Tottori’s Rich History & Nature

Tottori’s Rich History & Nature

- San'in Travel Diary Vol.2 -

Hi, I’m Tom Miyagawa Coulton and I’m a photographer and writer currently living on a small island in Hiroshima. This is my account of my second trip to the San’in area. I hope you enjoy it and visit some of these places during your trip.

By Tom Miyagawa Coulton

Tottori Sand Dunes and Museum

The Tottori Sand Museum is a short walk from the sand dunes and shouldn’t be missed. Every eight to nine months, a new large-scale exhibition is crafted out of the sand. This year, the destination was the USA and exhibits picked out recognizable aspects of Americana – ranging from jazz to fast food. The curator Katsuhiko Chaen designs the enormous and detailed sand sculptures, which are then carved by skilled sand artists from around the world. The result is a breathtaking exhibition that leaves you wanting to grab a trowel and start sculpting yourself. Luckily there are frequent sand sculpting workshops at the museum where you can do just that.


Red Tile / White Wall Storehouses

Many of the old storehouses and buildings have been carefully converted into shops and cafes. One former warehouse houses a vast array of souvenirs including original antique lacquerware sourced from the town. An ideal souvenir for any Japanophile. Cafe ‘Kura’ near the picturesque white storehouses is the perfect place to unwind and rest your feet, while still enjoying the atmosphere of the old town.
The work of late international award-winning manga artist Jiro Taniguchi put Kurayoshi on the world stage. He set his highly acclaimed manga “A Distant Neighborhood” in the town, using real streets and buildings in his images. The story won the best scenario prize at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in France.


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Sakai Fishing Port

Want your fish really fresh? At both ends of the market, the fishmongers allow you to pick your fish and they’ll prepare sashimi on the spot. You can sit down and eat it there and then.
If you prefer to dine somewhere more comfortable, there are restaurants like Kaiyoutei inside the fish market. It offered some wonderful seafood donburi dishes. I indulged in a crab rice bowl that overflowed with fresh crab meat. It was utterly delicious. Also, many of the restaurants in Sakaiminato are run by fish brokers who source their fish directly from the fishing port.

Information relating to the Sakai Fishing Port Guided Tours

  • Booking required via official forms at least three days in advance
  • The tour guides only speak Japanese
  • There is an English version of the introductory Sakai Fishing Port DVD

Whether it was the natural phenomena of the sand dunes, the legacy of the merchants of Kurayoshi, the bounty from the sea on display everyday at Sakai Fishing Port, this area leaves you with rich experiences to treasure forever. Personally, I’m counting the days until I can taste the fresh crab and seafood of Sakaiminato again. (Visited in November 2017)

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