Tottori Sakyu (鳥取砂丘)
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Breathtaking, beautiful and unique landscape
Japan has some incredibly beautiful (and breathtaking) landscapes, from mountains to lakes and more - but one that has stayed with me more than most is Tottori Sakyu, or the Tottori Sand Dunes. Looking like something you might see more in a place like Egypt than you would in typically lush and green Japan, it's a spot that absolutely warrants a visit. If you'd like to engage in a quirky activity while you're there, you're able to ride camels across the dunes. From memory the cost from that was around 1000 yen, but just visiting the dunes themselves and exploring is completely free. It's a very photogenic spot considering you've got the sea right there as well, so be sure to bring your camera. The Sand Dunes themselves are in close proximity to the airport - under 10 kilometres away - so it's not far out of the way either.
Sand dunes of Tottori
Did you know that Japan has a small desert? You can find it at Tottori prefecture.
Actually, the Tottori Sakyu (鳥取砂丘) are the biggest sand dunes in Japan and even the biggest attraction of this area. From North to South the sand dunes have a length of 16 kilometers along the coast, from East to West it is 2 kilometers. In the middle you can find an around 50 meter high hill build of sand from where you have a great view to the Sea of Japan.
The sand dunes formed already over thousand years ago. It’s said that sand was transported through the river Sendai-gawa to the shore and the form is continually changing. In 1995 the Tottori Sakyu were designated Natural Monument of Japan.
For tourists there is a special entry to the dunes, where you also can find restaurants and souvenir shops. However, you don’t need to pay any entry fee to enjoy a walk around the sand. For sure, it’s also possible to take memorial photos riding on camels for which you have to pay. Paragliding and sand boarding is offered by local companies, too.
From the center of Tottori City it takes around 20 minutes by bus to go to Tottori Sakyu. The bus normally leaves every hour from the bus center in front of Tottori station. On weekends, public holidays and while summer holidays the Kirin Jishi Loop Bus is driving there, too.