Travel / Tourism 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
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    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 Karo Crab Aquarium
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    4.0
    96 Reviews
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    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
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    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.

  • Tottori Sand Dunes Sand Museum
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    3 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.

    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。

  • Ube Shrine
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
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    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。

  • Tottori Prefectural Museum
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    4.0
    29 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.

    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
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    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
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    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
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    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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    16 Reviews
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    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
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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。

  • Uradome Beach
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    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.
  • Tottori Sand Dune Geo Park Center
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
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    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Fukubechouyuyama 2164-661
    At this facility standing on the Tottori Sand Dunes, you can have fun learning about nature and human activities in the area, including about the plants and animals which live on the dunes, and the history of the relationship between people and the dunes. In the Sunakura dome theater, you can watch a stunning movie about the dunes. You can also watch and listen to a detailed explanation about how the wave patterns are formed in the dunes as a guide uses a one-of-a-kind machine which recreates sand dune wave patterns.

    This little center explains quite a lot about why the sand dunes are here, and how lighting across the ridges of the sand dunes changes, and how ripples are formed. We had particular fun learning...

  • Roadside Station Wakasa
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    2 Reviews
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    Tottori Pref. Yazugunwakasachou Wakasa 983-2
    This is a roadside station that is located next to the last station of the Wakasa railway and is a rare roadside station where visitors can see the steam train. Visitors can enjoy locally grown fresh vegetables, specialty goods and a prepared food buffet that is made with local ingredients. Visitors can also experience driving a JNR steam locomotive C12 type 167, and this attracts many visitors.

    地元で水揚げされた新鮮な魚介類やとれたて野菜、地元のお米やお肉を使った料理が美味しいです。栄養バランスの良い定食などが味わえます。

  • San'in Kaigan Geopark Museum of the Earth and Sea
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    4.5
    10 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...

  • Maniji Temple
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
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    Tottori Tottori-shi Kakuji 624
    This Buddhist temple is one of the 37 famous and ancient temples spanning the five prefectures of the Chugoku region on the Chugoku Kannon Pilgrimage. Situated at the foot of a mountain at the far end of a forest road, the temple's principal objects of worship are statues depicting a Sakra and a thousand armed Kannon. The ancient temple is connected to the legend of the Koyama Choja and was founded around 834. Mt. Mani, where the temple is located, has been believed to be a gathering spot for the souls of the deceased since the ancient times, and even today there is a deep-rooted mountain faith which worships the mountain, which legend has it is where spirits have been called back from the beyond. The temple is a 20-minute drive from Tottori Station. Note that visiting the temple requires one to climb some 300 steep steps.

    We caught a bus to this site, which is also apparently famous for its miso-konnyaku speciality. Because we came from the bus site it was a two kilometre walk up the road to the actual site, but if...

  • Mochigase Nagashi-bina no Yakata
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    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。

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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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