Yonago Station, Tottori 米子駅
Yonago Station Main Facade
Bus Station outside Yonago Station
Express trains connect Yonago with Kurayoshi in just 30 minutes and Tottori Station in Tottori city in 65 minutes. In Tottori and Shimane the line passes through very few urbanized areas and with almost zero industry there are some great views of the sea, coast and mountains.
A new luxury tourist train, the Ametuchi, began service in July 2018. The train has interiors made of local wood, paper, and ceramics, and some tables and seating facing outwards to take advantage of the view. The Ametuchi also has four special lunchboxes (bento) with local ingredients that can be pre-ordered.
The train makes one round trip a day on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from Tottori city to Izumo city and makes stops at all the usual express train stations as well as slowing down at key points along the route to emphasize the scenery. Reservations are needed, and on top of the regular express fare there is a Green Car charge, the Japanese equivalent of First Class.
Large monumental sculpture of a steam train in the forecourt of Yonago Station
Giant modern sculpture and taxi stand in front of Yonago Station
The Hakubi Line begins a few kilometers east of Yonago at Hoki-Daisen Station and runs over the Chugoku Mountains to Kurashiki in Okayama Prefecture. The Yakumo is a Limited Express service that runs hourly between Izumo and Okayama Station. From Yonago, Niimi is 68 minutes away, Kurashiki is two hours, and Okayama city two hours and 10 minutes.
Tourist Information Office in Yonago Station
The Sakai Line departs from platform 0 and runs up to Sakaiminato. A little under 18 kilometers it is known as the Kitaro Line after the manga character GeGeGe no Kitaro created by Mizuki Shigeru who lived in Sakaiminato.
Each train's exterior and interior is decorated with various characters, usually yokai, from the manga and anime series. Each of the 16 stations is also named after a yokai and features decorations of the character. On platform 0 there are also numerous statues and displays of yokai characters. Yonago Airport (YGJ) is the 10th station and is 28 minutes from Yonago.
With regular scheduled flights to Tokyo Haneda, Seoul and Hong Kong. The Sakaiminato terminal is where the Mizuki Shigeru Road begins and also the ferry terminal for high-speed and car ferries to the Oki Islands.
The complete list of stations on the Sakai Line is as follows: Yonago, Bakuromachi, Fujimicho, Goto, Sambommatsuguchi, Kawasakiguchi, Yumigahama, Wadahama, Oshinozucho, Yonago Airport, Nakahama, Takamatsucho, Amariko, Agarimichi, Babasakicho and Sakaiminato (for ferries to the Oki Islands).
There is a small Tourist Information Office on the ground floor of the main station concourse. Staff speak English and Chinese and can help with any information.
Open from 9 am to 6 pm. Tel: 0859 22 6317
To the right of the main entrance to the station is where the taxis wait, and to the left is the bus station where you can catch a bus to Mount Daisen.
Platform 0 at Yonago Station where trains decorated with yokai leave for Sakaiminato
Hotels in Yonago
There are numerous hotels within a few minutes walk of Yonago Station. These include the three star Yonago Washington Hotel Plaza, the two star Hotel Harvest in Yonago, the three star Super Hotel Yonago Ekimae and the recommended four star ANA Crowne Plaza Yonago.
Around Platform 0 of Yonago Station are numerous statues and displays of yokai and other characters from the manga and anime of Mizuki Shigeru
Yonago Station: Yonago Station in Tottori Prefecture is a major rail hub with trains on the San-in Line, Hakubi Line and Sakai Line.