Spots in Tottori Area

  • 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.
  • Tottori Flower Gallery (Hanakairo)
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    4.0
    149 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.

    Though we visited during winter, still there are flowers in some areas outside the dome. The bridges are the best path walk around the park. On a clear day, Mount Daisen is stunningly beautiful. The...

  • Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory
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    4.0
    121 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.

    Detective Conan fan must come to this place. This place is the place to fulfill the detective Conan fan with a lot of information and fantastic things about detective Conan. This place represent the...

  • Daisenji Temple's Main Hall
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    4.0
    94 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.

    I have been to this temple many times, and I enjoyed all my visits. Although you have to take several steps to go up to the temple, the view above is worth it! You can enjoy looking at the...

  • Tottori Harbor Seafood Market Karoichi
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    4.0
    102 Reviews
    Shopping
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Karochounishi 3-27-1
    This marketplace is right near Karo Harbor in Karo Town, Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture. Both visitors and locals come here to purchase seafood caught fresh from the Japan Sea. Local shipments are available as well. There are cooking classes for children as well as tuna slicing demonstrations, a matsuba crab festival, and a variety of other events held throughout the year. Visitors can also enjoy the farmer’s market, souvenir shop, a fresh squid sashimi arranged in the original shape, and a restaurant that offers fresh seafood cuisine.

    I have been Japan for almost five years. I had tried a lot of seafood. Here is the best one I think. First, not so expensive. You can eat six kinds of fresh Sashimi here by just 980 yen...

  • Roadside Station Shinwa-no-sato Shiro Usagi
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    3.5
    160 Reviews
    Transportation
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Hakuto 613
    This is a roadside station overlooking the Hakuto Kaigan Coast that is famous for the Japanese myth “Hare of Inaba”. Not only is local sake and specialty goods offered, visitors can also enjoy seafood overlooking the Sea of Japan in a restaurant with a large fish tank. Besides, sunset view from the observation square is particularly beautiful.

    Good food, famous for the fish cakes. There is a walkway to the other side of the highway, great photo opportunity there.

  • Tottori Nijisseiki Pear Museum Nashikkokan
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    4.5
    76 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tottori Pref. Kurayoshishi Dakyoujichou 198-4 Kurayoshi Park Square
    This is the only pear-themed facility in Japan allowing visitors to compare three kinds of pears throughout the year and also disseminates information about pears. Visitors can learn about pears while enjoying pears in the “mysterious garden”.

    Many things to do in this museum. Theres a rooftop garden where they grow different species of Japanese pears, a kitchen where you can sample 3-4 types of Japanese pears for free, and other...

  • Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography
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    4.5
    64 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tottori Pref. Saihakugunhoukichou Sumura 353-3
    The Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography showcases the works of world-famous photographer Shoji Ueda, who was born in Tottori Prefecture. Ueda’s photographs of subjects set against the backdrop of the San’in region’s big skies and imposing sand-dunes won renown as the “Ueda-cho” (“Ueda style”). There is plenty to see at the Museum, including the pond, which reflects an inverted image of Mt. Daisen, and the Museum Cinema, which is decorated with the world’s largest camera lens. The Museum Shop sells an extensive range of souvenir gifts.

    The museum design attracts us to place a visit. We saw many beautiful photos taken by Mr. Shoji Ueda. There is photo-shooting spots that attracts many visitors - the water reflection of Mt. Daisen.

  • Kansuitei Kozeniya
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    4.5
    102 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Eirakuonsenchou 651
    This facility is located near the center of Tottori City. The bath room of Hakkakuendo, closely resembling the octagonal Yumedono (Hall of Dreams) of Horyu-ji Temple, offers six types of bath, such as open-air baths and bath tubs made of Japanese cypress. Guests can casually enjoy the natural hot spring.

    Loved the food and the quaint setting. Women guests are given a choice of beautifully patterned and colourful yukata to choose from. One is aloud to walk around within the premises in yukata and...

