Tottori is famous for its sand dunes, a natural wonder which took form over the course of a hundred thousand years. At the Sand Museum at the Tottori Sand Dunes, the world’s first museum devoted to sand sculpture, art lovers can marvel in ephemeral works of beauty that—though they may be fated to crumble—are sure to make an indelible impression on your heart and mind.
Open since 2006 and curated by Katsuhiko Chaen, an internationally-renowned sand sculptor and producer, the museum features rotating exhibitions of only the most exquisite works from masters around the world, presented in an open-air environment that allows the visitor to take in the collaborative artistry of man and nature in all of its grandeur.
The Japanese have a saying—ichi-go, ichi-e—which describes a once-in-a-lifetime encounter. With every masterpiece at the Sand Museum existing as it does only in that singular moment, perhaps there is no better place to embrace the uniquely Japanese aesthetic of finding beauty in transience.
Approximately 20 minutes by taxi from Tottori Sand Dunes Conan Airport, or 20 minutes by bus from JR Tottori Station.
Monday to Friday, Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Adults: 600 yen
Elementary/junior high/high school students: 300 yen
(*Admission is discounted to 500 yen and 200 yen, respectively, for groups of twenty or more.)
(*Admission is free for children younger than elementary school age.)
Address: 2083-17 Yuyama, Fukube-cho, Tottori City, Tottori, 689-0105, Japan