The Sand Museum in Tottori 2016 (South America)

Hola amigos. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. Do you remember we had a trip to the sand museum in Tottori last year? Can’t believe it’s been a year already! So we took a visit again. Thinking why we repeatedly visit this place, aren’t you? Answer is simple. It updates every year! Here goes our trip to the sand museum in Tottori 2016!

Erstaunlich! The Sand Museum in 2015 (Germany)


From Okayama it takes about 2-3 hours by car. About 15 minutes by car from the nearest station, Tottori JR Station.

If you visit by train, get off at Tottori JR Station, catch a bus of Iwabi/Iwai Line or No. 0 Sakyu Line at the bus terminal. It costs 370 JPY for adults (one way).


2083-17 Yuyama, Fukube-cho, Tottori-shi, Tottori



Adult Child (up to high schooler)
600 yen 300 yen

Note: Free admission for children of elementary age or younger.

Business Hours

Weekdays and Sundays: 9:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m (admission until 5:30 p.m)
Saturdays: 9:00 a.m -8:00 p.m (admission until 7:30 p.m)



Phone: 857-20-2231


The Sand Museum in Tottori 2016

The Theme of 2016

Theme of this year is South America. Since the Summer Olympics would be held in Brasil, it seems like the best timing for it, doesn’t it? Alright, let’s go check the exhibition of this year.sand museum in tottori

The Works

It is really amazing that this is always the same place, but every time I step through the entrance door, it’s like a different world. Just like its concept TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD IN SAND.


Tottori Sand Dunes

You know what? Tottori sand dunes is right across the sand museum. Why not take a look? The weather wasn’t so fortunate though the view was still amazing.

It showered a while ago.
It showered a while ago.
Starting to pant...
Starting to pant…

For the first time we reached to the beach on the other side. We’d have to go down the mountain though.

On my way back...
On my way back…


How was it? It was like 3rd or 4th time for us but it is still so much fun, and being there gives us so much inspiration. This exhibition of this season continues until January 2017. These will be taken down, and creators will work on a next project from January to March, then the museum will open again in April or so. That’s the usual cycle. I am already looking forward to the next year.

See you around!



Erstaunlich! The Sand Museum in 2015 (Germany)

Hi it’s Mr. Wada back on duty. Let me continue our trip in Tottori. It’s day 2.

Day 2

Good morning! Day 2 begins.

Good morning!
Dawn of campers!


Sanin Kaigan Geopark

Camping went alright. It was a cool night and no mosquito or bug got into the tent. I hurt my butt a little though.
Camping in Tottori DAY 1: Sand Dunes and Starbucks – The Wadas On Duty

It was rather early. We grabbed some food for breakfast and drove around until the sand museum opens.

Perfect weather!


Great view from the car
Great view from the car


Sign of Sanin Kaigan Geopark


(Down)stairs to heaven


Looks like another country!


Stones with wishes

OK, it’s about time. We headed back towards the sand museum.

The Sand Museum

The welcome sculpture awaits you in front of the entrance.

Welcome sculpture
Welcome sculpture!



It is actually our THIRD time there. The first visit was by a bus tour in 2012 but duration of stay was very short. We only had 30 min to look around back then (crazy!). So we visited there by car for the second time in 2013 which gave us plenty of time. Unfortunately we missed it last year, but now we are back!

I bet you are thinking WHY we visit this place every year right? Here’s the thing. This place has a concept for each exhibit every year, For instance, 2012 was England and 2013 was South East Asia, and this time is Germany. It would never bore us!

Anyways, let’s enter the museum. Entrance fee is 600 yen for adults (300 yen for kids). Camera is allowed in all areas! (thumb’s up)

Main gate


As passing through the door, you are in the sand world.

Guess what this is.


Hansel and Gretel


Here’s a series of Grimm’s Fairy Tales.

Grimm brothers


Little Red Hood


Town Musicians of Bremen


Huge one takes the center of the exhibit.



Dr. you-know-who


Coronation of Charlemagne


From upstairs


Exhibit continues outside


Anne Frank


See the sand dunes right there?

Come to think of it, Germany is full of stuff! (no offense). Grimm, technology, sport, inventions and so on. It was also a good opportunity to know more about Germany. Now I am already looking forward to seeing new works next year!


How was our trip to Tottori? Even though Tottori doesn’t usually get to the top list for places to visit, the sand dunes and the museum are definitely worth visiting. If you have a chance to visit, please consider.

See you around!

Official Website: The Sand Museum