Japan’s most extensive sand dune formation

Tottori Sand Dunes

Photographer | Takuma Kimura


Tottori City is home to Japan’s most extensive sand dune formation and greets visitors from around the world. Facing the Japan Sea, the dunes stretch 16 kilometers from east to west and are around two kilometers wide. Anchored by evergreen trees, this natural anomaly known for its golden sands and steep slopes that create a stunning landscape.

One of the most interesting things about the dunes is that they have become an unsuspected gathering place. On any given day, dozens, if not hundreds of people are on the hills enjoying themselves. In a country known for high technology and spectacular architectural marvels, it is a wonder to see people come together in such a natural setting. People of all ages can be seen running up and down the dunes, taking photos, rolling in the sand and even paragliding.

Given the sheer number of visitors to the dunes, one can only speculate as to the reason for the special attraction they have. There may some primal attraction to the landscape itself which contains a natural corridor that leads to the coast. As if on a pilgrimage, people scatter across a landscape that at times seems otherworldly with deep ravines and pools of water that reflect light in all the colors of the rainbow.

There are several points of interested near the dunes, including the Sand Dune Museum, a children’s theme park and a free campground.There is also a resort in the area for those who need a bit more comfort.

If you happen to be in town or have put Tottori on your list of travel destinations, the dunes cannot be missed. Put yourself between the immensity of the sea and this expanse of sand for a unique experience.

Access: From Okayama City Take the Super Inaba Express train to Tottori Station (about 2 hours). Then take the Nikko or Hinomaru bus to the Tottori Sand Dunes.

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