Tottori Prefectural Museum

Learn about the region's history, culture, art and more

By Kim B    - 2 min read

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 is definitely a spot where you can while away some time.

On the first floor you'll find a nature exhibition room, which educates visitors about the flora and fauna native to Tottori Prefecture. The unique landscapes of the Tottori Sand Dunes and the local giant salamander are included in this section. There's also the history and folklore area, which delves into the origins of the region from the Paleolithic period to the Edo period. It provides a glimpse into people's lives in Tottori over the different areas, and information about festivals and traditional events that still prevail to this day. The art section displays both traditional and modern pieces from artists with a connection to the prefecture.

For those who work up an appetite exploring all of the exhibits on display, you'll be happy to know there is an on-site restaurant at the museum. Cafe d' art Musee serves up various light snacks, main meals, drinks, and desserts - they're reasonably priced, and diners are able to enjoy some lovely views out over the surrounding gardens. There's also a museum shop which sells a variety of souvenirs, including local handicrafts.

Do note that the museum closes every Monday (or the following day if the Monday falls on a holiday) if you're planning to visit.

Getting there

The Tottori Prefectural Museum is located around 10 minutes by taxi from Tottori Station, served by the Sanin Main Line.

Alternatively, take the 100 yen Kururi Bus (green line) from Tottori Station. Departures take place approximately every 20 minutes, and there is a dedicated stop for the museum (stop number 11).

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Kim B @kim.b

I'm an Australian who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan. I've also visited 44 of 47 prefectures, with only Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto left to check out. I'm particularly fond of exploring off the beaten path destinations, gardens, and tea houses, and have a real interest in Japan's growing vegan scene.

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