Culture / Tour Spots in Tottori Area

  • Tottori Flower Gallery (Hanakairo)
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    4.0
    151 Reviews
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    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.

    Beautiful flower park with Mt Daisen as a backdrop. If you enjoy looking at flowers and enjoying walking and looking at various beautifully kept gardens, then don’t miss this flower park. It’s a...

  • Tottori Nijisseiki Pear Museum Nashikkokan
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    4.0
    78 Reviews
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    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
    65 Reviews
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    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.

  • Tottori Sand Dunes Sand Museum
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    5.0
    4 Reviews
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    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.

    The sand sculptures are said to be changed once a year. When I went there, they were doing an Egyptian exhibition. The process of making the sculptures was well described, and it was wonderful to see...

  • Tottori Prefectural Museum
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    4.0
    31 Reviews
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    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Higashimachi 2-124
    This museum, located in a corner of Kyushou Park, conveys the nature and culture of Tottori. It exhibits material on the history of Tottori prefecture such as documents on the sand dunes and clan documents.

    常設展示では鳥取の歴史がよくわかり、カフェもついていてよい感じです。鳥取城と仁風閣のすぐ近くなので一緒にまわるのがおすすめ。とてもリフレッシュできました。車は県庁北側に無料駐車場があって便利です。

  • Yonago City Museum of Art
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
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    Tottori Yonago-shi Nakamachi 12
    "This facility opened in 1983 and was the San'in region's first public art museum. The imposing brick building houses about 1,700 works by local artists. They hold a variety of special exhibitions, including private, city, and prefectural displays, as well as the Yonago Autumn Cultural Festival. The museum is particularly known for exhibitions by Yonago locals. They also have various events like a ""Museum School"" as part of an educational promotion initiative, art lectures, and workshops."

    来館した時期が悪かったので仕方ありませんが、第2展示室の「美術館スタッフが選んだ!米子市美術館コレクション15選」 だけでは、物足りなかった… でも、國頭繁次郎「平和を乱すもの」が見られて良かったです。

  • Fish Specimens and old Japanese Life Museum
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
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    Tottori Pref. Sakaiminatoshi Hanamachi 8-1
    Fish Specimens and old Japanese Life Museum which opened in April 1994 and which has the finest collection of marine life specimens in Japan, is located in a renovated sake brewery; the building has been included in the list of the “Top 100 Most Beloved Buildings in Tottori Prefecture.” There are approximately 4,000 specimens of aquatic creatures belonging to around 700 different species in the museum’s collections; other items on display including the Minato-maru fishing boat and a collection of old everyday tools, three of which have been designated as Municipal Cultural Properties by Sakaiminato City Government.

    境港にあるちよっとした魚系の展示資料館です。 お魚などの剥製が多数展示されています。 暇つぶしで寄ったのですが意外に内容が濃くいろいろと勉強になりました。 水木しげるロードからはちょっと歩きますが時間が余ったら行ってみるといいかもしれません。

  • Tottori Folk Crafts Museum
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
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    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Sakaemachi 651
    The Tottori Folk Crafts Museum was established with the aim of showcasing the way folk crafts have been able to make everyday objects both practical and beautiful; the Museum has around 6,000 folk craft artifacts on display, both from Japan and overseas. The Museum is housed in a visually-striking building that was designed with great attention to detail by Yoshida Shoya; with its plaster-on-clay external walls, it resembles a traditional Japanese storehouse.

    鳥取駅から徒歩5分ほど。 入館料500円。鳥取の医師で民藝運動家の吉田璋也が、鳥取の民藝運動の拠点として1949年に創設。土蔵風の建物は1957年築で国登録有形文化財。訪館時は「吉田璋也遺愛...

  • Misasa Violin Museum (Tottori Violin Making School)
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    4.5
    13 Reviews
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    Tottori Pref. Touhakugunmisasachou Misasa 199-1
    This museum introduces the processes of string instrument manufacturing, the tools used, as well as the wood materials. On the second floor replica works of string instruments are exhibited, and there is also concert hall where regular concerts are held. Trial violin trial lessons are also available.

