On the second day of my Tottori trip, since I have much time before the next bus to Tottori sand dunes, I decided to go to the nearest recommended place in Tottori station. Went to Warabe-kan Children’s Song and Toy museum. When I get there, all you can see are children toys from a long time ago until now. I felt nostalgic seeing those different kind of toys back when I was small. Though the toys there are from around the world, there are some I know. While looking and playing with those things around the museum, I just can’t help myself being disappointed because now a days, all these toys are just memories since almost every kid now are into technology instead of going outside and play with other kids. The museum has 3 floors showing different themes. 1st floor is the Uta no Hiroba where visitors can enjoy delightful Japanese nursery rhymes, Japanese school songs, and Japanese children’s songs from the post-war era to modern times. 2nd floor is the Asobou Hiroba where you can play, build and do all kinds of amazing things. 3rd floor is the Omocha no Heya where toys from various ages and cultures are displayed according to 13 themes. There are also hands-on materials to freely touch and move. The museum has also an automaton clock outside the building that chimes every hour from 9:00 to 17:00. A must-watch when you have the chance to go to Warabe-kan.
From Tottori station, take the Kururi bus Green course and get off at Warabekan.
Everyday (except every 3rd Wednesday of the month and December 29 to January 1) from 9:00 to 17:00 (last admission is 16:30)
Adults are 500JPY (400JPY for a group of more than 20 people). Tourist (with passport/residence card) are 250JPY. Kids are free.