Tottori Sand Dunes, Tottori Prefectures, Japan

We’ve travel to Tottori, Japan this year and visited some of its famous places of interest. One of them is the Tottori Sand Dunes. While it will not interest all tourist but there’s are a lot of things to see there. Not only that the dunes is unique because it occurred in a place that doesn’t have any dessert and it is also located at the seaside.

Tottori Sand Dunes is the largest sand dunes in Japan. Our guide said it is the most famous tourist attraction in Tottori. The sand dunes stretches about 16 kilometers along the coast of the Sea of Japan and about 2 kilometers wide. The highest height of that sand dunes reaches 50 meters.

Warning: Lots of photos.


The Tottori Sand Dunes is said to be created over thousands of years. This sand dunes was created by the sand from a nearby river, washed out to the sea and eventually redeposited along the coast by the ocean’s current. The shape of that sand dunes that you can see today is due to the constant movement of the tides and the coastal wind.

While Tottori is not as famous as other prefectures in Japan, visiting it was the best decision we’ve made. We never thought that visiting the sand dunes will catch much of our interest but we were wrong. It was not only the sand dunes that we need to see, there are also some very interesting exhibition of sand sculpture arts. We are a fan of arts and this is our first time ever visiting a sand sculpture art exhibition. We spend more than an hour at the sand art exhibition alone.

The Sand Dunes view from the observation deck at the museum

The Sand Dunes view from the observation deck at the museum

What you can do at the Tottori Sand Dunes.

  1. Visiting the sand dune, of cause. Bring a bottle of water, it’s hot and dry.
  2. Camel riding at the sand dunes. The fees for one ride is 1300 Yen per person and 2500 Yen for two. Don’t try to take photo of the camels or people riding camel closely if you’re not paying for the ride, they will scold you.
  3. Go to Sakyu Center using chair lift and enjoying the view of the dunes from the observation deck.
  4. Visiting The Sand Museum. The entrance fee is 600 Yen and it opens from 9.00am until 18.00pm. This museum will be closed from early January (when the sand sculpture exhibition ends) until about mid of April.
  5. Visiting the sand sculpture exhibition at the The Sand Museum. This exhibition change annually and normally started from April to January the next year. Every exhibition has its own theme. While we were there, the theme was “United States of America”. We’ll show you what are the sculptures on display in our photos below. The exhibition will be on display until January 2018.
  6. Paragliding and sand boarding.
  7. Shopping at the souvenir shop across the road from the dunes. They sell a lot of local Tottori products and we bought a lot of pear products. Their products is so delicious. There is even a sake made of pear.

To get to Tottori Sand Dunes you need to take a bus from Tottori Station. It takes about 20 minutes ride and cost about 370 Yen. If you don’t mind spending about 2200 Yen, you can take a taxi from Tottori Station all the way to the sand dunes.

It was a great experience visiting the Tottori Sand Dunes. We enjoyed the sand sculpture exhibition so much because it was our first time seeing sand sculpture so near. It was created beautifully and the details is so good.

If you ever planning on visiting Tottori, you might want to check this place out. The sand sculpture is so intriguing, especially for arts lover. It will bring you a different kind of experience as this might be one place where you can see those sculpture up close. It is probably one place where you can go see a sand dunes without the heat of the dessert.

Enjoy the photos of the sand sculpture art below. It might help to ignite your interest to visit this place.


And there's even a sand sculpture of Trump

And there’s even a sand sculpture of Trump


Other post that you might want to read:

The Delicious Daisen Beef In Tottori, Japan

Travel To Yonago, Tottori Prefecture, Japan

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