Tottori Sand Dunes

Today, as part of our northern Hyogo series, we’re actually going to take a tiny step outside Hyogo Prefecture!

Tottori sand dunes

Here at The Heart of Japan we usually focus on locations within Hyogo, but it’s worth it to cross the border into neighboring Tottori to visit the only large sand dunes in Japan.

This is a good spot to visit if you’re in northern Hyogo to visit Kinosaki Onsen or the gigantic Geopark that encompasses a huge swathe of the Sea of Japan coast and features countless geological marvels.

The slideshow below features my adventures with my co-writers climbing the slippery slope.

For those of you who relish that sort of thing (like me), it can’t be missed. This weird, beautiful, and harsh landscape is worth seeing if you’re visiting northern Hyogo.

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Just one warning – it’s windy and cold! The strong seashore winds constantly reshape the features of the dunes. Also expect a steep climb up the dune face.

Or, if it’s more your style, how about a camel ride? Camel rides are available year-round for the price of 1800 yen per person. Just add that to your list of things you never thought you’d be doing in Japan.

Open all hours. Please use extreme caution at night, as the dunes are not lighted.
Address: 2083 Yuyama Fukube-cho Tottori-shi Tottori Pref. 689-0105
Telephone: 0857-26-0756 (Tottori Sightseeing Association)
Website: (Japanese only)

How To Get There

Tottori Sand Dunes
From Kinosaki Onsen: take the JR San’in Line to Tottori Station (115 minutes). Then take a bus bound for Tottori-Sakyu (Tottori Sand Dunes) (20 minutes).

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