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Water Sports on the Uradome Coast

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Kayak, snorkel, and SUP board in San’inkaigan National Park, Tottori

San’in Tourism Organization



San’in Kaigan Geopark extends around 120km (75 mi) across three prefectures—Tottori, Hyogo, and Kyoto—and overlaps with San’inkaigan National Park. Due to its unique biodiversity and geological features, UNESCO declared it a Global Geopark in 2010. Get out on the water to see granite outcrops formed when Japan was part of the Asian continent (70 million years ago) and to explore the geopark’s Uradome Coast with its oddly shaped rocks, cliffs, and sea caves created through erosion by the rough waves of the Sea of Japan.
With ocean visibility up to 25 meters, you can see all kinds of fish and other sea creatures as you snorkel, kayak, or stand up paddle (SUP) board along the coast. Another option, great for beginners, is “clear kayaking” in a transparent boat.
Photo: Uradome Sea Kayak


How to get there

From Shin-Osaka Station, take the Shinkansen bullet train to Himeji Station (about 30 minutes). From Himeji Station, take the express train to JR Tottori Station (about 1 hour 30 minutes), then take the San-In Main Line to JR Iwami Station (about 25 minutes). The geopark is 7 minutes from JR Iwami Station by car.


690-20 Makidani, Iwami-cho, Tottori-ken


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