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Tottori prefecture along the Sea of Japan coast is best known for its sand dunes (Tottori Sakyu) and Sand Sculpture Museum. The spiritual center of mountain worship, Daisen in Tottori is a large, volcanic mountain. You can visit both Daisenji Temple and Ogamiyama Shrine along the wooded paths on the lower slopes of Daisen. After climbing dunes and mountains, be sure to try the local specialty Matsubagani cuisine. Matsubagani is a long legged snow crab, delicious in all the many ways it is prepared, but especially as Kanijuu (snow crab soup).

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    Sand dunes exist only in Tottori in Japan and they're a must-visit if you're in the prefecture. Over 30 square kilometers of rolling sand dunes have existed for about 100,000 years, and were created through the deposited sediment from the Chugoku mountains.

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    Sandboarding is available in the desert year round, but expect to find snow layered on top of the dunes in the winter. In the fall, hike at Daisen Mountain, the highest in the Chugoku region, for views of the region's fall colors.

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    Tottori is rather small in terms of size, which allows easy transportation between points of interest and tourist spots. If you are planning on having as much fun possible in a one-day trip, we recommend you start off from Tottori Station due to its ease of access.

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    While being the nation’s least populated prefecture, Tottori still has a large variety of options in terms of transportation. It has two airports that hold both domestic and international flights, as well as nearby major airports from the Kansai area that connect to Tottori Station.

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    Tottori's Gyukotsu ramen is unique in that it uses beef bone, rather than fish, pork, or chicken bones, to make the broth of the ramen. Also, beef offal (hormone) is added to traditional Yakisoba to create "Horu-soba".

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Tottori Sand Dunes

These sand dunes span over 30 km², making it the largest dune system in Japan. Created by sediment deposits carried from the Chugoku Mountains , th...Read more

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Uradome Coast

This coastline along the Sea of Japan is famous for its sandy beaches and sightseeing boat tours. The best area for swimming is the stretch close t...Read more

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Tottori Sand Museum

This museum is Japan’s only open-air museum exhibiting sculptures made of sand.Read more

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Shirakabe Dozogun Akagawara

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Shigeru Mizuki Memorial Museum

This museum features around 700 pieces of artwork by Mizuki Shigeru, creator of the popular manga Ge Ge Ge No Kintaro. Inside you’ll find original ...Read more

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Shigeru Mizuki Road

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Misasa Onsen Hot Spring Town

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