Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory

Konnichiwa from Kitaro

Nichinan Town Art Museum

Port Akasaki: Road Station

Octopus jungle gym Slide overlooking the Japan Sea Korea inspired structure Octopus jungle gym Driving along Route 9 in Tottori is such a pleasure because you get a continuous look at the Sea of Japan that with the exception of a few uninhabited islands is simply a vast open aquamarine colored sea that extends to […]

Pursuing the Trail of Shōji Ueda

The man and his story, description on the first level of the museum. From inside the museum looking out towards the sloping fields. Audio visual room which also houses the 5-lenses system. Rows of fishing boats along the port of Sakaiminato. Statues of the manga series 'Gegege No Kitaro' sprout along the streets of Sakaiminato. […]

Witness Where Sand Meets Sky: Tottori’s Sand Dunes

The enormous Tottori Sand Dunes Footprints left behind on the smooth sand Looking out to sea from the Tottori sand dunes The enormous Tottori Sand Dunes (Photo: Siyoung Park) The Tottori sand dune is one of three sand dunes in Japan, and the biggest located in Tottori prefecture. It is a typical coastal dune along the […]

Sylvanian Families Pop-Up Event

Mar 27th Jul 11th The Wildwood Rabbit Sylvanian Family (Photo: sylvaniansdownunder/CC By SA 2.0) Venue: Kurayoshi Figure Museum, Tottori When: Mar 27th – Jul 11th 2021, 9:00am – 5:00pm A special event taking place at Tottori's Kurayoshi Figure Museum centers around the Sylvanian Families, which many children of the 80's and 90's are likely to […]

Taro Okamoto – From Paris to Tokyo

Feb 11th Mar 21st Taro Okamoto was known for his abstract and avant-garde pieces, including paintings and sculptures. (Photo: Rs1421/CC By SA 3.0) Venue: Tottori Prefectural Museum When: Feb 11th – Mar 21st 2021, 9:00am – 5:00pm A special exhibition taking place at the Tottori Prefectural Museum will examine the works of Japanese artist Taro […]

The Fantastic Tottori Trip – Day 1

The mythical Okinoshima island from where the white rabbit came Inside the cozy airplane on the way to Tottori The awesome bus taking me to the station from Conan airport Entrance to the tourism support centre Inside the centre you can find many brochures View from the boat during the cruise The first day of […]

The Fantastic Tottori Trip – Day 2

The view from Mount Mitoku View of my room at the Izanro Iwasaki ryokan in Misasa valley Outside view from my room at the ryokan Entrance to Mitoku mountain trek area The trees are incredibly tall and old Inside the shop before climbing the mountain The traditional style ryokan named Izanro Iwasaki is located deep […]

The Fantastic Tottori Trip – Day 3

Hanakairo flower park on a summer afternoon Free shuttle bus to Hanakairo park The bus schedule is in English One of the flower designs in the flower park Exotic flowers inside the globe Flower park flower train The last day in Tottori started with a buffet breakfast at Hotel Harvest in Yonago and a short […]

The Ruins of Tottori Castle

The original gate to Tottori Castle The moat and the outermost wall The southernmost turrets of Tottori Castle A stairway from the San no Maru to the Ni no Maru This platform once supported the 3-story turret in the Ni no Maru The highest point of the lower castle from one of the turrets The […]

Tottori Nijisseiki Pear Museum

Pear varieties from all corners of the globe The prefecture is known for nashi cultivation The main exhibition hall is home to this huge pear tree – it was the largest pear tree in the 20th Century in Japan Japan is known for having some very unique museums. One which definitely fits that description is […]

Tottori Prefectural Museum

The museum’s exterior Some of the art on display The museum covers Tottori‘s nature, history, folklore, and culture The Tottori Prefectural Museum is located in the heart of Tottori City, and offers visitors a window into the region's history, art, nature, and folklore. With over 3000 permanent exhibits on display alongside various limited-time exhibitions, this […]

Tottori’s Jinpukaku

The building was commissioned in 1906, completed in 1907, and has served a variety of roles. Other than the gardens, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in Europe! One of the interior rooms of the Jinpukaku The building was commissioned in 1906, completed in 1907, and has served a variety of roles. (Photo: 663 […]

Tottori’s Warabekan

Some of the toys on display at the Warabekan The Warabekan is a gem for the young and young at heart The building is filled with treasures – you’d never know from the exterior! Some of the toys on display at the Warabekan (Photo: Kim B) My first visit to Tottori Prefecture was several years […]

My Trip to Tottori Prefecture

Sand Dunes Kitaro on Mizuji Sigeru Street Kitaro’s Father Medama-oyaji at Airport Kitaro’s friends at Yonago Kitaro Airport Sakaminato Train Station Medama-oyaji on Taxi The purpose of our trip to Tottori Prefecture was to visit the sand dunes. I was not expecting to see anything else. Upon landing in the Yonago Kitaro Airport I knew […]

Yayoi Kusama Exhibition

Venue: Yonago City Museum of Art When: Apr 24th – May 30th 2021, 10:00am – 6:00pm A special event taking place at the Yonago City Museum of Art will explore the work of iconic Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, who is primarily known for her sculpture and installation art — the Yellow Pumpkin at Naoshima is […]

Yokai in Sakaiminato, Tottori

Kitaro Just outside Sakaiminato Station Mizuki Shigeru Road Ghostly bench on Mizuki Shigeru Road Ghost Park BINBOGAMI Shigeru Mizuki, born Shigeru Mura, was a very famous manga artist, but many are not aware that he was also a historian who wrote about his experiences during World War II. From his childhood until his death November […]

Yonago Castle Ruins

castle foundation layers of stone making it to the top castle foundation The sign at the bottom of the mountain that the Yonago Castle Ruins rests on says that a person in their 40’s should be able to make it to the top in twenty minutes. Although I turned forty this year I thought I […]

Tottori Station

Outside the station – you’ll find plenty of taxis here The station is in easy distance to the city’s best attractions Ticket gates Tottori Prefecture has a wealth of things to see and do, and for many, the starting point for their adventures in the region will be Tottori Station. Served by the San'in Main […]


Shirakabe Dozogun This Saturday, I offered to drive a friend to Kurayoshi station, and whilst there, decided to take an impromptu visit around the town I’d heard so much, yet also knew so little, about. And how glad I am that I did. The kindly people at the Tourist Information office at the station gave […]

Top 10 Destinations in Tottori

1. Mitokusan Sanbutsuji Temple 2. Mt. Daisen 3. Daisenji Temple 4. The Mizuki Shigeru Road 5. Tottori Sand Dunes (Sakyu) / Sandboarding and Paragliding 6. Tottori Sand Museum 7. Conan Town 8. Hakuto Shrine 9. Kannon-in Temple 10. Kurayoshi Onsen 1. Mitokusan Sanbutsuji Temple 2. Mt. Daisen 3. Daisenji Temple 4. The Mizuki Shigeru Road […]

Tottori Sand Dunes Conan Airport

Tottori prefecture in the Chūgoku region, is the least populous prefecture in Japan. Known for its sand dunes, the one and only sand dunes in Japan, it is also known as the “Manga Kingdom”, as it is the hometown of many manga artists, like Hokuei Town’s Gosho Aoyama (Detective Conan), Sakaiminato’s Shigeru Mizuki (GeGeGe no […]

Yanagijaya Campground

View of the camp I spent two days with my family in the city of Tottori, beautiful for so many reasons. The Japan Sea is at its doorstep and a mountain forest encircles this magical place. We did Tottori on a budget, so we decided to look for a campsite. We found a free one […]