  • Sohou Furusato Kan
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    4.0
    127 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tottori Pref. Yonagoshi Kaikeonsen 3-1-1 Yonago City Tourist Center
    The Sohou Furusato Kan exhibits mainly dolls from the Edo period as well as dyed textile fabrics, jewelry and furnishings changing seasonally. The items were a collection of Masako Sakaguchi of Yonago City, taking half a life time to accumulate. Visitors can experience the valuable traditional culture.

    Kaike Onsen is one of the top Onsens in Western Japan and has a gorgeous view of the ocean from the area. Highly recommend this Onsen and the surrounding areas in Tottori Prefecture.

  • Tottori Karo Crab Aquarium
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    4.0
    96 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Tottori-shi Karocho Nishi 3-27-2

    Located near Karo port where at this winter season (visited Dec 10) the catched crabs are brought forth and sold by auctioned and we have the Karo Ichiba (market), Kanikkokan (a small and free museum...

  • Gegege no Yokai Rakuen
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    4.0
    106 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tottori Pref. Sakaiminatoshi Eimachi 138
    A miniature “yokai” (Japanese folk monster) theme park located behind the Mizuki Shigeru Memorial Museum, a popular tourism destination in Sakaiminato City, Tottori Prefecture. Here you can meet Kitaro, Nurikabe, Medama Oyaji, and other yokai characters which appear in Shigeru Mizuki’s hit manga comic, “GeGeGe no Kitaro,” in statue and cutout form. Park facilities include the children-oriented “Kitaro’s House;” various commemorative photo spots; and Yokai Nakamise, a shop selling yokai goods and merchandise. At the Yokai Chaya café, you can enjoy a popular yokai latte or a local burger.

    no special but just for buying souvenir or cafe only but well enough for take rest and taking photo.

  • Sanin Kaigan National Park Uradome Coast Island Cruise
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    4.5
    61 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Iwamiguniwamichou Otani 2182
    A 40-minute sightseeing boat tour along the Uradome Coast—one of San’in Coast’s leading scenic spots. You can see the beautifully grand seas, with a 25- meter-deep visibility, an awe-inspiring cave mouth and cliff walls, as well as areas around odd rock formations. And you simply must not missing hearing the friendly Captain’s guidance provided directly to you.

    Clear weather made the trip enjoyable. Close up view of stones. Clear water allows one to see the seaweed and life under water. No English translation.

  • Ryokan Ohashi
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    4.5
    92 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tottori Pref. Touhakugunmisasachou Misasa 302-1
    This long-established inn in Misasa Hot Spring is also a Nationally Registered Tangible Cultural Property. Visitors can enjoy the tasteful atmosphere and private water source on a day trip. The hot spring water of the “Ashimoto Yushutu Onsen” that flows from between the natural rocks can be enjoyed at the “Gankutu no yu”.

    Ryokan Ohashi is a traditional Japanese onsen hotel, quite commonplace in my opinion. We picked it because the alternatives looked even less promising. Very polite staff, normal room (a bit dated...

  • Iwai Onsen Iwaiya
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    4.5
    55 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tottori Iwami-gun Iwamicho Iwai 544

    岩井温泉に2軒だけ残った木造3階の老舗温泉旅館で二間のさつきに宿泊。 街中にあり秘湯を守る会の雰囲気を求める人はがっかりし、バリアフリーでないため足腰の悪い高齢者にはお勧めできない.。客室は擦り切れた古い畳で不満を持つか、紋様の織り込まれた畳表が珍しいと面白がるかで評価が分かれる。 だがなによりも先代ご主人が情熱を注いだという大浴場(とくに足元湧出の源泉かけ流しの長寿の湯は素晴らしい)の魅力は写真...

  • Tottori Sand Dunes Sand Museum
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    4.5
    3 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.

