Tottori is an under-the-radar destination in Japan, about 6 hours from Tokyo and 3.5 hours from Osaka, known for Detective Conan, Tottori Sand Dunes and Sand Castle Museum, and Uradome Coast. If are flying from the Philippines or Southeast Asia, I suggest flying to Osaka instead since it is nearer and cheaper. But, if you are already in Tokyo, you can choose your route below.
How to get to Tottori from Tokyo
- ANNA airlines have daily flights 5 times a day from Tokyo Haneda Airport to Tottori Sand Dunes Conan Airport.
- At Tottori Airport, take a bus to Tottori Station. Travel time is about 20 minutes and fare is about JPY 460/PHP 219/USD 4/EURO 4/SGD 6/MYR 17.
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There are express buses from Tokyo to Tottori.
- At JR Tokyo Station Yaesu Exit, walk to Kajibashi Parking Lot.
- Take a bus bound for JR Tottori Station.
(adult) JPY 10,700/PHP 5,098/USD 95/EURO 81/SGD 130/MYR 386.
(children) JPY 5,350/PHP 2,549/USD 48/EURO 41/SGD 65/MYR 193.
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There are many routes from Tokyo to Tottori by train. But here’s the fastest route (about 5.5 hours) with the cheapest fare.
- From Tokyo Station, take the Shinkansen Nozomi 107
- Alight at Himeji. Travel time is around 3 hours.
- At Himeji Station. Transfer to Limited Express Super Hakuto 7 to Tottori. Travel time is about 2.5 hours.
- Alight at Tottori Station.
Total Travel Time: About 5.5 hours
Fare: JPY 11,450/PHP 5,455/USD 102
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GETTING AROUND TOTTORI
BY TOURIST TAXI
<There’s a Tottori Tourist Taxi that is discounted for foreign tourists. Just go to Tottori City International Tourist Support Center near the North Exit of Tottori Station. But the taxis are limited, so better be early.
Tottori Tourist Taxi Fare: JPY 2,000/PHP 961/USD 18/EURO 15/SGD 25/MYR 73 for 3 hours per person
Capacity: up to 4 persons
Operation Hours: Daily 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM, except December 31 – January 1
IMPORTANT: So for example, even if you are alone, you can avail of the Tottori Tourist Taxi. According to our guide, you still have to pay JPY 2,000 for the entire taxi. Now if you are traveling with someone or with a group, then each person must pay JPY 2,000.
TIP: You will get a coupon card if you avail of the Tottori Tourist Taxi and you can show it at some attractions to get a discounted entrance fee. Make sure you have your passport with you.
(Source: Tottori Tourism)
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The cheapest way to get around Tottori City is by bus since there’s no subway here. Buses in Tottori end/start in Tottori Bus Station. There are 2 buses that’s helpful to tourists since they stop at major tourist spots in Tottori: the ¥100 Kukuri Bus and the Loop Kirinjishi Bus.
1.¥100 KUKURI Bus
The ¥100 Kukuri Bus offers JPY 100 yen fare per ride. The complete route takes about 33 minutes.
¥100 Kukuri: JPY 100/PHP 48/USD 0.90/EURO 0.77/SGD 1/MYR 4
1 Day Unlimited Bus Pass :JPY 300/PHP 144/USD 3/EURO 2/SGD 4/MYR 11
Departure: Every 20 minutes
Operation: (Monday – Friday) 8:05 AM – 6:00 PM
(Saturday, Sunday and Holidays) 9:10 AM – 6:00 PM
Green Course: Tottori Folk Crafts Museum (Bus stop 3), Warakeban (Children’s Museum) Bus stop 9, Warakeban (Children’s Museum) Bus stop 9, Tottori Castle Ruins (Bus stop 11), Jinpukaku Mansion (Bus stop 11)
Blue Course: Totori Folk Crafts Museum (Bus stop 3), Takasagoya (Tottori Castle Town Exhange Center) Bus stop 23
Red Course: Ouchidani Shrine (Bus Stop 12), Yamabiko-kan Tottori History Museum (Bus stop 12), Kannon-in (Bus stop 9 & 13), Takasagoya ( Tottori Castle Town Exhange Center) Bus stop 14 A, Genchuji Temple (Bus stop 22), Hijiri Shrine (Bus stop 26 B), Tottori Folk Museum (Bus stop 29)
(Source: Tottori Municipal Transportation)
2.LOOP KIRINJISHI BUS
The Loop Kirinjishi Bus has the Kirinjishi drawing (mythical creature of Inaba Region) on its side. Ride this bus if you are headed to the Sand Castle Museum, Watabe Museum, Tottori Sand Dunes and Tottori Port.
