Where to Go in Tottori Prefecture

The capital of any region always has a lot to live up to. Tottori City doesn’t disappoint. With Japan’s largest sand dunes fashioned from volcanic ash near the Sendai River, and delicious Matsuba crab awaiting hungry, vibrating taste buds in Tottori Harbor, Tottori City has something to say. If you love the outdoors, you can’t get more outside than sand dunes. Great for climbing and sand sports, the Tottori Sand Dunes are open 24 hours. Although, they greet early birds with unique patterns drawn by the wind before people brandish the sediment with their toes. You can also enjoy the beauty of endless sand and sloping dunes without getting sand in your shoes with a cable car ride from the Sakyu Center.

Okudaisen region

Okudaisen region
Okudaisen region

The mystery of Mt. Daisen awaits you in the region of Okudaisen. Inspiring the ancient rituals of what is said to be the roots of Japanese people, Shinto, and various artists and philosophers alike. In the ancient text used in Shinto, Kojiki, Mt. Daisen is referred to as god. This is a power spot if ever there was one.

When the adventure in you calls you back inside, head to the Shoji Ueda Photography Museum. Serving as the filming location for a popular Korean TV drama, this museum is fashioned in the style of Shoji Ueda’s surrealist photography style. His internationally-acclaimed perspective can be summed up in the massive camera obscura room that enables one to feel as if you were inside a camera.

Misasa Onsen

Misasa Onsen
Misasa Onsen

To heal the body, sometimes nature is needed. This is the main reason visitors seeking natural remedies flock to Misasa Onsen. As you are able to drink the mineral-rich water and inhale the steam, you will leave the onsen not only intensely relaxed but also naturally fortified. With almost a thousand years of history, there is an ancient tale that colors the onsen’s background called the “White Wolf legend”. It tells of a warrior that decided in the spur of the moment to spare the life of a white wolf. As a result, a Bodhisattva appeared in the warrior’s dream and told him the location of a life-saving onsen. The warrior then passed on the information and from then on villagers visited the waters to heal their diseases.

Sakaiminato City

Sakaiminato City
Sakaiminato City

As with Tottori City, Sakaiminato City is known for their Matsuba crabs. One recommended place to get a delicious crab donburi is Genkitei restaurant, but we don’t discriminate, as Tottori crabs are tender and juicy anywhere in the prefecture. Just know that you will do yourself a disservice if you don’t try at least one crab-based meal while in Tottori Prefecture.
If you like manga, you must know that this is where Mizuki Shigeru, the creator of Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro, was raised. As a noted master of the medium, you can feel the atmosphere that inspired the legend in the city.

Aoya Town

Aoya Town
Aoya Town

To treat your hands to a traditional Japanese cultural activity, why not try to make some washi paper in Aoya Town? You can create paper and a lampshade at the Aoya Paper Factory from 1200 yen. Sometimes travel memories need to be cemented in the physical. What’s more symbolic than a sheet of paper to inscribe your most precious memories from your Tottori adventure?

Mitsukue region

Mitsukue region
Mitsukue region

When the itch to go local and experience the area as the locals do and did, we recommend heading out into the countryside of Mitsukue for a taste of “Deep Tottori”. While you’re out there, you’ll get an exclusive look at some of the last remaining thatched-roof houses in the region. Against the backdrop of Mt. Daisen, you can get a nostalgic view of the landscape walked by Japanese from long ago.

Facility Name
Tottori
Address
Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Higashihonjichou
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Tottori Sand Dunes
Address
Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Fukubechouyuyama
Introduction
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.
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Facility Name
Sakyu Center (Sand Dune Center)
Address
Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Fukubechouyuyama 2083
Phone
0857222111
Hours
8:00-17:00
[Sightseeing Lift] 8:30-17:00 (Changed due to season, weather and machine maintenance)
Closed
open everyday
Parking Lot
Available
Introduction
This is a tourist facility located about 15 minutes by car from Tottori Airport, equipped with a drive-in, hotels, restaurants and so on. It overlooks the Tottori sand dunes and the Sea of Japan, the view terrace also making a great photo spot. At the restaurants one can enjoy a meal looking out over the sand dunes, with popular choices including a squid rice set menu and Daisen chicken rice bowl. There is also a souvenir shop stocking Tottori’s specialties. One can take a sightseeing lift from the Sakyu Center straight to the Tottori sand dunes.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Michinoeki okuoyama
Address
Tottori Pref. Hinogunkoufuchou Sagawa 908-3
Phone
0859753648
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography
Address
Tottori Pref. Saihakugunhoukichou Sumura 353-3
Phone
0859398000
Hours
9:00-17:00 (Admission is until 16:30)
Closed
Tuesday (The next day in the case of Public holiday), exhibition change Period, Dec.-Feb.
Fees
[Admission fee] General 900 yen, high/college student 500 yen, small/Junior High School Students 300 yen
Parking Lot
Available(100spaces)
Credit Card
Available (Available
VISA only for shops)
Introduction
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.
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Facility Name
Aoya Washi Studio, Tottori City
Address
Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Aoyachouyamane 313
Phone
0857866060
Hours
9:00-17:00
[Paper Experience Reception] 9:00-16:00
Closed
Monday (next weekday in the case of Public holiday)
Fees
[Admission fee] Free
[Exhibition Admission fee to view] 100yen-300yen
Parking Lot
Available(50spaces)
Credit Card
Available(VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX)
Introduction
Aoya Washi Studio is a workshop located on Prefectural Route 280 in Yamane, Aoya Town, Tottori City, which specializes in Inshu Washi (one of the oldest traditional Japanese paper “washi,” made specially in old Inaba Country, now in Eastern part of Tottori Prefecture). The Studio hosts regular exhibitions featuring art works created using Inshu Washi, and also offers classes in paper-making, paper lampshade making, etc. There is a museum shop that sells Washi products and paper-making kits, along with a café serving home-made pizza, etc.
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NAVITIME JAPAN

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    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Higashihonjichou
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    Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography

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    Tottori Pref. Saihakugunhoukichou Sumura 353-3
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    Aoya Washi Studio, Tottori City

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