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Tottori Sand Dunes 鳥取砂丘


The Sands of Tottori. Every prefecture has something nationally (and sometimes internationally) famous. In the case of Tottori, it's definitely the sand dunes (sakyu in Japanese). It's on the beach facing the Sea of Japan. The dunes were formed by the ocean currents that deposited the sand on the coast for 100,000 years or so. A short bus ride from JR Tottori Station.

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The Sand Museum 砂の美術館


Across the road from the Tottori sand dunes is The Sand Museum exhibiting incredible giant sand sculptures. The Sand Museum opened in 2012 and it's the world's first and only museum dedicated to sand sculptures. The Sand Museum holds a sand sculpture exhibition from April to early January every year featuring a different country or region outside Japan. During April 2017 to Jan. 2018, the theme was the U.S.A.

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Tottori Station and City Center 鳥取駅・市街


Tottori is also Japan's least populated prefecture with only about 565,000. If you don't like crowds, visit Tottori. Photos taken near Tottori Station.

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