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  • Tottori Sand Dunes
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Fukubechouyuyama
    Tottori Sand Dunes run along the Sea of Japan coast in Tottori City. They are the largest dunes in Japan and extend 16 kilometers from east to west and 2.4 kilometers from north to south. The landscape formed by the granite sand which is carried from the Chugoku Mountains due to the swift current of the Sendai River and the sea breeze from the Sea of Japan is beautiful. From the viewpoint of these dunes having characteristic topography, there are places with large depressions which are called “suri-bachi” because their shapes resemble that of an earthenware mortar, and it is said that large ones can be as much as 40 meters deep. It is also fun to ride a sightseeing camel through the sand dunes or glide over the sand on a sand board. The sand dunes were designated as a Natural Monument of Japan in 1955, and were selected as one of Japan’s top 100 geological features in 2007.
  • Sakaiminato Marine Products Direct Sales Center
    Shopping
    Tottori Pref. Sakaiminatoshi Shouwamachi 9-5
    A marine products direct sales center located along the coast a 20 minute walk from the popular Mizuki Shigeru Road tourism destination in Sakaiminato City, Tottori Prefecture. Sakaiminato boasts some of the largest fishing catches in the nation, and this direct sales center is one of the first places the city’s ultra-fresh marine delicacies are delivered to. 14 shops stand side by side in the center, selling fresh fish and processed marine products. Here you’ll find seasonal seafood sold at reasonable prices, such as Pacific bluefin tuna and Iwagaki oysters in summer, red snow crab from fall to early summer, and matsuba crab in winter. This popular marketplace attracts not only tourists but also local shoppers.
  • Tottori Sand Dunes Sand Museum
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    521 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Fukubechouyuyama 2083-17
    This is an art museum on Prefectural Route 319 in Yuyama, Fukubecho, Tottori City where sand sculptures, sculptures carved from sand, are exhibited. Sculptures are produced and exhibited on differing themes each year under the concept of travel around the world in sand, such as “Renaissance in Italy” and “World Heritages in Asia”. The displays can only be appreciated during the exhibition as when the exhibition has finished the sculptures turn back into sand.

    More than the sand dunes themselves this museum is worth a visit. For many years they have a changing exhibition each year with a theme. For us it was Nordic, so anything to do with the Nordic...

  • Mizuki Shigeru Road
    Travel / Tourism
    Sakai City, Tottori Prefecture
    The local nickname for the shopping arcade which extends from Sakaiminato Station to the Mizuki Shigeru Memorial Museum. The area is a central part of the book “Yokai no Machi,” a book written by manga artist Shigeru Mizuki about his hometown of Sakaiminato City. The road is lined with numerous bronze statues of “yokai,” Japanese folk monsters that were a major focus of Mizuki’s work. The station, arcade shops, police boxes, street lights, and parks in the area all have been decorated with a yokai world theme. Some of the area’s many highlights include the kappa fountain, Youkai Shrine, and Gegege no Yokai Rakuen miniature theme park. This famous tourism destination is visited by large numbers of tourists not only from within the country but also around the world.
  • Tottori Flower Gallery (Hanakairo)
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    117 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tottori Pref. Saihakugunnambuchou Tsuruda 110
    One of the largest flower parks in Japan, located in Nanbu Town, Saihaku County, Tottori Prefecture. The park’s spacious grounds, commanding a view of Mt. Daisen, are host to the Flower Dome, a 50 meter in diameter, 21 meter tall giant greenhouse; a European garden; a gigantic 10 thousand square meter garden; and aquatic flower beds; and visitors can enjoy flowers year round. There’s also a one kilometer long viewing gallery circuit with a roof, ensuring that visitors can enjoy the park’s flowers in comfort even on rainy days. The park also has a shop and restaurant where you can enjoy local cuisine such as Japanese pear soft serve ice cream and Daisen G Beer. The park also holds periodic night illumination events.

    On a very hot day we decided to walk around rather than take the train, which circulates every 15 minutes around the park. This was a mistake as we tired pretty quickly but there were a few places...

  • Hakuto Shrine
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    188 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Hakuto 603
    This ancient shrine is dedicated to the Japanese mythology “Inaba White Rabbit,” which is mentioned in the Kojiki, Japan’s Records of Ancient Matters. It is near Hakuto Beach in Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture. It is not clear when it was founded, but the current main building was reconstructed in 1896. Along the approach leading inside the shrine is Mitarashi Pond. Legends say that the deity Oku Ninushi instructed a rabbit whose fur had been torn by ferocious sharks to wash itself in the pond. Due to this legend, it is said that this shrine can heal skin ailments and burns, as well as provide good luck for marriages, among other benefits.

