Tottori Sand Dunes A Complete Guide To Japans Unique Sand Dunes

first_imgPhoto courtesy of: Tottori PrefectureFrom late October to early November, carpets of purple scallion flowers can be seen on the east side of the sand dunes, along the route to Uradome Coast.Winter – A Coat of Snow Photo courtesy of: Tottori PrefectureThe Oasis is a large pool which appears around Umanose. The water may be a meter deep in winter, or completely disappear in summer, as if it is a living creature. On a clear day, its surface reflects the blue sky, creating a magnificent sight.Sand Patterns Photo courtesy of: TRAIL ONA fat bike is a bicycle with fat tires, suited for running on sand. Riding a fat bike in the vast sand dunes is a refreshing experience.When the waves rush to the beach near the sand dunes, a “mirror beach” reflecting the sky appears. It is compared to the Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia, and a ride around this beach is a truly special experience.For further information, please check the asoview official site.Paragliding Photo courtesy of: Tottori PrefectureSand patterns created by the wind can be seen early in the morning, when the visitors are yet to arrive.When to Visit the Sand DunesThe scenery changes at the sand dunes every season, and also during the day. The following are the best times for a visit.Summer: The Isaribi Fires Glowing above the Sea Photo courtesy of: Tottori PrefectureThe sand dunes completely change in winter. The stark white landscape can be seen from late December to February.Recommended ActivitiesVisitors can try the following activities at the sand dunes.Camel Rides Photo courtesy of: Tottori PrefectureAlthough camel rides are rare in Japan, visitors can go on a leisurely stroll on a camel among the sand dunes.Rakudaya, a souvenir shop, handles the rides. The fare is 1300 yen (including tax) for one person, and 2500 yen (including tax) for people riding in tandem with their children. A photograph with a camel only costs 100 yen.RakudayaAddress: Tottori, Tottori, Fukube-cho, Yuyama 2164-449Official Site: Rakudaya (Japanese)Fat Bike Riding on the Mirror Beach When they hear about Tottori prefecture, almost every Japanese person imagines the Tottori Sand Dunes (Sakyu). It is the largest sand dune area in Japan, and a very popular sightseeing spot.The sand dunes may look like a desert. But the area’s appearance changes from season to season, being covered in a blanket of snow in winter, and by a field of scallion flowers blooming in autumn.It is a place worthy of a long visit, not just a spot to stop by for a quick look.This article will show how to fully enjoy the Tottori Sand Dunes, which offer picturesque spots, scenery which changes with the seasons, and various activities.Contents:1. Picturesque Spots among Tottori’s Sand Dunes2. When to Visit3. Recommended Activities4. Souvenirs5. Places to VisitPicturesque Spots among Tottori’s Sand DunesThe Tottori Sand Dunes spread on 16 kilometers from east to west, and 2.4 kilometers from north to south. The following are some of the picturesque spots in the area.Umanose: A View of the Japan Sea After enjoying the great views and activities, don’t forget to buy souvenirs.There are various souvenir shops such as the Sakyu Kaikan, Tottori Sand Museum Shop and Sakyu Center, which handles unique novelty items related to the sand dunes.The item in the photograph is the sand chocolate, which can be purchased at the Tottori Sand Museum Shop. It has a crunchy texture with a sesame flavor, and kinako (*2), which looks like sand, is sprinkled on top.The other popular items are gelato made using Japanese pears, a special product of Tottori prefecture, and various products processed from scallions.*2 Kinako: soybean flour.Places to VisitTottori Sand Museum, the only museum in the world with exhibitions of sand sculptures, and Tottori Sakyu Kodomonokuni, which offers various attractions for children, are also located nearby.There are so many appealing things to see and do at the Tottori Sand Dunes, so much that it is difficult to enjoy them all in a day. Read this article, and make your plan to make the most out of your visit.To learn about the access to the sand dunes, please check the information below. Tottori Sand Dunes View InformationFor more information please check the official website of Tottori Prefecture: https://www.tottori-tour.jp/en/Please also check out our articles in the Tottori section.You May Also LikeHistorical Sculptures Made Of Sand?! The Tottori Sand MuseumTottori Travel Guide: From Sand Dunes To Local Cuisine And More!The Charms Of Eastern Tottori – Beautiful Places, Cuisine, Access And More!Central Tottori Sightseeing Guide – Historical Sites, Local Food And More!The Highlights Of Western Tottori: Museums, Temples, And Travel Tips!Sponsored by Tottori Prefecture Photo courtesy of: Tottori PrefectureThe isaribi (*1) of the squid ships can be seen in the evenings, from July to October. The fantastic scene is worth a view.*1 Isaribi: a fisherman’s fire that lures the fish at night.Autumn: The Carpet of Purple Scallion Flowers Photo courtesy of: Tottori PrefectureThe hill at the center of the sand dunes is called Umanose, as it resembles a horseback. From Umanose, which is 47 meters above sea level, visitors can enjoy the view of the Japan Sea and the surrounding mountains.An Oasis Photo courtesy of: Tottori PrefectureVisitors can enjoy a different view of the sand dunes altogether from a paraglider. Instructors will assist the flight, so even beginners and children can also have fun.Some visitors get into paragliding after the experience at the sand dunes, so you might get hooked, too. For further information, check the asoview official site.Sandboarding and YogaThere’s also sandboarding, which uses an equipment resembling a snowboard, and yoga events at the sand dunes too.Activity Reservations: San’in Official Tourism GuideSouvenirslast_img

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