TOTTORI SAND DUNES
Among the sand dunes that can be visited in Japan, Tottori Sand Dunes are the largest in the country. These natural wonders were created over millennia as sediment from the nearby river was washed out to sea, only to be re- deposited on land by the ocean currents and the wind. Here, in the heart of San’in Kaigan Geopark, they stretch for 16 kilometers along the coast, and the main expanse reaches almost two and a half kilometers inland. Thanks to the windborne sand sweeping in from the Sea of Japan, the dunes’ wave- like patterns are like a continuously changing artistic display. Thrillseekers can try their hand at paragliding and sandboarding while more sedate travelers can explore the landscape on camels.