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Photo Friday: Japan’s Biggest Sand Dune

Japan’s biggest sand dune is in Tottori (鳥取), called Tottori Sakyu (鳥取砂丘), and I was ecstatic when I was sent there to cover for a teacher.  Since the company covered my transportation costs and classes always started in the late afternoon, that meant that I could go as early as possible to go site-seeing before work. 😀

Although Tottori Sand Dune is popular with over 2 million visitors a year, this is still off the beaten path because the vast majority of the visits are from Japan or nearby east Asian countries. It is also on the other side of the country away from the Shinkansen (bullet train), so it’s not nearly as convenient for international tourists on a time limit.

So, let me show you this beautiful sandy neck of Japan for this week’s Photo Friday.









On your way out (or in), make sure that you don’t miss the beautiful sand sculpture art! ↓

Two artists hard at work.

Two artists hard at work.


The view from the other side.

The view from the other side.



I love these horses!



The view from the other side.

I’ve never seen such large sand sculptures like these.  Japan’s biggest sand dune – Tottori Sakyu – is also my first sand dune experience.  Have you been to a sand dune or a desert?

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27 thoughts on “Photo Friday: Japan’s Biggest Sand Dune

  1. Pierced Wonderings

    Wow! What a great place! I moved to NV when I was in high school, and there were a ton of sand dunes around but they were mostly used for jeeping and such. Down here on the Coast, every year they have a different sand sculpture in the mall and it is incredible to me. I can’t imagine how people do that. Such art!

    Thanks for sharing with us at Photo Friday!

    1. Becky Post author

      Wow! I can’t imagine sand dunes for jeeping…lol.

      Thanks for hosting every week, and I’m looking forward to your post/link-up tomorrow. 😀

  2. Paula McInerney

    I have never heard of this sand dune, despite having been to Japan many times. Great discovery

    1. Becky Post author

      Me neither. For me, I think it’s because I always associated Japan with history and culture because of my heritage.

      The sand sculptures blew me away. 😀

  3. Ruth

    This is really pretty. I have been to the sand dunes in Death Valley. I cannot remember a visit to and dunes near the ocean. As a matter of fact, we have an area like that in San Luis Obispo County. I have never been. Maybe it is time to make plans.

    1. Becky Post author

      Death Valley?! Wow! I envy you! I hope you write a post about it and the area in San Luis Obispo County when you make it there. 😀

  4. budgettraveltalk

    Lucky you! I believe that not many westerners have been there. I’ve not heard of it before. Did you climb to the top of the dune? I have seen Sand Art before and it is amazing.

    1. Becky Post author

      Yes, I climbed up 😀 The 3rd and 4th pictures were taken from the top, but I used the zoom. I should have mentioned that in the post.

  5. Tony McGurk

    I dunno why but I never imagined Japan as having Sand Dunes. They look pretty huge. Love those sand sculptures, very talented people who created them

    1. Becky Post author

      I never imagined that Japan had sand dunes either. In my case, I think it’s because I always thought of it as full of culture and history because of my Japanese heritage and life-long obsession with popular traditional Japanese songs.

      I’ve never seen sand sculptures like those before. The biggest I’ve seen before that are sand castles on beaches…lol!

    1. Becky Post author

      Me neither! I was surprised when I heard about it, and I never imagined it to look like this. I love surprises like that. 😀

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