Kurayoshi, Tottori

Kurayoshi, Tottori

Infobox City Japan
Name= Kurayoshi
JapaneseName= 倉吉市

Region=Chūgoku (San'in)
PopDate=May 2008
LatitudeDegrees= 35
LatitudeMinutes= 26
LongtitudeDegrees= 133
LongtitudeMinutes= 49
SymbolDescription= Flag
Mayor= Minoru Hasegawa
CityHallAddress=722, Aoimachi, Kurayoshi-shi, Tottori-ken
CityHallPhone= 0858-22-8111
CityHallLink= [http://www.city.kurayoshi.tottori.jp/ Kurayoshi City]
nihongo|Kurayoshi|倉吉市|Kurayoshi-shi is a city located in the northern part of Tottori, Japan.

As of 2008, the city has an estimated population of 51,214 and a density of 188 persons per km². The total area is 272.15 km².

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.

The city 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 San-in Line of Japan Rail West Japan serves the city and provides a connection to other major cities in Tottori and to cities in other regions like Kyoto or Osaka. There are also long distance bus connection between Kobe, Osaka, Hiroshima, Fukuoka and Tokyo.

External links

* [http://www.city.kurayoshi.tottori.jp/ Official website] in Japanese

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