The following is list of some of the interesting museums around Tottori:

Sand Museum

See the sand dune page for admission details
The Sand Museum exhibits large sand sculptures built by master artists from around the world. The sculptures, some several meters high, are based around a central theme that changes with each exhibition. It is located next to the sand dunes outside the city center.

Tottori Prefectural Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (until 19:00 during some exhibitions)
Closed: Mondays (or Tue if Mon is a holiday), Dec 29 to Jan 3
Admission: 180 yen (permanent exhibition)
Located next to city's former castle ruins, the Tottori Prefectural Museum exhibits a permanent collection of art, folk history and natural history related to Tottori Prefecture. In addition, it hosts several special exhibitions each year.


Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Mondays (except for holidays), Dec 29 to Jan 3, days after holidays
Admission: 300 yen for permanent exhibitions, 500 yen for special exhibitions
The Yamabikokan is a science and history museum which uses hands on experiences and active participation in experiments and technology to encourage its visitors to learn about Tottori Prefecture. Furthermore, several special exhibitions are held throughout the year.

Tottori Folk Craft Museum

Hours: 10:00 to 17:00
Closed: Wednesdays (or Thu if Wed is a holiday), during exhibition changes
Admission: 500 yen
The Folk Art Museum presents a small collection of antique furniture and housewares, including tansu chests, chairs and other furnishings that represent traditional Tottori design and craftsmanship. The antique warehouse building is an attraction in itself and adds to the charm of the museum.

Getting there and around

Sand Museum

The sand museum is located next to the Tottori Sand Dunes. Please see the sand dune page for access details.

Tottori Prefectural Museum

The prefectural museum is located close to the Tottori Castle Ruins. Please see the castle ruin page for access details.


Take the red line of the 100 Yen Kururi Bus from Tottori Station and get off at bus stop number 12 from where it is a short walk to the museum. The bus ride takes about 10 minutes and costs 100 yen. Buses depart every 20 minutes. Alternatively, the museum is a 30 minute walk from the station.

Folk Craft Museum

The Tottori Folk Craft Museum is only a short walk from Tottori Station.

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