Tottori sand dune

The Tottori Sand Dunes are gigantic dunes located on the coast of the city of Tottori, Tottori Prefecture.

It is part of the Sanin Kaigan National Park and extends for a rectangle of 2.4 km from north to south and 16 km from east to west.

It is one of the largest dune areas in Japan, second only to the Sarugamori dunes in Aomori prefecture.


In 1955 they were named as a natural monument of Japan.

It is currently considered an important tourist site for the prefecture.

The formidable Tottori Sand Dunes were created over millennia by the Sendai River, tirelessly depositing sediments washed from the Chūgoku Mountains into the sea.

The marine currents and the wind regime contributed to create this mini-desert, whose dunes constantly change shape and can reach up to 90 meters in height with steep 40-degree slopes.