Nestled on a hillside, it blends seamlessly into the landscape

Tottori Museum of Sand Art 

Photographer | Takuma Kimura


The Tottori Museum of Sand Art was founded in 2006 and is curated by the brilliant artist Katsuhiko Chaen. It has added a new element to the city’s already impressive landscape.  Located on a hilltop not far from the Japan Sea and the expansive sand dunes that Tottori is famous for, the museum regularly features themed installations throughout the year in its exhibition annex.

The museum is actually a complex of buildings which represent the best of modern Japanese architecture. Nestled on a hillside, it blends seamlessly into the landscape. The exhibition annex flows into the contour of the hill, starting off as an elegant passageway that culminates into a great exhibition hall.

Past exhibits have included renditions of famous sites around the world rendered in sand by highly-skilled international and Japanese sand sculptors. Their ability to hold a transient material such as sand into structures which define permanence is astounding.

A model of Saint Peter’s Basilica was actually completed outdoors by an Italian artist with several smaller Catholic themed sculptures flanking the stunning rendering of this jewel of the Vatican.

Renditions of the Great Wall of China, Angkor Wat, the Terracotta Army, the Vienna State Opera, Saint Charles Church, Belvedere Palace and Saint Stephen’s Cathedral have all been on display. There have also been depictions of scenes from Africa, the Bangkok Grand Palace and Russian, German and South American culture and history. America’s famous landmark Mt. Rushmore was expertly presented in a U.S. themed exhibition.

A visit to the Tottori Museum of Sand Art is a journey through the expression of life told through the artistic rendering of the best of world culture.

Access: From Okayama City Take the Super Inaba Express train to Tottori Station (about 2 hours). Then take the Nikko or Hinomaru bus to the Tottori Sand Dunes.

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