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.
  • 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 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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。

  • 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...

  • Ube Shrine
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    4.0
    29 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.

    鳥取市にある因幡国一之宮です。現在の社殿は明治31年に完成し、全国の神社で最初に五円紙幣に載せられたことから、お金にご縁があり、商売繁昌の神様とも言われています。社殿も本殿も趣きがあります。本殿の後ろの丘には御祭神昇天の霊跡と言われる「双履跡」があります。

  • Local Produce Plaza Wattaina
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    3.5
    19 Reviews
    Shopping
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Karochounishi 3-323
    Wattaina is a direct sales outlet selling local specialty products, located near the Karo Minato sea-bathing area in Nishi 3 Chome, Karo Town, Tottori City. Besides a large store selling fresh agricultural produce supplied directly by Japan Agricultural Cooperatives (JA) members, processed foods and local specialty products, there is also the Daikoku-tei buffet restaurant, and a shop selling gelato ice cream made using milk and fruit produced locally in Tottori Prefecture. In addition, a variety of food-related events are held at the Food Education Hall Torikko Plaza, which is equipped with moveable food preparation platforms, a stage, etc.

    Air conditioned supermarket with fresh vegetables, fruits, bread, meat, confectioneries, and omiyage. Wide parking area.

  • Tottori Prefectural Museum
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    The museum is unexpectedly good. I came late in the afternoon, and not many visitors, so its relaxing. It shows the history of Tottori, like how the prefecture (including its sand dunes) is formed...

  • Kannon-in (Shusse-Kannon)
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Uemachi 162
    This is a temple located in Tottori City’s Uemachi Town in Tottori Prefecture which used to be the temple for the Ikeda family, the feudal lords of the Tottori domain. It is also the 32nd temple of the Chugoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage, a junrei pilgrimage route. The principal object of worship is an image of the Shokanzeon Bosatsu, or Kannon Bodhisattva, and it is believed to be a Shusse Kannon (the word ‘shusse’ in Japanese means ‘success in life’ or ‘moving ahead in your life/career”) since it reportedly became larger every time it was moved. Construction of the Kannon-in garden, which has been designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty, took ten years from 1650 to be completed, and is an example of Chisenkansho-shiki Teien style in which there is a large pond around which gentle slopes, stones and trees and bushes have been arranged. Visitors can partake of the matcha tea and sweets service to sit down and slowly appreciate the garden view.

    It is a unique landmark. Its greenery and open spaces allow light to truly bring peace to your mind. Ive been told the scenery changes from season to season, so it will be beautiful whenever you...

  • Tottori Folk Crafts Museum
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    This is a small museum in a lovely old home near the train station. The floors and interior are beautiful, smooth wood. On display are local crafts mainly pottery and furniture. The furniture is...

  • Mt. Oshiroyama Observation Deck Kawahara Castle
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    3.5
    23 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Tottori-shi Kawaharacho Tanihitotsugi 1011
    This tourist information center was opened in 1994 to serve as a local symbol as part of an area revitalization project. The reconstructed castle is built on the site where Toyotomi Hideyoshi placed his encampment during the subjugation of Inaba Province in 1580. Divided into three levels inside, the facility presents the history, culture, and plant and animal life of Tottori City's Kawahara-cho. From the terrace observatory on top of the castle, visitors can get a sweeping view of the area's seasonally changing scenery and, on clear days, see all the way to the Tottori Sand Dunes and the mountains of Chugoku. There are some 800 plum trees planted around the castle and in early spring many tourists come here to see their beautiful blossoms.

    Last year when I was traveling to Tottori city on JR (around Kawahara station), I saw, on a hill, this castle. Since then, I was so curious about it and decided to visit it this year. A few days ago...

  • Hakuto Shrine
    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.
  • Tottori Castle Ruins
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Higashimachi 2
    This was the site of Toyotomi Hideyoshi's attack and now the castle tower and Nino Maru ruins are all that remains. The surroundings are maintained as Kyushou Park. It is one of the best one hundred spots for cherry blossom viewing and in the spring many people from around Japan visit.
  • Inaba Manyo History Museum
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Tottori-shi Kokufucho Machiya 726
    "This history museum proclaims that it is an ""extraordinary space overflowing with the culture of ancient Inaba and the 'Man'yoshu.'"" Located in Kokufu-cho, once the cultural heart of ancient Inaba Province, the museum introduces the history of the Inaba region and poets connected to the area such as Otomo no Yakamochi. The museum is adjoined by a Japanese strolling garden planted with some 40 varieties of plants mentioned in the ancient ""Man'yoshu"" poetry anthology, and visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll while reflecting on the culture of Inaba. The museum also makes it possible for visitors to try on the kind of colorful clothing people wore during the time of the ""Man'yoshu"", and even offers a one week rental service. In addition, the museum has free rental cycles and can serve as a base camp for exploring the veritable treasure trove of historical sites that is Kokufu-cho."

    因幡国の国府跡近くにあります。 万葉集の作者とも言われる大伴家持ともう一人の伊福吉部徳足比売という女性の事例を中心に展示されています。丁寧な内容になっており、今まで知らなかったこともいくつか学ぶことが出来ました。 エントランス横にある時の塔は、高さ約30mで展望台もあります。 訪問当日、天候が良かったこともあり綺麗な山を眺めることが出来ました。

  • Tottori City History Museum (Yamabikokan)
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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。

  • Uradome Beach
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwami cho Iwami-gun Tottori ken
    This resplendent beach located in Iwami Town, Iwami County, Tottori Prefecture extends for 15 kilometers and has been designated both a National Scenic Beauty and a Natural Monument. Its rich natural features include the crystal-clear water, a beautiful stretch of sandy beach dotted with pine trees, cliffs and caves carved by rough waves and snowstorms, mysterious rock formations, and more. There’s a walkway along the beach, and visitors can also enjoy going on a cruise, snorkeling, and other activities. The shallow waters attract several swimmers in the summer.

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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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