    We used the Wooden pass, taking bus number 5. The shrine closed at 4pm (if not wrong). We were there half an hour before it closed. Easy walk to the shrine, across was a beautiful coastline. What we...

  • Mt. Daisen
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Saihakugundaisenchou Daisen
    This volcano in Tottori Prefecture is the highest peak in the Chugoku area. Part of the Daisen Oki National Park the mountain has an altitude of 1,729 meters and was selected as one of Japan’s top 100 mountains and 100 landscapes. The west side is a beautiful cone shape also called “Mt. Fuji of the east, Daisen of the west”. The main “summer mountain climbing course” aims for the summit while allowing climbers to look out over one of Japan’s greatest beech forests and natural monuments, Daisen Kyaraboku, a kind of Dwarf Japanese yew, growing en masse. This is popular with beginners and children too.
  • Kanemochi-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Hinogunhinochou Kamochi
    A Shinto shrine located in Hino Town, Hino County, Tottori Prefecture famed for granting worshippers luck with money and better fortunes. The shrine is said to have been founded in 810 when the second son of a Shinto priest in Izumo suddenly felt the gemstone amulet he was carrying become heavy while travelling through the area; he then built the shrine in accordance with instruction provided to him through a god in a dream. During the Jumbo lottery season, the shrine is visited by large numbers of worshippers. Four times a year, the shrine holds an event to exorcise and burn old wallets. The shrine sells yellow wallets and other tokens of good fortune, as well as lucky sweets.
  • Gasho Aoyama Manga Factory
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    78 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Touhakugunhokueichou Yurashuku 1414
    A museum located in Hokuei Town, Tohaku County, Tottori Prefecture which introduces the life and work of local manga artist Gosho Aoyama. The museum has artwork relating to “Case Closed (Detective Conan),” one of Aoyama’s most popular works; as well as reproductions of original drawings; an optical illusion and trick corner; and a corner presenting reproductions of some of the inventions appearing in the manga and show. There’s also a corner presenting the life and past works of Aoyama; the museum is a must-visit for lovers of Aoyama’s works from around the world. The museum shop sells original merchandise not available any place else.

    If you love Detective Konan, you must go to this spot. The most amazing part of it, is the explanation of those tricks! These tricks worked! Make sure to get a 100 yen ticket discount coupon from...

  • Daisenji Temple's Main Hall
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    65 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Saihakugundaisenchou Daisen 9
    This temple of the Tendai sect of Buddhism is located on the mountainside of Mt. Daisen in Daisen Town, Saihaku County, Tottori Prefecture. It is an ancient temple said to have been founded between 717-723. At the peak of its influence, it had over 100 temples and 3,000 warrior monks, but the separation of Buddhism and Shintoism at the beginning of the Meiji period led to its decline. The vermilion-lacquered columns and green lattice windows of the main hall used to be the Dainichido Hall. It burned down and was rebuilt in 1951. The principal image is of Ksitigarbha.

    They have several free parking lots including an indoor one for visitors to Daisenji. The route leading to the entrance have nice and beautiful color changing trees on both sides, also with shops...

  • Mizuki Shigeru Memorial Museum
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    248 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Sakaiminatoshi Honmachi 5
    A museum located a 10 minute walk from Sakaiminato Station along the Mizuki Shigeru Road. The museum presents the work of Sakaiminato-born manga artist Shigeru Mizuki as well as the world of “yokai,” the Japanese folk monsters frequently featured in the artist’s works, and his characters. In addition to amusing models and images of yokai monsters as well as original pictures and explanatory materials, the museum also exhibits the yokai collection and travel notes of Mizuki, a man who loved to go on adventures. There’s a library where you are free to read manga comic books, and here you can find works that are now difficult to obtain on the open market.

    full of story & picture by Mizuki Shigeru esp for i have read his story book before. many highlight here Sakaiminato. must visit if you love comic of japanese

  • Daisen Makiba Milk no Sato
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    41 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tottori Pref. Saihakugunhoukichou Kobayashi Minasuna 2-11
    A leisure facility located on the grounds of the Daisen Cattle Field in Houki Town, Saihaku County, Tottori Prefecture. 600 meters above sea level, the area offers a spectacular view of the Sea of Japan and Mt. Daisen. Numerous milk cows graze in the area, and visitors can enjoy the pastoral atmosphere as well as connecting with the animals. A variety of events are held at the site, and visitors can practice milking a cow using a model or try a confection-making class (reservation required). In the adjoining restaurant, you can enjoy dishes made with an abundance of fresh milk and dairy products. In addition to souvenirs, the shop sells a popular specially made soft serve ice cream limited to around 5,000 servings per day.

    We were there end of Nov so it was a bit cold. We didn't see any cows. The farm is big and quiet. It is quite near the Mt. Daisen. Many people take photos of Mt. Daisen. The farm sells milk...