    知人のコンサートがこちらで開催された際訪問しました。 こぢんまりしていますが、とても雰囲気の良い博物館です。 バイオリンに特化しているので展示物や説明はとても充実していて、バイオリンの事を少し理解することが出来ました。

  • Tottori City History Museum (Yamabikokan)
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
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    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Uemachi 88
    The Ochidani district of Tottori City has several temples that were associated with the lords that ruled the Tottori domain in times gone by. The Tottori City History Museum (Yamabikokan), which is located in a corner of the Ouchidani District, provides an introduction to the history and culture of the Tottori region. Besides the permanent exhibitions, the Museum also holds thematic exhibitions and special exhibitions relating to Tottori. In early summer, the Museum is open in the evenings on certain days so that visitors can view fireflies in the Museum grounds.

    公営の博物館なので入館料も安いです。高校生以下や70歳以上などは無料なので子供と一緒だとちょっとお得です。また企画展示も行われていることがあり、その際もセット(企画展と常設展示)でも料金は安いです。興味のある企画展示の時を狙っていくのもいいです。

  • Daisen Museum of Nature and History
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
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    Tottori Saihaku-gun Daisencho Daisen 43
    "A 15-minute drive from the Yonago Interchange on the Yonago Expressway. In this museum, situated at the foot of Mt. Daisen, visitors can learn about the history and plant and animal life of Mt. Daisen, a designated national park. The history, culture, and diverse seasonal plants and animals of the mountain are introduced on the first floor. Since ancient times, Mt. Daisen has been an object of worship, and through dioramas and projection mapping, visitors can experience the history and culture of the mountain and surrounding area. The second floor presents the story behind ""Japan's Largest Livestock Market Born of Jizou Bodhisattva Worship,"" which was included in the Japan Heritage list in 2016."

    大山の登山口、ナショナルパークセンターの向いにある小さな博物館で、山の歴史や動植物などを紹介している。無料なので気軽に立ち寄れる。

  • San'in Kaigan Geopark Museum of the Earth and Sea
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    4.5
    11 Reviews
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    Tottori Iwami-gun Iwamicho Makidani 1794-4
    "This museum, located 30 minutes from the Tottori Interchange on the Tottori Expressway, introduces the wonders of San'in Kaigan Geopark via a variety of exhibits and images. The museum also holds various events throughout the year such as nature watching sessions and nature classes. Particularly popular exhibits include the ""touchable globe,"" a digital globe visitors can touch and interact with to learn more about the workings of our planet from a variety of perspectives; aquariums containing examples of fish and other creatures living in the area; and periodic screenings of realistic, 3D films of the interiors of the Kairyujin (sea cave)and Okaryujin (land cave), two caves on the tip of Cape Haneo to which entry is currently prohibited."

    Not so big but very interesting place where you can learn a lot about the local sea animals, plants and minerals. Good for children and adults. Also, there are a few aquariums with some very cute...

  • Mochigase Nagashi-bina no Yakata
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
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    Tottori Tottori-shi Mochigasecho Befu 32-1
    A large wooden building modeled after Kyoto's Kinkakuji Temple, a world heritage site. It's permanent exhibit features about 1,000 dolls, including Hina Ningyo dolls from the Edo period when the art form flourished, decorations for Hina-matsuri, Kamo Ningyo dolls, and Gosho Ningyo dolls. Mochigase-nagashibina ceremony takes place at Mochigase-cho on the third of March on the lunar calendar. Participants pray for good health and to avoid misfortune by setting special Hina dolls adrift. It's been designated a Prefectural Intangible Folk Cultural Property. They also hold workshops in making the paper dolls, and you can bring them home with you when you finish. You can write a wish on special charms and save them for the next ceremony too.

