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The Tottori Sand Dunes (捻u, Tottori Sakyu) are large sand dunes located just outside the city center and are Tottori's most famous tourist attraction. They span roughly 16 kilometers of coast along of the Sea of Japan and are up to two kilometers wide and 50 meters high. They are part of the Sanin Kaigan National Park.

The sand dunes were created over thousands of years, as sand from the nearby Sendaigawa River was washed out to sea and eventually redeposited along the coast by the ocean's currents. Today, the movement of the tides and the coastal winds continuously shape the sand dunes and provide an ever changing landscape.

The main sightseeing area spans a half kilometer swath of sand between the visitor center and the sea. Many of the largest sand dunes are found here, and their tops provide visitors with beautiful views out over the coast. From here you can also explore the vast expanses of sand which lead off for several kilometers in almost every direction.

There are also a number of other attractions to enjoy around the dunes. Camel and horse drawn cart rides travel the dunes, while the more adventurous might try paragliding or sandboarding (a variation of snowboarding) which are offered by local companies. Views over the dunes can be enjoyed from the observation deck of the Sakyu Center, which is connected with the sand dunes by a chair lift.

A short walk away from the dunes stands The Sand Museum, a unique museum that displays large sand sculptures by artists from around the world. In the past, sand exhibitions were held outdoors and in temporary structures, but in 2012 the sand museum moved into its own permanent building.

Exhibitions usually change annually and last from mid April to early January of the following year. Every exhibition has its theme, typically a country or region. In 2022 and 2023, the exhibition extends over one and a half years from July 30, 2022 until January 3, 2024, and the theme of the exhibition is Egypt.

Getting there and around

By regular city bus

From Tottori Station, take a bus bound for the Tottori Sakyu (捻u) and get off at the last stop. The one way ride takes 20 minutes and costs 380 yen. There are hourly departures.

By Kirin Jishi Loop Bus

On weekends and holidays, the Kirin Jishi Loop Bus operates from Tottori Station to the sand dunes. Buses take about 25 minutes to reach the dunes and there are 1-2 departures per hour. The fare is 300 yen per ride or 600 yen for a 1-day pass.

By taxi

The sand dunes are about a twenty minute taxi ride from Tottori Station. The one way fare is around 2300 yen.