  • Asian Museum Inoue Yasushi Memorial Museum
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Yonagoshi Oshinoduchou 57
    This is a memorial hall of the literary master Inoue Yasushi who served exchanging cultures between Japan and China. It is also a museum of the history of Tottori Prefecture which has had close relations with Asian countries since long ago. In the memorial hall, there is a display of the model of Inoue Yasushi’s study and items that he used for writing. The museum displays more than 2000 pieces of valuable Persian brocade in the “Persian Brocade section” which is said to be one of the three largest collections in the world. Also, in the “Mongolia section”, you can see displays that show the life of the Mongolian nomads. The facility offers a lot to see.
  • OU Land
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tottori Pref. Yonagoshi Kaikeonsen 1-18-1
    This day trip hot spring bathing facility, located in front of the entrance of a well-known hot spring in the Sanin region called Kaike Onsen, is popular with tourists. Visitors can enjoy a day in the outside bath, family bath, jet bath, as well as Korean style body scrubs and massages and also eat at the restaurant.
  • Oshokujidokoro Kaigan
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    38 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tottori Pref. Sakaiminatoshi Shouwamachi 9-20
    This is a restaurant where visitors can enjoy fresh seafood brought ashore at the Sakai fishing port. The menu offers dishes of generous servings such as specially selected seafood on bowls of rice, a set meal of sushi in a boat-like dish, an all-you-can-eat local red snow crab course using only fresh and non-frozen produce.

    price is reasonable with fresh & tasty crab. we took beni-zuwaigani instead of matsuba as feel former is better than latter. price also cheaper. although location is bit far but take walk also ok...

  • Sweet land TAKARA
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Kurayoshishi Sekiganechousekiganeshuku 2913
    This store, located in Sekigane-cho, Kurayoshi City, manufactures and sells sweet Tottori delicacies including, Ofuroshiki, rice cakes with soy powder and sweet sauce, baked crab rice crackers and rice crackers topped with rice grains. Visitors can enjoy taste testing and sweets that can only be enjoyed in the store are popular including the soft serve ice cream made a variety of Japanese pears called 21st century Nashi. It is also recommended for families with children, and the factory tour is also recommended.
  • Daisen White Resort
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    22 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tottori Pref. Saihakugundaisenchou Daisen 96 Service center
    This ski resort is one of the largest in Western Japan and consists of four areas called Kokusai, Goenzan, Naka-no-hara, and Ue-no-hara. The resort offers slopes with an ocean view. If you look down from the lift, you can see the Japan sea and the Oki Islands. There are nine styles of slopes that can be enjoyed from beginners to advanced skiers. Also, there is a kid’s area called “Taka-piyo” land that can be enjoyed by families with children.

    Was snowboarding there 2 times this year! There are good rental stores for clothes and equipment, ski and snowboard school for those who are doing it for the first time, and restaurants. It`s pretty...

  • Wakasa Hyonosen Camp Ground
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tottori ken Wakakura cho, Hachibu-gun Tsukuneya
    Enjoy camping in the great outdoors at this campground located on the hillside of Mt. Hyonosen. Facilities include bungalows, auto camps and hot water showers. There are also multipurpose areas, and areas welcoming pets. It is a popular campground with a variety of uses.
  • Ube Shrine
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    22 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Kokufuchoumiyanoshita 651
    This shrine is the first in the country to be used as a design on a monetary note and is said to have been established in 648. On the 21st of April annually, a “Kirin Lion dance” is performed, which is designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. Many people visit the shrine for safe delivery, longevity and good luck.

    小高い山の上に拝殿がありました。車でかなり上まで行くことができました。9時前に着きましたが、朝のお勤めを見ることができました。社務所は九時からでした。参道の一番上には大きな垂れ幕があり、拝殿も大変立派でした。御朱印をいただくことができました。

  • Amedaki Waterfalls
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Kokufuchouamedaki
    This is the most famous waterfall in Tottori Prefecture, having a height of 40 meters, and has been selected as one of the One hundred Japanese falls. The scale of the water fall is magnificent and the scene of the water gushing down is spectacular. It has been a location for religious training since ancient times and on the first of August, according to the old lunar calendar, “Otakimairi (Worshipping of the waterfall)” was held. On the first Saturday of June, the “Takibiraki Matsuri” festival is held and local traditional entertainment such as the umbrella dance is showcased.

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Tottori prefecture is Japanese seasonal diversity at its best: Huge sand dunes cover the north coast, making for the perfect summer beach trip complete with the unexpected addition of camels; November brings the delectable snow crab, while winter around Mount Daisen, the Chugoku region's highest mountain, promises snow sports and magical views.

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