Tottori

Beautiful contrast between the long coastline and mountainous area Japan’s largest sand dunes, Tottori-sakyu

Tottori Prefecture is situated in the northeastern part of the Chugoku region(the southwestern end of Japan’s main island). This prefecture abounds with scenery that change expression from season to season, formed by a long coastline that stretches from east to west, narrow flatlands, and mountainous area represented by Mt. Daisen.

Seasons of fresh greenery in spring and tinted autumnal leaves in autumn are breathtakingly beautiful. You can enjoy this scenery from the windows of the train that runs on the San-in Honsen Line along the coastline.

Many ancient ruins from around 400 BC to 300 AD have been found mainly in the flatlands, such as Umano-yama Tombs, telling us of a long history of exchanges Tottori had with the Korean Peninsula and China.

Noted scenic spots are Tottori-sakyu Sand Dunes, Japan’s largest (about 16 kilometers long and about 2.4 kilometers from north to south); sand dunes formed by the deposit of volcanic ash on the Sendai-gawa river blown roughly from the Sea of Japan; Hakuto Coast, the site of Japanese myths about the “White Rabbit of Inaba”; and Daisen-Oki National Park. Also of note are castle towns like Tottori and Kurayoshi. Here, too, is Misasa-onsen Hot Spring historically known as one of the leading spas in this region for its high radium content. Skiing at Mt. Daisen in winter is another feature of Tottori. Tottori hosts visitors in all seasons.