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Top Choice Dunes in Tottori

Tottori-sakyū (The Dunes)

Used as the location for Teshigahara Hiroshi's classic 1964 film Woman in the Dunes, the Tottori sand dunes are on the coast about 5km from the city. There's a viewing point on a hillside overlooking the dunes, alon…
Top Choice Museum in Tottori

Sand Museum

You came to see sand? There's truckloads at this impressive museum of sand sculptures, where sand aficionados from all over the world are invited to create huge, amazingly detailed works based on a particular theme.…
Top Choice Museum in Daisen

Shōji Ueda Museum of Photography

Showcases the works of prominent Tottori Prefecture photographer Shōji Ueda (1913–2000), in a large minimalist concrete building with fabulous views across to the mountain.
Grill in Tottori

Sumibi Jujuan

Fresh seafood and local beef sumibiyaki (charcoal grilled) are the specialities in this airy restaurant. It does shabu-shabu, and set courses, such as the kaisen gozen (grilled seafood and vegetables with sides), wi…
Yakitori in Tottori


This bustling yakitori (skewers of grilled chicken) place has a large menu of individual sticks and rice dishes. Get an assortment of six skewers for ¥626 or 12 for ¥1242. As well as chicken there are grilled veg op…
Seafood in Sakaiminato


This restaurant is proud that its kaisen-don (seafood over rice) has featured on Japanese TV. The friendly owner will help you navigate the menu and advise on the daily specials: fish fresh off the boat. There are a…
Castle in Tottori

Tottori-jō & Jinpū-kaku Villa

Tottori's castle once overlooked the town, but now only the foundations remain. It's a pleasant walk up the hillside to see them and the views over the city. Below is the elegant Jinpū-kaku Villa, built as accommoda…
Buddhist Temple in Tottori


The main attraction at this 17th-century temple is its beautiful garden, built around a pond. Gather your thoughts and contemplate the arrangement of stones and trees while sipping a cup of matcha, which is included…
Museum in Sakaiminato

Mizuki Shigeru Museum

This multimedia museum displays Mizuki Shigeru's illustrations, artwork, and personal collection of masks and folklore paraphernalia. Audio guides (free) are available in English. The museum is at the end of the 800…
Shinto Shrine in Daisen


Surrounding Daisen-ji are temples, ruins and forest walking tracks, and you can walk up the stone path to this shrine, the oldest building in western Tottori Prefecture.