The Sand Museum, Tottori

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See the impressively crafted works at The Sand Museum, showcasing pieces made using sand from the nearby dunes. Just a short walk from the dunes themselves, the museum houses huge sculptures by artists from across the world, with a unifying theme that changes each year. The works range from architectural creations to figurative statues, focusing on different aspects of a given region to create an exhibit that has variety as well as cohesion. The museum offers an interesting perspective on humanity's relationship with the natural world, especially when combined with a trip to the expansive, untouched dunes themselves. Use our Tottori trip itinerary builder to arrange your visit to The Sand Museum and other attractions in Tottori.
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  • August 8, 2017
    The sand dune is a nice place to visit. You can walk around and take nice pictures around. The Sand Museum is worth to visit. The sculpture is good.  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    That is the America I have seen the full-featured content is fairly straightforward. Key points of history from the past to the present in sand decorated brilliantly! Difficult as well as though history, there was a piece of music and a film culture. Not much about the work number if 30 minutes in the room watching the whole, we think. There also work outside as well as indoors. There was less work even on the side of the road outside. Very fun and frendly staff!
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  • August 5, 2017
    Tottori sand dunes are a natural beauty, this would be artificial beauty of sand (art). Each year, sets the theme, such as countries and cultures, international sound art professionals gathered in Tottori, to prepare the exhibit. Suitable for artifacts not to mention spectacular camera shots are available so photogenic. Until you can also sand art picture and that impressed once again with many of quantities of labour and work fine. If you go to the dunes, right mast.
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  • July 1, 2017
    American theme sand sculpture this year. Magnificent and beautifully done. The sculptors are multinationals and very talented. Worth visiting after sand dune.
  • May 9, 2017
    Interesting museum with a rotating exhibit of huge, impressive sand sculptures inside with a nice view of the nearby sand dunes on the top floor. Might be a nice stop off point if you're close to the dunes, but the price of 600¥ seems a bit steep.
  • June 25, 2017
    A lot of work has been put into the museum. Amazing team.
  • July 18, 2016
    Great sand sculptures made by an international team of artists,on display Both indoors and outdoors. Incredible how deep and detailed the sculptures are. The museum has some interactive activities available (festivals, concerts, hands on programs) which make the place attractive for different groups of visitors.this year the theme is South America, and so they even prepared a large variety of souvenirs originally from there. I went on a Sunday and the museum kept open for one hour after closing hours, receiving visitors until as late as 18:55hs... Very good service to the public. The only bad point is that when crowded it is really hard to take a nice picture with the Sand sculptures from the suggested spot on a platform.
  • June 5, 2017
    Well crafted sand art with wonderful themes that teach of various subjects

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Where to stay in Tottori

Tottori, despite its obvious charms and attractions, has yet to really catch on when it comes to international tourism. In fact, the accommodations available in the city proper highlight its domestic status: it's an industrial city where businesses have set up offices close to the center. As such, the accommodations of Tottori sit close to the main train station, and primarily consist of business-style hotels, with simple rooms, a pool, and a restaurant. A couple more atmospheric and unusual options can be found, including traditional guesthouses, both in the center and to the north, next to the dunes.
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