Top 10 Things to do in Tottori, Japan

September 28, 2017 Brandee Mangan

Discover the best top things to do in Tottori, Japan including The Sand Museum, Tottori Sand Dunes, Hakuto Shrine, Tottori Karo Kanikkokan, Tottori Castle Ruins, Hakuto Beach, Mythology Village Shirousagi Michi-no-Eki, Jinpu-kaku Hall, Karoichi, Tottori Sakyu Kodomonokuni.
Restaurants in Tottori

1. The Sand Museum

2083-17 Yuyama Hukubecho, Tottori 689-0105, Tottori Prefecture +81 857-20-2231
Excellent
46%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 448 reviews

The Sand Museum

Reviewed By Lilyckc - Hong Kong, China

The entrance ticket is ¥600 and if you buy the ticket from Tottori tourist information Centre, you can get ¥100 discount off.
This year's theme is "The United States
of America". Suggest you watch the short movie briefing how the team members overcome the difficulties to make these sand sculptures.
You can add the Sand Museum chop here in your collection.

2. Tottori Sand Dunes

Yuyama Fukubecho, Tottori 680-0947, Tottori Prefecture +81 857-22-0582
Excellent
39%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Tottori Sand Dunes

Reviewed By Sarah D

I really enjoyed going to the sand museum and the sand dunes in Tottori--they're some of the most unique tourist attractions in Japan, so I highly recommend it for people who are looking to see something aside from your basic shrines/temples/castles. The sand dunes are beautiful and it's the perfect opportunity to take a lot of cool pictures. The only thing I will say, though, is that the sand dunes were not as big as I thought they would be--while they do stretch for a long ways, there's really only one area that looks nice for taking pictures. A word of caution though: on the day that I was there, it was incredibly hot and humid--over 37 degrees Celsius (almost 100 degrees Fahrenheit)--which was only magnified on the dunes, and I started to get heat exhaustion and had to turn around and go back. So if you're visiting the sand dunes in summertime, be sure to hydrate and eat a lot before you visit and bring an umbrella or something to shield yourself from the sun as it can get quite intense when you're hiking up and down the dunes.

3. Hakuto Shrine

603 Hakuto, Tottori 689-0206, Tottori Prefecture +81 857-59-0047
Excellent
18%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 160 reviews

Hakuto Shrine

Hakuto Shrine was the setting of the myth of the White Rabbit of Inaba, mentioned in Japan’s traditional creation myth, the Kojiki. Legend holds that the powers of the shrine offered relief from burns and other skin conditions. Mitarashi Pond Along the roadside of the grounds is the Mitarashi Pond, where the White Rabbit of Inaba was said to have washed his wounds and taken healing. The waters remain level, never swelling or declining, throughout the year. Myth of the White Rabbit of Inaba In what is considered Japan’s first love story, the White Rabbit was the matchmaker for King Ookuni and Princess Hachigami. In more recent times, fittingly as this story’s birthplace, Hakuto was designated as ‘the holy ground for lovers’ in 2010.

Reviewed By Luigi_Fino - Tokyo, Japan

Japan is full of these so-called "power spots", which are mainly shinto shrines. Girls and, occasionally, boys, visit these places carrying a deep prayer of finding a loving one soon. According to the legend, a rabbit from a distant island wanted to cross the sea, but was not able to jump such a distance. He was helped by a young man and as a sign of gratitude introduced a beautiful princess to him. The rabbit became the deity of the shrine and it is said that praying to this (now) god helps deepen the bond. The spot is nearby the beach, after a restautant complex with parking lot. It's an ideal spot if you bring your date (or family) to the beach or to eat and visit the shrine afterwards.

4. Tottori Karo Kanikkokan

3-27-2 Karochonishi, Tottori 680-0908, Tottori Prefecture +81 857-38-9669
Excellent
31%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 74 reviews

Tottori Karo Kanikkokan

Reviewed By eTaka - Tokyo, Japan

Located near Karo port where at this winter season (visited Dec 10) the catched crabs are brought forth and sold by auctioned and we have the Karo Ichiba (market), Kanikkokan (a small and free museum dedicated to crabs), a restaurant and Sunaba coffee shop are in one area.

5. Tottori Castle Ruins

Higashimachi, Tottori 680-0011, Tottori Prefecture +81 858-85-1668
Excellent
13%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
34%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 90 reviews

Tottori Castle Ruins

Reviewed By DYA717 - Honolulu

An interesting site of an old castle. The walls and moats and a gate remain. Take the 100-yen green bus. Lots of uneven steps to climb, watch yourselves. I was hoping to go up one-side and down the other side but because of more restoration work at one end, I had to return the way I went up. Good exercise.

6. Hakuto Beach

Hakuto, Tottori 689-0206, Tottori Prefecture +81 857-26-0756
Excellent
15%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
35%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 79 reviews

Hakuto Beach

Reviewed By そりな - Nara, Japan

It's an amazing beach near to Hakuto shrine.In the summer is probably best to visit. The ocean view is overwhelming.

7. Mythology Village Shirousagi Michi-no-Eki

613 Hakuto, Tottori 689-0206, Tottori Prefecture +81 857-59-6700
Excellent
12%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
45%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 107 reviews

Mythology Village Shirousagi Michi-no-Eki

Reviewed By Chunkeewong - Macau, China

Good food, famous for the fish cakes. There is a walkway to the other side of the highway, great photo opportunity there.

8. Jinpu-kaku Hall

Higashimachi, Tottori 680-0011, Tottori Prefecture +81 857-26-3595
Excellent
35%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 65 reviews

Jinpu-kaku Hall

Reviewed By RockMeAsmodeus - Southport, United Kingdom

Visiting a stately house in any country, you generally expect to be blown away by the decadence or to at least learn interesting things about the period it's from. I didn't really get either from this place.

9. Karoichi

3-27-1 Karocho Nishi, Tottori 680-0908, Tottori Prefecture +81 857-38-8866
Excellent
17%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 62 reviews

Karoichi

Reviewed By eTaka - Tokyo, Japan

A big market for daily catches and locals and tourists visiting Tottori can be seen mingling and buying fresh sea produce. Visited Dec 10 and the main winter specialty is the "matsubagani" (matsu meaning pine tree, crabs look similar to pine tree) or snow crabs. Live ones are priced from JPY5000-10,000 per piece while boiled ones start from JPY3000 and above. If crabs are missing some legs, smaller in size then not much expensive, suppose depending on the days catch as well. Our tour group consisted of 13 people and was treated to how professional crab chef removed the boiled crab shells and legs for eating and able to do sample tasting - very delicious.

10. Tottori Sakyu Kodomonokuni

1157-1 Hamasaka, Tottori 680-0001, Tottori Prefecture +81 857-24-2811
Excellent
37%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 40 reviews

Tottori Sakyu Kodomonokuni

Reviewed By Markchung55

It's wonderful that we can find a desert in Japan!
I visit Tottori Sakyu Kodomonokuni on 19-08-2013 and 19-08-2013.
A little bit unfortune was it's too hot within these two days.
But you can feel the desert and touch it's sand, wonderful!
Moreover, we enjoy a very nice trip at Tottori as they prepare a very attractive plan for all foreign visitors.
The plan is that we can enjoy a taxi with driver for 3 hours sightseeing for only 1000 yen.
Staff of Information centre will help you to plan your 3 hours sightseeing.
I think it's amazing!!!
I deeply hope I can visit there again in early future.

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