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Yazu District

Hospitality and Healing

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During the Edo Period, all of the feudal lords living around the country were required to alternate living in their local regions and Edo (modern-day Tokyo). This was to prevent regional lords from accumulating wealth. They had to travel with hundreds of retainers as well, which benefitted the various post towns along the travel routes and the many inns located there. The innkeepers worked out elaborate design plans for the rooms and gardens that would be satisfactory to the lords who enjoyed culture and art. The Yazu area of Tottori developed around Chizu Town, which flourished as one of these post towns. Even now, you can sense a clear intent here to entertain visitors to the rea, and it is expressed in the trains that take you here, the charming stations along the line, cafés in refurbished old homes, and a unique restaurant in the middle of a beautiful natural setting. Wouldn’t you like to enjoy this same spirit of hospitality and give yourself a chance to heal?

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Explore the Origins Of Japanese Culture

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    Step into an ancient Japanese dwelling with over 300 years of history.

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    Stroll through a townscape where the atmosphere of the Edo period hangs in the air.

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    Breathe in the forest air, deeply and slowly.

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    Try an indigo dyeing experience and make your own handkerchief.

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    Make leather works using deerskin from deer that were exterminated as a part of vermin control measures.

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    Spend special time at a luxury hotel in a renovated elementary school.

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    Go back in time by staying in a 150-year-old house.

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    Feel at home in a local guest house renovated from a 130-year-old house.

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    Enjoy real Japanese cuisine along with warm hospitality.

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    Take some time and relax with birdsong as your background music.

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    Taste delicious meals cooked with local ingredients from Tottori.

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    Try delicious homemade bread and craft beer made with natural yeast.

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    Enjoy gorgeous seasonal foods from Tottori.

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    Sample some superb sweets made from carefully selected ingredients.

Travel Report

The host was phenomenal. She went above and beyond to accommodate my allergies and make us feel welcome. She even invited us to a special tea ceremony. Her English was fantastic. The atmosphere was like a fairytale. Everything from the mountains to the earthen roofs was breathtaking. There were little fire pits placed around to help keep us warm. We had a phenomenal time and I can't wait to go back.