"Tottori Sand Dunes" are the masterpiece of nature created over thousands of years.
In such a vast nature, "the Sand Museum" was opened on November 18, 2006. We exhibit sand sculpture using sand from the dunes, following our purpose to get to know the beauty and possibility of sand.
The executive producer of us is Katsuhiko Chaen, the Japanese sand sculptor, and we invite world-class sculptors from all over the world and create sand sculptures. Thanks to them, we can exhibit the highest level of sand sculptures in the world every year.
We change the theme and exhibition every year based on our exhibit concept, "Travel around the World in Sand." After finishing exhibition term, sand sculptures come back to sand. You can only see these for a brief time. However, this is the biggest attraction of sand sculptures. These are temporary and non-permanent art. Once you visit here, let's enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet our sand sculptures.
We opened in 2006, and our 1st exhibition, "Italy / Renaissance", is perfectly open-air exhibition. Then, the 2nd ""World Heritage / Asia Edition", the 3rd "Austria", and the 4th "Africa" were held under the huge tent.
For more comfortable and accessible environment, we build the special exhibition hall in 2011, and we re-open as the first indoor museum for sand sculpture in April, 2012. The 5th exhibition is "The United Kingdom". The 6th "Southeast Asia", the 7th "Russia", the 8th "Germany", the 9th "South America", the 10th "The United States of America", the 11th "The Nordic Countries", and the 12th "South Asia", the 13th "Czechia and Slovakia" were held in every year.
Then, the next exhibition is "Egypt".
Exhibit 7 sculptures, for example, "the Annunciation" by Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo's "Pieta". Thoes were created by Kasuhiko Chaen, Leonardo Ugolini, and local sand sculpture society.
Exhibit 12 sculptures in the motief of Asian World Heritage; TajMahal, the Great Wall, Terracotta Army, Himeji-Castle, and more.
Exhibit 10 sculptures using Austrian Aristocratic culture as a motief, for instance, Belvedere palace, st. Stephen's Cathedoral, and court musicians.
Exhibit 11 sculptures expressed history and culture of Africa, and also vast wild nature.
Exhibit 16 sculptures inside renweal museum, using history, culture and its prosperity of the Unite Kingdom as a motief, like Palace of Wstminster and Shakes Peare.
Exhibit 21 sculptures shown the prosperities of ancient dynasties, such as Angkor Wat.
Exhibit 23 sculptures in a motief of Russia history and culture; the Kremlin and Catherine the Great.
Exhibit 23 sculptures expressed Germany art and fairy tale such as Neuschwanstein Castle and Grimm's Fairy Tale.
Exhibit 19 sculptures based on the ancient civilization and history of the South America, for example, Machu Picchu and Golden El Dorado.
Exhibit 19 sculptures such as Mt. Rashmore and Skyscraper which are the symbol of American culture and history.
Exhibit 23 sclptures based on Nordic nature, mythology and fairy tale; Fjord, and fairy tale by Andersen.
Exhibit 21 sculpture focusing on various culture and religious in South Asia, such as TajMahal, Mahatma Gandhi, and Mohenjo-Daro.
Exhibit 19 sculptures in the motief of Czechia & Slovakia, such as Prague Castle, Puppet Show and Marionettes, Literature of Franz Kafka.