Tottori: Location & Background
Tottori Prefecture is home to Kedaka/Tottori Black Wagyu. “Kedaka” (1959) is the most famous sire of the modern Tottori line.
Seventh smallest and least populous of Japan’s prefectures, Tottori is a narrow, north-facing strip of the western Honshu coast about 70 minutes flying time south west of Tokyo.
Sheltered from typhoons by the wall of the Chugoku Mountains 60km inland, Tottori tumbles steeply to a narrow 120 km coastal plain on the Sea of Japan. About 75% of the prefecture is mountainous. It is a place of secluded mountain villages and spectacular scenery.
Tottori city (Pop. 202,000) is prefecture capital. Smaller cities include Yonago (150,000); Kurayoshi (53,000) and Sakaiminato (37,000).
The prefecture name and crest evoke an ancient heritage of wild-fowling. Long ago, extensive wetlands near the present capital of Tottori were home to abundant birds (tori) and peoples known as tottoribe, or birdhunters. Hence,Tottori. The prefectural bird is the beautiful, protected Mandarin duck.