How to get to and around Tottori

Hours and Fees

Sand Museum

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Camel Rides

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Hotels around Tottori

    • Mansuirou
      A genuine ryokan in Misasa Onsen in Tottori. Free pick-up from JR Kurayoshi. One hour to Sand Dune. Free Wi-Fi available.
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    • Kansuitei Kozeniya
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      Situated in Tottori, within 50 km of Daijoji Temple and 7.4 km of Tottori Sand Dunes, Kansuitei Kozeniya features accommodation with a garden and free WiFi as well as free private parking for guests who drive. Located around 37 km from Arayu, the ryokan is also 7.1 km away from Tottori-k?. The property is allergy-free and is set 16 km from Ajiro-k?. All guest rooms at the ryokan are fitted with a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. The rooms have a shared bathroom, free toiletries and bed linen. An Asian breakfast is available each morning at Kansuitei Kozeniya. At the accommodation guests are welcome to take advantage of a hot spring bath. The nearest airport is Tottori Airport, 9 km from Kansuitei Kozeniya.
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    • Ryokan Marumo
      Budget-friendly
      Only a 5-minute walk from JR Tottori Train Station, Ryokan Marumo offers Japanese-style accommodations with traditional garden views. Free Wi-Fi is available at the lobby and guests can soothe in the spacious public hot-spring bath. The rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. Each comes with a flat-screen TV, a fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags. Japanese Yukata robes are provided for all guests. Room includes a private toilet but bathrooms are shared. Ryokan Marumo is a 15-minute drive away from Tottori Sand Dunes and a 10-minute drive from Jinpukaku Hall. Tottori Airport is a 20-minute drive away. Photocopying services and a safety deposit box is available at the front desk. Luggage storage is offered as well, and ironing facilities and a trouser press can be borrowed. Free parking is on-site. A Japanese set-menu is served for breakfast. A traditional multi-course dinner can be requested but is subject to availability. Meals are served at the dining room.
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    • Green Rich Hotel Tottori Ekimae (Artificial hot spring Futamata Yunohana)
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      Featuring 3-star accommodation, Green Rich Hotel Tottori Ekimae (Artificial hot spring Futamata Yunohana) is located in Tottori, 49 km from Daijoji Temple and 6.9 km from Tottori Sand Dunes. This 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. The accommodation provides a sauna, hot spring bath, restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property. Guest rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, free toiletries and a desk. Each room is fitted with a private bathroom with a shower, a hairdryer and slippers. The hotel offers a buffet or American breakfast. Ajiro-k? is 15 km from Green Rich Hotel Tottori Ekimae (Artificial hot spring Futamata Yunohana), while Arayu is 36 km away. The nearest airport is Tottori Airport, 8 km from the accommodation.
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    • Y Pub & Hostel Tottori
      Budget-friendly
      Y Pub & Hostel Tottori has a shared lounge, terrace, a restaurant and bar in Tottori. The property is situated 49 km from Daijoji Temple, 6.7 km from Tottori Sand Dunes and 15 km from Ajiro-k?. The accommodation features a shared kitchen and free WiFi. At the hostel, the rooms have a balcony. With a shared bathroom fitted with a shower and a hairdryer, rooms at Y Pub & Hostel Tottori also feature a city view. All rooms have bed linen. The accommodation offers a continental or American breakfast. Arayu is 36 km from Y Pub & Hostel Tottori, while Tottori-k? is 6.2 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tottori Airport, 8 km from the hostel.
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    • Super Hotel Tottori Ekimae
      Mid-range
      Featuring 3-star accommodation, Super Hotel Tottori Ekimae is set in Tottori, 50 km from Daijoji Temple and 7.3 km from Tottori Sand Dunes. With a shared lounge, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Private parking is available on site. At the hotel, each room includes a desk and a flat-screen TV. At Super Hotel Tottori Ekimae all rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels. The daily breakfast offers buffet, Asian or vegetarian options. Ajiro-k? is 15 km from the accommodation, while Arayu is 36 km away. The nearest airport is Tottori Airport, 9 km from Super Hotel Tottori Ekimae.
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    • Drop Inn Tottori
      Budget-friendly
      Drop Inn Tottori is situated in the centre of Tottori city, only a 5-minute walk from Tottori Station and a 3-minute walk from Tottori Station Bus Terminal. Tottori Airport is a 15-minute drive, while the Tottori Sand Dune is a 15-minute drive from the hotel. The accommodation boasts dormitory rooms that come equipped with single beds and storage space, a safety box and TV. Guests will also find power sockets and USB sockets, as well as small shelves and clothes hangers for their convenience. All rooms are locked automatically, and guests can enter their rooms with card keys. Every floor features 2 toilets, 2 shower rooms and a powder room. Laundry machines can be found on the 2nd and 4th floors. Free bath amenities such as makeup removers, cotton pads, hair dryers and hair straighteners are provided. The on-site cafe serves meals and beverages including alcoholic drinks.
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    • Natural Hot Spring Super Hotel Tottori Eki Kitaguchi
      Mid-range
      49 km from Daijoji Temple, Natural Hot Spring Super Hotel Tottori Eki Kitaguchi is set in Tottori and offers air-conditioned rooms. This 3-star hotel offers luggage storage space. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. At the hotel, all rooms are fitted with a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. All guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. A buffet breakfast is available every morning at Natural Hot Spring Super Hotel Tottori Eki Kitaguchi. The accommodation offers 3-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. Tottori Sand Dunes is 6.8 km from Natural Hot Spring Super Hotel Tottori Eki Kitaguchi, while Ajiro-k? is 15 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tottori Airport, 8 km from the hotel.
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    • Hotel Monarque Tottori
      Mid-range
      Situated 600 metres from JR Tottori Train Station, Hotel Monarque Tottori features an indoor hot-spring bath and a restaurant. All rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi, LCD TV, private bathroom and toilet with washing machine. Tottori Airport is 10 km from the hotel. Jinpukaku is 1.9 km away, Tottori Sand Dunes is 7.3 km away, and Hakuto Coast is 13 km away. On-site parking is free. Guests of Hotel Monarque Tottori can enjoy a massage, relax in the hot springs, or check out the hotel's shops. Luggage can be stored at the front desk. You can enjoy a variety of meals at the restaurant "Patlier".
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    • Tottori City Hotel
      Mid-range
      Offering simple air-conditioned rooms with an LCD TV and a private bath, City Hotel is a 10-minute walk from JR Tottori Train Station. The hotel has rental bicycles and a Japanese restaurant. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Each room at Tottori City Hotel includes a private bathroom with a bathtub and amenities. You can enjoy satellite TV channels or pay programmes with a cup of hot green tea. The hotel is located by the Fukurogawa River, where guests can enjoy cherry blossoms in the Spring. The cityfs entertainment district is just 100 metres away. The Tottori Sand Dunes are 5.5 km away. The lobby has a shared-use microwave and a free-use internet terminal with printer. A coin launderette is on site. Shunkashuto Restaurant serves a Japanese lunch and dinner, and a buffet breakfast is on offer at the hotelfs banquet room.
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    • Tottori Washington Hotel Plaza
      Mid-range
      A 2-minute walk from Tottori Station, Washington Hotel Plaza features 2 restaurants and rooms with free wired internet. Laptop PCs are available for rent. Compact rooms are fitted with an LCD TV, a small fridge and an alarm clock. The en suite bathroom comes with a bathtub and a hairdryer, while a toothbrush and a shaving kit can be provided at the front desk. The Washington Tottori offers laundry and fax services, and arranges home deliveries. Drink vending machines are on-site, and the hotel has charged parking. The Chinese restaurant China Table offers authentic Chinese food that you can easily enjoy. The Japanese restaurant Ginza serves Japanese cuisine such as seafood from the Sea of ??Japan. Breakfast is a Japanese and Western buffet style. We have a wide selection of Japanese and Western dishes such as grilled fish, simmered dishes, bread, and salads. Please enjoy your favorite menu as much as you like. Tottori Washington Hotel Plaza is a 15-minute drive from Tottori Airport, and a 20-minute drive from the Tottori Sand Dunes.
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