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My visit to the Sand Dunes and less populated area in Japan

Many of you know about the beauty of the sea in Japan, but did you know about its largest Sand Dunes? Let me take you to an unexpected place in the country.

Carolina Suarez

Carolina Suarez

Published on 08 Sep, 12:00

I lived in Japan for over two years while pursuing my master's degree. During this time, I stayed in the Kansai area and met my boyfriend (current husband). We did not have that much money, as both of us were students. Nevertheless, as many of you, we enjoyed going around and discovering new places.

In August 2021, we were at his family’s house in Kakogawa, Hyogo prefecture in Japan. It was the start of the weekend, and his family asked us if we had plans for those days. Sadly, we said no, but they suggested we go for a day to Tottori. I googled it and discovered this unknown place in Japan (at least I did not know before).

Tottori Tourist Guide Map, 201
Tottori Tourist Guide Map, 201
Tottori is a prefecture by the sea of Japan in the Chugoku region. It is full of nature and the least populated. Tottori city is the capital, most known by its Sand Dunes. Those are the largest in the country and are on the coastline.

To go to Tottori, we took a bus from Himeji (Hyogo Prefecture) for 2500 yen and two hours. On the bus, I got excited to see the landscape becoming more natural as we approached our destination.

My picture with the Tottori Sand Dunes Bus station, 2020
My picture with the Tottori Sand Dunes Bus station, 2020

The first stop in our trip was the Tottori station, where we took another bus to go to a close stop near the dunes. This bus was way shorter (32 minutes), with a cost of 380 yen. After arriving there, we had to go down, as we were at the top of a hill.

We rode a sightseeing lift for 5 minutes and 400 yen (both ways). It was a good experience, and the landscape was visible all the time, becoming more impressive as we got closer.

Usually, there are more than a million visitors yearly. However, the day that we went was relatively empty. Some people around were ridding camels (which is 1500 yen).

View from the sightseeing lift in Tottori
View from the sightseeing lift in Tottori

The landscape was incredible, with a hill full of sand and the sea behind

We walked up and down. I had my shoes on, but the sand still got in (hehe). On the other side, my boyfriend was barefoot. Lots of people were climbing, to appreciate the view from the top.

In the sea, some people were swimming and riding jet sky. Other activities that you can enjoy in this area are sandboarding, paragliding, camel riding, Segway, and more.

My picture at the Sand Dunes by the coast side, 2021
My picture at the Sand Dunes by the coast side, 2021

After walking along the beach and climbing the mountain again. We decided to go to the Sand Museum, which is close by foot.

This impressive museum opened in 2006. It exhibits multiple sculptures made in sand, which are big and full of details. The entrance costs 600 yen, and you can take pictures inside.

At the time of our visit, we saw the exhibition of Czech & Slovakia. This exhibition had figures inspired by the folklore and history of the country. Also, there were several sand-made buildings.

Women Sculpture in the Tottori Sand Museum, 2021
Women Sculpture in the Tottori Sand Museum, 2021

I was impressed by the expression of the figures, resembling human beings and with a strong gaze.

Man Sculpture in the Tottori Sand Museum, 2021
Man Sculpture in the Tottori Sand Museum, 2021

Other than that, the height of the buildings caught my attention and their stability.

Castle Sculpture in the Tottori Sand Museum, 2021
Castle Sculpture in the Tottori Sand Museum, 2021

The visit to the museum is a must if you come to the area! The exhibitions are constantly changing, but due to the pandemic, this one remained longer.

My picture at the Tottori Sand Museum, 2021
My picture at the Tottori Sand Museum, 2021

After leaving the museum, we went to have lunch near the station and rode the afternoon bus back to our place.

This visit was impressive, and I got beautiful and unique memories

I recommend all of you to keep it in your "must-go" places in Japan. If you are in Hyogo Prefecture, keep one day and discover this area.

Other than the Sand Dunes, the prefecture has beautiful nature and places for you to rest. We did not go to those, but I hope you will!

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Carolina Suarez

Carolina Suarez

こんにちは!Hello Everyone! 🌼🌼 I am Carolina, a Japanese culture lover and digital content creator! I am happy to share with you my memories of living in Japan and studying there!!! Also, I am married to a Japanese now 💕 You can check my posts and my YouTube channel: misakissme ☺️

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