Loop Kirinjishi Bus Operating Hours: The Loop Kirinjishi Bus operates daily from July 20 – August 30. But it only operates on weekends (Saturday and Sunday), summer and holidays, except January 1 for the rest of the year. It departs every 1-2 hours at Bus Stop 0 fronting Tottori Station.
Loop Kirinjishi Bus Fare: (Adult) JPY 300/PHP 144/USD 3/EURO 2/SGD 4/MYR 11
(Children) JPY 150/PHP 72/USD 1/EURO 1/SGD 2/MYR 5
(Unlimited 1 Day Pass) JPY 600/PHP 5/USD 5/EURO 7/SGD 22/MYR 288
Tourist Spots Bus stops: Tottori Sakyu (Tottori Sand Dunes), Tottori-jo ato (Tottori Castle Ruins), Watanabe Museum, Tottori Port.
A Course – Tottori Sand Dunes to Tottori Port
B Course – Totori Port to Tottori Sand Dunes
Tourist Spots Bus stops:
Warabekan – Bus Stop 2
Tottori Castle Ruins + Juinpukaku Mansion + Tottori Prefectural Museum – Bus Stop 3
Watanabe Museum – Bus Stop 4
Sakyu Center – Bus Stop 5
Sankoen + Tottori Sand Museum – Bus Stop 6 and 8
Tottori Sakyu (Tottori Sand Dunes) – Bust Stop 7 (Sakyu Kaikan)
Tottori Port (Fish Market Karoichi + Tottori Karo Crab Aquarium + Local Products Market Wattaina) – Bus Stop 11 (Kannikokan)
BY UNLIMITED BUS PASS
If you have a 3-day Tottori itinerary, you can avail of the Unlimited Ride Pass by bus. It means, you can hop-on and hop-off the bus around Tottori, Japan as many times as you can within 3 days. You can use this in Tottori City as well as other cities in West Tottori Prefecture.
Unlimited Bus Pass Fare: JPY 1,800/PHP 865/USD 16/EURO 14/SGD 22/MYR 66
Unlimited Bus Ride Validity: 3 days
How to use the Unlimited Bus Pass:
When getting off the bus, show your Unlimited Ride Ticket with valid dates to the bus driver.
Take a numbered ticket for buses that issue them.
Show your pass before purchasing admission.
Where to buy the Unlimited Bus Pass ticket:
Tottori Station Bus Terminal
Tourist Information Center (Tottori Station)
Here’s the list of buses where you can use the Unlimited Bus Pass:
Loop Kirinjishi Bus
¥100 Kukuri (Circular Bus)
Daisen Loop Bus (Limited Period)
Yodoe Town Bus (Donguri Korokoro)
Yonago Loop Bus (Dandan Bus)
Fixed-route buses operating in Tottori Prefecture including Nihon Kotsu/Honimaru Bus
Airport Buses: Tottori Station – Tottori Airport, Yonago Station – Yonago Airport
Iwami Town Bus
Yonago-Matsue Route Bus
*Unlimited Bus Pass is non-refundable.
BY TOUR PACKAGE
Universal Holidays Inc. will soon be offering Tottori tour package. In the meantime, you can book a Tottori Day Tour from Osaka package below:
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