Tottori Sand Dunes Geopark Center

Beside "HD Crystal Georama", a high-definition video introducing the Tottori Sand Dunes, their history and their plants and animals, there are also exhibition panels and experience corners, where you can do hands-on learning and so learn a lot about the sand dunes.

[Address] Tottori-shi, Fukube-cho, Yuyama 2164-661
[Parking space] Please use the parking space of the Tottori Sand Dunes (500 yen per day)
[Open] 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
[Access] 20 min. by car from Tottori Station
[Fees] free of charge
[Contact] +81-857-22-0021
[Closed] open everyday

Tottori Sand Dunes Geo Guide

The "Geo Stories" are journeys on which you can enjoy the specific topography and geology of the sand dunes. For example, the twilight tour that starts in the evening during the sunset. While watching the evening sun and the lights of the boats, you get to know about the plants and animals living in the sand dunes.

Lake Koyama Information Plaza

This facility spreads the fascination of the four seasons of Lake Koyama. Various experiences of the nature are waiting for you! An established institution and learning center for spreading information and the culture of Lake Koyama.

[Address] : Tottori-shi, Takazumi 754-17
[Parking space] available (free of charge)
[Open] 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
[Access] 20 min. by car from Tottori Station
[Fees] free of charge
[Contact] +81-857-31-2900
[Closed] Wednesday
[Blog] http://blog.goo.ne.jp/koyamaike_jp

Lake Koyama Information Plaza Advisor

Whether it is insect collecting and the making of pressed flowers, cruising on the lake and building of secret bases during the summer vacation, or the exploration of uninhabited islands - we offer all kinds of experience and learning courses.

Tottori City Aoya Folk Museum

This facility introduces the history, culture and art of the western parts of Tottori City (Aoya, Ketaka and Shikano). Further, we do research on the precious documents relating to local history and collect, preserve and exhibit them. At the San'in Kaigan Geopark exhibition corner, we introduce Japanese paper Inshu Washi, the Aoya-Kamijichi Site, the diving fishery of Natsudomari as wells as the waterfalls and caves of Kachibe Region.

[Address] Tottori-shi, Aoya-cho, Aoya 2990-4
[Parking space] available (free of charge)
[Open] 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (last admission: 4:30 p.m.)
[Access] 40 min. by car from Tottori Station
[Fees] free of charge
[Contact] +81-857-85-0841
[Closed] Mondays (if national holiday, the following day), days after national holidays (open if Sunday, Saturday or holiday), and turn of the year (Dec. 29 - Jan. 3). There may be special closures due to exhibition changes.
[Homepage] http://www.tbz.or.jp/kyoudokan/

Tottori City Aoya Washi Studio

In the Aoya Washi Studio you can get to know and experience Japanese paper Inshu Washi with its 1300 years of history. We also recommend the museum shop where lots of artworks from various genres are waiting for you!

[Address] Tottori-shi, Aoya-cho, Yamane 313
[Open] 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
[Fees] : free of charge, exhibition: 100 - 300 yen
[Closed] Mondays (if Monday is a national holiday, closed on the following Tuesday) and turn of the year (Dec. 29 - Jan. 3)
[Parking space] available (free of charge)
[Access] 45 min. by car from Tottori Station
[Contact] +81-857-86-6060
[Homepage] http://www.tbz.or.jp/aoya-washi/

Aoya-Kamijichi Site Museum (Friends of Aoya-Kamijichi Site)

We introduce and exhibit all kinds of relics that were excavated from the National Historic Aoya-Kamijichi Site, also called the "Underground Yayoi Museum". These ironwares, wooden products, bone tools and human bones tell us about the life of the Yayoi people (from 350 BC to 350 AD). You can also enjoy experience courses in making earthenware, baskets, linen-bracelets and castings.

[Address] Tottori-shi, Aoya-cho, Aoya 4064
[Open] 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (last admission: 4:30 p.m.)
[Fees] free admission, experience courses: 200 - 700 yen
[Closed] Mondays (open if national holiday), days after national holidays, and turn of the year (Dec. 29 - Jan. 3)
[Parking space] available (free of charge)
[Access] 40 min. by car from Tottori Station
[Contact] +81-857-85-0841
[Homepage] http://www.tbz.or.jp/kamijichi/aoya-washi/

Inaba Onsen Village

Tottori, also called the Onsen kingdom with 10 hot springs. Out of these, the group of the five hot springs located in the eastern part of Tottori Prefecture, Tottori Onsen, Yoshioka Onsen, Hamamura Onsen, Shikano Onsen (all in Tottori City) and Iwami Onsen in Iwami Town are together called the "Inaba Onsen Village".

