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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Sandboarding, camel rides and ocean sports in a former feudal clan's stronghold

The former castle town of Tottori City is best known for its proximity to Japan's largest sand dunes — the incredible Tottori Sakyu. Tottori may be one of Japan's smallest and least populated prefectures, but its impressive nature, mouthwatering food, and cultural attractions more than compensate, and Tottori City serves as a perfect entry point to the region.

Don't Miss

  • Cool down in summer at one of Uradome's spectacular beaches
  • Marvel at the vastness of the nation's largest sand dunes
  • Make a romantic trip to Hakuto Shrine, site of a mythical love story
  • Walk the quiet streets of a former castle town

How to Get There

Tottori Prefecture is well served by air, rail and road from Tokyo and other major centers.

Haneda Airport has daily flights to each of Tottori's two airports: Tottori Sakyu Conan Airport in the east, and Yonago Kitaro Airport in the west. The former offers easy access to Tottori City and the famous sand dunes; the latter is close to Sakaiminato and neighboring Shimane Prefecture. Direct flights to and from Hong Kong and Seoul cement Yonago Kitaro Airport's international status. The limited express Super Hakuto train service on the Sanin Main Line connects Tottori City with Osaka in just under three hours.
Highway buses connect Tottori City to a number of major cities at a cost-effective price.

It's all about the sand

The Tottori Sakyu sand dunes, situated just to the north of the city, are Tottori's most famous and visited landmark. Camel rides make your "desert adventure" complete and on a sunny day, the dunes are certainly a sight to behold. The nearby Sand Museum contains world-class sand sculptures, attracting the best sculpting talent from around the world.

Dramatic coastal scenery and crystal-clear waters

Uradome Coast is a coastal outlet in the far eastern tip of the prefecture and forms the westernmost point of Sanin Kaigan National Park. Dramatic rock formations and clear waters make Uradome a favorite for kayakers, snorkelers, and swimmers.

The god, the princess and the white rabbit

The area surrounding Tottori City was known in ancient times as Inaba. It features heavily in an 8th-century chronicle of Japanese creation myths known as the Kojiki. Visit Hakuto Shrine, the site where it is said a white rabbit prophesized the marriage of a local princess and a kindly god.

Historical remains hint at dramatic feudal past

The ruins of a former castle at the north eastern edge of the city center hints at Tottori's past as a regional seat of power for the Ikeda clan. Enjoy tea served at the Kannonji Temple or visit a local museum to learn more about this family's powerful past. Shikano, on the outskirts of Tottori City, is a beautiful example of a former castle town.

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