Last Updated on January 19, 2023
The Tottori Sand Museum is a unique and fascinating place that houses some of the most beautiful sand sculptures in the world.
The installations are made with recycled leftover sand from the nearby Tottori Sand Dunes, part of a national park known for its desert-like features, unique in Japan, which attracts tourists from all over the country with activities such as sandboarding and camel riding.
A One-of-a-kind Museum
The Sand Museum opened in Tottori in 2006 with an outdoor exhibition centered around Italy and the Renaissance, and became an indoor museum after moving to a new location in 2012. It is as of today the world’s only indoor museum entirely dedicated to sand sculpture art.
The exhibitions change every year and last from mid-April to early January of the following year. Past topics include regions such as South-East Asia and South America, and countries such as Great Britain and Germany.
Mon.-Fri., Sun. 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Sat. 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Tottori Sakyu Conan Airport, just two kilometers from the museum, connects Tottori to Tokyo airports in just over an hour.
The sand dunes are a 20-minute bus ride from Tottori Station. The Sand Museum is located at the western end of the main dune area.
The fastest and most frequent direct train service to Tottori from Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto stations is the Super Hakuto Limited Express Train.
There is a surcharge to be paid for JR Pass holders because part of this itinerary is not part of the JR network.
If you prefer to use only the Japan Rail Pass, the Hamakaze Limited Express connects Osaka to Tottori.
There is only one round trip per day and it takes 90 minutes longer than the Super Hakuto. Night buses run between Tokyo Station and Tottori Station.
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