【Tottori Onsen】
The source of this hot spring is located in the downtown area, a five minute walk away from Tottori Station. This Onsen was opened in 1904 and offers a great amount of clear water, containing plenty of sodium. It is highly valued as one of those rare Onsen being located in the downtown area. The water is taken at a depth of about 50 meters where it flows from cracks in the pyroclastic rocks of Kawahara.
【Shikano Onsen】
This Onsen was opened in 1954 and its water is flowing out from cracks in the granite of Tottori.
【Yoshioka Onsen】
An Onsen not far off from the inner parts of Tottori City in the neighborhood of Lake Koyama. It is said that this hot spring was discovered in the 14th century and during the Edo Period (1603 - 1868) it was a prosperous hot spring cure resort that had been established by the feudal lord of Tottori. Its water is flowing out from cracks in the granite of Tottori.
【Hamamura Onsen】
This hot spring is located in the birthplace of the Kaigarabushi with plenty of water and a 500 year old history.
【Iwai Onsen】
The oldest Onsen in the San'in Region has a 1300 year old history. It is well known for the exceptional custom of "Yukamuri" (literally "to pour hot water on the body"), when a small hand towel is put on the head and the water surface is hit with a ladle according to the rhythm of the Yukamuri Song, while pouring hot water on the body. The heat source is supposed to be quartz-diorite.

Friends of Tottori Tourism Guides

Whether you feel the history during our historic landmark course through the Tottori Castle Ruins and the Jinpukaku Mansion, enjoy the life and culture of the town of Tottori on the gourmet course, or immerse yourself into the original nature of the sand dunes on the nature course - Enjoy the fascination of Tottori on our trips!

[Guiding fees] for detailed information, please see the homepage of the Tottori City Tourism and Convention Association "Application: Friends of Tottori Tourism Guides Office (inside Tottori City Tourism and Convention Association)
[phone] +81-857-26-0756
[Reservation] Please apply 7 days prior to your preferred date
[Times for guided tours] 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on weekdays. *We gladly adjust times to your requests. Please don't hesitate to ask.

Inaba Kokufu Guide Club

Ube Shrine in Kokufu-cho (Tottori City) is the most important shrine in the Inaba Region. Countless cultural properties are located here like the designated historic site "Grave of the Ikeda Family". These are the graves of many generations of the Ikeda feudal lords and their families, who had an annual revenue of 320 000 Koku rice (1 Koku has a volume of 180 liters). Further, the Amedaki Fall, chosen to the 100 most beautiful waterfalls in Japan, is located at the foot of Mount Oginosen. Come together with our guides on a journey through the Kokufu Area with its rich history, culture and nature!

[Guiding fees] 1,000 yen per person
[Application] Inaba Kokufu Guide Club (inside the Inaba Man'yo Museum of History)
[phone] +81-857-26-1780
[Reservations] Reservation in advance required
[Times for guided tours】 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. *We adjust to your requests. Please don't hesitate to ask.

Ogi-no-Sato Group

17 million years ago, the Waji Area near the foot of Mount Oginosen has been the seabed of a deep sea. We offer guided tours on this seabed of the far past with our "Waterfall Course", "Valley Walking Course" and "Nature Experience Course".

[Fees & Course] As we have not set up a price list or fixed courses yet, we kindly ask you to inform us about the number of participants, age and the purpose of the excursion when making an application. We will make you an individual offer.
[Application] Ogi-no-Sato Exchange Center (Tottori-shi, Kokufu-cho, Waji 346)
phone / fax: +81-857-58-0505
[Contact] Ogi-no-Sato Group (contact person: Taniguchi)
phone: +81-857-58-0441 *Please call within the period from 12:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

NPO Tottori Tourism Guide Center
Let's go and play with wind, sand and the earth! "The Guides of the Sand World"

Based on our location in the western area of the Tottori Sand Dunes in the San'in Kaigan Geopark, we would like to introduce the art of sand and wind (sand ripples, curtain-like sand slopes, sand columns, etc.) in the middle of a deserted area, we would like to observe together with you the activities of plants and animals occuring in the severe environment, close to our feet, an environment that we often do not realize, and we would like to tell you about the historic relations of our ancestors to the sand dunes. Enjoy the fascinating Tottori Sand Dunes while extending the field of sand dune tourism.

