Large statue of an oni, Hōki, Tottori Prefecture
Location of Hōki in Tottori Prefecture
|• Total||139.44 km2 (53.84 sq mi)|
|Population (June 1, 2016)|
|• Density||79.4/km2 (206/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Japanese yew|
|- Flower||Broccolini flower|
|Address||3-37 Yoshinaga, Hōki, Saihaku-gun, Tottori-ken 689-4133|
|Website||Town of Hōki, Official Site(in Japanese)|
On the west side of the train tracks just after leaving Hōki-Mizoguchi station, a very large green statue of an Oni is visible on the hill overlooking the town and the Hino River. Before the Kishimoto-Mizokuchi town merger which created Hōki, the oni was Mizokuchi's town mascot and as such is featured on manhole covers, phone booths, post boxes and even the town's highway rest stop (where the building housing the restrooms is shaped like a giant oni head).
The major road through Hōki is Route 181 which winds through the mountains from Yonago all the way to Okayama prefecture in the south. For the majority of its length it's a two lane highway and features steep switchbacks and often abrupt vertical drops to the valleys below. It roughly parallels the course of the Hino River until it reaches neighboring Kōfu, where Route 181 continues south, and Route 183 continues west to Nichinan and eventually Hiroshima, the capital of the Chūgoku region.
There are two junior high schools in Hōki - Mizokuchi Junior High and Kishimoto Junior High. High school students typically take the train in to Yonago for class.