    11月に友人をこちらに案内しました。砂の美術館と同じ敷地内にあるので、美術館の見学後にこちらに立ち寄ることも可能です。売店のスペースはそこそこ広く、鳥取の土産物だけでなく美術館の砂像に関連したものも結構そろっています。砂丘入口にあるお土産物屋さんとは品揃えも違っているので、「定番」ではない鳥取のみやげものを求めたい方にもオススメです。

  • Sakaiminato Oasis
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    3.5
    84 Reviews
    Life / Living / Hospital
    Tottori Sakaiminato-shi Taishomachi 215 Mina To Sakai Community Center 2F
    "Located on the second floor of the Minato Sakai Koryukan, this facility has informational panels and pamphlets on areas across Tottori and Shimane, and has an area which presents sightseeing destinations throughout the San'in area. In addition, the facility introduces manga comic artists from the area, presents information related to the ""Manga Kingdom Tottori"" campaign, and hosts a variety of events. Visitors can also take their time and read a numerous comic books by Shigeru Mizuki and Gosho Aoyama. Entry is free and food and drink are allowed, making this a place where you can take a break as well."

    The service was horrible, and I was told foreigners could not rent bikes. First of all, this policy is paranoia and prejudiced. Second, I am resident of 20 years, a professor in a Japanese...

  • Sakyu Kaikan
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    3.5
    53 Reviews
    Shopping
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Fukubechouyuyama 2164
    Sakyu Kaikan is a large drive-in restaurant situated just outside the entrance (east entrance) to the famous sightseeing spot of the Tottori Sand Dunes in Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture. There is a lot on offer here for tourists such as a restaurant suitable for large groups, a cafe area, and shops selling lots of specialty products from Tottori. The restaurant serves fresh seafood dishes with their most popular dish being the crab on rice with sand dune yam. The seafood rice bowl topped with a range of over 10 different kinds of seafood is also very popular. The cafe offers local treats such as pear flavored soft ice-cream and pickled scallion burgers.

    On the otherside of the road opposite the Tottori Sand Dunes Visitor Center you will find a rather big complex, the Sakyu Kaikan, housing amongst other things a restaurant, icecream stands and lot of...

  • SANKO Yumeminato Tower
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    3.5
    57 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Sakaiminato-shi Takenouchidanchi 255-3
    This fully glass tower was built as a symbol of the “Japan Expo ’97 Tottori—San-in Yumeminato Exposition”, held in 1997. On the top floor of this 43- meter-high tower, you can get a 360-degree view of the Sea of Japan, Shimane Peninsula, and Sakaiminato streets. There are numerous things to enjoy inside the tower, including Minatomachi market—which was selected as one of the Top 100 souvenir facilities, as chosen by professionals, Tower’s Café—a place for gazing over the seas, and an exhibition hall of materials which let you experience the culture of various countries in the Sea of Japan who maintained trade with Tottori prefecture.

    Showing your passport could enjoy 50% discount off on the entrance fee. We paid ¥150 only. The 3rd Floor has a movie theatre which introducing Tottori Prefecturess produces, attractions, activities...

  • Enchoen Chinese Garden
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    3.5
    50 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Touhakugunyurihamachou Hikiji 565-1
    This is the largest Chinese garden in Japan that was made as a symbol of friendship between Tottori Prefecture and Hebei Province in China. It is located near “Togo Onsen”, one of the hot springs in the Nashi-no-hana hot spring village. The beautiful and magnificent utopia that the successive Chinese emperors favored is designed in the garden and there are many scenic places such as the Sankeiken, long corridors and Nanahoshibashi bridge. Events are held in the garden and a Chinese acrobatic show can be seen every day, as well as China dress rentals, and annual events for the Chinese New Year and Sento-setsu festival.

    東郷池南側をドライブ中に突如中華風建物が現れました。気になって降りて見て回ると中国の方が真面目に作られた庭園とのこと。反対車線側にある道の駅にまで伸びる橋まで中華風でした。プチ・万里の長城までありました。面白い場所です。

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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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