[Guiding fees] All courses are subject to charge.
Please visit the NPO Tottori Tourism Guide Center homepage for details.
[Application] NPO Tottori Tourism Guide Center
phone: +81-857-22-4878 fax: +81-857-22-4880
[Reservation] Reservation in advance required. (No need for reservation for individual courses)
[Times for guided tours] 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on weekdays.

Yasaho Guide Club (Ketaka-cho Tourism Volunteer Guide Club)

We would like to guide you to the scenic, historic and such places, that have special geological features, in the western areas of Tottori City with Ketaka-cho in the center.

[Guiding fees] free of charge (We kindly ask you to pay the actual expesenses like lunch etc.)
[Application] Yasaho Guide Office +81-90-4893-7171 (contact person: Kawane)
[Reservation] Please do reservations two days in advance
[Duration of guided tours] 1 - 6 hours. Consultation requested.

Tranquil Shikano Guide Club

The castle town of Shikano was established by Feudal Lord Kamei Korenori and has a 400 year old history. The appearance of the castle town and local residents hand over the memory and pride of Lord Kamei. We, the Tranquil Shikano Guide Club, would like to guide you and to stroll together through the town, while you can imagine the scenery of those days.

[Guiding fees] 1000 yen for up to 14 persons, 2000 yen for 15-40 persons, 3000 yen for 41-55 persons, further 1000 yen will be additionally charged for every 15 persons.
[Application] Tottori City Shikano Cultural Center "Dream" 689-0405 Tottori-shi, Shikano-cho, Shikano 1353 Phone: +81-857-38-0030 fax: +81-857-38-0031 Business hours: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
[Reservation] Reservation required. (Please make a reservation 7 days prior to your preferred date of the guided tour)
[Times for guided tours] about 1 - 2 hours in the period from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (We try to adjust the guided places and the times of the tours as far as possible)

Hakuto Tourism Association

We offer courses on which you can enjoy myths and nature, like the Hakuto Shrine and the Hakuto Beach which are the stage for the legend "Hare of Inaba", or the natural monument "Southern Border Area of Wild Growing Rugosa Roses".

[Guiding fees] subject to charge (In general, 1000 yen for up to 10 persons, 2000 yen for up to 20 persons, 3000 yen for up to 30 persons and 4000 yen for up to 40 persons)
[Application] Hakuto Tourism Association (contact person: Mihashi)
phone: +81-857-59-0020 fax: +81-857-59-0022
[Reservation] Reservation in advance required (in general two weeks in advance)
[Times for guided tours] 9:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m. (We can adjust he time to your needs)

Kawahara Castle Local Property Research Society

Enjoy together with us the history, culture, nature and culinary delights of Kawahara-cho, home of the heroine Yakamihime in the story of "Hare of Inaba" in the Kojiki, oldest extant chronicle in Japan.

[Guiding fees] 1 hour 1500 yen, 2 hours 2900 yen, 3 hours 4200 yen, 4 hours 5500 yen, 5 hours 6800 yen, 6 hours 8000 yen. *We offer different courses so please don't hesitate to ask.
[Application] Castle Hill Viewing Platform of Kawahara Castle
phone: +81-858-85-0046 fax: +81-858-85-1946
[Reservations] 1 week in advance (for guiding in the town or museum) *As it depends an various conditions like season or number of participants if each of the experience tours can take place, we kindly ask you to consult us in order to get further information. (We are regularly looking for participants)
[Duration of guided tours] All courses from 2 hours up to one day (about 5 - 6 hours). *We will adjust the duration to your needs.

Bamboo Basket Fishing "Ugui-Tsuki" Preservation Club

We explain about the folk event of "Ugui-Tsuki" that is said to be unique in Japan.

[Guiding fees] free of charge
[Application] +81-90-4579-4589 or +81-857-82-0685
[Reservation] Reservation 7 days in advance required.
[Duration and times of guided tours] We will adjust to your requests.