Konnichiwa~ I miss Japan so much! Suppose to travel to Japan twice last year but due to the pandemic, both of the trips got cancelled. Most of you keep DM me on Instagram asking when is the next travel post will be up. I guess I can only blog about my previous trips because I have not travelled for one year already ( broke my own record ). Meanwhile, kindly enjoy reading this post about my trip to Tottori Sand Dunes (鸟取砂丘, Tottori Sakyu).

You might be wondering why I want to blog about this specific place. The reason is when I posted a photo taken at this place on Instagram, and everyone was doubt that it is taken in Japan. "I thought this is taken in Dubai", "Do Japan has sand dunes as well"? Most people talk about these ways. Well, yes, it is really taken in Tottori Sand Dunes, Japan.

This post is gonna be a short version because I had featured this place in my Things To Do In Tottori post previously. If you have any other questions, feel free to leave a comment so I can reply to you guys one by one for the things that I didn't cover here.

About Tottori Sand Dunes

The Tottori Sand Dunes are sand dunes located near the city of Tottori in Tottori Prefecture, Japan. They form the only large dune system in Japan. The dunes were created by sediment deposits carried from the Chūgoku Mountains by the Sendai River into the Sea of Japan. 

Your mental images of Japan likely include such scenes as cherry blossoms swaying in the breeze, steam rising from relaxing onsens, and the majestic Mount Fuji. A trip to Tottori, however, will introduce you to a very different and unexpected side of Japan.

Tottori City is located in western Japan, near the sea of Japan. It is famous for more than 30 square kilometres of sand dunes that blanket the coast north of the city.

Maybe you can't see clearly in this photo, the sea is connected with another side of the sand dunes.


So, what to do here? A favourite activity is camel rides, which make the dunes resemble a scene from the desert. Camel rides operate from 10 am to 4 pm daily, with slightly longer hours during the summer months. Two people may ride for ¥2,500, or ¥1,300 for an individual.

To be honest, this is my first time riding a camel and I was so excited! I was worried a little bit when I'm queuing, but once I was up there, it feels amazing! I know some of you might find it cruel to camel riding. I felt it too after the ride. However, it was my little experience and I'm gonna share it with you all here.

Many people visiting the dunes enjoy the breathtaking views, as some dunes rise 50 meters in height. Natural forces constantly reshape the dunes. Sports such as sandboarding and paragliding are available, as is a chairlift to the observation deck of the Sakyu Center.

We only tried camel riding. The rest of the time, we just take tons of photos because we do not see sand dunes every day in Malaysia.

In conclusion, I personally strongly suggest visiting this place or should I say this prefecture because it's totally worth it! It is not the usual environment like those big cities that you had visited. I read some reviews from the tourists and they're loving it as well. This prefecture is suitable to travel solo, couples or even family and friends! Don't forget to share with me your experience by leaving a comment too. I would like to know the details.

How To Get There
Once in Tottori, you can reach the dunes either by bus or by taxi. Taxis are the fastest and most direct; they generally cost around ¥2,200 and take a trip of about 20 minutes. The city bus departs hourly from Stop #0, located in front of Tottori Station.

The city bus departs hourly from Stop #0, located in front of Tottori Station. This ride also takes about 20 minutes and costs ¥370.

The Kirin Jishi Loop Bus operates from late July to the end of August, on weekends and national holidays. The Loop Bus departs from Tottori Station every one to two hours. The A-Course takes 25 minutes to reach the sand dunes, while the B-Course takes around an hour to reach them. You may purchase a day pass for ¥600, or pay per ride at the rate of ¥300. 

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