi (いろは寿司), Aioicho 17 (near the waterfront), +81 859-42-3045. F-W 11:00-19:00. Excellent and a good value for lunch. Get there early as the master only uses the freshest fish and when he runs out lunch service is finished.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

  • 1 Port Inn Sakaiminato (ポートインさかいみなと), Taisho-cho 222, +81 859-44-1833. A curious hotel. This is run by a fishing cooperative for fishermen in port, but also rents rooms to travelers. Double room ¥10,000 including breakfast and parking.

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