Hokuei Town in central Tottori Prefecture is home to 9 gigantic wind turbines which are lined up facing the Japan Sea. They are perfectly positioned to gather the energy available from the strong winds which are particularly powerful in the winter.
In a bid to become an environmentally friendly town that looks to the future, in 2005 Hokuei Town erected these turbines to reduce its carbon footprint. The power that is produced is sold to the local power company and can be used to power roughly 6600 homes.
The turbines were made in Germany and have a projected 20 year lifespan, ensuring a modest profit from power sales.
At 70 meters in height the wind turbines can be seen from far and wide. They are planted in the middle of fields and farm plots like massive trees whose branches sway in the wind much in the way the turbine blades turn with purpose.
The best time to view the turbines is at sunset or sunrise when they stand like the sentinels of Hokuei Town.
Access: Take the Sannin Line to Yura Station. Walk north for about an hour to the coast of the Japan Sea.
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