Japan is not only a destination for highly, innovative technological infrastructures but also a home to naturally beautiful sand dunes. The largest sand dunes in Japan are Tottori Sand Dunes. It is located in Tottori Prefecture of Japan which is the largest in the country. It spans roughly 16 kilometers of the coast along the Sea of Japan with a 2-kilometer width and 50-meter height.
The sand dunes in the area have existed for over 100,000 years and are said to be deposits carried from the Chugoku Mountains, which is a mountain range, by the Sendai River into the Sea of Japan. The sands are carried up unto the shore by sea currents. The wind plays a role in constantly rearranging their shape and changing the landscapes. Over time, a shrinkage of the dunes became evident due to the government’s reforestation program after WWII. On the contrary, this event is being prevented since the dunes increase tourism in the area. About 2 million people visit the area each year.
Aside from the beautiful views out over the coast, you can also enjoy different attractions around the dunes.
The Sand Museum is the only open-air museum in Japan which showcases sculptures made of sand. The executive producer of the museum is Katsuhiko Chaen, a sand sculptor, and producer both domestically and internationally. Here, many sand sculptors around the world are invited to exhibit the highest level of sand sculptures in the world. You can only see their art for a brief period of time due to the delicate nature of sand.
Rakudaya Camel Rides
Rakudaya gives you a chance to experience riding on camels while exploring the dunes. You can also take a snapshot of yourself on the camel for better memory souvenirs. There are only two seats available per camel with a cost of 1,300 yen per person.
You can get to the place by a regular city bus, Kirin Jishi Loop Bus or taxi. If you come from Tottori Sation, you have to take a bus bound for Tottori Sakyu and get off at the last stop. It will take you around 20 minutes. The Kirin Jishi Loop Bus is available every weekend and on national holidays. There are departures every 1-2 hours. Lastly, you can ride a taxi from Tottori station which takes around 20 minutes.
What are you waiting for? Visit Tottori Sand Dunes now. These sand dunes will surely plunge you into a whole new world of fun and adventure!