April of 2012 was the grand opening of the world’s first indoor exhibition of sculpture made entirely of sand at the Sand Museum. Since then exhibits have been held with a different theme every year from around April through January of the following year. With selected sculptors and designers invited from inside and outside the country by the world’s 100 most respected Japanese, and Katsuhiko Chaen currently acting as general producer, a host of artists appear every year to showcase their craft at this world-class event. As these sculptures are prone to degrade over time, the carefully carved designs are a viewing experience unique to the Sand Dune—indeed, their transience is a large part of their charm. The glass-sided building and plaza provide an excellent view of the dunes, and which are illuminated after sunset for another visual delight.
10th Annual Exhibition: World trip in sand, America chapter (15 April 201７–3 January 2018)
|Address||2083-17 Yuyama, Fukube-cho, Tottori, Tottori|
|Access||Access From Tottori Station, take the Nikko or Hinomaru Bus bound for the Tottori Sand Dune (‘Tottori Sakyuu yuki’) and get off at the Sand Museum (Suna Bijutsukan mae). 26 min. on the Loop Kirin Bus from Tottori Station to the Sand Museum (weekends and holidays only). By car, 20 min.from the Chuugoku Expwy (Sayo JCT)-Tottori Expwy (Tottori IC). On local roads, 1 hour and 20 min. from Sayo JCT.|
- Tourist Facilities
- Tottori-Sakyu Conan Airport
- JR Tottori Station