unless otherwise noted, all images © Kawasumi-Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office, courtesy Kengo Kuma Architects

If you’re headed to see the Tottori Sand Dunes, be sure to stop by the newly opened Takahama Cafe, a dramatic, timber structure that recently opened. Part cafe and part observation deck, the cafe was designed by architect Kengo Kuma and offers spectacular views of the Tottori Sand Dunes.


Having just opened this summer, Takahama Cafe is located directly across the street from the Tottori Sakyu Visitor Center, making it an ideal location for a quick refreshment before heading towards the dunes. The 3-story structure is designed to look like a staircase to the sky and its interior is inspired by the graceful mounds and ridges of the dunes themselves.

If you do stop by, be sure to grab a pouch-filled craft soda, perfect for sipping as you walk along the dunes. You can find exact directions on their website, as well as on Instagram.

And if you are nearby, consider also visiting Hot Air, a used car dealership that just happens to offer Michelin-star ramen. It’s just a 20-minute drive from the sand dunes.

the interior is defined by wood paneling inspired by dunes and light pendants made of Washi paper sprinkled with local sand

homemade craft sodas available in bags to prevent sand from getting in | photos via takahama cafe