• Naoko Mikami

A Guide to Tottori Museums


Tottori Prefectural Museum

(鳥取県立博物館)

Location: Tottori


The Tottori Prefectural Museum was established at the Hisamatsuyama Shimo-Tottori Castle Ruins and opened on October 1, 1972. It houses more than 3,000 materials of "Art" and “History and Folklore”.




Thg Sand Museum

(砂の美術館)

Location: Tottori


The museum is Japan’s only open-air museum exhibiting sculptures made of “sand.” Katsuhiko Chaen, who is now active domestically and abroad as a sand sculptor and producer, is attracting attention as one of “100 Japanese individuals the world respects,” is the executive producer of the museum. The highest level of sand sculptures in the world are exhibited every year, inviting sand sculptors from around the world.



Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography

(上田正治写真美術館)

Location: Houki


The museum exhibits works of a photographer Shoji Ueda (March 27, 1913 - July 4th, 2000) who has left a lot of famous photographs using the unique method to lay out the photographic models as surrealist compositional elements with realistic depiction.


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