What to See & Do


Tottori Sand Dunes (Sand Museum)

Japan's Largest Sand Dunes: Leading Attraction of the San'in Kaigan UNESCO Global Geopark

These are some of the largest sand dunes in Japan. These dunes are located in the corner of the San’in Kaigan UNESCO Global Geopark in the eastern part of Tottori Prefecture. The fumon (wind patterns) are one of the highlights here. This is a beautiful phenomenon interwoven with nature in which wave patterns are drawn on the entire surface of the sand. There are various ways to have fun here. For example, you can take a stroll while looking out at the sea, take a commemorative photograph of yourself riding a camel, and try paragliding or sandboarding! You will also find the Sand Museum adjacent to these dunes. This is the only museum in the world to display sculptures made from sand. You will surely be impressed by the many magnificent sand sculptures formed with just sand and water.

Basic Information
Address Yuyama, Fukube-cho, Tottori-shi, Tottori
Telephone Number 0857-22-3318 (Tottori City Tourist Information Center)
Website http://www.tottori-tour.jp/en/sightseeing/456/
Business Hours Weekdays and Sundays: 09:00 to 18:00 / Saturdays: 09:00 to 20:00 (Sand Museum)
Closed Days Never closed (including the New Year's holiday period) while exhibitions are being held (Sand Museum)
Price and Admission Adult: 600 yen / Elementary, junior high and high school student: 300 yen (Sand Museum)
Directions Approx. 20 minutes by car from Tottori IC on the Tottori Expressway
Take a bus heading to Tottori Sand Dunes from JR Tottori Station