What to See & Do


Hakuto Shrine and Hakuto Coast (Okinoshima)

Birthplace of Japan's First Love Story

Hakuto Shrine is a shrine with a long and distinguished history that has also been described in the Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters) and the Nihon-Shoki (The Chronicles of Japan). This shrine was built on Hakuto Coast. This coast is the setting for the Hare of Inaba myth. The hare is said to be the god of marriage who acted as a mediator between Okuninushi and Princess Yakami. Moreover, this area was recognized as “sacred ground for lovers” in 2010 for being the birthplace of Japan’s first love story. Hakuto Coast bustles with activity as a swimming area in summer. It is possible to see Okinoshima, where the hare in the legend came from, offshore.

Basic Information
Address Hakuto, Tottori-shi, Tottori
Telephone Number 0857-26-0756 (Tottori Convention & Tourism Association)
Website http://www.tottori-guide.jp/tourism/tour/view/21
Directions Approx. 15 minutes from Tottori IC by car and approx. 90 minutes by car from Sayo JCT on the Tottori Expressway
Approx. 40 minutes by a bus heading to Shikano from JR Tottori Station