    まず、重厚な木造建築の建物があまりにも立派なことに驚かされました。館内には江戸時代からのお雛様が展示されていて、それぞれが形や表情に違いがあり、見ごたえたっぷりでした。館内にある庭園を眺めながら食事ができる喫茶もおすすめです。

  • Yazu Mini SL Museum
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
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    Tottori Yazu-gun Yazucho Nishidani Funaoka Takebayashi Park
    The first mini steam locomotive museum in Japan, where 18 steam locomotives (SL) are on display at Funaoka Chikurin Park (which has one of the country's leading bamboo groves). Actually powered by burning coal, all of the mini SLs are handmade. The trains change every weekend and run through the seasonal garden in the park. The various models will excite train enthusiasts, including a D51 type steam locomotive (a leading model of the former Japanese National Railways), a superheated steam tank locomotive C21, and a classic British steam train called Royal Scot Class by the former London, Midland and Scottish Railway .

    展示は、一部屋だけで、小さい子が乗れる列車が、あるだけです。 京都鉄道博物館を見てるだけに、いまいちでした。ミニのSLの模型だけでなく、買えるSLもたくさん置いて欲しいです。紙のSLが500円でした。

  • Asian Museum Inoue Yasushi Memorial Museum
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    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.
  • Sohou Furusato Kan
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    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.
  • Warabekan Museum
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    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Nishimachi 3-202
    This is a museum for songs and toys called “Warabekan”. The first floor is for Japanese nursery rhymes and the second and third floors are for toys. On the first floor, visitors can enjoy an exhibition of musicians from Tottori Prefecture and sing nursery rhymes and animation songs in the karaoke corner. On the second and third floors visitors can play with toys from around the word in “the world of toys” and in the toy factory visitors can make toys. It is a facility that both adults and children can engage in playing with toys.
  • Houkinokuni Sangaku Art Museum
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    Tottori Saihaku-gun Hokicho Kanayadani 943
    "This private art museum is located at the foot of Mt. Daisen, the San'in region's most famous mountain. Surrounded by the area's abundant natural beauty, the museum displays a collection of artwork gathered with an eye towards ""the creation of mountain culture"" and ""the promotion of regional culture."" The museum's standing exhibition consists of oil paintings created based on the theme of natural mountain beauty. Visitors can take in works of art by artists such as mountain painter Genichiro Adachi and Seiji Yabase, Tottori's most celebrated Western-style painter, depicting the local area and Mt. Daisen influenced by each artists' sensibilities. In the adjoining Sabo Monterosa cafe, you can enjoy the director's vaunted handmade soba noodles made with spring water from Mt. Daisen. The cafe's coffee, made with underground spring water from Mt. Daisen, is perfect for a little break after taking in the museum."
  • Watanabe Museum of Art
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    Tottori Tottori-shi Kakuji 55
    Based on the philosophy that items deeply rooted in the daily lives of ordinary people are also art, this museum preserves and displays a collection of some 30 thousand ancient works of art. The museum was established in 1978 with the purpose of stimulating and contributing to the local community and to the development of arts and culture. The museum's collection of ancient art was gathered over a more than 60 year period by Tottori City physician Hajime Watanabe and includes not only pieces from Japan but also from various countries in the Asian cultural sphere. The museum holds exhibitions featuring works by invited local artists, workshops, and more, and is gaining popularity as an art museum where visitors can enjoy looking, touching, and experiencing art.
  • Hawai Fudokikan Museum
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    Tottori Tohaku-gun Yurihamacho Kamihashizu 710-2
    A local museum located at the northern edge of the Hawai Plain. The five-story building modeled after haniwa earthen objects and a castle is top of Mt. Umanoyama at 107 meters above sea level. This mountain is also famous as the setting of the ancient battle during which Hashiba Hideyoshi conquered the Chugoku region. It has one of the oldest and largest tombs in the San'in area, Umanoyama No.4 ancient tomb, as well as a lookout with an 360° panoramic view of the beautiful natural surroundings. When the weather is clear, the view takes in Lake Togo, the Sea of Japan, and even Mt. Daisen. The sight of the museum lit up at night is particularly magical.

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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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