TOT­TORI SAND DUNES

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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.

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