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Tottori Sand Dunes, Tottori

Must see · Geologic Formation · Lookout
View a natural wonder thousands of years in the making at Tottori Sand Dunes, located within a national park. These hills represent the largest sand dunes in Japan and stretch for 16 km (10 mi) in an east-to-west direction. Formed by sand washed ashore by the Sendaigawa River, the shape-shifting dunes alter their appearance every so often thanks to the influence of prevailing winds. View this attraction on foot, by riding a camel, or by hopping on a horse-drawn carriage. For something totally different, try paragliding or sandboarding in the area. Before you head to Tottori, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Tottori day trip planner, to make sure you see all that Tottori has to offer, including Tottori Sand Dunes.
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  • I enjoyed the dunes on a mild winter day. So it was easy and comfortable to hike up and take in the beautiful scenery that includes the sea. Simply breathtaking  more »
  • My main attraction to come to Tottori was the sand dune! I couldn't believe the first time I heard that there is a desert in Tottori! I was so happy to see it finally. The sand, the sea and the vast.....  more »
  • This is a smaller piece of the sand dunes which used to be in this area. They have camels which you can ride and have your picture taken. Unfortunately, sand dunes are not rare where I live, but I...  more »
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  • The most popular sand dunes in Japan. It took me about 10 minutes to climb up to the top. The views from the top was nice. Camel rides are available, but other than that, there were not that many entertainments available. It is very windy in that area. Make sure to wear warm. BBQ is available in summer. A lot of car parks available around the dunes. Some of them are free for charge, but the nearest one charges for 500 JPN. Many souvenir shops around. Not that many English available though.
  • Ever since I read about the sand dunes at Tottori, I’ve wanted to visit. They are stunning. Amazed at their formation and history. It’s very comfortable visiting in autumn; it’s not that hot and there’s still enough light. There are plenty of souvenir shops, but I couldn’t find good places for food; bring some of your own water and snacks.
  • Very nice place with an amazing view, the dunes with the seaside I think it is very spectacular, I will not recommend you to go when there is an adverse weather, like rain or snow because than you will not enjoy it so much, but if there is a sunny day or just cloudy then it will be very beautiful.
  • Interesting place to visit and climb the dunes, wind was too strong. You could ride a camel too. Read the history and it says these are natural sand brought from the mountains by the river, then shaped by the strong winds and currents. Don't forget to buy some pears.
  • A fantastic place, worth spending some time to go all the way to the ridge and look out to the Sea of Japan and have a panorama view of the entire sand dunes area.

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