The infamous sand dunes in Japan is finally getting its recognition in recent years!

I can imagine being stranded in a desert and this oasis is my only lifeline.

Definitely a one-of-a-kind experience, Tottori Sand Dunes located in Tottori Prefecture, in the Chuugoku Region of Japan is slowly showcasing its charm and attracting more tourists.

The expanse of this tourist spot stretches 16 km from east to west and 2.4 km from north to south, with the lowest and highest point having a 90 m height difference. Once you step in, you may be reminded of its likeness of the deserts around the world.

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The camel ride

You may be having an image of Japan as a country full of hot springs, ryokans, temples, anime, and maid cafes, but seeing the sand dunes where you can ride a camel, do sandboarding and paragliding from the sand hill is quite unthinkable isn’t it?

Screenshot (106)While it is possible to ride a camel, you can also just opt for a Photo Op with a camel for only 500 yen. The camel riding is inclusive of Photo Op for 1,300 for one person. A photographer will be present to take pictures from your device and in addition to that, he will also take another from his camera as a service.  Claiming of the picture will be at Rakudaya Shop (らくだや) just across the Sand Dunes. The 3R size (or L size in Japan) of the photo will be given for free while the A5 size will be available too and it comes with a Camel-themed photo holder for 1,100 yen.

Victory pose after climbing the hill

Sandboarding and paragliding activities require reservations. Both activities operate for certain periods only.

After a lengthy hike towards the hill, you are handsomely rewarded with this magnificent view of the Sea of Japan.

Apparently, the sand dunes has introduced a new activity called “Sakyu Segway”. This experience provides yet another unique experience wherein tourists can traverse across the sand dunes on wheels. The slots are limited for 300 persons this Golden Week (April 28 – May 6). Reserve a slot here!

Walking towards the highest dune

It is preferable to go by car for a free entrance. A free parking is available near the Rakudaya Shop. Going by bus will require to ride the lift in order to arrive to the actual sand dunes. By doing so, purchasing from a ticket machine (300 for round trip, 200 for one way) outside the souvenir shop will be required.


And while you’re at it, visit the Sand Museum too! It will be open from April 2018 to January 2019.


Keep in mind that the bus operation schedule around Tottori doesn’t go till late night so for a convenient stay, it is advisable to book a hotel near the station.

Access by bus: From Tottori station, ride the bus at bus stop 0 (zero) to tottori sand dunes (370 yen).


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