Tottori Sand Dunesand San'in Kaigan UNESCO Global Geopark Area

The San'in Kaigan UNESCO Global Geopark offers an insight into the history and culture of the people that have lived alongside the Sea of Japan since its formation. Its unique coastline and geological features include the impressively large Tottori Sand Dunes and the scenic beauty of Uradome Kaigan with its caves, white sand and mysteriously shaped rock formations. The area is famous for its bountiful seafood, geothermal hot spring resorts and lush natural settings.

The Sand Museum

The Sand Museum was founded in 2006 as an exhibition facility for the display of sand sculptures and is the first of its kind on the world.
The basic concept of the museum is "A World Tour through Sand" and themes are switched in and out every year.

Tottori Sand Dunes

The enormous Tottori Sand Dunes are designated as a National Natural Monument.
The wind-blown patterns covering the dunes are examples of the art of nature and can be enjoyed alongside the adjacent "The Sand Museum" which exhibits unique man-made sand sculptures.

Uradome Kaigan

If you want to enjoy the sea, try a pleasure cruise, and if you want to enjoy the beach, take a stroll down the promenade that runs along the coastline. Viewing the beauty of this place up close is a the best part of coming here. With its crystal clear waters, Uradome Kaigan is a popular swimming beach during the summer and a great place for sea kayaking or snorkeling.

Hot Springs

You can enjoy lots of charming hot springs in the Geopark area including the Iwai Onsen – the oldest baths in ancient Inaba Province with a 1,200 year history – and the Tottori Onsen, whose waters bubble up from the main city in the prefecture.

INSIDER TIPS

Sweet souvenirs

For souvenirs, the Kotobuki Castle of Sweets has a great selection of Japanese wagashi sweets on offer. The whole building has been built to resemble the ancient Yonago-jo castle. You can climb the keep and get a great view across the town.

Award-winning beer

Daisen Brewery produces some fantastic craft beers that have been picking up awards left, right and center. Try them for yourself at their brewpub "Bier Hof Gambarius" located at the foot of Mt. Daisen.

Manga Kingdom Tottori

Tottori is a haven for manga fans. Both Shigeru Mizuki, famous for his "Gegege no Kitaro" characters, and Gosho Aoyama, creator of "Conan the Detective," lived and worked here.

SEASONAL ATTRACTIONS

  • SPRING

    Cherry Blossoms in Kyusho Park

    Tottori-jo Castle Ruins

  • SUMMER

    Tottori Shanshan Festival

    Tottori City Streets

  • SUMMER

    Inaba no Kasa Odori(Umbrella Dance of Inaba)

    Inaba Manyo Historical Museum, Folklore Museum

  • WINTER

    Winter Dunes

    Tottori Sand Dunes

ACCESS

  • Train or Subway
  • Boat or Ferry
  • Walk
  • Car or Taxi
  • Bus

From Kansai International Airport

3 hr 30 minor 3 hr 20 min

From JR Osaka Station

2 hr 30 minor 2 hr 40 min

From JR Tottori Station

  • 1.The Sand Museum

    15 minor 20 min> Tottori Sakyu Bus stop

  • 2.Tottori Sand Dunes

    15 minor 20 min> Tottori Sakyu Bus stop

  • 3.Uradome Kaigan

    30 min

  • 4.Iwai Onsen

    30 min

  • 5.Tottori Onsen

    10 min

  • 6.Yoshioka Onsen

    20 min

  • 7.Shikano Onsen

    35 min

  • 8.Hamamura Onsen

    35 minor 23 min> Hamamura Sta. > 2 min

※Travel times are provided as a guide only. Actual travel times may differ.

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