Location of Kurayoshi in Tottori Prefecture
|• Mayor||Kotaro Ishida (since April 2010)|
|• Total||272.15 km2 (105.08 sq mi)|
|Population (November 1, 2010)|
|• Density||185.05/km2 (479.3/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Address||722, Aoimachi, Kurayoshi-shi, Tottori-ken
The ancient provincial government of Hoki province was located in this area, and in medieval times Uchikoshiyama (a hill) featured a castle. Today the remnants of the provincial government and two monasteries can still be seen in the city. Kurayoshi was officially founded on October 1, 1953 though historical Kurayoshi predates this foundation and the grid outline of the streets reflects a certain amount of Edo Period planning. Additionally there are many 'soil lacquered' warehouses (dozo, 土蔵) that survive, 'soil lacquering' being a traditional Japanese style of architecture.
The name of Kurayoshi in the Japanese language is formed from two kanji characters. The first, 倉, means "warehouse", a historical feature of the city, and the second, 吉 means "good" or "good fortune".
Kurayoshi forms a major part of the Kurayoshi Plain (倉吉平野 Kurayoshi Heiya?). The plain supports the agriculture of the region, and is a major center of rice and pears, as well as grapes in the sandy areas near the Sea of Japan coast.
Kurayoshi Park Square, a local development featuring museums, conference rooms, a music hall, restaurants, and park space, remains a popular meeting place. Nearby Utsubuki park is known throughout the prefecture as one of the best places to view cherry blossoms in spring. The park also features sports fields and a small animal zoo.
The San'in train line operated by JR West serves the city from Kurayoshi Station and provides a connection to other major cities in Tottori, as well as cities in other regions like Kyoto or Osaka. There are also highway bus connections to Kobe, Osaka, Hiroshima, Fukuoka and Tokyo. Tottori Airport is the nearest airport to Kurayoshi.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Kurayoshi is twinned with:
- "Kurayoshi Plain". Encyclopedia of Japan. Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-12.
- Kurayoshi City official website (Japanese)
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