Since about the 12th century, the area surrounding Mount Daisen in Tottori Prefecture has been reputed to raise healthy livestock. Today, this history has evolved into dairy and beef industries, and Daisen Makiba Milk no Sato is a place where visitors can sample some local pride.
Located next to one of the main roads that wrap around the mountain, Milk no Sato is a popular stop for those visiting Daisen’s lower slopes or taking road trips through Tottori. Here, you can have a meal made with locally-produced ingredients, shop for souvenirs, meet some of Tottori’s dairy cows and learn more about the region’s farming culture.
Introducing Local Industries
Milk no Sato is operated by the Daisen Dairy Agricultural Cooperative, a group that includes and supports basically every dairy farmer in Tottori. Established in 1946, this is one of the few agricultural cooperatives in Japan that focuses on dairy production, and the group has gained a reputation for selling high-quality products.
The cooperative’s products and many more are on display at Milk no Sato. In the on-site restaurant, visitors can eat dishes made with local cream and butter, while a barbeque house offers beef produced in Tottori. Meanwhile, a souvenir shop provides a range of meats, snacks, dairy items and other goods created by regional businesses.
Some of the most famous items available for sale are milk-flavored soft serve ice cream and Shirobara (White Rose) milk—a brand synonymous with Tottori’s dairy industry. Locals take such pride in Shirobara milk that the brand even sells a line of merchandise, including T-shirts and stationery sets.
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