Top things to do in Tottori

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, alo…
Top Choice Museum in Tottori

Sand Museum

You came to see sand? Well, 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 …
Grill in Tottori

Sumibi Jujuan

Fresh seafood and local beef sumibiyaki (charcoal grilled) are the specialities in this airy restaurant. It does shabu-shabu (thinly sliced beef or pork cooked with vegetables in boiling water and then dipped in sau…
Ramen in Tottori

Gottsuo Ramen

Get a taste of Tottori's take on ramen, which uses beef bones for the base rather than pork. This small joint is known for its flavoursome, thin, almost fresh broth and soft cuts of pork. Sit at the bar or tables wi…
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…
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 o…
Historic Building in Tottori

Jinpū-kaku Villa

The stately French Renaissance–style Jinpū-kaku Villa, built as accommodation for the Taishō emperor when he visited as Crown Prince in 1907, now houses a museum dedicated to the building's history, and is ringed by…
Castle in Tottori


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.