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Tottori Sand Museum: The world’s only indoor museum dedicated to the art of sand sculptures

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By Joshua Meyer

The Tottori Sand Museum is the world’s only indoor museum dedicated to the art of sand sculptures. Though Tottori is Japan’s least populous prefecture, its Sand Museum has become a hotspot for sculptors from around the world, featured in global news outlets like The New York Times.

The installations are made with leftover sand from the nearby Tottori Sand Dunes, a national park with camel photo ops and dunes so steep that climbing them might feel like impromptu training for a Mount Fuji ascent.

Around the world in sand

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Previous sculptures have depicted scenes from different regions of Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Photo: www.japan.travel

The Sand Museum opened in Tottori in 2006 with an outdoor exhibition with Italy and the Renaissance as the main theme. Since then, it has kept up the transnational focus, graduating from tents to an exhibition hall that traditionally hosts eight-month “Travel Around the World in Sand” events. Previous sculptures have depicted scenes from different regions of Asia, Austria, Africa, the United Kingdom, Russia, the United States, Nordic countries, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia.

These are more than just “sandcastles,” though the museum once offered a trip through German history, complete with realistic castles from that country.

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Those look amazing!

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worth to visit however there is nothing else around ,maybe short visit of Tottori dunes?

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I have been to see this twice. Its well worth a visit and the surrounding area is quiet, but a car is needed. Otherwise you have to call "the (not " a") cab company.

Skip the camel ride.it's a rip-off.

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